Conversation in Italian

Welcome ! This is a great opportunity to practice reading and writing in Italian with your fellow Rocket Italian learners. So browse some of the posts, take your Italian reading skills for a spin and when you're ready, introduce yourself and get chatting! Don't be afraid to make mistakes - these are learners just like you and they're here to help.

To stay (in a village/hotel/etc)

Hi Lucia, What would be the most common way to say something like "I'm staying in a village out in the countryside"? (the part that I'm not sure about is which verb to use for "to stay"? Il paese in cui .... è in compagnia. Io ... in un paese in compagn...

6 replies - Last post by drewster - January 10, 2017

Conversazione in Italiano

Ciao ciao, which sentence is correct and why? 1) Abbiamo sete, abbiamo voglia di bere birre fredde. 2) Abbiamo sete, abbiamo voglia di bere birra fredda. Grazio per il tuo tempo!! buon 2017 :)

1 reply - Last post by Lucia - Rocket Languages Tutor - January 4, 2017

Question

Cosa significa "i miei sono in pensione"? Grazie

2 replies - Last post by drewster - November 14, 2016

English italian

I was on a recent trip to italy and finally was able to use what I've been learning. During the trip I was able to meet some friends who know very little english and was wondering was there an rocket English version for Italians that I could get them so t...

1 reply - Last post by drewster - November 3, 2016

Help with understanding the "Me ne occupo io" translation

In lesson 5.7, "Me ne occupo io" is translated as  "I'll take care of it."  I don't understand how me, ne, and io all map (I know io = I, but why does it end up at the end of the sentence?)   If occupare is a reflexive verb, I might have guessed "Mi le oc...

10 replies - Last post by drewster - October 15, 2016

Perche?

Ciao, Why are there 2 ways to ask time in Italian? Che ora è e Che ore sono? The second is literally translated as what times are there? sound a little weird to me.. Grazie

1 reply - Last post by Lucia - Rocket Languages Tutor - October 8, 2016

cucinano in modo?

In 1.4 (Restaurant) I cannot find an explanation for the phrase 'cucinano in modo'. I understand what it means from the translation but I would like more detail.

2 replies - Last post by drewster - October 4, 2016

Differenza

Ciao ciao Come si dice " what is the difference between A and B" in italiano?  Is this correct: (1) Qual è differenza tra A e B? or (2) Che cosa è differenza tra A and B? What is the difference between saying essere felice and essere felici? grazie mille

5 replies - Last post by Lucia - Rocket Languages Tutor - October 1, 2016

Conversazione

Come si dice "closed on wednesday" in italiano? È chiuso a mercoledì o chiuso la mercoledì e perché? Grazie mille per il vostro tempo!

1 reply - Last post by Lucia - Rocket Languages Tutor - October 1, 2016

Italian conversation

Ciao, che cosa significa "Che ne dici di questo" e "Cosa ne dici di questo" in inglese? They both have very similar meanings, how do i know when to use "cosa" and when to use "che"? Grazie!

2 replies - Last post by Lucia - Rocket Languages Tutor - September 23, 2016

compleanno

Ciao,  which one is correct and why? grazie! 1) il suo compleanno è 3 gennaio 1993 2) suo compleanno è 3 gennaio 1993

3 replies - Last post by Lucia - Rocket Languages Tutor - September 20, 2016

Italian conversation

Ciao, cosa significa "quale libro voleva la donna?" in inglese? is it which book did the woman want to see? however, why is la donna (the woman/ object) placed at the last of the question unlike in english? grazie!

1 reply - Last post by Lucia - Rocket Languages Tutor - September 11, 2016

Dialogue

Ciao, ho una domanda a chiedere. cosa significa " e'stata proprio una bella giornata" in inglese? Grazie

1 reply - Last post by Lucia - Rocket Languages Tutor - September 10, 2016

Play it

I have worked out that you repeat the conversation four times but when I push the 'Get Started' button, the whole conversation scrolls down really quickly and there is no chance, however, fast I try to speak, to record my part of the conversation. Valerie

1 reply - Last post by Margaret-RocketLanguages - September 3, 2016

How do u say pardon me if i say some word wrongly

How do u say pardon me if i say some word wrongly in Italian? Grazie!

3 replies - Last post by Lucia - Rocket Languages Tutor - August 29, 2016

How to translate ninety-eight in Italian

Ciao, ho un domanda a chiedere (is this right?) How to translate ninety-eight in Italian? Tante grazie!

