Italian Grammar

By taking the time to understand how the Italian language works, you'll be able to speak Italian naturally, and read and write in Italian. We know this can be one of the more challenging parts of your course, and we’re here to help! You can browse the topics, do a search in the top right corner of this page, or start a new conversation. Don’t be shy!

"Parli italiano?" vs - "Parla l'inglese?

Buon giorno, According to this old post by Maria,  http://ロケット英語.jp/your-community/italian-grammar/italiano-vs-l-italiano, there isn't an article for names of languages when it follows "parlare." If this is the case, why is "Parla l'inglese?" phrased th...

2 replies - Last post by daytripper90 - December 18, 2015

audio not always playing

audio not always playing - Module 9.7 - present conditional Part 2

1 reply - Last post by Rocket-Languages - October 22, 2015

Accented letters.

Hello In the search section I typed in accents to get help. I'm looking for help with the punctuation (spelling) accents and not the speaking (regional) accents. Kind regards Paul

2 replies - Last post by Paul-R59 - September 21, 2015

The different conjugate

Ciao a tutti! I have a question about the Conjugates of the word Mangiare. I would like to know if these are used often in spoken italian, and how to use them properly: Passato remoto io mangiai tu mangiasti lui mangiò What is the difference between passa...

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

Imperfetto vs Passato Prossimo

When does one use the imperfetto tense and when is the passato prossimo tense used?

1 reply - Last post by Peter-J55 - August 22, 2015

Verbs in infinitive form

I am confused when to use "a" before a verb in its infinitive form. For example  Andiamo a vedere = Shall we go to see.... Vado in farmacia a prendere = Shall I go to the pharmacy to get... Vuoi andare = Do you want to go  Vuoi provare = Do ...

3 replies - Last post by Maria-DiLorenzi - July 21, 2015

Problem with "Hear it" in Rocket Italian lesson 5.7

Two of the phrases in the "hear it" section do not play at all and show the following file names when I press the button to reveal the phrase. R_I_Activities_5.7.27.mp3 ​R_I_Activities_5.7.28.mp3 I'm viewing the page in Chrome Version 43.0.2357.124 ...

5 replies - Last post by marieg-rocket languages - July 2, 2015

The weird thing that the vowels do?

Hi guys, I need some help. I'm trying to learn a lot of Italian in not a lot of time, and part of doing that is reading a lot of Italian, but whenever I try and read, I can't figure out that weird thing that happens when you have a word that ends in ...

0 replies - Last post by keelan111-- - March 31, 2015

Speaking the date

Come si dice? "Today is Friday, January 30, 2015." È corretto? "Oggi è venerdì, trenta gennaio duemila quindici." Grazie!

1 reply - Last post by Maria-DiLorenzi - March 10, 2015

A closer approach to numbers

Hi, Maria. As mere curiosity but also because of the variety of answers I have got to these questions I really have many doubts about how numbers are written in Italian. First, I've found in some sources that in every number with the ending -tre, we must ...

0 replies - Last post by Carlos-M35 - February 1, 2015

QUAL è ... troncamento, non elisione

Un saluto a tutti voi. Insegno italiano a diversi stranieri e oggi ho acquistato il corso perché è un valido ausilio alle mie lezioni. Raccomando ai miei studenti Rocket Italian, perché lo trovo più completo dei vari testi in commercio. Complimenti! Nell...

1 reply - Last post by Maria-DiLorenzi - January 27, 2015

essere and stare

I have just gone back to do a review on some of the very basic lessons and find some confusion still with essare and stare. From the lesson "The verb essere ('to be") is mainly used when we describe ourselves as: "I am tall" or "I am slim". The verb stare...

2 replies - Last post by Jon-D10 - January 15, 2015

per favore vs per piacere

I did post this earlier today, but it doesn't seem to have come up. When would you use per piacere compared to per favore? Many thanks, Jon

0 replies - Last post by Jon-D10 - January 7, 2015

use of articles

why parlare italiano but studare l'italiano? article use in one but not in the other.

3 replies - Last post by Jim-M2 - January 4, 2015

Language and Culture Lessons

I am finding that the language and culture lessons are much more difficult than the corresponding audio lesson. For example in my course I haven't covered pass tense or future tense yet, however many of the grammar lessons use both these tenses. My qu...

