Italian Vocab

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The use of the word piano to mean slow

in music “piano” means quiet  as in the opposite of “forte”. When I looked up  “speak slowly please” on my translator app it uses “lentamente”  instead of piano. I certainly don't want to ask someone to speak more quietly by mistake so I just want to be c...

2 replies - Last post by caterina-rocket-italian-tutor - June 16, 2022

Saved Vocab - Looking through all the cards at once

Hello, As the title suggests, are there any plans to make functionality to see all your saved vocabulary on one page?Or, functionality where one can shuffle through their saved vocab/flashcards to do drills?Thanks!James

1 reply - Last post by marieg-rocket languages - April 15, 2022

Prepositions vocabulary doubt

Does 'di' translate to 'from' or 'of' ?Because in the phrase “tu di dove sei?” di translates to ‘from' , but in the phrase “un bel piatto di pasta” di transltes to ‘of’.Would be very helpful if someone could clarify this for me.Thank you.

3 replies - Last post by caterina-rocket-italian-tutor - March 23, 2022

Giorno vs giornata

Ciao a tutti Coffee Break Italian YouTube has a short explanation about using buongiorno and Buona giornata. Rocket doesn't explain this and wondered what the difference is. So was wondering if  there was a difference. Subtle I know, but I still like to k...

10 replies - Last post by sebongela - February 25, 2022

play the part

Ciao a tuttiRocket German has recently released a series called “Play the Part”I am finding it amazing, as all about street food, going to the butcher or green grocer. Everyday practical situations if you lived in Germany. Does Rocket Italian have any pla...

2 replies - Last post by Margaret-RocketLanguages - January 27, 2022

How to study one-off words

I've made note of this before, but it's really hard to study the language and culture lessons in this course. This is my third time through the whole thing and I'm still struggling; not with the grammar, but with the one-off words that are thrown into the...

9 replies - Last post by NicholasL23 - January 21, 2022

Alternative language sites

Hi ChrisM108A long time ago you recommended a site. Totally different approach. Where you only listen and he makes connections to English. Several languages. Just can't find the post on the forum. Would you be able to send it to me again.Grazie.Sebongela

3 replies - Last post by sebongela - November 2, 2021

Use of metterò as "I will take"

I looked up mettere in Word Reference and cannot find it used as to take.  The definition is “to put”.  Is its usage as “to take” in the lesson at the post office an idiomatic phrase?

1 reply - Last post by caterina-rocket-italian-tutor - November 1, 2021

numbers

Ciao a tuttiI anyone out there still having problems with recording voice with numbers. Time and numbers still seem to be wonky.Sebongela

2 replies - Last post by marieg-rocket languages - September 2, 2021

Approdare to land on water

The word approdare to land on water is that specific to a freey or boat/ship docking or can it refer to a float plane landing on water too. Here in Canada float planes are commonly used to land on remote places or even on Vancouver Island where I live. Th...

5 replies - Last post by caterina-rocket-italian-tutor - August 30, 2021

All aboutChristmas

Oh My that was hard. Maria has a good voice. I literally croaked through that one. There is no way I can sing that. So gave up and just said it, maybe I will get better at it. Songs are easier to memorize, so there is merit in that. Maybe by Christmas I w...

1 reply - Last post by caterina-rocket-italian-tutor - August 30, 2021

What is the difference between Camera and Stanza?

What is the difference between Camera and Stanza?For instance, I know Camera di Letto = Bedroom. Would Stanza di Letto also work?How do I know the instances I use either? Or are they interchangeable?Thank you!

5 replies - Last post by JamesP69 - August 10, 2021

l'abito vs il vestito

What is the difference between L'abito and il vestito. Can both be used interchangeably?

2 replies - Last post by sebongela - August 10, 2021

the cook of castamar

Ciao a tuttiHaving been watching “The Cook of Castamar”Set in Spain in the 1700's not a riveting show, but i have found excellent for listening practice. Several languages available for audio and subtitles.Decided to listen in Italian with English subtitl...

1 reply - Last post by caterina-rocket-italian-tutor - August 10, 2021

Flashcards

Does anyone use Flashcards as a written tool. I know it would be slow, but have considered using the Flashcards as a practice to translate. From English then to write down the Italian before flipping the card.Your thoughts would be greatSebongela

3 replies - Last post by ChrisM108 - August 3, 2021

supplementary learning

Ciao a tuttiHave been using free podcasts on Coffee Break Academy. You need to subscibe if you want to use notes  etc, but the podcasts are free and great for revision. They have a reading club that you can join free and Travel diary podcasts. They have s...

