Italian Vocab

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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

Difference between qui and

Can anybody tell me what the difference between qui and più - eg if you want to ask is there a bank near here which one do you use?

8 replies - Last post by caterina-rocket-italian-tutor - August 3, 2019

Two way to same the same thing

I am currently studying survival phrases in section 2 and found there 2 ways to say the same thing (see below).  I get confused when there are 2 ways to say the same thing. Which of the two expressions below is most commonly used? As you know, there are m...

1 reply - Last post by Lucia - Rocket Languages Tutor - February 28, 2018

Sponda - used during football match

I noticed this word when trying to read La Gazzetta dello Sport article, it was used also in player's stats sheet from game. And I am unable to find any proper translation in english dictionaries.  If anyone is familiar with this one, please help me to un...

2 replies - Last post by AdamT22 - December 3, 2017

Usage of "gli", "i" and li

Can you please describe under what circumstances you should use "gli", "i" and "li" Saluti      Lawrence

2 replies - Last post by LawrenceC - November 19, 2017

19.2 ricevetti

Ciao Lucia, In 19.2 there's a line: La biografia di Manzoni, un libro che ricevetti in regalo per i miei vent'anni. Why is it ricevetti and not ho ricevuto? I googled, and it's correct (!) but I don't understand how that's conjugated. Cheers, Drew

12 replies - Last post by drewster - April 6, 2017

poiché vs perché

Ciao, What's the difference between these two words? When would I use one rather than the other? Cheers, Drew

4 replies - Last post by drewster - April 5, 2017

17.5 Nessuno

Hi, In unit 17.5, nessuno is translated as neither. Is that right? I thought it was nobody. Ta, Drew

3 replies - Last post by Lucia - Rocket Languages Tutor - February 16, 2017

ero vs io stato

Hi Lucia, What's the difference between ero and io sono stato? When would I use one rather than the other? Similarly era vs è stato? Cheers, Drew

2 replies - Last post by drewster - January 24, 2017

Can someone explain "Faccio" to me

Can someone explain "Faccio" to me

5 replies - Last post by Lucia - Rocket Languages Tutor - January 23, 2017

It takes me 10 minutes to get to the station

Ciao, Come si dice "It takes me 10 minutes to get to the station" in Italiano? Penso che uso "per raggiungere la stazione" ma non so come parlare "it takes me". Grazie, Drew

2 replies - Last post by drewster - November 30, 2016

question 2

Perch'è "le lenzuola" non "la lenzuola"?

1 reply - Last post by drewster - October 25, 2016

Cosa significa faccio il chirurgo?

Ciao, che cosa significa faccio il chirurgo in inglese? Grazie

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

Adjetivos

Come si dice "so/very hardworking and studious" in Italiano? Grazie!

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

bedroom

Ciao ciao, è camera o camera da letto for bedroom? qual è la differenza? grazie

2 replies - Last post by Lucia - Rocket Languages Tutor - October 3, 2016

inconsistent vocabulary for "pork chop"

In the food lesson in Level 1, a pork chop is described as "Braciola di maiale" (in the audio lesson and the Vocabulary section), yet at 22:45 in the audio lesson, it is called a "bisteca di maiale". Is that intentional? Are they equivalent terms?

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

Play it! in each lesson

I am a newcomer to Rocket Italian. In the first two lessons (1.00 and 1.01, I have done the Play It! section at the end 4 times at Level One but it does not show that I have completed the lesson. Could you tell me what I'm missing out? Thank You, Valerie

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

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