Italian linking words – Insomma, and allora

Italian linking words – Insomma, and allora

Linking words are those words that show how two or more ideas or sentences are related to one another. So, they are used to join clauses, sentences and paragraphs. Linking words are essential to express concepts logically. That’s why today I’ll tell you how to use some Italian linking words correctly. 1. Insomma Insomma is the first of the five Italian linking words of today’s list. Insomma can be used in many different ways in Italian. It can be used to conclude or sum up something you were saying. Ex: Le alte temperature stanno sciogliendo i ghiacciai, senza considerare che…

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Five Italian sayings about hens and eggs

Italian sayings about hens and eggs

Easter has just passed in Italy, so I thought it would be a good idea to talk about some very common Italian idioms about hens and eggs, which are some of the symbols of Easter in Italy. 1. Meglio un uovo oggi che una gallina domani This Italian saying concerns both hens and eggs, and is usually used to remind someone that it’s always better to choose to have a sure thing now than to choose the possibility – not the certainty – to have more later. Example: + Puoi fermarti e andartene adesso con 5000 euro o continuare a…

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Frequent mistakes Italians make in Italian (Part 2)

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What are the most frequent mistakes Italians make when speaking or writing in Italian? Some weeks ago I talked about mistakes concerning accent and apostrophe – Common mistakes Italians make in Italian – today I’ll talk about some others. 1. VOWEL I The Italian vowel i can be tricky both for Italians and for Italian learners. Indeed, when this vowel is preceded by letter c or g and followed by another vowel, its sound is usually silent. So, it’s not surprising that vowel i is included in the list of the most frequent mistakes Italians usually make. Sometimes Italians do…

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Common mistakes Italians make in Italian (Part 1)

Common mistakes Italians make in Italian

Sometimes language learners are afraid of speaking in a foreign language because they’re scared of making mistakes. But they also forget that even native speakers make mistakes when talking or even when writing! So, to make you feel better about your mistakes in Italian, here are some of the most common mistakes Italians make when speaking or writing. THE ACCENT Sometimes, it can be tricky to know whether to use the accent or not in Italian, especially on monosillabic words. So, some Italians either use too many accents or they choose not to use them at all. The fact is…

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Basic Italian travel phrases

Basic Italian travel phrases

Everyone who’s come to Italy once in his life, has surely noticed that many Italians don’t have a good command of English. So, knowing and understanding at least some basic Italian travel phrases might be very useful for you if you ever decide to come and visit Italy. For this reason, today I’m going to list some very basic Italian travel phrases that you can use during your staying in Italy. ASKING FOR EXPLANATIONS These simple sentences are very useful when you don’t understand immediately what an Italian is saying. You can use different types of sentences. The choice is…

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