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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Italian modal verbs – Difference between sapere and potere

Italian modal verbs – Difference between sapere and potere

Potere and sapere are two Italian modal verbs that are widely used. So, knowing how to use them is essential to communicate clearly and effectively. If some of the uses of sapere and potere are quite simple to grasp, some others can be confusing at first. Let’s start from the explanation on how to use the verb sapere and potere and then we’ll move on to their differences. I’m going to use an extract of my Italian grammar for this explanation. Potere Potere is usually followed by a verb in the infinitive. Potere can be generally used to: a. Express…

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The meanings of the Italian words magari and infatti

Magari and infatti are two common Italian words that Italians use daily. But these two words do not have only one meaning and can be used in different ways. Do you think you know all the meanings of these two Italian words and how to use them? If not, keep reading because today you’ll learn how to use magari and infatti. MAGARI Magari can have different meanings in Italian. In course books some of these meanings are taught sooner, some others, instead, are taugth at intermediate or advanced levels. However, if you happen to have an Italian language partner, you’ll…

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Seven Italian body idioms

Seven Italian body idioms

Italian is a language full of idioms, and many of them are commonly used in everyday situations. This is the case of many Italian body idioms, for example. So, today you’re going to learn seven Italian body idioms. 1. COSTARE UN OCCHIO DELLA TESTA Costare un occhio della testa is the first of the Italian body idioms you’re going to learn today. This expression is used to say that something is extremely expensive. Ex: Che bell’anello! Ti sarà costato un occhio della testa! What a nice ring! It might have cost you an arm and a leg! 2. NON AVERE…

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