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Common Italian Words You'll Need While Dining
Wednesday, January 26TH, 2011 by Glauco
Italy is all about good food and enjoying a delicious meal with family and friends. If you visit Italy, you'll likely spend quite a bit of time in restaurants or eating. We've put together some helpful phrases to make your meal time a breeze. After you are seated, the first thing you will be asked is if you want something to drink. Vorrebbe ordinare da bere? = Would you like to order a drink? Posso avere un bicchiere d'acqua? = Can I have a glass of water? Acqua naturale o gassata? = Still or sparkling? L'acqua naturale va bene = Still water will be fine Prenderò un succo d'arancia =...
How to Express a date in Italian
Friday, January 14TH, 2011 by gorizia63
Years and Centuries Italiano: 1 gennaio 2011 gg/mm/aa (d/m/y - North Americans generally place the month first) ° day wrote in Western numbers ° month expressed with letters or with numbers ° year, wrote in full length For example: 4.6.80 = 4 giugno 1980 = June 4th,1980 il 1 febbraio 1981 = February 1,1981 4.XI.72 = November 4, 1972 Italian requires the article, related to the word GIORNO ("day"). Another difference between English and Italian is that Italian date numbers are cardinal and in English they are ordinal. For example: il 26 maggio = May 26th or on May 26th dal 6 marzo...
Arithmetical Calculations
Friday, January 14TH, 2011 by gorizia63
Don't panic, I don't want to teach you arithmetics! Instead, I'd like to help you learn how to talk about some of the easy arithmetical operations that apply in our daily life. Arithmetics is the oldest and simplest branch of mathematics, used by almost everyone. It is practiced daily by all for purposes as simple as counting objects to more advanced business and scientific calculations. For your time in Italy, it would be helpful to learn how to do some simple operations in Italian. Such as:   Quanto fa sei più uno? = How much/What is six plus one? 6+1 = 7 Sei più uno fa/è uguale a...
How much is it? "Quanto costa?".  The most important sentence to learn in any language before going shopping. Just remember that, according to Italian law, all prices are supposed to be displayed on merchandise.   Discount? "Sconto" is the word to obtain a great bargain and to negotiate a better price. It is common to do so in smaller stores rather than larger chains.   Do you take credit cards? "Accettate Carte di Credito?" In most cases, when a store accepts credit cards they'll have a sticker displaying the logos of the cards accepted on the window or by the cash register. In case...
Italian for the Phone
Friday, November 12TH, 2010 by gorizia63
In today's lesson you'll learn useful phrases for dealing with phone calls, so you can gain confidence with it. Public telephones are available throughout Italy and you can use phonecards which can be purchased at bars, post offices or tobacconists, even if the most part of the people use their  own mobile phone. Calling Italy from the USA : Italian country code (0039) + area code (dropping the initial zero) + phone number For instance,  If I call from New York City to Milan: 0039+(0)2+7129..... Calling the USA from Italy : 001+ area code (dropping the initial zero) + phone number By the...
If you're beginning to speak Italian, then it's important to learn the names and the words associated with the days of the week, months of the year and the ever-changing seasons. Not only will these words help when telling time and planning ahead with newfound friends, but they'll also help you to describe the weather. The Days of the Week Monday = lunedì Tuesday = martedì Wednesday = mercoledì Thursday = giovedì Friday = venerdì Saturday = sabato Sunday = domenica Take note that in Italian "dì" makes a "dee" sound. So, for example, lunedi is roughly pronounced as loon-eh-dee....
Let's Talk About The Weather
Sunday, October 03TH, 2010 by gorizia63
In today's lesson you'll learn to talk about the weather in Italian. If you're planning on visiting Italy it's probably best to learn some key words so you can understand basic discussions about the weather to help you decide what you should wear or if it makes more sense to take a stroll or stay inside. Knowing how to speak about the weather is especially important in Italy because it can vary so much for region to region and depending on the time of year. So while you may find dry and sunny days in Catania in July the same time of year in Padova is muggy and humid. It's now autumn and an...
Telling the Time in Italian
Wednesday, August 18TH, 2010 by gorizia63
  In Italy and forgot your watch back at the hotel? Need to know if you're on track to make it to the store or gallery before it closes? Here are some easy tips and phrases to make asking about the time easy during your stay in Italy. "Che ora è" is one of the most common phrases in Italian used to find out "What time is it?"  If you need to keep track of time in Italy you can also ask, "Ha l'ora," which means "Have you got the time?" or "Che hora fai?" which loosely translates as "What time do you have?" In these cases "ora" (hour) substitutes for "time" in the English examples. Of...
Italian for Beginners
Thursday, July 29TH, 2010 by admin
Mp3 Audio:  It look's like you don't have Adobe Flash Player installed. Get it now. Frasi di aiuto - Help //--> Learning Italian Italiano : Questa sezione di Learning Italian contiene varie espressioni idiomatiche, attraverso le quali potrete acquisire competenze linguistiche sufficienti per capire facilmente una conversazione e comunicare con altre persone in un paese di lingua italiana. Qui troverai facili vocaboli, idiomi e canzoni. Studiare con noi l’italiano sarà un’esperienza interessante e divertente. Italian for Beginners: This section of Learning Italian...
Adjectives: Possessive and Demonstrative
Monday, November 02TH, 2009 by ancos
Dante AlighieriPossessive adjectives refer to the following: My = il mio/la mia/i miei /le mieYour (talking to one person) = il tuo/la tua/i tuoi/le tueHis = il suo/la sua/i suoi/le sueHer = il suo/la sua/i suoi/le sueOur = il nosotro/la nostra/i nostri/le nostreYour (talking to more than one person) = il vostro/la vostra/i vostri/le vostreTheir = il loro/la loro/i loro/le loro In Italian the possessive adjectives are a bit more complicated than they are in English. As you can see above in the chart, there are actually four ways to say each possessive adjective!! How do I know which one...

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