There are so many occasions when we need to write an email. And if you need to write one in Italian and have no clue, this is the right post for you.
How to start an email in Italian?
Italians are not as informal as Americans. And you need to pay attention to this. So, start formally addressing the recipient.
The way you address them varies depending on if it is a male or female recipient. Let’s look at examples:
Gentilissimo Sig. Ricci – Dear Mr. Ricci (this is the form used for a male recipient).
Gentilissima Sigra. Ricci – Dear Ms. Ricci (this is the form used for a female recipient).
Sometimes we need to write emails to people we do not know. We have no information about their name and gender. So, on those occasions, you write:
Gentili Signori e Sugnore – Distinguished Gentlemen.
How to write the email in Italian?
We will give you some useful phrases to get to the core of the email quickly. We hope these phrases get you on the right track.
La contatto per avere maggiori informazioni su… – I am writing to ask for information about…
Le dispiacerebbe… – Would it be possible…
Le sarei veramente grato/a se… – I would be very grateful if…
Le saremmo molto grati se volesse inviarci informazioni più dettagliate in riferimento a… – We would be grateful if you could send us more detailed information regarding…
How to end the email in Italian
At the end of the email, you can use different sentences. We will give you some of the most popular.
La ringrazio anticipatamente. – Thank you very much in advance.
Le sarei grato/a se volesse occuparsi della questione il prima possibile. – I would be very grateful if you could deal with this matter as soon as possible.
Spero vivamente sia possibile dare inizio ad una prossima collaborazione. – I would like to be able to work together again.
End of email
You will not see the acronym P.D. in Italian. Instead, Italians use P.S. In Latin, P.S. means post scriptum. Since it is a formal email in Italian, you need to use the third person singular pronoun lei, regardless of referring to a man or a woman.
In addition, verbs must be in the third person singular.
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