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

ci completiamo

Ciao Maria, alle lezione 19.4 c'è una frase che ha detto "ci completiamo bene l'uno con l'altro." potrebbe scrivere "loro o si completano l'uno con l'altro"? Buona giornata Grazie Fran

0 replies - Last post by Fran-N - December 5, 2014

(some) when to use different forms

Hello I am going over lesson 8.7 In the Section (some) you have, di and its various forms, qualche, and alcuni. My question is how do I know when to use each variation of some. Sorry the answer is probably in the lesson but I am not getting it. The masc ...

2 replies - Last post by Maria-DiLorenzi - November 5, 2014

Lesson 9.8 Quiz

I don't understand the question: Sara ____ da' semipro un consiglio. We're supposed to choose ci or ne. I read the whole lesson, and I don't understand why the answer is "ci". Can someone explain this to me? Thanks you, Gianna

0 replies - Last post by Janice-M1 - October 26, 2014

1.6 Survival Phrases Vengo da and Sono di

Hi, In lesson 1.6 Survival Phrases and Pronunciation we studied Vengo da and Sono di. Is it correct to say that I always use Vengo da when referring to a country? And Sono di for a city. Would Vengo da New York be incorrect grammatically?

2 replies - Last post by darrenma007 - October 24, 2014

Can't find lesson 1

I bought the premium edition back in 2010. I am only now using this program today. However it seems to be starting at 8.1 which doesn't strike me as the first lesson. My dashboard seems to be out. Could you please reset it for a first time user. Thanks M...

3 replies - Last post by Rocket-Languages - October 2, 2014

definite article

Lesson 1 Megacard Beginners has a card for "lo studio" however the presented Italian sentence uses "la studio". Which usage is correct. Thanks

2 replies - Last post by Maria-DiLorenzi - October 2, 2014

audio cd's for Italian

Are there any available cd's to reinforce pronunciation, grammar, and just listening - for use in the car? Thanks

2 replies - Last post by Rocket-Languages - July 24, 2014

Use of "Quei lavori"

In lesson 2.12 Workplace the phrase "Quei lavori " is used as an example and does not match any other of the examples for This and That. Is it a special case that I have forgotten? I am confused. Thanks, Sheldon Arey

3 replies - Last post by Maria-DiLorenzi - July 24, 2014

buonasera

what's the different between fare, fate and fatelo ? and when I can use each on of them ?

4 replies - Last post by Maria-DiLorenzi - July 24, 2014

prepositions

Hello I would just like a clarifications on some prepositions. Is the plural form of "un" "degli" and the plural form of "uno" "dei" or is it the inverse. I remember is a table of prepositions Singular : un uno

2 replies - Last post by Maria-DiLorenzi - June 22, 2014

prepositions

Hello I would just like a clarifications on some prepositions. Is the plural form of "un" "dei" and the plural form of "uno" "degli" or is it the inverse? I remember this was in a table of prepositions that I stumble upon a while ago, but sure I'm not if...

1 reply - Last post by Maria-DiLorenzi - June 22, 2014

alimento vs. cibo

Could someone please explain when one would use alimento instead of cibo and vice versa? Thank you.

5 replies - Last post by John-H8 - June 10, 2014

Mi vs. Mio/Mia

Hey, sometimes I'm unsure whether or to use "mi" or "mio (I'm a guy)". I thought that mi=I and mio=my, but i've heard mi being used as my as well (for example "Mi ragazzo, my girlfriend). Any clarification on this?

3 replies - Last post by John-H8 - June 10, 2014

Sono versus Sto

Ciao! When should I use "sono" and when should I use "sto"? For instance, "I am tired" is Sono stanco. Why wouldn't I say Sto stanco? And for "I am well" it is Sto bene. Why wouldn't I say Sono bene. Is there a way for me to know for certain when to...

12 replies - Last post by Maria-DiLorenzi - June 9, 2014

Capital letter....

Hello everybody!!! if you need to write a letter to your Italian friend or family member, do you know when to use the CAPITAL LETTER? Here a quick guide for you of the common situations ... - at the beginning of the sentence (after the dot point) - name...

0 replies - Last post by Maria-DiLorenzi - April 10, 2014

Why capital 'D'?

Why is there a capital 'D' in the sentence, 'Tu Di dove sei?' Just came across this in one of the 'P' tests.

2 replies - Last post by Maria-DiLorenzi - April 10, 2014

when to use.

when would use dinanzi or davanti.

1 reply - Last post by Maria-DiLorenzi - March 12, 2014

sono or io

How do I know when to use "sono" and when to use "io" for "I am"?