1 reply - Last post by Lucia - Rocket Languages Tutor - August 25, 2016

Vorrei VS Mi piacerebbe

Buona sera,  I want to ask the difference between Vorrei and Mi piacerebbe as both mean " I would like to...(something)". For example, I would like to play the guitar is Mi piacerebbe suona la chitarra or Vorrei suona la chitarra correct? How about for...

1 reply - Last post by Lucia - Rocket Languages Tutor - August 20, 2016

Pronunciation when two vowels collide: Noi siamo arrivati

Hi Italian speakers, I haven't seen it said in the course anywhere, but when I listen to the conversation, it seems often that when one word ends in a vowel and the next starts with one, that the two sounds blend into one. An example from unit 4.10: "No...

2 replies - Last post by drewster - August 18, 2016

Our cakes are on the plate

Ciao, I would like to ask about the correct way to say Our cakes are on the plate.  Would 'Le nostre torte sono sul piatto' be correct? Grazie

1 reply - Last post by Lucia - Rocket Languages Tutor - August 17, 2016

Conversing in Italian

Hi, How do you ask the following questions in Italian? What do you like to do? What do you like to eat? How long have you been staying in this country? Any nice places in the location? What are your hobbies or interests? Would appreciate if you could he...

1 reply - Last post by Lucia - Rocket Languages Tutor - August 17, 2016

that's enough

I know basta cosi, means that is enough.  Is it used to tell a waiter enough?  I did not want to use a phrase that was harsh.   I want to use the language in way that is not offensive.  Thank you.  David

1 reply - Last post by Lucia - Rocket Languages Tutor - August 9, 2016

asking someone to sit down

I know siediti mean sit down.  However if I just put please in front of it does it make it an ivitation instead of sounding like a command?

1 reply - Last post by Lucia - Rocket Languages Tutor - August 5, 2016

Pretty parcel

Hi, How do i say "pretty parcel" in Italian? That is a name for a store. Thank you.

1 reply - Last post by Lucia - Rocket Languages Tutor - July 25, 2016

Allora or Dunque?

Hi, I know neither of these really mean anything apart from filling a gap in a sentence or, at most, "well .." but is dunque used much? I see it in the lessons but I was recently in Italy and only heard it once whereas I heard allora everywhere. Cheers,...

2 replies - Last post by drewster - July 24, 2016

"Abita" vs "Abiti"

Hi, to ask a person "where do you (female) live?", is it right to say  1) Dove abiti? or 2) Dove abita? I understand that the verb of "to live" is "abitare", so this verb belongs to the 1st conjugation. Therefore, according to the rules of 1st conjugati...

1 reply - Last post by Lucia - Rocket Languages Tutor - July 23, 2016

Practice in oral conversation

Any ideas in how to further practice speaking the Italian language I am learning. The written parts are easier than  the speaking. Any suggestions? J

6 replies - Last post by drewster - July 21, 2016

Convo

Hi, i am just wondering if I want to say that something is not mine in Italian, what should I say? example: "(1) it is not my books" or "(2) don't touch my things" , "(3) this does not belong to me".  Grazie!

1 reply - Last post by Lucia - Rocket Languages Tutor - July 12, 2016

please

there are several forms of the word please in Italian.  Is there a way to know which to use?

3 replies - Last post by Lucia - Rocket Languages Tutor - July 9, 2016

spiacente vs dispiace

Hi, I have a question. To say Yes, sorry. and Yes, I am sorry.  Attempt 1: Si, spiacente. ----- Si, mi spiacente. Attempt 2: Si, dispiace. ----- Si, mi dispiace. As "spiacente" and "dispiace" both mean "sorry", I don't know which word to use.  Grazie.

1 reply - Last post by Lucia - Rocket Languages Tutor - July 7, 2016

Convo in italian

Hi, Am i right to say this? "questo e mio colazione" (This is my breakfast) And.. How do i say " I am having my breakfast now " in italian? Grazie.

2 replies - Last post by Lucia - Rocket Languages Tutor - July 7, 2016

Domandare VS Chiedere

Hi, Both Domandare and Chiedere mean "to ask", so which one should I use when I want to say "I asked him a question?" I would like to know whether there is any distinct difference between these two verbs. Thank you.

1 reply - Last post by Lucia - Rocket Languages Tutor - July 5, 2016

Clarifying sentence structure

Hi, I want to say (in Italian) "There is a white tablecloth and a vase of roses on the dining table." Am i right to phrase it this way: " Sapro la tavola, c'è una tovaglia bianca è un vaso di rosi. " ? or " Sapro la tavola, c'è una tovaglia bianca è un ...

3 replies - Last post by Lucia - Rocket Languages Tutor - July 5, 2016

Che e VS Chi e

Hi, i have a little confusion with the meanings of  "Chi e?" and "Che e?" I would appreciate an explanation on their meanings and when to use them. Grazie!

