5 things you need to know about Possessives in Italian

1. Key differences with English In English possessives are never used with articles. However, in Italian, they are always accompanied with articles (except for some cases discussed below). The possessive agrees in gender and number with the nouns they are proceeding la mia borsa il mio libro la sua ragazza il suo lavoro 2. When are the[…]

Lì or là? Qui or Qua? The difference

What’s the difference between là and lì? Qui and qua? Many times I am asked during my Italian online lessons if there is any difference between the two of them, well there is, even tough is a small one. Both là and lì means there and are indicating something that is far from the person[…]

How to use in Italian ECCO & CIOE’

Ecco and cioè are Italian adverbs that Italians use all the time. Hard to translate into English, they will come in handy when you travel to Italian or speak with you Italian friends. Here is a list of how and when to use them. Buona lettura! Ecco It describes the appearance of something or somebody,[…]

5 ways to use the Italian word PROPRIO

1. As an adverb (invariable form) As ad adverb, proprio, means ‘really’ Quello studente é proprio bravo! Mi piace proprio il nuovo film di Sorrentino And sometimes it means ‘just’, often combined with the adverbs of time (adesso, ora ) or a numeral adjective. Ho finito di cenare proprio adesso Maria mi ha chiamato proprio[…]

ITALIAN PHRASES TO USE AT A RESTAURANT IN ITALY

These sentences might come in handy when at a restaurant in Italy. It is a customary to be seated or to make a reservation,  especially at weekends. On paying, unlikely from many other countries a tip is not expected because included in the bill under the voice ‘coperto’. However if the service was excellent you[…]

Canzoni Italiane: Vita Spericolata di Vasco Rossi (livello A2)

Vita spericolata è una  famose canzone scritta da Vasco Rossi  e  presentata per la prima volta nel 1983 al XXXIII Festival di Sanremo (Festival della Canzone Italiana) È una delle canzoni italiane più conosciute dai giovani italiani e una delle canzoni più rappresentative del rock italiano. Il brano, nella sua prima stesura, doveva essere  dedicato ad[…]

DOVERE, VOLERE, POTERE : How to say in Italian to must, to want and to can.

We use modal verbs to show if we believe something is a necessity, a possibility or volition (if you must to do something, if we can do something or if we want to do something. We also use modal verbs to do things like asking permission, making requests and offers and so forth. The Italian modal verbs precede the infinitive[…]

The adverb ‘ANZI’. What does it mean? How to use it?

Anzi è un avverbio che non ha una traduzione esatta in inglese e in molte altre lingue straniere. Diciamo pure che il suo uso è spesso di difficile comprensione per i non nativi. Tuttavia, l’avverbio anzi è usato frequentamene nella lingua italiana, soprattutto nella lingua parlata. Ma quando e come si usa? 1- si usa[…]

Fare la spesa or fare spese? Lezione sul vocabolario dello shopping.

When it comes to buying things, Italian use a variety of different expressions, let’s see some of them: Fare la spesa -> buying groceries Fare shopping -> buying clothes Fare compere/acquisti/spese->  buying anything but food Fare commissioni -> running errands   Vocabolario del supermecato la spesa -> grocery shopping il carrello -> shopping cart la[…]

La preposizione semplice ”DA”

The Italian preposition DA means most of times from, but it is also used  with different meaning, such as: since/for, to, at etc… DA is typically used to express: Time, together with an indicative tense and a period of time: example: verb + DA + period of time Da quanto tempo studi l’italiano? Studio l’italiano[…]

The impersonal form with ‘SI’

The impersonal form is used when the subject in sentences is not specified. It corresponds to the English ONE (one drink very good coffee in Italy), YOU (you drink very good coffee in Italy), THEY meaning a number of unspecified people (they drink very good coffee in Italy). The impersonal form is made by using the the pronoun[…]

ESSERE VS STARE. What’s the difference?

I often happened to be asked by my students what is the actual difference between the verbs ESSERE and STARE, as they both can be translated into one single verb in many other languages (French, English, German, Polish…), that is to say TO BE. Let’s start from clarifying that the Italian translation of ‘TO BE’[…]

15 popular Italian idioms with animals

1.Muto come un pesce. Literally: Quiet as fish. Figurative: to  be very quiet. Giuro che sarò muto come un pesce – I swear I won’t say a word. 2.Sano come un pesce. Literally: Fit as a fish. Figurative: very healthy. Sono sano come un pesce. I am fit as a fiddle. 3. Essere un asino[…]

How to form the IMPERATIVE with Italian verbs

The imperative in Italian is used to give orders or exhortations. As you will find out it is a rather regular tense. Also, the imperative exists just in the present tense! And the first and third persons singular (IO e LUI/LEI) do not exist.   TU and VOI are the same as in the indicative,[…]