6 modi di dire con il mare

  Avere un mare di cose da fare – to have a million things to do Non riesco a venire alla riunione domani, ho un mare di cose da fare. Cercare per mari e per monti – to search for something in every possibile place Abbiamo cercato per mare e per monti la tua borsa,[…]

Le tradizioni di Natale in Italia

Le famiglie italiane in genere tirano fuori l’albero di Natale durante la prima settimana di dicembre e lo mettono via il 6 gennaio.   Agli italiani piace decorare la propria casa con addobbi e decorazioni natalizi.   Molti italiani mettono una ghirlanda sulla porta di casa.   Abete a parte, esiste un pianta tipica del[…]

Beato me! Beati loro! Che significa?

Cosa significa beati loro? Beato è un aggettivo che indica o una persona che prova una perfetta felicità o la buona sorte di qualcuno. Beato lui che va ogni mese in vacanza! – How lucky he is to go on vacation every month! Massimo ha lasciato il suo lavoro in banca e adesso vive beato[…]

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’[…]

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[…]

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[…]

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:[…]

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[…]