In italiano we have two ways of greeting: either in an informale or in a formale way.
When speaking to friends or family members, we use ciao in every situation.
When speaking to elderly people or people you don’t know, we use:
- Buongiorno during the day (often until 1pm)
- Buonasera during the afternoon and the evening (from 1pm until 10-11pm)
- Arrivederci when leaving
- Salve as a generic greeting
Buonanotte is the only greeting that we can use in both conversations, formale e informale.
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