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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.


Jun 18, 2021

chiudere = to close

chiudo, chiudi, chiude, chiudiamo, chiudete, chiudono

ascoltare = to listen to

ascolto, ascolti, ascolta, ascoltiamo, ascoltate, ascoltano

aiutare = to help

aiuto, aiuti, aiuta, aiutiamo, aiutate, aiutano

lavorare = to work

lavoro, lavori, lavora, lavoriamo, lavorate, lavorano

cominciare = to begin

comincio, cominci, comincia, cominciamo, cominciate, cominciano

preparare = to prepare

preparo, prepari, prepara, prepariamo, preparate, preparano

potere = to be able to It also translate as 'can' or 'may.'

io posso = I am able to, I can

tu puoi = you are able to, you can (informal)

Lei puo' = you are able to, you can (formal)

lui/lei = he/she are able to, he/she can

noi possiamo = we are able to, we can

voi potete = you are able to, you can (plural)

loro possono = they are able to, they can

La donna puo' venire. = The woman can come.

Possiamo andare dopo cena. = We can go after dinner.

Posso parlare inglese? = May I speak English?

Io posso cantare. = I can sing.

Puo' mangiare la carne con una forchetta. = She can eat the meat with a fork.

Lei puo' capire lo spagnolo? = Can you (formal) understand Spanish?

I ragazzi italiani possono giocare il calcio. = The Italian boys can play soccer (football).

Potete aiutare quell'uomo. = You (plural) can help that man.

Mario puo' suonare il pianoforte. = Mario is able to play the piano.

dovere = to have to. Can also be translated to the English word 'must.'

io devo = I have to, I must

tu devi = you have to, you must (informal)

Lei deve = you have to, you must (formal)

lui/lei deve = he/she has to, he/she must

noi dobbiamo = we have to, we must

voi dovete = you have to, you must (plural)

loro devono = they have to, they must

L'insegnante deve preparare la lezione. = The teacher has to prepare the lesson.

Dovete lavorare ogni giorno. = You (plural) must work every day.

Chi deve studiare il libro? = Who must study the book?

Le ragazze devono andare al negozio. = The girls must go to the store.

Il bambino deve ascoltare meglio. = The child must listen better.

A che ora devi andare in classe? = What time do you have to go to class?

Perche' devo portare una cravatta? = Why must I wear a tie?

Quando dobbiamo avere i soldi? = When do we have to have the money?

volere = to want, to want to

io voglio = I want, I want to

tu vuoi = you want, you want to (informal)

Lei vuole = you want, you want to (formal)

lui/lei vuole = he/she wants, he/she wants to

noi vogliamo = we want, we want to

voi volete = you want, you want to (plural)

loro vogliono = they want, they want to

'volere' can be used in two ways. One is as a modal verb where it is followed by another verb in its infinitive form.

Il dottore vuole parlare con Lei. = The doctor wants to speak with you (formal).

Volete mangiare i fagioli oggi? = Do you (plural) want to eat beans today?

Voglio ascoltare la canzone. = I want to listen to the song.

Loro vogliono imparare il russo. = They want to learn Russian.

'volere' can also mean 'to want' without using it as a modal verb.

Lui vuole un cane. = He wants a dog

Vogliamo un insegnante buono. = We want a good teacher.

Chi vuole un biscotto? = Who wants a cookie?

sapere = to know how to

io so = I know how to

tu sai = you know how to (informal)

Lei sa = you know how to (formal)

lui/lei sa = he/she knows how to

noi sappiamo = we know how to

voi sapete = you know how to (plural)

loro sanno = they know how to

Gianni sa suonare il pianoforte. = Johnny knows how to play the piano.

Gli studenti sanno studiare. = The students know how to study.

Sapete parlare italiano? = Do you (plural) know how to speak Italian?

Non so cantare molto bene. = I don't know how to sing very well.

Che cosa sappiamo fare bene? = What do we know how to do well?

I tedeschi sanno lavorare ogni giorno. = The Germans know how to work every day.

I giapponesi sanno cucinare il pesce bene. = The Japanese know how to cook fish well.