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[…]

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[…]

5 most common mistakes beginners make when speaking Italian

Here is a list of the 5 most common grammatical mistakes that beginners/intermediate students tend to make when speaking Italian. 1- The use of the definite masculine articles  IL – LO and I – GLI. LO is used instead of IL before singular nouns starting with s + consonant, ps, gn, x, y, z. GLI is used instead[…]

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[…]

7 ways to say ”you’re welcome” in Italian!

  How many different ways can you say “you’re welcome” in Italian? At least, 7 of them! Prego is the easiest and most popular way to say you’re welcome in Italian. Prego means also ‘please’ in different contexts and is the first person singular of the present tense of the verb pregare (to pray).  Grazie per[…]

10 useful Italian expressions you will not find in textbooks

No matter you are new to the beauty of the Italian language or you have already spent several years  studying it,  these 10 useful slang expressions,  you would hardly find in a textbook of Italian, will help you to speak Italian more like a native than ever before.   1.Va bene  Va bene is the italianization[…]

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[…]

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[…]