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How can I say “on holiday” in Italian? The Italian preposition “IN”

Posted by Monica Corrias on August 15, 2010

Elementary language level – Italian language tips by Monica Corrias – Learn Italian with me

Are you on holiday in Italy? (= Sei in vacanza in Italia?) Would you like to know how to use the Italian preposition “IN”?  Here are some tips for you.

The Italian preposition  “IN” (= in/to/at/into/within):  some uses (not all)

Space/Place: indicates direction or position.  The place, the country, or the region  where I am or where I’m going to: to indicate the State (in Italy; in France, but NEGLI Stati Uniti), the Continent (in Europe; in America) or “Region” (in Tuscany; in Sicily), but remember we say “A” + name of city (A Roma, not in Rome!)

I always go to the country or to the hill on holiday:  I have never been to the seaside = Vado sempre IN vacanza IN campagna o IN montagna:  non sono mai stato  AL mare (be careful: AL mare)

We are going to France on holiday  = Andremo IN vacanza IN Francia  (be careful, we say IN vacanza)

Time:

In summer I go to Italy = IN estate vado IN Italia

I went to Sicily in 2008 = Sono andato IN Sicilia NEL (IN + IL = NEL) 2008

Means of transport:

We came by airplane/by train/by car/by bike = Siamo venuti IN aereo/ IN treno/IN macchina/IN bici

We go for a drive = Andiamo a fare un giro IN macchina

Now read the text:

Sono venuto IN Italia IN vacanza A Roma perché le mie ferie sono sempre IN estate e Roma è una città molto bella e piena DI cose interessanti e divertenti. IN settembre, però,  devo andare NEGLI Stati Uniti A New York per lavoro. Poi IN ottobre vado IN Canada e subito dopo IN Australia, sempre per lavoro. Finalmente IN dicembre sarò nuovamente IN vacanza e andrò A Parigi IN macchina e resterò a casa DI alcuni amici per  dieci giorni. Il mio lavoro è faticoso perché viaggio molto IN aereo, ma fortunatamente ho molti giorni DI vacanza, così posso viaggiare IN treno o IN macchina e incontrare i miei amici IN Europa.

Remember:

When you are studying Italian avoid the temptation to make absolute comparisons to English (or other languages). There are too many fundamental differences between the (two) languages, although there are many similarities.

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Italian expressions to speak about people and moods

Posted by Monica Corrias on May 16, 2010

Today you can find out 4 new Italian language expressions to improve your Italian easy and fun. These expressions are useful to speak about people.

pigne

diavolo

chiodo

luna

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Complete these sentences with the words above:

  • Paolo pensa solo alle donne, per lui sono  un _______ fisso!
  • Oggi mi sono alzata con la  _______ di traverso e ogni piccola cosa mi rende nervosa.
  • Secondo me Luca ha le _______ in testa: ha sempre delle idee stupide (espressione romanesca usata anche in italiano)
  • Lascimi stare, sono nervosa e ho un _______ per capello.

Do you need some help?   Here is it:
Avere la luna (di traverso): essere di malumore e irritabili = (literally = have the crooked moon): to be in a bad mood
Avere le pigne in testa: essere insensato, avere strane idee = (Having pine cones instead of the brain): Acting dumb!
Avere un diavolo per capello: essere molto arrabbiati = (literally = to have a devil for one hair): to be very angry
Avere un chiodo fisso: avere sempre lo stesso pensiero = (literally = to have a fixed nail): to have something costantly in one’s mind

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Italian preposition: A

Posted by Monica Corrias on May 3, 2010

elementary level – Italian language tips by Monica Corrias

The Italian preposition “A” (= to): some Italian’s uses (not all)
Space/Place: indicates direction or position. The place where I am or where I’m going to (look at this page and learn the place preposition):

Vado/sto andando A Roma =I am going to Rome;  Sono A Roma = I am in Rome; Sono A casa = I am at home; Vado/Sto andando A casa = I am going home; Vado/sto andando AL (A+IL = AL) bar = I am going to the bar;

Destination: introduces an indirect object of the verb:

