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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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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!

Ask your question about the Italian grammar and I will answer you.   The answers will be in Italian.

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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

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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

…….

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 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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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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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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Vote for learn Italian language: top 100 language blogs

Posted by Monica on May 13, 2010

I have received this email:

Dear Monica Corrias,

We have received 495 nominations for The Top 100 Language Blogs 2010 competition. For each of the four categories we have admitted 100 blogs into the voting phase. Your blog ‘Learn Italian Language’ (https://ciaoitaliablog.wordpress.com/) is included for voting in the ‘Language Learning’ category. Congratulations!

As stated in our language blog Lexiophiles, 50% of the final score will be based on user votes. You can promote your blog by embedding the following voting button in your page. Simply add the code below to a blog post (similar to embedding a YouTube video) so that your readers can vote for you directly:

Vote the Top 100 Language Learning Blogs 2010

The voting phase starts today, May 12th, and ends on May 24th. Winners will be announced May 28th.

Good luck!

Priscila

So, if you like this Italian learning blog, you could vote it 😉

I’ll appreciate it

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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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