The Italian currency – the euro
In this post we learn how to use the euro in Italian – with authentic audio.
On January 1, 2002, the euro came into full use in Italy and in the other European countries in the eurozone. It replaced the Italian lira. For the first two months, both currencies were in use.
Euro for singular and plural
We use the same word euro for singular and plural euro amounts in Italian: un euro, dieci euro – one euro, ten euros.
Using the euro in Italian – with Audio
Here you can listen to the audio as you read and say these Italian euro amounts:
|€1,50||un euro* e cinquanta|
|€4,40||quattro euro e quaranta|
This long one is in for fun! (You can think of it as three words: cinque-cento-cinquanta)
Here’s another long one to try! (otto-cento-settanta-cinque)
As you can see, you can easily read long words in Italian if you mentally split them up into shorter words or syllables. (The words help you to read the numerals.)
Here are some more key points about the euro in Italian:
* The Italian word euro is stressed on the ‘e’ sound. Word stress is shown above with the underlined vowel e (as a reminder, for the first three euro amounts).
* The word stress in centesimi (euro cents) is also shown here, because it is on the third-last syllable, not the usual second-last syllable.
(This underlining to show word stress is a help for learners, but it is not part of normal Italian spelling.)
Euros and euro cents
Please note that, for an amount including euros and euro cents:
(1) a comma is used instead of a decimal point / period;
(2) the word e (and) is used before the number of centesimi (euro cents).
Here are two examples below, in Italian and English:
€1,50 un euro e cinquanta – one euro and fifty (instead of €1.50 one euro fifty in English).
€4,40 quattro euro e quaranta – four euros and forty (instead of €4.40 four euros forty in English).
Although this is the normal way we write these euro amounts in Italian, you will sometimes see prices written with the € sign after the amount (but separated with a space). Here are two examples: 10 € or 1,50 €.
Thousands of euros
In Italian, when we write mille euro (one thousand euros) in numerals, we use either a space or a decimal point / period: €1 000 or €1.000 (not a comma, as in English: €1,000).
Duemila euro (two thousand euros) in numerals is €2 000 or €2.000.
The singular word mille (thousand) changes to mila (thousands) for two or more thousands of euros, e.g., diecimila euro (ten thousand euros): €10 000 or €10.000.
You can revise your numbers by going to the posts:
Or you can increase your Italian vocabulary by going to the post about days of the week and expressions for today, tonight, tomorrow and yesterday. The post also includes the interesting origins of the names of the days.