Dai questa foto AI (A+I = AI) miei genitori = Give this photo to my parents; Scriverò un’email A mio fratello = I’ll write an email to my brother;

Time: in some tome expressions, it indicates a moment:
ALLE cinque = At five o’clock;  A mezzanotte = at midnight;  A Natale = at Christmas;  A dopo =  see you later

In combination with some verbs: to begin to; to try to
Questa sera comincio A studiare italiano = I’m beginning to learn Italian this evening ; Sto provando A studiare, ma non ci riesco = I’m trying to study but I can’t

Click and have a look at the “A” preposition + definite articles

Click and do the exercise 🙂

Click and learn some improper prepositions 😉

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I’m an experienced Italian language teacher.

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Learning Italian through songs

Posted by Monica on March 14, 2010

Jovanotti’s song “Baciami ancora“: Karaoke and official video

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Have a nice Sunday! – in Italian: Buona domenica!

Posted by Monica on February 14, 2010

Italian language teacher with many years of experience here for your one to one Italian lessons

An old Italian song to say you “Buona domenica” = Have a nice/good Sunday

Buona Domenica di Antonello Venditti

Buona domenica, passata in casa ad aspettare,
tanto il telefono non squilla più
e il tuo ragazzo ha preso il volo.
Buona domenica, tanto tua madre non capisce,
continua a dirti “Ma non esci mai?
Perché non provi a divertirti?”
Buona domenica, quando misuri la tua stanza,
finestra, letto e la tua radio che
continua a dirti che è domenica.
Ciao, ciao domenica, passata a piangere sui libri,
tanto lo sai che non ti interroga
e poi è domani, che ti frega.
Ciao, ciao buona domenica, davanti alla televisione,
con quegli idioti che ti guardano
e che continuano a giocare.
Ciao, ciao domenica, e tua sorella parla parla,
con quello sguardo da imbecille, poi
apre la porta la domenica.
Ciao, ciao domenica, passata a scrivere da sola,
venti minuti su una pagina
e proprio non ti puoi soffrire.
Ciao, ciao domenica, passata ad ascoltare dischi,
meno ti cerca e più ci stai a pensare
e questo tu lo chiami amore.
Ciao, ciao domenica, madonna non finisce mai,
sono le sei, c’è ancora il sole fuori,
nessuno a cui telefonare.
Ciao, ciao domenica, il tuo ragazzo non ti chiama,
tristezza nera nello stomaco,
e in testa voglia di morire.
Ma non morire di domenica, in questo giorno da buttare,
tutto va bene, guarda pure il sole,
aspetta ancora una domenica.

And a song about love

Carmen Consoli – L’ultimo bacio

Cerchi riparo fraterno conforto
tendi le braccia allo specchio
ti muovi a stento e con sguardo severo
biascichi un malinconico Modugno
Di quei violini suonati dal vento
l’ultimo bacio mia dolce bambina
brucia sul viso come gocce di limone
l’eroico coraggio di un feroce addio
ma sono lacrime mentre piove piove
mentre piove piove
mentre piove piove
Magica quiete velata indulgenza
dopo l’ingrata tempesta
riprendi fiato e con intenso trasporto
celebri un mite ed insolito risveglio
Mille violini suonati dal vento
l’ultimo abbraccio mia amata bambina
nel tenue ricordo di una pioggia d’argento
il senso spietato di un non ritorno
Di quei violini suonati dal vento
l’ultimo bacio mia dolce bambina
brucia sul viso come gocce di limone
l’eroico coraggio di un feroce addio
ma sono lacrime mentre piove piove
mentre piove piove
mentre piove piove

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What does the Italian “NE” mean?

Posted by Monica Corrias on December 1, 2009

Italian language teacher with many years of experience here for your Italian lessons.

Some students have a lot of troubles  with the Italian “CI”  and “NE”. Today I’ll tell you about “NE”. To understand the “CI” look at here!

What does the Italian “NE” mean? Can I omit it?

In Italian it has several different meanings. The “NE” is absolutely necessary  and I cannot omit it!

