How do you express the sentiment of safe travels in Italian? And what’s the most suitable phrase to use based on your relationship with the other person? In this article, we’ll explore the various ways to convey this message in the beautiful Italian language. So, let’s dive in and discover them all!
How to Say Safe Travels in Italian
Singular: Fai Buon Viaggio!
When you’re addressing someone you are familiar with, use the phrase “Fai buon viaggio!” This is the Italian equivalent of safe travels.
This commonly used Italian expression consists of three components:
- “Fai”: The imperative form of the verb “fare” (to do), specifically directed at “you” in an informal context.
- “Buon”: Which means “good”.
- “Viaggio”: Translated as “travel”.
- “Ti chiamo non appena arrivo all’aeroporto. – Fai buon viaggio!” (I’ll call you as soon as I’m at the airport. – Safe travels!)
- “Mi raccomando, guida con prudenza. Fai buon viaggio!” (Be sure to drive safely. Have a safe trip!)
It’s important to note that “safe travels” cannot be translated literally into “viaggi sicuri.” If you use an online translator, it may provide you with this phrase, but it is out of context. In Italian, “viaggi sicuri” simply means “safe travels” without the intended wish.
You can also shorten “Fai” to “Fa’,” with an apostrophe (never “fà,” as that is a common mistake). It’s the second-person imperative form of “fare” (to do) in Italian.
A Glimpse into Conjugation:
- “Che facciano quello che vogliono, non mi importa niente.” (Let them do whatever they want, I don’t care at all.)
- “Facciamo una piccola pausa!” (Let’s take a little break!)
Onward, we have “buon viaggio,” which translates to “good journey.” You can simply exclaim “buon viaggio!” to convey “have a good trip” in English.
Now, how do you extend your wishes to a group of people in Italian? Let’s explore the next section.
Plural: Fate Buon Viaggio!
When addressing a group of people, use the phrase “Fate buon viaggio!” This is the plural form of safe travels in Italian.
In Italian, unlike English, there are two forms of “you”: singular and plural. If you’re speaking to a group, you must use the imperative form of the verb “fare” (to do) with the pronoun “voi” (you all).
Referring to the previous conjugation table, the form to use is “fate.”
- “Fate buon viaggio! Chiamatemi se ci sono problemi.” (Safe travels! Call me if there are any problems.)
- “Partiremo domani per Nizza. – Fate buon viaggio!” (We will leave tomorrow for Nice. – Have a safe trip!)
And now, let’s move on to learn how to extend polite wishes.
Formal: Faccia Buon Viaggio!
If you’re visiting Italy and often interact with new people, it’s customary to use the polite form of address, “Lei,” when speaking to adults and unfamiliar individuals. However, when conversing with children, “tu” is generally used regardless of familiarity.
So, how do you formally wish someone safe travels in Italian?
Use the phrase “Faccia buon viaggio, dottore!” to convey “Have a safe journey, doctor!”
This wish employs the third person singular conjugated form. Italians address each other formally using the subject pronoun “lei” (you).
That concludes our lesson on how to express safe travels in Italian in all its forms!
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