Learning Italian, Phrase by Simple Phrase
September 27, 2017
You're welcome! Literally, "I pray," this is the logical follow-up post and most likely response to grazie which you will receive. However, in Sicily and Rome, I discovered that entering a shop often brings a questioning, Prego? It seems to translate into something along the lines of welcome, or please. In English, the typical greeting might be, hello, what can I do for you? Or perhaps, How can I help you? In Italian, you may be greeted with prego.
On a side note, I was really interested to learn something else while I was in Berlin, Germany. The German word for please is bitte, and is commonly used in the same way as prego. Bitte can mean please or you're welcome, as well as a greeting when one enters a shop.