Italian Vocab

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Traveling with IBS and lactose intolerance.

I posted this in the culture section, but perhaps it is more appropriate under vocabulary: My stomach is very sensitive to fats. If I accidentally eat bread made with milk I can be sick for a good part of the next day. I will be traveling in Italy in tw...

2 replies - Last post by Stuart-B16 - September 12, 2013

Which is the correct translation for "I don't understand"

Ciao! Which is the correct translation for "I don't understand" Is it "non capisco".... or, is it "non ho capito" What is the difference between these two? Grazie! Luigi

3 replies - Last post by Maria-DiLorenzi - September 12, 2013

How do you pronounce "Le"

Ciao! I am wondering what is the correct pronunciation of "Le".... as in "Le sette" For instance, is it pronounced "L-eh" or "Lay"? I am having a hard time distinguishing this when I listen to it. Grazie mille, Luigi

2 replies - Last post by luigi-p - August 13, 2013

Geographical place name

How would I say South Africa and Cape Town in Italian?

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

Vocab Icon

What is the easiest way to access my vocabulary? So far, I have to open my toolbox then click the vocab tab. The pop-up hint implies there's an icon that takes me directly there, but I can't find it

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

How Do YOU Use My Vocab?

I'm trying to get better at adding "problem" words (ones that just don't seem to register quickly enough) to My Vocab. Once in a while, I then go to My Vocab and "test" myself (kind of a manual "Hear It Say It" or "Know It") by covering up the column of E...

8 replies - Last post by Mariah-B2 - July 11, 2013

Conjugation and pronunciation of capire

How to you conjugate and pronounce the verb capire?

1 reply - Last post by Maria-DiLorenzi - June 13, 2013

Flash Cards

Is there a chance that the programming team could develop a "Flash Card" tool to help us better learn all those vocabulary words. There are several members such as T Henry and myself that would really utilized the cards. I'm sure there are also lots of ...

2 replies - Last post by Rocket-Languages - May 13, 2013

we have to

dobbiamo

4 replies - Last post by Maria-DiLorenzi - May 12, 2013

vocabulary

meaning of prego

4 replies - Last post by Maria-DiLorenzi - March 30, 2013

When to use "posso or riesco?"

Ciao, per favore mi potete dire qual'è corretto..... non posso capirlo / non lo posso capire o non riesco capirlo / non lo reisco capire. I can't understand him/it. anche, quest'è corretto????? non capisco cio che dice! I don't understand what you ...

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

Where can I find 'My vocab'

Hello! I have used all the three levels of Spanish, and last time was in june 2012. Since then there has been a lot of updates. Now I have bought all the three levels of Italian and it's going great so far after the first day. I am saving new words so tha...

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

Vocabulary question

La Macchina means car, but can't it also mean "machine". Therefore, couldn't the sentence, "La macchina e vecchio." be translated as the machine is old?

2 replies - Last post by Maria-DiLorenzi - March 1, 2013

Tenses and conjugation

Ciao, I was wondering if anyone could give me a quick overview of basic tenses, and how/when to conjugate.

1 reply - Last post by Maria-DiLorenzi - January 17, 2013

verb usage

when do you use the verb :essere and when do you use stare?

1 reply - Last post by Maria-DiLorenzi - January 17, 2013

Cercare di ??

I am just going through Rocket Italian Premium Plus Lesson 8.8 Verbs + Prepositions. One common verb posted is cercare di and the translation beside it is "to try to" Is this correct? I thought 'cercare" was to look" Two examples later the lesson offers t...

1 reply - Last post by Maria-DiLorenzi - January 17, 2013

Cercare di ??

I am just going through Rocket Italian Premium Plus Lesson 8.8 Verbs + Prepositions. One common verb posted is cercare di and the translation beside it is "to try to" Is this correct? I thought 'cercare" was to look" Two examples later the lesson offers t...

1 reply - Last post by Maria-DiLorenzi - January 17, 2013

Songs/singers in Italian

Hello everyone, I've come to know that one of the best ways to get better at any given language is to sing their songs (cantare le loro canzoni! =) ).. So I tried to do that next to the Rocket Italian courses, just to take note of the pronunciation of som...

12 replies - Last post by Mario-M - January 1, 2013

How do you say "How do you say.....?"

I want a standard way of saying 'How do you say...........?' I have written down "Come sei dice......" but I can't find the lesson where some examples were given, and this one doesn't seem to make sense grammatically.

4 replies - Last post by Maria-DiLorenzi - December 5, 2012

spelling

how do you spell 10 in italian

2 replies - Last post by joseph-c6 - November 8, 2012

Voglio / Vorrei

I am VERY much a beginner so please bear with me. When do you use voglio and when do you vorrei?