First of all, as you probably know, “NE”  is a pronoun and we used it with quantities (“some”, “any”, “a little” or a number and can also mean “of that or of them”). Careful:  we use it to avoid repeating the name that we have already mentioned therefore you cannot leave it.

E.g.

  • Avete degli amici italiani? = Have you got any Italian friends?

No, non ne abbiamo =  No, we haven’t (of them).   Ne replaces “of friends”

  • Vorrei un bottiglia d’acqua … ne ha una più piccola? =  I’d like a bottle of water, do you have a smaller one (of it)?   Ne replaces “one/a bottle”
  • Luca ha un cane = Luca has a dog

Io ne ho due = I have two of them.   Ne replaces “two dogs”

  • Le forchette non bastano, dammene delle altre = There aren’t enough forks, give me some more (of them).  Ne replaces “more forks”
  • Vorrei del prosciutto crudo = I’d like some prosciutto

   Mi dispiace, non ce n’è più = I’m sorry, there isn’t any left (of it)

  • Ho una nuova macchina = I’ve a new car

 Ne vorrei una anch’io! = I’d like a new one too (a/one car)  [read more]

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Learn Italian

Posted by Monica on May 27, 2009

Learn Italian language and listen to Italian songs – Italian instruction – Italian advanced level

Una canzone non facile e densa di spunti grammaticali.  Buon Ascolto!

 

 

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Italian survival vademecum

Posted by Monica Corrias on March 15, 2009

Ciao!   Last week David wrote me: “I am travelling to Italy this summer with my family. How does your “blog” help me with basic touristic Italian? Pronunciation?”

If you need just a phrasebook and a piece of information, you will be better to read the blog “Phrasebook“. Here I wrote some useful sentences and I posted information about basic Italian.

I usually teach at school, so I prefer to explain students grammar rules and then to practise with them grammar information in a natural context, but I can also teach in different situations.  Sometimes I help tourists  to learn the basic Italian to order something to eat or something to drink or else; now I can also teach by Skype. Therefore, if you need an experienced Italian language teacher or if you want a tutor,  e-mail me! I am accustomed to teach Italian at every language level!

Posted in Classes, italialainen, Italian classes, Italian for beginners, Italian holidays, Italian instruction, Italian language, Italian native speaker, Italian teachers, Italian tuition, Italienische Sprache, learn Italian on line, Tourism, Travel | Tagged: , , | Leave a Comment »

How can I say good luck in Italian?

Posted by Monica Corrias on February 23, 2009

As you probably know, in Italian the traditional way to say “good luck” is not  only “Buona fortuna” (literally = good luck), but rather “In bocca al lupo!” –> similar to English “Break a legs!”

When someone says that to you, there is a traditional very important reply that you are expected to give: “Crepi!” or “Crepi il lupo!

Today I would like to say “In bocca al lupo!”  to the students that are visiting Italy for them first time and that  should speak Italian. 

First of all I suggest learning Italian on the page “Italian classes”, but the most important hint is to try to get to know Italian people!  Remember that the purpose is to communicate, not just to do some academic exercises and you need to have conversation in Italian: the main focus is “to practise“!

I wrote some expressions – but only in Italian 😦  –  to accept an invitation or to refuse an invitation.

And remember the proverb:   Chi trova un amico, trova un tesoro!  =  Whoever finds a friend finds a treasure!

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Thank you very much 🙂 and say me “in bocca al lupo!”

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Italian pronunciation and karaoke

Posted by Monica Corrias on January 4, 2009

Ciao!  How do you pronunce Italian language?

I inserted a new page (“Italian songs“) to help you to pronounce Italian language. Enjoy it!

Ciao!

Ho aggiunto una nuova pagina (“Italian songs“) per aiutarvi a pronunciare l’italiano cantando.  Buon divertimento!

Posted in Classes, Courses, italialainen, Italian, Italian classes, Italian for beginners, Italian for foreigners, Italian native speaker, italian songs, Italienische Sprache, learn Italian, learn Italian on line, Learning Italian | Tagged: , , | 5 Comments »

 
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