In order to say “I am fine” or “I am well” in Italian, the most common phrase you will hear people use is Sto bene.
I’m fine / well.
Whereas in English, we use the verb “to be” to express this sentiment, Italians use the verb stare which, in addition to “to be”, has a few additional translations including:
- to stay (e.g. Sto a casa. = I’m staying at home.)
- to be located (e.g. La sede sta a Roma. = The headquarters are located in Rome.)
- to live / reside (e.g. Sto in centro. = I live in the centre of town.)
- to suit (e.g. Ti sta bene. = It suits you.)
Now, you may be wondering if it is possible to swap stare with the verb essere (the classic translation for “to be”), and the answer in this particular case is “no”. This is because statements regarding an individual’s health always require stare. Some other examples include:
- Sto male. = I’m not well. / I’m poorly.
- Come stai? = How are you?
- Sto meglio. = I’m (feeling) better.
- Non sto benissimo. = I’m not feeling great.
Come stai, Matteo? – Sto bene, grazie.
How are you, Matteo? – I’m fine / well, thanks.
Note that you can abbreviate sto bene to just bene (well / good / fine).
Come stai oggi? – Bene, grazie!
How are you today? – Fine, thanks!
Sto bene is a conventional phrase everyone uses, but if you want to push your Italian to new heights, it is worth memorising the following alternatives:
- (Sto) benissimo! = I’m doing really well! / I’m great!
- (Sto) da Dio! = I feel great! (lit. I’m of God.)
- (Sto) alla grande! = I feel great!
If you want to say that you and someone else, or a group of other people, are feeling fine, you can use the following expression:
We are fine / well.