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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.

 

Jul 28, 2021

Io non ho comprato la borsa. = I did not buy the purse.

Abbiamo bevuto molto latte. = We drank a lot of milk.

Chi ha venduto il cavallo? = Who sold the horse?

I ragazzi hanno avuto il tempo per mangiare. = The boys had the time to eat.

Tu hai sentito la musica? = Did you hear the music?

Ho parlato due volte nella scuola. = I spoke two times in school.

Ho detto la verita' alla polizia. = I told the truth to the police.

Non ho capito la lezione. = I didn't understand the lesson.

Paulo ha fatto troppo rumore. = Paul made too much noise.

Gli insegnanti hanno suonato il pianoforte. = The teachers played the piano.

Il marito ha dato un raffreddore alla moglie. = The husband gave the wife a cold.

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

andare = to go, andato = went

venire = to come, venuto = came

partire = to leave, partito = left

entrare = to enter, entrato = entered

tornare = to return, tornato = returned

arrivare = to arrive, arrivato = arrived

uscire = to go out, uscita = went out

essere = to be, stato = was

morire = to die, morto = died

nascere = to be born, nato = been born

Sono venuto in retardo. = I came late.

Le ragazze sono andate al negozio? = Have the girls gone to the store?

Il presidente non e' arrivato. = The president hasn't arrived.

Io (feminine) sono tornata stamattina. = I returned this morning.

Sei stato in Italia? = Have you been to Italy?

Non siamo partiti per l'italia. = We haven't left for Italy.

Giorgia e' uscita con Carlo? = Did Georgia go out with Charles?

Marco e' arrivato in ritardo oggi. = Mark arrived late today.

Quando sono arrivati I ragazzi? = When did the boys arrive?

Queste donne sono nate in Germania. = These women were born in Germany.

I fratelli non sono morti stamattina. = The brothers did not die this morning.

Laura e' uscita con Aldo. = Laura went out with Aldo.

I bambini sono stati male. = The children have been bad.

Noi siamo andati per l'italia. = We have gone to Italy.

Sono tornato ieri sera. = I returned last night.

Queste lezioni sono state difficili. = These lessons have been difficult.

Sono entratra il bagno dopo Giacomo. = I entered the bathroom after James.

alto = tall

basso = short

magro = thin

grasso = fat

simpatico = likeable

antipatico = unlikeable

biondo = blonde

scuro = dark

forte = strong

debole = weak

brutto = ugly

gentile = kind

giovane = young

vecchio = old

nuovo = new

grande = big

piccolo = little

sposato = married

vero = true

povero = poor

Adjectives are words which modify or describe nouns. Since they tell us about a noun, they must agree in number and gender with the noun they are describing.

Numbers and adjectives which tell how many, precede the nouns they modify:

tre arance = three oranges

molti libri = many books

troppo rumore = too much noise

Adjectives of color always follow the nouns they modify:

una casa rossa = a red house

una penna gialla = a yellow pen

Most other adjectives will follow the nouns they modify, but you will learn through conversation that some are flexible and may come either before or after the noun:

una donna intelligente = an intelligent woman

un uomo gentile = a kind man

Adjectives ending in 'o' agree in both number and gender with the noun they modify. Adjectives ending in 'e' only agree in number:

ragazzo alto = tall boy

ragazzi alti = tall boys

ragazza alta = tall girl

ragazze alte = tall girls

uomo forte = strong man

uomini forti = strong men

donna forte = strong woman

donne forti = strong women