Quiz about The Train To Rome
Quiz about The Train To Rome

The Train To Rome Trivia Quiz


Your school class is lucky enough to get to go to Rome, Italy for a field trip. Here are ten important Italian words and phrases you learned at the stazione ferroviaria. Buona fortuna!

A multiple-choice quiz by Team Phoenix Rising. Estimated time: 3 mins.
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Time
3 mins
Type
Multiple Choice
Quiz #
410,796
Updated
Nov 14 22
# Qns
10
Difficulty
Very Easy
Avg Score
9 / 10
Plays
218
Last 3 plays: rossian (10/10), Guest 167 (7/10), Guest 151 (8/10).
This quiz has 2 formats: you can play it as a or as shown below.
Scroll down to the bottom for the answer key.
1. As you enter the train station, a lady at the ticket counter says, "Buongiorno!" What does "buongiorno" mean in English?
Hint

Ticket please
Good morning
Destination please
Good grief

2. Your teacher asks the lady, "May we buy venti biglietti going to Roma, per favore?" Now I wonder what "per favore" means? Hint

Please
With fruit
Which flavour
Via Florence

3. "Si, signora! Here are your tickets. Your train leaves in un'ora." What might the words "un'ora" mean in English? Hint

A short while
One hour
Platform 1
The evening

4. Our teacher smiles and says, "Grazie!" and then, "Arrivederci." I remember that arrivederci means goodbye, but what does "grazie" mean?
Hint

A girl's name
Until next time
How much?
Thank you

5. The ticket lady responds with her own smile and says, "Prego!" You are pretty sure you know that "prego" means "You're welcome." Are you right?

Yes
No

6. As you make your way to a platform, a businessman hurries by you saying, "permesso!" What does "permesso" mean?
Hint

Please help me!
I'm late!
Excuse me!
Look out!

7. You see a fellow European approach a conductor asking, "Lei parla inglese, per favour?" He is hoping the conductor says "Si," but what is he asking?
Hint

Do you want fries with that?
Do you make English toffees?
Do you play soccer?
Do you speak English?

8. The conductor responds with, "Mi dispiace, non capisco l'inglese." Your Italian dictionary tells you "dispiace" means "sorry," but what does "non capisco" mean?
Hint

Your cap is missing
I don't understand
I am not allowed
Only a little

9. Your teacher is making sure everyone is ready to board the train and asks the conductor, "Dov' il bagno, per favore?" What does she want to know?
Hint

Where is the bandstand?
Do you know where our luggage is?
Do you play the banjo?
Where is the bathroom?

10. "Il treno qui!" shouts the conductor. Your teacher says "Andiamo!" What is she telling the class?
Hint

Armadillo!
Let's go!
Come here!
Tickets!


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Quiz Answer Key and Fun Facts
1. As you enter the train station, a lady at the ticket counter says, "Buongiorno!" What does "buongiorno" mean in English?

Answer: Good morning

"Buongiorno" can mean good morning, good day, good afternoon (early afternoon), or hello. It is a basic greeting in Italian. Bongiorno or Buongiorno is also a surname in Italian and Bongiorno was used as a given name in medieval times.

This question was entered into the quiz by Phoenix Rising Member tazman6619 who made sure to get to the station with time to spare to catch the train.
2. Your teacher asks the lady, "May we buy venti biglietti going to Roma, per favore?" Now I wonder what "per favore" means?

Answer: Please

"Per favore", which translated literally means for favour, is generally seen as the default way of saying please in Italian. The reason I say default is that there are a couple of different ways to say please in Italian and the variation that you use will depend on what you are asking and whom you are asking it from. Also, whether the situation is formal or casual will also have an impact. "Biglietti" is a word that means tickets or in some cases, cards or passes, depending on the context. This question was written by Phoenix Rising's pollucci19 who can't understand why Italians need three syllables for please. One is enough!
3. "Si, signora! Here are your tickets. Your train leaves in un'ora." What might the words "un'ora" mean in English?

Answer: One hour

As the ticket seller hands her the tickets, she informs the teacher that the train is scheduled to depart in one hour. The Italian word "una" means one while "ora" translates to hou". Like in English, the Italians use contractions to help the sentence flow better so "una ora" becomes "un'ora".

