'Do you need any help?' Eng -> It translation please

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H-anna
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'Do you need any help?' Eng -> It translation please

Post by H-anna »

Hello,

I am visiting my partner's family in Italy in a couple of months and am getting to grips with basic Italian (I knew absolutely nothing on my first visit when we first started dating).

As I expect most people do with their own family and friends, I want to help his family around the house (such as with cooking) and with their shop but I don't know how to say the following in a polite way?:

"Can I help with anything?"
"Do you need any help?"

etc.

Could someone please provide me with a polite, colloquial translation?

Thanks in advance
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calum
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'Do you need any help?' Eng -> It translation please

Post by calum »

Hi and welcome to the forum.

Assuming you will be on familiar terms with your partner's family you could use the following:

Can I help you (singular)? = Ti posso aiutare?
Can I help you (plural)? = Vi posso aiutare?

Can I give you (singular) a hand? = Ti posso dare una mano?
Can I give you (plural) a hand? = Vi posso dare una mano?

Do you (singular) need any help? = Hai bisogno d'aiuto?
Do you (plural) need any help? = Avete bisogno d'aiuto?

regards,
Calum
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Re: 'Do you need any help?' Eng -> It translation please

Post by Peter »

calum wrote:Hi and welcome to the forum.

Assuming you will be on familiar terms with your partner's family you could use the following:

Can I help you (singular)? = Ti posso aiutare?
Can I help you (plural)? = Vi posso aiutare?

Can I give you (singular) a hand? = Ti posso dare una mano?
Can I give you (plural) a hand? = Vi posso dare una mano?

Do you (singular) need any help? = Hai bisogno d'aiuto?
Do you (plural) need any help? = Avete bisogno d'aiuto?
I agree with what Calum has written above. However there is an alternative way of putting the first two, and that is by adding the indirect object pronouns to the infinitives of aiutare and dare.

Can I help you (singular)? = Posso aiutarti?
Can I help you (plural)? = Posso aiutarvi?

Can I give you (singular) a hand? = Posso darti una mano?
Can I give you (plural) a hand? = Posso darvi una mano?
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Re: 'Do you need any help?' Eng -> It translation please

Post by H-anna »

Thank you both, and it's also nice of you to welcome me to the forum!

Your answers were just what I needed :D

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