Italian Language

Time Phrases

Here are some time related phrases.  For further information on telling the time please have a look at our ‘Telling the Time’ article. section. ENGLISH           ITALIAN           PRONUNCIATION & EMPHASIS next week la settimana prossima la setteemana prosseema
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Telling the Time

To tell the time in Italian, you always use sono le…followed by the number; sono le cinque (It’s five o’clock) the only exception is when it is one o’clock: è l’una. Minutes past the hour your would say: sono le due e venti (it is twenty pas
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Days, Months, Seasons

Below is a list of days of the week, months of the year and the seasons in Italian along with the English translation as well as how to pronounce the words. ENGLISH           ITALIAN           PRONUNCIATION & EMPHASIS DAYS Monday lunedì loonedee Tuesday martedì martedee
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Essential Questions

Here are some essential questions that you should know.  Make the effort to speak the language, but if you are having difficulty, then it is ok to ask “do you speak English?” At least this way, whoever you are speaking to can see that you have tried. ENGLISH          
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Introducing Yourself

In this section you will learn how to introduce yourself and say where you are from, where you live and how old you are. English           Italian           Pronunciation & Emphasis My name is…. Mi chiamo… mee kyamo…. This is my husband Ti presento mio
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Italian Greetings

Below you will find a list of standard greetings in Italian along with their meaning in English as well as how to pronounce the word.  The words with certain letters that are highlighted in bold show you which part of the word you should emphasize more. ENGLISH ITALIAN
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Italian Pronunciation

Italian is more or less pronounced as it is written; every vowel and consonant is fully pronounced. Where there is a double consonant, this indicates that you should stress this part of the word more. If you don’t take care to do this, then the meaning of the word can change
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Language Overview

The Romance languages developed from Latin in the sixth to ninth centuries.  Italian is one of the Romance languages and is spoken all over Italy (the other four most widely spoken Romance languages are; Spanish, Portugese, French and Romanian).  Italian is not a difficult
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Italian People

Family and friends mean everything to the Italians and you will find that the grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins often settle in the same town, sometimes even sharing the same villa or apartment block.  There are many family businesses around Lake Como which are passed down
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