Toilets in Italian: gabinetto??

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Toilets in Italian: gabinetto??

Post by lufun » Sun Sep 18, 2016 5:44 pm

Hi everyone

I know that you ask for "dove è il bagno" when you need to go to the bathroom.
In a phrasebook, I read that you can also for "dove è il gabinetto".

Is the latter one more archaic / old fashioned or what is the difference?

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Re: Toilets in Italian: gabinetto??

Post by Dylan Thomas » Sun Sep 18, 2016 11:18 pm

Hi lufun.

“Gabinetto” is not archaic / old-fashioned, it’s simply much less polite than “bagno”.
It’s always safer to say, “Dov’è il bagno? [not: “dove è”].


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Re: Toilets in Italian: gabinetto??

Post by Enrico » Sat Jun 10, 2017 4:52 pm

Two better esxpression are:

"Dove sono i servizi?" this is an abbreviation of "Dove sono i servizi igienici?"
"Dov'è la toilette?" where "toilette" is pronounced as in French

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