11 replies - Last post by o.h. - February 22, 2014

piccolissimi versus piccolissimo

In lesson 1.9 on "Likes & Dislikes," in the discussion of superlatives, the example is: piccolo --> piccolissimi. Is the plural. Is piccolo used with both plural and singular masculine nouns, or would piccoli be used with plural masculine nouns?

5 replies - Last post by o.h. - February 22, 2014

veloce / velocemente

Ciao, I have some problem with a sentence in Lessons 3.7 Comparing Things. The sentence is this: "Noi viaggiamo meno veloci in treno che in aereo." The word "veloce" is an adjective, and as such change according to gender and plural, which it also does...

9 replies - Last post by o.h. - February 22, 2014

Italian grammar book

What grammar book would you recommend? I always feel it helps to have a dedicated grammar book.

1 reply - Last post by John-H8 - February 7, 2014

Ho capito adesso

If "Non ho capito" is past tense meaning "I did not understand", I'm confused about the meaning and tense of "Ho capito adesso". This means "I get it now", but isn't "capito" past tense - how can you get something in the past tense and say "now" in the sa...

3 replies - Last post by Maria-DiLorenzi - January 27, 2014

How do you say 10:30?

Ciao! How do you say 10:30? In the Numbers/Time lesson, it is presented in two ways: Le dieci e trenta.... and.... Le dieci e mezzo Are they both correct ways of saying 10:30? Grazie! Luigi

4 replies - Last post by luigi-p - September 19, 2013

why

Why does the c sound like ch

1 reply - Last post by Maria-DiLorenzi - July 14, 2013

Tu

Ciao! I'm new to rocket, but finding it really helpful. In the basic introduction dialogue it uses "Tu di dove sei" for where are you from. Why the need for the Tu at the begining? Doesn't di dove sei say the same thing? Grazie Roberto

2 replies - Last post by Robert-M210 - June 19, 2013

Conditional Grammar

My question refers to Rocket Italian Premium Plus Lesson 9.5 Conditional Present Part 1 Activity 2. Questiion 4. When required to supply the correct conditional verb for the following Mi _______ (piacere) andare a teatro qualche volta. I put piacerei but ...

1 reply - Last post by Maria-DiLorenzi - June 19, 2013

io non lo so

I have just found lessons using 'lo' and can't remember what it is or means, can anyone help clarify?

8 replies - Last post by John-H8 - May 3, 2013

Section 3.9 any tenses besides present?

Hello, Section 3.9 says "In this lesson, you'll learn how the various verb groups change when used in the past, present, and future tenses." but i can't find any info except for present tense? Is the Library Edition missing part of the lesson? Thanks, ...

1 reply - Last post by Maria-DiLorenzi - April 23, 2013

Più ... di Superlatives

In Rocket Itlaian Premium lesson 3.7 Comparing Things, it is explained that when using 'Superlatives there are two forms 1) il/ la/ i / le più + di + the object compared. Then an example is given - La più grande festa (the biggest (the most big) party. ...

0 replies - Last post by Bob-C - March 27, 2013

how do you rate a lession

How/where do you rate a lession?

1 reply - Last post by Rocket-Languages - March 25, 2013

Asking for help to translate

Whilst in practice section of Lesson 8.3 Premium Plus, I came across - Che cosa faccio ? (What do I do? Can I use this to ask someone to help me say a word or phrase. Per sempre Che cosa faccio parlare ...?

2 replies - Last post by Maria-DiLorenzi - March 24, 2013

Another way to say 'please'

Lesson 8.4 Roberto asked "Per andare in Corso Marconi, per cortesia? Translation is "How to get to Corso Marconi, please." Does "per cortesia" relate to the italian word for courtesy, therefore he asked can you etc , with courtesy (per cortesia) or am I ...

1 reply - Last post by Maria-DiLorenzi - March 24, 2013

move on the next level

i've finished "interactive audio" "language and culture" I got green marks.. finished all "rocket italian premium trial" but cant move on the next level what else i have to do??

2 replies - Last post by Maria-DiLorenzi - March 11, 2013

the use of 'a' after a infinitive verb.

in lesson 4.6 under sports, you use giocare a , (to mean to play. ) what isn't the 'a' always used as in: parlare, and other infinitive verbs. thank you again.

1 reply - Last post by Maria-DiLorenzi - March 1, 2013

culture at Italy

I want to know Italian grammar and language.

1 reply - Last post by Maria-DiLorenzi - March 1, 2013

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