Archive for September, 2007
The verb scegliere (to choose) has a particular irregularity in its conjugation in present tense: I cannot say “io sceglio“, but I have to say “io scelgo”.It means that for the first singular person (io) and the third plural person (loro) there is a reversal of consonats. This is the correct conjugation in the present [...]
When I teach Italian, I say that we always use article before possessive adjectives but I know that it’s false! After one or two lessons I rectify my statement and I say that normally we never use article before possessive adjectives which refer to singular nouns (except with “loro“) regarding family members like padre, madre, [...]
The Italian word problema means problem, question, case. I would like to call your attention on this word that ends in “-a” but it’s a masculine word. We say il problema and not la problema, and in plural “-a” changes in “-i“, it means il problema – i problemi Do you konw other words that [...]
Today I would like to show you a very easy and tasty italian recipe of spaghetti. We prepare it in every season, but I recommend you to cook it in summer when tomatoes are tastier.
The use of the past tense in Italian is different from the use of it in English. I think that it’s not so easy to understand, for example, the difference between the use of passato prossimo and the use of imperfetto. Today I would like to explain when we normally use the tense Imperfect:
When I teach Italian, I always ask: “when I buy 1Kg arance (oranges), do I buy them with -i (that means: arancie) or without -i (that means: arance)?” One of particular cases of plural forms is, in my opinion, the case of feminine words ending in “-cia” or “-gia“.
It’s not very easy to do the plural form of nouns in Italian. Normally, when nouns end in -o (in general it’s masculine) the plural is -i; and when nouns end in -a the plural form is -e,
Many foreign people asked me, how they can prepare spaghetti alla carbonara and if eggs need to be cooked or not. well, I think that every Italian has its recipe of spaghetti alla carbonara, I’ll try to suggest you my version.
If foreign people pay attention when Italians are speaking, they can note that we use the particle “ne” quite often. Many people asked me what “ne” means, and now I’ll try to explain you all meanings of the particle“ne”.
When we speak, we use often “verbi pronominali”. It means verbs that are conjugated with one or two pronouns that change a bit the original meaning.