Languages of Eternus (Divinus)

Phrases: Greetings - When you’re introduced you should say ‘good day’ (buongiorno) and shake hands (a single pump is enough). ‘Hello’ (ciao) is used among close friends and young people, but it isn’t considered polite when addressing elders that are strangers unless they use it first. Women may find that some men kiss their hand, although this is rare nowadays. When being introduced to someone in a formal situation, it’s common to say ‘pleased to meet you’ (molto lieto). When saying goodbye, you should shake hands again. It’s also customary to say ‘good day’ or ‘good evening’ (buonasera) on entering a small shop, and ‘good day’ or ‘goodbye’ (arriverderci or, when addressing only one person, arrivederla) on leaving (friends say ciao). Buongiorno becomes buonasera any time after the lunch break (around 1pm), although if you choose buonasera (or buongiorno), don’t be surprised if the response isn’t the same. Good night (buonanotte) is used when going to bed or leaving a house in the evening.