article with italiano

Sorry if this is a silly question but why is it parli italiano? but tu, parli bene l'italiano? In the first instance the article is not used but in the second one it is. Is there a specific rule for this or does it not matter?

monica-w

Maria-DiLorenzi

Ciao Karen, both ways are correct. Ciao

archiebuttle

Along those lines, would "Parli inglese?" also be correct? Is the definite article optional here?

 

Lucia - Rocket Languages Tutor

Hi archiebuttle,

Parli inglese? is totally fine!

You might find this topic useful:
https://members.rocketlanguages.com/members/forum/italian-grammar/parli-italiano-vs-parla-linglese

Lucia

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