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Let's Speak Italian!

Hi everybody, my name's Mike and this is the Let's Speak Italian podcast. I've found that the key to learning to speak Italian is to learn a little bit every day, and to practice it with your friends. So listen to one lesson, every day for 24 weeks. By the end, you'll be amazed at how easy it was, and just how much you can learn by practicing a few minutes every day.

Grazie tanto, arrivederci.


Nov 23, 2006

un = precedes all masculine nouns, even those that begin with vowels. The exception is those masculine nouns beginning with ps, gn, z, or s and a consonant.

un bambino = a baby

un orologio = a clock

uno = precedes masculine nouns beginning with ps, gn, z, or s and a consonant.

uno specchio = a mirror

uno psicologo = a psychologist

una = precedes all feminine nouns beginning with a consonant.

una scrivania = a desk

una fragola = a strawberry

un' = precedes all feminine nouns that begin with a vowel.

un'ora = an hour

un'arancia = an orange

Essere = to be

io sono = I am

tu sei = you are (informal)

Lei e' = you are (formal)

lui/lei e` = he/she is

noi siamo = we are

voi siete = you are (plural)

loro sono = they are

C'e' = There is OR Is there?

Ci sono = There are OR Are there?

C'e' un insegnate qui? = Is there a teacher here?

C'e' una mela per l'insegnante? = Is there an apple for the teacher?

Ci sono due pere. = There are two pears.

Ci sono tre belle donne. = There are three pretty women.

Quanti cani ci sono? = How many dogs are there?

Ci sono molti cani. = There are many dogs.

Quante banane ci sono? = How many bananas are there?

Ci sono molte banane. = There are many bananas.

cravatta = tie

camicia = shirt

abito = suit

vestito = dress

scarpe = shoes

calzini = socks

pantaloni = pants

letto = bed

doccia = shower

armadio = closet

lavandino = sink

spazzolino = toothbrush

dentifricio = toothpaste

sapone = soap

asciugamano = towel

pettine = comb

rasoio = razor

schiuma da barba = shaving cream

shampoo = shampoo

bigodini = curlers

These colors must match the number and the gender of the noun which they modify:

bianco = white

nero = black

rosso = red

giallo = yellow

grigio = gray

camicia bianca = white shirt

pantaloni bianchi = white pants

vestito bianco = white dress

scarpe bianche = white shoes

These colors must match the number only of the noun which they modify:

verde = green

marrone = brown

celeste = sky blue

arancione = orange

abito marrone = brown suit

cravatta marrone = brown tie

pantaloni marroni = brown pants

scarpe marroni = brown shoes

These colors will never change:

blu' = blue

rosa = pink

viola = purple

vestito blu' = blue dress

scarpe blu' = blue shoes

vestito viola = purple dress

scarpe rosa = pink shoes

Di che colore e' _____? = What color is _____?

Di che colore sono _____? = What color are _____?

Di che colore e' il limone? = What color is the lemon?

Il limone e' giallo. = The lemon is yellow.

Di che colore sono le fragole? = What color are the strawberries?

Le fragole sono rosse. = The strawberries are red.

Di che colore e' l'arancia? = What color is the orange?

L'arancia e' arancione. = The orange is orange.

Di che colore sono le porte? = What color are the doors?

Le porte sono blu'. = The doors are blue.

Di che colore e' l'asciugamano? = What color is the towel?

L'asciugamano e' bianco. = The towel is white.

Di che colore e' lo spazzolino? = What color is the toothbrush?

Lo spazzolino e' viola. = The toothbrush is purple.