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How to make a phone call in Italian

How to make a phone call in Italian

Making a phone in Italian call can be daunting , even as a fluent learner. The lack of in-person contact and visual cues make it way more difficult than one on one conversation. On top of that, phone calls tend to be more impersonal and use a specific language. You...

CILS B1 for Citizenship – The Listening Part

CILS B1 for Citizenship – The Listening Part

The Exam Structure Here's a breakdown of the exam structure: Total Exam Duration: 2.05 hours Listening Section Duration: 30 minutes Listening Section Details: Prova n.1: Task: Listen to the recording of six short texts. Question Type: Multiple-choice questions. Prova...

Migliore and Meglio: The Difference

Migliore and Meglio: The Difference

Migliore vs. Meglio "Migliore" and "meglio" are two words that students frequently mix up.  The reason for this is that meglio means "better", and migliore means both "best” and “better” and this causes a little confusion when translating from English. ...

Direct Object Pronouns in Italian: An Easy Guide

Direct Object Pronouns in Italian: An Easy Guide

What's a pronoun?  Pronouns are an essential part of speech that allow us to replace something that has already been said and avoid repeating ourselves. Pronouns are widely used in conversation as they help us to be more concise and speak faster. Italian, just...

How to Use the Verb Servire in Italian

How to Use the Verb Servire in Italian

What does 'servire' mean? First, let's delve into the meaning and usage of "servire" and explore how it differs from other verbs expressing necessity, such as "dovere" or "avere bisogno di." Servire means to need something. It should be employed with a noun (referring...

Condizionale Passato: A Simple Guide

Condizionale Passato: A Simple Guide

In Italian, there is a present conditional (condizionale presente) and a past conditional (condizionale passato o composto) The key difference between the present conditional and the past conditional is that the first comprises one element, and the second includes two...

Riuscire and Potere. The Difference.

Riuscire and Potere. The Difference.

In my experience as an Italian language teacher, students often struggle with the verb riuscire because of its widespread use in informal Italian.  The reason is that the Italian verbs potere and riuscire are both frequently used in English with “can” and so,...

Italian Noun Gender. Determining Masculine vs. Feminine

Italian Noun Gender. Determining Masculine vs. Feminine

Nouns ending in '-o' or '-a'  In Italian language, nouns, pronouns, and adjectives can be assigned one of two grammatical genders: masculine or feminine. The gender of a word is arbitrary and does not always have a logical connection to the gender of the person or...

Italian Prepositions: How To Use ‘In’ and ‘A’

Italian Prepositions: How To Use ‘In’ and ‘A’

One of the most common mistakes in Italian (for foreign learners) concerns the use of the preposition a and in. And it is totally normal. In fact, in some cases, specific rules are telling you how to use the preposition in and when using the...