5 modi di dire con la parola ‘punto’.

Punto means point .However when combined with some verbs or other words can take a whole different meaning. These five collocations will surely make your Italian more sofisticated when used!   Mettere a punto means either to develop or finalize a project or to define a question. IBM ha messo a punto un nuovo super computer[…]

Espressioni con ESSERE & AVERE

In Italian there is a certain amount of popular expressions that use the verb avere when English uses the verb essere and viceversa. Below I wrote a list of the most popular ones. AVERE avere sonno: to be sleepy avere fame: to be hungry avere sete: to be thirsty avere freddo: to be cold avere[…]

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[…]

Top 10 most frequent irregual verbs in Italian

Many important verbs of the present tense are irregular: it means that they do not follow the regular pattern when it comes to conjugate them. The following list shows the top 10 most frequent irregular verbs in Italian. They happen to be very important and much used verbs, therefore you’d better master them in order[…]

RICETTA: COME FARE UN CAPPUCCINO IN CASA!

Il cappuccino è una bevanda calda italiana al gusto di caffè, a base di espresso e latte caldo. Spesso viene servito nei bar con una spolverata di cacao amaro o cannella. La bevanda prende il nome dai frati Cappuccini e fa riferimento al colore dei loro abiti. In Italia, il cappuccino si beve solitamente solo[…]

FIVE ITALIAN PROVERBS ABOUT LOVE

  L’amore non è bello, se non è litigarello There is no equivalent in English, altough I found out that Shakespeare would have said ‘The course of true love never did run smooth‘. The above Italian proverb pretends to ease the tension after a little quarrel by objecting that a relationship can’t be completely ‘bella’ (or[…]

23 ways to use the verb “FARE”

Other than being an irregular verb, FARE is used in Italian in a number of many useful expressions. Let’s see some of them: Fare i compiti: to do the homework Fare le pulizie: to do the cleanings Fare un biglietto: to buy a ticket Fare una passeggiata: to go for a walk Fare un giro:[…]

SAPERE VS. CONOSCERE. What is the difference?

SAPERE and CONOSCERE are two Italian verbs that often lead to confusion, in fact both can be translated into the verb ‘to know‘ in English. Although, in Italian sapere and conoscere are used with different meanings and they are not interchangeable ! CONOSCERE is used with people, places or things.  Conoscere means to be familiar or acquainted[…]

Compunds verbs: auxiliary Essere o Avere?

Tenses are normally divided into simple and compound ones, the letter result from the union of the past participle and the conjugated form of the verb essere (to be) or avere (to have). Many students have come to be with doubts concerning the use of the one or the other auxiliary. Although it might sound[…]

Come usare il verbo “VENIRE”

Venire is one of the most used verbs in Italian, however, I always notice during my classes that many learners of Italian tend to mix up the verbs venire and andare and I guess this is happening because in English the difference is not as clear as in Italian. Venire means “to come”, but more specifically, it means moving and[…]