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an Italian song with imperative

Posted by Monica on January 23, 2011

Before listening to the Italian song “Salvami” by Gianna Nannini & Giorgia, you should learn the grammar about the imperative mood and pronouns [look at the pattern]

Un po’ di imperativo? (per vedere il video dovete andare su youtube) Il testo è sotto il video, quindi vi consiglio di aprire youtube in un’altra scheda.

Ecco il testo di “Salvami”, nuovo singolo di Gianna Nannini cantato in collaborazione con Giorgia:

Salvami
mi fa male quando è sincero
Salvami
dimmi almeno che non è vero
Guardami
Passi sbagliati
Angeli
Soli e accerchiati
Parlami
Tu sai la verità
Alzati
ama per sempre
Sbagliati
Non serve a niente
Vivere
Se non si dà
Alzati
Nasci ogni volta
Perditi
Sotto il diluvio
Spogliati
Bella così sarai

Guardalo
Ha mani bellissime
Guardalo
E’ puro nell’anima
Smettila
se sai come si fa

Alzati
Ama per sempre
Spogliati
Ridi di niente
Vivere
ci basterà
Alzati
E’ un sentimento
Libero
Vero tormento
Vivilo
Guarda il sole brucia per te, per te, per lui

La bocca trema di passione
Per me, per me
Rivoglio quel suo bacio
senza mai fine

Alzati
Ama per sempre
Sbagliati
Non serve a niente
Vivere
Se non ci si dà
Alzati
Dentro il cielo
E luccica
Spazio infinito e libertà
Che non finirà mai

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The Italian Absolute superlative: learn an easy and nice way to say it

Posted by Monica Corrias on January 14, 2011

Italian Courses in Italy – Italian language in Rome – Italian instruction – tutor online
In Italian, superlatives (express the quality in a higher grade) are usually formed by adding the suffix –issimo (or –issima; -issimi; -issime) to an adjective. As you know adjectives in Italian must agree in gender (masculine or feminine) and number (singular or plural) with the noun.

An other way to express the absolute are terms like “molto” , “assai” (very) or “estremamente” (extremely), but they are used before the unchanged adjective:

bello = beautiful: bellissimo/a/i/e or molto bello (very beautiful)
veloce = fast: velocissimo/a/i/e or molto/estremamente veloce (very fast)
utile = useful: utilissimo/a/i/e or molto/estremamente utile(extremely useful)

Moreover this can be expressed in several ways:

a realy nice way is repeating the adjective (or the adverb). Watch Beningni’s movie :-):

Other ways are:

By using the prefix arci-; stra-; super-; extra-; mega-; ultra- or maxi
By using expressions such as “stanco morto” (dead tired); “ricco sfondato” (filthy rich) and “ubriaco fradicio” (very drunk); …

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I Wish you a New Year full of positive surprises … in Italy

Posted by Monica on December 31, 2010

Auguro a tutti voi

un Nuovo Anno pieno di

sorprese positive, di viaggi e di allegria.

Tanti Auguri!

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Posted in happy new year in Italian, Italian classes, Italian culture, Italian holidays, Italian instruction, Italian native speaker, Italian tuition, learn Italian on line | 2 Comments »

Animals and Italian language expressions

Posted by Monica on December 12, 2010

I’m an experienced Italian language teacher and I’m available for Italian tuition in Rome.  Email me!

Today you can find out 5 new Italian language expressions to improve your Italian in an easy and fun way.  These expressions are really common:

Volpe

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Talpa

Mulo

Ghiro

Pavone

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Complete these sentences with the words of the pics above:

1. Luca è veramente ostinato: fa sempre le stesse cose anche se sbaglia. Non ho mai visto nessuno così testardo come un ___________________
2. Paolo è veramente furbo come una  __________________.
3. Marco è un _________________: non ho mai visto un narcisista come lui.
4. Lisa dorme come un  _________________ non si riesce a svegliarla!
5. Luca sbatte sempre dappertutto: è veramente cieco come una  ________________

Do you need some help? Here is it:

Furbo come una volpe = as sly as a fox
Cieco come una talpa = as blind as a bat  (but we say as a mole)
Testardo come un mulo = stubborn as a mule
Dormire come un ghiro = to slip as a log (but we say as a dormouse)
Vanitoso come un pavone = as vain as a peacock

Read more about

1. moods
2. people and food part A
3. people and food part B
4. people and food part C

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Learn Italian subjunctive

Posted by Monica on November 18, 2010

How must I use  Italian subjunctive tenses  and how do subordinate (=dependent) clauses work?

A dependent clause is a clause which adds more information to a sentence and  in Italian usually is after the conjunction “che”

The subjunctive mood is generally used in subordinate clauses, when we don’t speak about real facts, but we express personal opinions, personal wishes, personal willingness or orders etc…

Which tense must I use?  It depends on the verb of the main (= independent) clause!

Have a look at these pages:

La concordanza dei tempi 1) e la concordanza dei tempi 2)

And have fun:

watch and listen to these videos (and read the lyrics)!

