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learn Italian with proverbs

Posted by Monica on January 10, 2011

learn Italian language in Rome – Italian instruction – tutor online
Do you remember the article I posted some time ago? It’s a good proverb to start the 2011 in Italy!

– Tutte le strade portano a Roma 😉
– All roads lead to Rome
– Todos los caminos llevan a Roma
– Alle Wege führen nach Rom / Alle Straßen führen zum Bahnhof (= stazione)

Inserito originariamente da Italian Photo Album

and remember a good proverb right for all students:
– Chi semina, raccoglie
– As you sow, so you shall reap
– Man erntet, was man sät

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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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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]

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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 »

Do you need some help with Italian expressions?

Posted by Monica Corrias on August 22, 2010

More Italian language expressions to improve your Italian easily and funny. These expressions are really common:

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avere le mani legate

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alzare il gomito

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essere a piede libero

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essere fuori di testa

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Complete these sentences with the words above:

  1. Anche se ha rubato  quei soldi è ancora a  ___________________
  2. Non mi può aiutare perché ha le __________________
  3. Secondo me è _________________ da quando la moglie  l’ ha lasciato
  4. I ragazzi ieri sera, alla festa di fine anno, ________________

Do you need some help?   Here is it:

A piede libero = out of jail
Alzare il gomito = to drink too much; gomito = elbow
Avere le mani legate = to have one’s hands tied
Fuori di Testa = Out of your mind

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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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.

If you need Italian instruction,  email me!

I’m an experienced Italian language teacher.

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Summer holiday in Italy enjoying Rome

Posted by Monica on August 8, 2010

Hi everyone, how are you?

I have come back 🙂  and you?  Are you spending your summer holiday in Rome learning Italian?

As you know, all around the year wandering in Rome is a constant voyage of discovery, but Rome in summer is wonderful: Roman citizens and tourists from all over the world can enjoy the famous summer festival in Rome called “Estate Romana” (= Roman Summer). It is not a real festival but rather a combination of multiple festivals with some running well into September.

Maybe you don’t know the Rome’s official web site where you could find piece of information about Rome events.

Here is it:  http://www.romaturismo.it/

If you can understand Italian I suggest “Wine and food Film festival”: a good chance to listen to Italian and to practice it before the film

http://www.provincia.roma.it/news/palazzo-valentini-il-wine-and-food-film-festival

But the “Roman Summer” is not only culture. It is also fitness:
“Mondofitness” -World Fitness
From 09/06/2010 to 16/09/2010

An exciting 30,000 sq.m. open-air gym with top instructors and ultra-modern equipment:   http://www.mondofitness-roma.it/

For further information about Rome  http://www.060608.it/en

In the next post I am going to teach you Italian 🙂

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Some functions of communication in Italian

Posted by Monica Corrias on June 20, 2010

Hi everyone,

it’s time you learn some more Italian online!

I was very busy last three weeks, so I couldn’t write new posts or piece of grammar information on my blog “learn Italian language”: I’m sorry for that!  But now I’m here with a new nice exercise on Italian interpersonal functions of communication ( expressing regrets; give directions and instructions;  etc.)

This exercise (+ solution), is for students of a language level B1, so it’s totally in Italian. I hope you’ll preaches it 🙂

Have a good day!

Exercise: Griglia funzioni comunicative-elementi grammaticali

Remember: the friendliest way to improve your language skills is practice it with a mothertongue teacher in a friendly conversation about current affairs, life in Italy and Rome, and many other topics you like. I can give you Italian instruction: this is an opportunity to ask a native speaker (and experienced teacher = me) about the language problems you can have.

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Italian song by Max Gazzè

Posted by Monica on May 30, 2010

Vi piace Max Gazzè? Questa canzone fa parte del suo ultimo CD:

“Mentre dormi”

Posted in Italian instruction, Italian language, Italian native speaker, italian songs, Italian teachers, Italian tuition, Italienische Sprache, learn Italian on line, Lingua e cultura, video | 4 Comments »

 
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