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Pronto vs Ciao or Salve

When it is right to use Pronto?

June 3, 2013

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From what I've heard and read, "pronto" is used as a greeting when answering the phone. It indicates you are "ready". Ciao is much more common, informal way of saying "hello" or "goodbye". Salve I believe is a more regional way of saying "hello", although I am not certain what areas it is native to.

June 3, 2013

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Salve is actually an ancient greeting; the Romans used to say "salve atque vale" (be healthy and be strong) both as hello and as bye, kind of like ciao in current Italian. Nowadays salve is a moderately formal greeting, i.e. it's less friendly than ciao and less detached than buongiorno/buonasera; it's only used when meeting though, it doesn't apply when parting ways.

June 4, 2013

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I only took two levels of Latin, but my understanding is:

When it was Latin, rather than Italian, salve meant greetings/hello/welcome as well as farewell/goodbye.

Ave atque vale (ave meaning something along the lines of "hail," more of a recognition of respect.) meant "hail and goodbye" - a phrase used to send off the dead respectfully. Salve wouldn't be used in its place logistically, but I suppose "ave" was more suited for military applications and "salve" for something less dire.

June 19, 2013

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So does the general Italian say "salve!" when they see someone they know?

June 4, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/aussie97

Is "salve" like the English version of saying "hello" instead of "hi"?

June 4, 2013

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Yes, although not always; it works when addressing friendly someone you need to show respect to, or formally a mixed group (it works especially well in formal emails since it gets rid of the "timing" problem of buongiorno/buonasera), or simply when undecided on the level of formality to use in the greeting. Like all middle solutions it's popular with some people and avoided by others.

June 5, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/alpha999

"Salve" is used i.e. in Liguria when you meet a farmer passing by in the countryside

January 10, 2014

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