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What exactly does "prego" mean?

 
 
Giulio
 
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Reply Mon 11 Apr, 2016 10:28 am
@kickycan,
That is a question all foreigners ask themselves. The most common translation for prego is "You are welcome" or "No problem". However, Italians use it in plenty of different ways. If you want here there is a video that well explain the way Italians use this word.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SOoFAuTms34
ossobuco
 
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Reply Mon 11 Apr, 2016 11:16 am
@Giulio,
This is a twelve year old question you are answering, but I am quite glad you did.
That video presents by far the best explanation I've seen or heard.

I studied italian for a few years in the early nineties and have been to Italy a few times, on very satisfying trips. That video makes me want to refresh my memory of the language I somewhat understood back then. The last time I was there, 1999, I could still make my way alone through different cities with my mediocre italian. People there tend to support those who are trying to learn.

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Leadfoot
 
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Reply Mon 11 Apr, 2016 03:59 pm
@Giulio,
Oh, I finally get it. It's like an American 'whatever', but more polite.
ossobuco
 
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Reply Mon 11 Apr, 2016 04:04 pm
@Leadfoot,
More like the word 'Please' which has many nuances of meaning too.
Leadfoot
 
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Reply Mon 11 Apr, 2016 04:13 pm
@ossobuco,
good analogy!
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selectmytutor
 
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Reply Thu 26 May, 2016 03:17 am
@kickycan,
Prego mean exclamation. As you can say "You're Welcome!".
Setanta
 
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Reply Thu 26 May, 2016 03:25 am
@selectmytutor,
Your English really sucks. There is absolutely no reason to believe that you are a native speaker of English.
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ossobuco
 
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Reply Thu 26 May, 2016 07:51 am
@selectmytutor,
Heh, Kicky knows way more italian than you do.
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