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how do you know when a word has double letters?

Posted by Monica on September 16, 2012

Hi, Oscar asked me “how do you know when a word has double letters?”

I’m sorry, but we have only two rules:

the conditional have double consonants in the first person plural:

future/futuro conditional/condizionale
andremo (we will go) andremmo (we would go)
lavoreremo (we will work) ………. lavoreremmo (we would work)

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words ending with “zione” (azione, meditazione, lezione…) do not require a double consonant.

Usually, we listen to words and we can know the spelling.

Besides today I would like remember you some little things.

In Italian double consonants sound stronger and longer than in English.

How can you listen to or pronounce double consonants?  Try to listen to the music and the beat of the sound. In Italian doubles letters always break into separate syllables, and double consonants tend to affect how the preceding vowel is pronounced so you have to practice a lot.

In the beginning you won’t hear them, but don’t worry: ask a native Italian to pronounce word pairs such as casa/cassa; papa/pappa; nono/nonno or pala/palla (the meaning changes) until you can hear the difference. Remember, in English you can listen to a similar sound in sentence as “bus stop” or “bad dog” and similar.

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Posted by Monica Corrias on March 31, 2012

Italian classes – Advance language level (C1-C2)

Abbiamo già incontrato  il congiuntivo nelle frasi secondarie (o subordinate) dove è usato con più frequenza.  In questo tipo di frase la difficoltà maggiore, che dà qualche problema anche ai madrelingua, è la possibilità di scelta fra indicativo e congiuntivo in quelle frasi in cui più comunemente si usa l’indicativo, ma l’eventuale scelta del congiuntivo implica sfumature di significato.  Un esempio tipico è quello delle frasi temporali con valore di eventualità: quando/qualora decidessi di tornare, chiamami! (nell’eventualità/nel caso che tu tornassi)
In realtà il congiuntivo può essere impiegato sia nelle subordinate sia in proposizioni indipendenti dando alla frase valori molto precisi.
Nelle proposizioni indipendenti, il congiuntivo può avere valore:

  • – esortativo (al posto dell’imperativo): … ma la smetta!
  • – concessivo (segnalando un’adesione, anche forzata, a qualcosa): venga pure a spiegarmi le sue ragioni
  • – dubitativo: che sia un ladro? ( si può usare anche l’indicativo futuro: sarà un ladro?;  l’infinito: che fare?;  il condizionale: io cosa avrei fatto?);
  • – ottativo (per esprimere un augurio, una speranza, ma anche un timore): fosse vero!;
  • – esclamativo: sapessi quanto è bello!

I CASI PIU’ FREQUENTI DI CONGIUNTIVO NELLE FRASI INDIPENDENTI SONO:

Il telefono del vicino continua a squillare. Che sia successo qualcosa?  CONGIUNTIVO DUBITATIVO (nelle frasi interrogative)→dubbio, incertezza
Magari vincessi alla lotteria!
Ah se vincessi alla lotteria.
CONGIUNTIVO OTTATIVO→ desideri, speranze
Continua a chiedermi sempre le stesse cose, non ne posso più. Che vada al diavolo CONGIUNTIVO ESORTATIVO, IMPERATIVO → una esortazione a fare qualcosa
E i tuoi cosa dicono?Dicano pure quel che vogliono, tanto ormai ho deciso di cambiare vita! CONGIUNTIVO CONCESSIVO→ concessione, permesso a fare qualcosa (anche se forzatamente)

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Basic Italian

Posted by Monica Corrias on January 5, 2012

Are you an absolute beginner in Italian language?
Do you want to enjoy Italian and learn some verbs and nouns?

Before learning “The Basic Italian” remember 3 important rules: 1) daily practice is very important! 2) Do not worry about making mistakes!  😉 3) Be confident because more you use Italian the better your Italian will become!

Do not forget:  my online lessons are aimed at everyone so everyone could enjoy this funny song (advanced Italian language level too)

Now let’s listen to this Italian song: sing along with it to learn how to pronounce Italian!

The verbs are:
Dormire
Salutare
Camminare
Nuotare
Sciare
Baciare

The nouns are:
Autostop
Starnuto
Spray
Macho
Clacson
Campana
Ok
Capelli
Saluti
Superman

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Italian pronominal verbs

Posted by Monica on November 28, 2011

Yesterday I posted a little note on the Italian “pronominal verbs”. I recommend that everyone read it only after learning the main meanings of “CI” and “NE“.
The note is in Italian because to begin using pronominal verbs  you must have a good understanding of Italian.
Of course, some verbs are easier than others, and you can use it easily, but in general you need a good knowledge of the language to be able to use them.

Verbs such as  “farcela”, “avercela”, “prendersela”  and “andarsene” (“make it”, “be angry”, “get angry/pick on sb.” and “go away”) have an easy equivalent in English, but when used in Italian, they  create some difficulties because of the pronouns.  In Italian pronominal verbs, pronouns are like prepositions in English phrasal verbs: change the meaning of the verb!

Anyone interested, read the page in Italian.

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learn Italian and enjoy “the culture week” from 16th to 25th April

Posted by Monica on April 11, 2010

Are you planning to go to Italy? Do you like to learn Italian in Rome?

You need to know the “Settimana della Cultura”! 😉

As every year, the Week of Culture organised by the Italian Ministry of Culture is coming with a lot of free events in Rome and in all Italy.

During the week of April 16-25, all the Italian State Museums and Archeological Sites are totaly FREE to promote everybody’s participation to Italian culture and historic heritage.

Look at the official web site of  MiBAC

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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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