0 replies - Last post by sebongela - July 17, 2021

Lesson 2.8: l'una / le undici

I note that le una di mattina is incorrect but is contracted to l'una di mattina.  On the other hand le undici di mattina isn't contracted.Is there a reason for this in how the two vowel clashes are viewed?

1 reply - Last post by caterina-rocket-italian-tutor - May 31, 2021

bambino

If it is bambino /bambino/bambinadoes it become bimbo/ bimba bimbi

1 reply - Last post by caterina-rocket-italian-tutor - May 17, 2021

maglia maglione

in the survival lesson on clothing.Maglia, maglione are these words interchangeableMaglione jumper, but in hear it say it maglione is sweaterU.S.A uses sweaterSouth Africa jersey/ pulloverAustralia jumperNot sure of U.K.

1 reply - Last post by caterina-rocket-italian-tutor - April 7, 2021

Spaventa vs paura

What is the difference between spaventa and paura. Can either be used to express fear

1 reply - Last post by caterina-rocket-italian-tutor - March 22, 2021

Travelogues Lesson 3.3

The following sentence near the end of this lesson has no audio recorded for it.dove posso trovare uno sportello Bancomat?where can I find an ATM? Catherine

1 reply - Last post by marieg-rocket languages - March 11, 2021

vedere or guadare

Hi, in 4.1 (il calcio), you have to translate ‘to watch a game of football together’. The answer is e vedere una partita insieme. Why is it not giocare rather than vedere.Ciao a tutti

1 reply - Last post by caterina-rocket-italian-tutor - March 10, 2021

mattina mattino

Could someone clarify when to use mattino vs. mattino.Does it depend on whether the speaker is male or female?

1 reply - Last post by caterina-rocket-italian-tutor - March 10, 2021

rive vs fiume

Can anyone tell me the difference between “rive” in lesson 4.3 and the word fiume. Does it make a difference which one you use?

4 replies - Last post by caterina-rocket-italian-tutor - March 10, 2021

Basta cosi

A queryIn what context is “Basta Cosi” used.Is it used if someone is putting food on your plate for you as in “that is enough”Can it be used if you are telling someone off. As stop that tantrum.

1 reply - Last post by caterina-rocket-italian-tutor - March 10, 2021

the weather

Ciao a tutti.In lesson 4.8, The Weather.One sentence is c'e vento e piove, it is windy and raining.Why is it not c'e vento  sta piovendo.ThanksGary

1 reply - Last post by caterina-rocket-italian-tutor - March 10, 2021

Davanti a or di fronte

Hi, when do you use ‘davanti a’ or ‘di fronte’, as they both seem to meaning.ThanksGary

1 reply - Last post by caterina-rocket-italian-tutor - March 10, 2021

music

Am absolutely thrilled that am beginning to recognize words in various songs. Have found songs with Italian lyrics, as well as some with English and Italian sub-titles. Am beginning to recognize more and more. I especially enjoy some of the operas. Brindi...

0 replies - Last post by sebongela - January 17, 2021

milleduecento vs mille duecento

Can anyone tell me the distinction between milleduecento in the 4.2 conversation on Dante and then in 4.3 in extra vocab it is written as separate words.

1 reply - Last post by caterina-rocket-italian-tutor - December 7, 2020

Points still stuch at Zero

Hello everyone.  My points are stuck at “0”, still.  Please help, this is a bummer to still have this issue with the new 2021 Edition.  Please help.  Thank you

1 reply - Last post by Lee Rudnicki - November 22, 2020

notes and vocabulary

Hi AllI can't find any information on how to add to the notes and vocab. Help Please

1 reply - Last post by ChrisM108 - November 19, 2020

why th2 quizzes are still showing yellow ticks instead of gree,

Have redone quizzes in 2.9 and 2.10 got full marks but ticks are showing yellow, opposed to green in all the other sections of this module.

1 reply - Last post by marieg-rocket languages - October 27, 2020

Pronunciation of "Bicchierino" in lesson 3.2 etc

Hi,I've just got to this lesson and it seems to me that Alex pronounces bicchierino with a “ch” sound (i.e. English ch ) whereas it should, I think, be the Italian hard c sound due to the ch combination?I did a search and in later lessons Maria pronounces...

