Some Italian adverbs of time

Some Italian adverbs of time

Learning a foreign language isn’t easy. It requires at least strong commitment, a good amount of curiosity, and the will to reduce shyness. When learning a language, each person encounters different difficulties. Some people struggle to learn new vocabulary. Others, instead, find it more difficult to talk using the right rhythms and tones. If there’s one thing I’ve quickly learnt while teaching Italian is that you should assume nothing. Sometimes, a topic you think will be easy for a student, in reality will be not, and viceversa. Usually, the topic that people who’re learning Italian consider one of the most…

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Passive sentences in Italian

Chameleon - Passive sentences in Italian

If you’re a language learner sooner or later you’ll come across passive voice. So, in this article I’m going to teach you how to form passive sentences in Italian. In Italian there are two types of sentences: active sentences and passive sentences. While in active sentences the focus is on the subject who carries out the action, in passive sentences the focus is on the action that is carried out. So, the subject of an active sentence becomes the receiver of the action – the actor – in a passive sentence. Moreover, the object of an active sentence becomes the…

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Ne in Italian – What does it mean?

Ne in Italian - What does it mean?

There are words in a language that are considered very difficult to master by language learners – have a look at the meanings and uses of the word ci in italian in this article -> What’s the meaning of the word ci in Italian? Let’s take the word ne in Italian. It is considered one of the most complex words to master in Italian by many students. This is probably both because the word ne in Italian carries out many different functions, and because these same functions in many other languages are either carried out by other structures or are…

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What’s the meaning of the word ci in Italian?

What’s the meaning of the word ci in Italian?

The trickiest words in a language are usually the ones that both have several meanings and are widely used. Let’s take the Italian word ci, for example. It’s pretty short, and it’s surely not difficult to remember. However, its different uses make it one of the trickiest words to master for an Italian learner. So, today I’m going to explain the meaning of the word ci in Italian and how to use it.   PERSONAL PRONOUN DIRECT AND INDIRECT OBJECT PRONOUN Ci in Italian can be both a direct object pronoun and an indirect object pronoun. As a direct object…

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Italian grammar – Difference between essere and stare

Italian grammar – Difference between essere and stare

Italian grammar is considered rather difficult by the majority of learners. This is because different languages have usually different structures – even the ones that are very similar like French and Italian. In the last article, I talked about the difference between essere and stare, a topic of the Italian grammar that creates a lot of confusion among learners. In that article, I mainly focused on the verb essere. Today, instead, I’m going to explain when to use stare. STARE Stare is generally used to indicate: 1.    Precise location Example: Le chiavi stanno nel cassetto (The keys are in the…

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