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Syndication

How do you “fare complimenti” to a person in Italian -- whether it’s for how good they look, what they’re wearing, their language skills, or just to be polite and show your appreciation?

APPEARANCE

-- Sei in gran forma! - You're in great shape!

-- Quanto sei bello/a. - You’re so handsome/beautiful.

-- Ti vedo bene. – You look good.

-- Ha un bell'aspetto. - He looks good.

-- Hai un bell'aspetto, sei in ottima forma, e sei intelligente. Sei il pacchetto completo! - You have good looks, you're in excellent shape, and you're smart. You're the complete package!

-- L'hai visto? È bellissimo, no? - Did you see him? He's really gorgeous, right?

-- Sei molto raffinata nei movimenti. - You’re really delicate in your movements.

-- Emma è la classica ragazza acqua e sapone, ha davvero un bel viso anche senza trucco. - Emma is the classical natural beauty, she has a really nice face even without make up!

-- Marco mi incanta quando parla, è così colto! - Marco fascinates me when he talks, he’s so cultured!

-- Giulia è la persona più elegante che conosca. - Giulia is the most elegant person I’ve ever known.

CLOTHING

If you want to be specific with what piece of clothing looks good, you can say:

-- Stai VERAMENTE bene con quel vestito. - You look REALLY good in that dress.

-- Quel completo ti sta perfetto. - That suit looks perfect on you.

-- Sta bene senza camicia. Ha gli addominali a tartaruga! - He looks great without a shirt. He has six-pack abs (literally: turtle abs)!

-- Sei così bella in/con quel colore! Sta bene con i tuoi occhi. - You look so beautiful in that color! It goes well with your eyes.

-- Quella giacca ti sta meravigliosamente! Prendila! – That jacket looks wonderful on you! Buy it!

LANGUAGE SKILLS

-- Il tuo inglese è buono. – Your English is good.

-- Parli bene l’inglese. – You speak English well.

-- Sei bravo/a in italiano. – You’re really good in Italian.

GENERAL

-- Hai una bella casa! - You have a beautiful home!

If you want to use the formal, say “Ha una bella casa”.

-- La tua cucina è davvero buona. - Your cooking is really good.

-- Cucini davvero bene. - You cook really good.

If you want to use the formal, say “La sua cucina è davvero buona”.

-- Hai davvero delle cose belle e particolari nel tuo negozio! - You have nice and unique things in your store!

If you want to use the formal, say “Ha un bel negozio”.

-- Sei così gentile con me. - You’re so nice to me.

-- Riesci a dare sempre ottimi consigli. - You always give the best advice.

-- Sei davvero una persona educata. - You really are a polite person.

You can find some more compliments in this article: 15 Ways to Say That’s Cool/Awesome/Amazing in Italian

Special thanks to The Creative Impostor Studios for producing this show.


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