1 reply - Last post by caterina-rocket-italian-tutor - October 27, 2020

Italian word for "Heaven"

In the Survival Kit Lesson “All About Religion” the Lord's Prayer is given in Italian.  It includes two words for heaven, Padre Nostro, che sei nei cieliSia fatta la tua volontà come in cielo così in terraWhat is the difference?  Is one singular and the o...

1 reply - Last post by caterina-rocket-italian-tutor - October 27, 2020

Translation correct?

In the Survival Kit lesson on Italian humor there is a line that says: Avere una figlia poco sveglia To not have a quick-thinking daughter I do not see how that sentence is a negative statement. It seems to me that is says: To have a quck-thinki...

6 replies - Last post by caterina-rocket-italian-tutor - September 27, 2020

Da Quanto and Da Quando

Hi, I was doing lesson 5.11 Adverbs (Part 2) and come across "Da quando" which has the english translation of "How long". I was a bit confused by this at first because quando means when and also thought da quanto meant how long,  as in da quanto tempo.  T...

1 reply - Last post by caterina-rocket-italian-tutor - September 27, 2020

The use of the "Cercare" to mean "To try"

Hi, I was just doing some revision with lesson 4.3  In the conversation Maria says "Allora riposa e cerca di dormire" which translates to "Ok then, have a rest and try to sleep". In the extra vocabulary section you have "Cercare" means "to try". This is a...

3 replies - Last post by caterina-rocket-italian-tutor - June 2, 2020

5.7 Continuing Action

Ciao a tutti. Something and nothing, really, but I’m really struggling to memorise a number of the words and phrases in this session. Does anyone else experience this at any stage? I’m just going over the relevant words repeatedly, as I’m sure they’ll eve...

0 replies - Last post by ChrisM108 - May 20, 2020

Da vs Per

Is there a rule of thumb for when to use "da" and when to use "per" to mean "for"? Is "da" always used in a temporal context? Ex. Studio l'italiano da un mese.

0 replies - Last post by Madison2020 - April 30, 2020

Confused about a small glass!

I've just been doing lesson 3.2 and am wondering why the phrase is 'ma che piccolo bicchierino' and not 'ma che piccolo bicchiere' when referring to a small glass??  Surely  bicchierino already translates as small glass,  so piccolo bicchierino translates...

1 reply - Last post by caterina-rocket-italian-tutor - March 24, 2020

Use of delle and alle when using time

In lesson 6.7, in the phase,"prendo il volo delle sei", why is "delle" used instead of "alle"?

1 reply - Last post by caterina-rocket-italian-tutor - March 24, 2020

Learning Tips

As a learning tool to help me thru areas in which I am stuck and need more explanation or assistance I have found the Italy Made Easy website helpful  for example: https://www.italymadeeasy.com/ask004/ https://www.italymadeeasy.com/ask002-part-2/ https...

1 reply - Last post by ChrisM108 - February 15, 2020

[question]

What is the difference between sei(are) and sei(six)?

1 reply - Last post by caterina-rocket-italian-tutor - February 6, 2020

Italian podcasts

I read somewhere on your site about some podcasts to listen to, but now I can’t find the reference. Can you direct me to it or repeat the information about Italian podcasts?  Thank you!

1 reply - Last post by marieg-rocket languages - December 23, 2019

meals

how do you spell each meal ie breakfast lunch and dinner

1 reply - Last post by caterina-rocket-italian-tutor - December 22, 2019

grammer

when to use io and ho and is non capisco mean the same as non ho capito

1 reply - Last post by caterina-rocket-italian-tutor - November 14, 2019

Learning Tips

The following are tips that I found very useful learning Italian using Rocket Languages: 1.  Take notes when listening to the Interactive Audio Lessons as there is a lot of information and tips provided that is not in the lesson transcript and that helpe...

1 reply - Last post by caterina-rocket-italian-tutor - November 5, 2019

Italian lesson level 1 dashnoard

Lesson 6.5 is not listed? My list goes from 6.4 to 6.6?

1 reply - Last post by marieg-rocket languages - November 4, 2019

"Migliore" and "il piu buono"

Do both mean "the best"?

1 reply - Last post by caterina-rocket-italian-tutor - October 23, 2019

Qual è il più piccolo dei tre oceani?

Qual è il più piccolo dei tre oceani?

7 replies - Last post by marieg-rocket languages - October 21, 2019

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