The Italian Expression “Ciao!”
means “Hello!” or “Goodbye!“
I personally don’t want to recommend this Italian expression because it is very “casual”. It is like saying “Yow!”.
When can we use this Italian expression?
In Italy, we use “Ciao!” with family or close friends. Regardless of age, we say “Ciao!” when we see them or when they go away.
If you are a child (like below 14) you may also use this expression because no one will mind you using it.
When can we NOT use this Italian expression?
Whenever you are dealing with strangers or older people that you’re not really friends with, you cannot use this word.
What alternatives can we use?
We can use the Italian expression “Buongiorno!“
which means “Good morning!“
We can also use the Italian expression “Buonasera!“
which means “Good evening!“
We can use the Italian expression “Buona giornata!“
which means “Have a good day!“
We can use the Italian expression “Buona serata!“
which means “Have a good evening!“
We can use the Italian expression “Arrivederci!“
which means “Goodbye!” or “Until we see each other again!“
We can use the Italian expression “Arrivederla!“
which means “Goodbye!“
– this expression is used in a more formal scenario. For example, you’re speaking with a quite older person or professional.