1 reply - Last post by Lucia - Rocket Languages Tutor - July 2, 2016

Use of "bella" vs "bello"

Hi, I am new to Italian language.. thus, i am not sure about the use of "bella" and "bello" For example, when a man addresses a woman, should he say "Ciao bella" or "Ciao bello"? Can a woman say "Ciao bella" or "Ciao bello" to a man? Thank you.

6 replies - Last post by Lucia - Rocket Languages Tutor - July 2, 2016

sto v sonno

Is there a rule to understand when sto v sonno is used?

5 replies - Last post by 1SharpGent - February 13, 2016

Understanding Spoken Italian

Ciao a tutti, I have little difficulty recalling phrases and words in Italian. In other words I find it quite easy to use what I have learning so far in Rocket Italian to compose sentences. However, my problem lies in understanding others speak. I find t...

22 replies - Last post by 1SharpGent - February 11, 2016

how to start over

I had been doing quite well with my Italian but had to drop out for several months. I want to restart from the beginning to review it all. How do I clear out the scores and start from scratch?

2 replies - Last post by Rocket-Languages - February 8, 2016

Chiedere v Domandare

When do you use "chiedere" and when do you use "domandare"?

2 replies - Last post by eviesears - January 21, 2016

What is the correct pronunciation of "malvasia bianca?"

I'm leading a wine tasting tomorrow and one of the wines is malvasia bianca. When I search on the web I see confilicting opinions on which syllable to stress. Is there a "correct" pronunciation?

6 replies - Last post by eviesears - January 3, 2016

A question about sentence structure

In module 2, the lesson "The Perfect Tourist", Alessandro says, "Mi puo' fare una fotografia con dietro la chiesa". Every time I think I'm beginning to understand Italian sentence structure, I get thrown for a loop again. Literally translated, this means...

4 replies - Last post by Lucia - Rocket Languages Tutor - November 18, 2015

When do we use "we are", noi siamo?

We are is "noi siamo"  But it seams it is not used in many phrases like "we are hungry."  Instead abbiamo is used.  I think it men we have the hunger.  How to know when to use the proper wording?

1 reply - Last post by em21 - October 24, 2015

google crome

When I try Google crome it will not recognize my log in.  Any ideas?

1 reply - Last post by Rocket-Languages - October 16, 2015

Sugeestions/Tips

Hello Everyone, My name is Adam and I just recently started to learn Italian.  I have completed two modules so far, but I have one problem.  When I start a lesson or review a lesson, I remember the words and phrases, but when I try and talk out...

6 replies - Last post by Maria-DiLorenzi - September 21, 2015

The time area

Why doesn't the 24 hour clock say what 12:00 is? I'm confused.

1 reply - Last post by Maria-DiLorenzi - February 5, 2015

Ciao Maria

I was wondering if you were familiar with google translate . I thought about and tried a couple of times when I want to write something down in Italian and then check it with google translate. Do not know how accurate it is and is it going to just transa...

3 replies - Last post by Maria-DiLorenzi - January 27, 2015

Unusual Question

I am a beginning student of Italian, but I am also a classically trained singer, which means that I have had to learn how to pronounce (with a pretty good accent) and spell Italian. Other than pronunciation of that pesky letter "c" I can speak pretty wel...

3 replies - Last post by Raymond-S18 - January 15, 2015

Conversation

Which is the more common usage: to ask someone if they understand Italian or if they speak Italian?

5 replies - Last post by Maria-DiLorenzi - January 4, 2015

Mi chiedo

Ciao, mi chiedo - I wonder.... To say I was wondering, would that be.... Mi chiedevo?? And what sort of sentence would you use it in?? Mi chiedevo se vorresti uscire domani sera con me?? And thank you for the continual improvements, it keeps me coming ...

2 replies - Last post by Fran-N - December 19, 2014

Which Rs are rolled in Italian?

Is there a rule about which Rs are rolled in Italian? Somewhere I read you don't roll an R that is between two vowels. In any event, when I listen to recordings of native speakers, it doesn't sound like they roll all their Rs the same way. Certainly, i...

0 replies - Last post by James-G6 - December 8, 2014

cosa facciamo dopo rocket?

Ciao Maria,dato che non c'e` un corso piu` avanzato(almeno ancora) sul sito "rocket" cosa ci consigli quando abbiamo completato tutti i livelli? C'e` per esempio un corso avanzato a cui possiamo iscriverci per migliorare la nostra padronanza della lingua?...

1 reply - Last post by Maria-DiLorenzi - November 17, 2014

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