"Si!" means yes, sure, right or wel', depending on the context, while "signora" refers to a lady, usually married. So, in this case, a correct translation would be "Yes, ma'am." The Italian word for "platform" would be "binario".
This question was added to the quiz by Phoenix Rising member VegemiteKid, who once visited Italy for the opportunity to say, "Ah, Venice!"
4. Our teacher smiles and says, "Grazie!" and then, "Arrivederci." I remember that arrivederci means goodbye, but what does "grazie" mean?

Answer: Thank you

'Grazie' means thank you in Italian. Italian is a language derived from Latin and is called a Romance language; not because it relates to friendship or love but rather because it originally came from Rome. Spanish is another Romance language and thank you in Spanish is 'gracias'. These words sound similar as they both come from the original Latin word 'gratiae' meaning grace or thankfulness. If you want to express great thanks, or perhaps be very polite, you can say 'mille grazie' which literally means a thousand thank you's.

Phoenix Rising member MikeMaster99 is grateful for the similarities in many words across Romance languages which usually means he innocently says the wrong thing quite frequently when trying to converse in languages other than Australian!
5. The ticket lady responds with her own smile and says, "Prego!" You are pretty sure you know that "prego" means "You're welcome." Are you right?

Answer: Yes

Prego is a versatile word! In this context, the word prego is the same as "no worries" in Australia or "you're welcome" in the USA. Additionally, if someone is asking permission to do something, you can say "go right ahead" by using the word "prego."

Phoenix Rising member VegemiteKid translated this question for the quiz. Prego.
6. As you make your way to a platform, a businessman hurries by you saying, "permesso!" What does "permesso" mean?

Answer: Excuse me!

"Permesso" is how the Italians say excuse me when they want to get past you in a crowd. It is also used to ask permission to enter someone's home. If you want to gain someone's attention you would say "Scusa," or in formal settings, "Mi scusi." If someone wants to say "I'm late", they would say, "Sono in ritardo." For the other two options, "Mi aiuti per favore" is Italian for please help me, and "attenzione" would be look out.

This question was written by Phoenix Rising's BigTriviaDawg who knows it took at least two days to build Rome.
7. You see a fellow European approach a conductor asking, "Lei parla inglese, per favour?" He is hoping the conductor says "Si," but what is he asking?

Answer: Do you speak English?

Too often people simply say "parla inglese" which, while it is technically a question, is also not so polite. By placing "Lei" at the start you are asking "do you", which makes it a definite question that cannot be mistaken for a statement and, possibly, invoke a smart alec reply. Our fellow European is also very polite, because he has added "per favore" at the end of his question, which simply means that he has added please... "Do you speak English, please"?
This question was written by Phoenix Rising's pollucci19 who is often questioned about his ability to speak English.
8. The conductor responds with, "Mi dispiace, non capisco l'inglese." Your Italian dictionary tells you "dispiace" means "sorry," but what does "non capisco" mean?

Answer: I don't understand

The conductor's response is, "I'm sorry, I do not understand English." If he wanted to say "Only a little" he would say, "solo un po'." As for the other answer choices, I am not allowed would translate as, "Non mi permesso," and your cap is missing would be "manca il tuo berretto."

This question was written by Phoenix Rising's BigTriviaDawg who also does not understand English!
9. Your teacher is making sure everyone is ready to board the train and asks the conductor, "Dov' il bagno, per favore?" What does she want to know?

Answer: Where is the bathroom?

Your teacher is asking where the bathroom is so that no one will have to go on the train. Although this is prudent it is not necessary as most Italian trains have at least one bathroom per car according to ItaliaRail. Newer trains tend to have much nicer facilities than older trains so depending on which train you board you may want to make sure to take care of your business before boarding.

This question was written by Phoenix Rising's tazman6619 who is more familiar with flushes in poker than on trains.
10. "Il treno qui!" shouts the conductor. Your teacher says "Andiamo!" What is she telling the class?

Answer: Let's go!

The conductor's shouting, "Il treno qui!" means "The train is here" in English. As a response to the class, the teacher says, "Andiamo" meaning "Let's go." If the teacher wanted the class to come here she would say, "vieni qui," or if she wanted to say tickets she would say, "tesserae." The other wrong answer, "armadillo," is actually the same word in both English and Italian. Armadillo actually means "little armored one" in Spanish.

This question was written by Phoenix Rising's BigTriviaDawg who hopes you get a chance to visit bella Italia.
Source: Author BigTriviaDawg

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