Italian possessive adjectives and pronouns

Italian possessive adjectives and pronouns

In Italian possessive adjectives and pronouns have the same form. However they are used differently. Indeed, while possessive adjectives are used with the nouns they refer to, possessive pronouns replace nouns. Examples: La tua macchina è bella (your car is beautiful)                        La tua macchina è più bella della mia (your car is more beautiful than mine) As you can see from the examples above, the Italian possessive adjective tua is placed before the noun it refers to, macchina, while the Italian possessive pronoun mia replaces the noun macchina. POSSESSIVE ADJECTIVES Possessive adjectives are generally preceded by a definite…

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How to train your memory

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Who has never had problems memorizing new words or numbers? I remember how I struggled when I had to learn 60 or more new German words in a few days when I was in high school. To memorize them, I sat with my course book trying to find some Italian words that had a sort of link with the German ones. For example, I still remember that I associated the word Artz – doctor – with the Italian word arto – limb. Doctors fix limbs too, isn’t it?    Growing up I discovered that memory can be trained and improved.…

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Italian superlative – superlativo relativo e assoluto

Superlativo

If you’re going to Italy this summer, you might want to know how to say in Italian sentences like: This pizza is very good You’re very beautiful You’re very elegant tonight And knowing how to form and use the Italian superlative can really come in handy. In Italian the superlative has two possible forms: superlativo relativo (superlative relative) and superlativo assoluto (absolute superlative). SUPERLATIVO RELATIVO It indicates that an object or a person has the greatest or least degree of a quality compared to that of other objects or people. FORMATION 1st TERM OF COMPARISON + VERB + ARTICLE +…

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Eight reasons to learn Italian

Learn Italian

In Six reasons to learn a foreign language I talked about some of the reasons why you should start learning a foreign language. Today, I want to share with you eight reasons why you should learn Italian. 1- If you plan to visit Italy, knowing Italian can come in handy. Indeed, not many Italians speak English fluently. And speaking Italian with locals might help you discover beautiful places to visit or good restaurants that tourists usually do not know. 2- Did you know that Italian derives from Latin? And that about 60% of the English vocabulary comes from Latin? Learning…

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Visiting Italy? A not-to-do list

They say when in Rome, do as Romans do. However, travellers know quite well that there are also some behaviors they should avoid if they don’t want to be labeled as tourists. So, for those of you visiting Italy, I’ve decided to write a brief not-to-do list: 1. Don’t use ciao to greet someone you don’t know, or in situations requiring formality. Use buongiorno (good morning) or buonasera (good evening), instead. 2. If you’re invited to someone’s home, don’t bring chrysanthemums as a gift. These flowers symbolize death in Italy. 3. Don’t do this gesture. This means cornuto (your wife…

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