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learn Italian through songs

Posted by Monica Corrias on November 1, 2010

Un po’ di musica? 🙂 Listen many times to the song and try to sing the song. In this site you will find Italian Idioms, Italian songs (with the words) and some free Italian grammar lessons in order to help you learn Italian better. Click the categories you need and learn the right Italian for you. If you are in Rome, for any other Italian language instruction – tuition, email me!

Read the lyrics

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Improve your Italian with fun

Posted by Monica on October 10, 2010

An Italian song to improve your Italian listening and pronunciation skills:

Click on the youtube link:

The grammar you can see here is the Italian present continuous + simple present tense and second conditional (= Italian periodo ipotetico di secondo tipo)

After watching this video do the exercise to improve your skills [click here]

Posted in Italian, Italian classes, Italian for beginners, Italian for foreigners, Italian language, Italian native speaker, italian songs, Italian teachers, Italian tuition, Italienische Sprache, learn Italian on line, Learning Italian, Lingua e cultura, video | Tagged: , , , | 2 Comments »

Italian imperative and pronouns

Posted by Monica on September 19, 2010

Italian Courses in Italy – Italian language in Rome – Italian instruction – tutor online

Last week Gareth said:   “Nice site!
After 6 months studying Italian on my own, I’m just going through ci/ne (and the conditional). But there is one use of ci that throws me, and I can’t find any reference to it in any grammar book. E.g. “A Roma, anche a me piacerebbe ritornarci.” I have thought that in a sentence like “Forse, ma pensaci un po’” it is an imperative – “think about it!” In the first case I thought one might also alternatively have: “A Roma, anche a me piacerebbe ci ritornare.” What is happening with the use of ci in “ritornarci”? Any advice gladly accepted! Thanks!”

I replied: “Ciao Gareth, ti rispondo in italiano perché studi da sei mesi.

1) Nella frase “A Roma, anche a me piacerebbe ritornarci” il CI è un “locativo“, cioè il ci sostituisce ed enfatizza “a Roma“. Il CI è messo alla fine del verbo ritornare (che è un infinito), perché “ritornare + ci” = “ritornarci”. Ricorda che dopo il verbo piacere usiamo un verbo all’infinito o un nome.

2) La soluzione che tu proponi (“a me piacerebbe ci tornare“) non è possibile, perché la regola non ammette la separazione del verbo piacere e dell’infinito, anche in caso di verbo riflessivo, per esempio: a noi piacerebbe svegliarci tardi 😉 ”

Per leggere l’intero scambio di commenti potete vedere qui [click here]

Per completare la mia risposta a Gareth ho preparato questa scheda sulla posizione dei pronomi con l’imperativo, ma date un’occhiata anche alla posizione dei pronomi con altri verbi.

Spero che queste schede possano essere utile a tutti!

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How can I say “I come from” in Italian? The Italian preposition “DA”

Posted by Monica on September 6, 2010

elementary level – Italian language tips

The Italian preposition  “DA” (= from /to/at/since/for):  some uses

PLACE:  indicates direction or position.  The place, of origin or departure  or the place where one is or where one is going (only with name of people or pronouns)

-Vengo DA Milano = I come from Milan

– Parto DA Roma questo pomeriggio  = I’m leaving Rome this afternoon

-Lisa è tornata DALLE vacanze = Lisa is back from vacation

-Vado DA Luca = I’m going to Luca’s/at Luca’s home

– Vado DAL dottore = I’m going to the doctor’s

TIME: Indicates  when a period of time begins at a particular time or a duration (a period which started in the past and continues up to the present), in this case we use the construction of present tense + da + time expressions.

– Il museo è aperto Dalle 9:30 alle 6 = The museum is open from 9:30 to 6.00 p.m.

– Insegno Da molti anni = I’ve been teaching for many years

– Insegno DAL  1998 = I’ve been teaching since 1998

Be careful:  Da is always paired with A

Now read this e-mail:

Ciao Maria, tutto bene?

Questa sera noi andiamo tutti DA Paolo, naturalmente sei invitata anche tu. C’è anche Joe, il ragazzo americano che viene DA Boston. E’ molto simpatico e parla bene l’italiano perché vive a Roma DA circa tre anni.

Oggi  lavoro DALLE 9 alle 16, e poi devo andare DAL dentista. Ti telefono io  verso le 5, così andiamo insieme alla festa.

A dopo.

Clik here and look at the Italian place/space prepositions

Clik here to learn the Italian prepositions with definite articles

Posted in Italian classes, Italian for foreigners, Italian Grammar, Italian instruction, Italian language, Italian native speaker, Italian teachers, Italian tuition, Italienische Sprache, learn Italian, Learning Italian | 2 Comments »

How to improve Italian reading skill

Posted by Monica Corrias on August 18, 2010

Hi, today I’ll post an article and some exercises to help upper-intermediate and advance Italian language level students to improve their reading skill.

I think the best way to improve your confidence and fluency in reading is to find more opportunities to read texts searching Italian newspapers or magazines on-line.  After the reading you have to practice doing some exercises to memorize vocabulary and to think about the subject.
I can give you an example.

Yesterday, during my lesson, I used this article and these exercises (with solution, but only for you), and then we discussed about the article. Today I gave my students a “cloze” to reinforce more effectively some vocabulary on that specific contest.

Spero vi possa essere utile.

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