6 replies - Last post by mehrnaz-- - October 14, 2012

When is morning mattina or mattino

Both the feminine and masculine forms for morning are in the notes and my dictionary but could you advise when we should use one or the other. Grazie Alice

2 replies - Last post by Alice-G - August 6, 2012

nicknames for wiggly and swimmer

Ciao,Maria..I like to give nicknames to the young boys I take care of...Mr.Squirmy/Wiggly could be in mode contorto,contorcersi,sinuoso...help! The other is a good swimmer..nuotatore/nuotttorice ?? Grazie for all the work you do for us. Susan

1 reply - Last post by Maria-DiLorenzi - July 21, 2012

monkey

monkey

1 reply - Last post by Maria-DiLorenzi - July 21, 2012

How to say 'I understand'

Ciao mi chiamo Dawn (not sure how to say Dawn in italiana.) Studio l'italiano circa un mese. I want to know the correct way to say 'I understand' I have seen it 2 different ways; Ho capito and ho capisco. Which is correct. Grazie

3 replies - Last post by Maria-DiLorenzi - July 9, 2012

Hugs and kisses?

I am not really sure which topic this question belongs in but here goes... In America (not sure about other English speaking countries) we use "X" and "O" to indicate hugs and kisses. Is there a similar abbreviation in Italian? Thanks! Becky

1 reply - Last post by Maria-DiLorenzi - June 24, 2012

consciamo

Ciao, in 6.7 c' è frassi "ci consciamo da molto tempo" to say that we've known him for a long time, posso dire "lui o si consciamo da molto tempo"? and "they've known each other for many years"? Si hanno conosciuto da molto tempo? Fran

5 replies - Last post by Maria-DiLorenzi - May 29, 2012

proprio

Ciao Maria ed a tutti Non ho capito chiaro la parola "proprio" come usarlo. Il mio dizionario dica la significa è own, one's, proper, exact, correct and really. I know that we're not to get stuck on an exact meaning of a word but I just don't understand ...

2 replies - Last post by Fran-N - May 14, 2012

So ....?

Will someone please tell me if "cosi" can be translated in different ways? I've always thought it was "so" in all its forms, but are there more translations/usages?

5 replies - Last post by grahame-r - May 10, 2012

portare

Ciao Maria, Per favore come si dire queste parole in l'englese...... portare, potrie e portate. Per esempio Potrei vedere la lista dei vini. May I see the wine list. Perchè non "Posso vedere la lista dei vini"? Fran :-)

8 replies - Last post by shahid-a - April 4, 2012

love

amore

2 replies - Last post by Maria-DiLorenzi - March 12, 2012

stato

Ciao a tutti e Maria. Mia domanda `e spiegare " stato"........ io so questo `e da i verbi essere e il dizionario detta " state of, repair, fettle e been". Ho frassi " sono stata derubata" = I was robbed. And my research tells me that "stato" is passa...

3 replies - Last post by Maria-DiLorenzi - February 15, 2012

5.1 Caro

Buon Giorno Maria e a tutti In 5.1 when explaining carino, Maria you add an extra word to mean the same. Not sure of the spelling but it sound like "carruccio". None of my dictionaries recognize it. Could you please give me the correct spelling so to ...

2 replies - Last post by Fran-N - December 25, 2011

Translation of "feels like"

I heard a phrase in Italian that sounds like "vadi andare" or "fadi andare" which I am told translates to "feel like". It makes not sense to me. Am I hearing it correctly? How would you translate "He feels like going to ...

5 replies - Last post by Maria-DiLorenzi - October 22, 2011

flashcard machine

I was looking for an online program where I could enter the words that I was having trouble with and create a flashcard. Stumbled on to this program where not only can I create my own flashcards but there are hundreds of flashcard sets in Italian created...

5 replies - Last post by Maria-DiLorenzi - September 1, 2011

Gli alberi

Why is it gli alberi instead of i alberi. I thought you use gli when there is a Z or S with a consonant after it.

1 reply - Last post by Maria-DiLorenzi - June 26, 2011

Negroni straight up

How do you order a Negroni or other cocktail straight up?

1 reply - Last post by Maria-DiLorenzi - May 16, 2011

Sono felice di...

How does one say: 'I am pleased to announce that...' Does 'Sono felice di annunciare che...' do it? or Mi fa piacere di annunciare...

1 reply - Last post by Maria-DiLorenzi - May 16, 2011

coffee

What type of coffee should I order in Italy if I want a short latte? At Starbucks, a short latte is a shot of espresso with steamed milk (8 oz total). In Italy, is this equivalent to a cappuccino or latte macchiato? What is the difference between the two?

1 reply - Last post by Maria-DiLorenzi - May 16, 2011

Italian for "slowly"???

Lesson 1.2 Piano = slowly.. Later lesson Lentamente = slowly. I tried looking up Piano in an Italian American Dictionary and its not there. Confused here

2 replies - Last post by Maria-DiLorenzi - May 3, 2011

Maggiore

can I say this? Mia sorella é maggiore di me? oppure, mia sorrella é piú veccia di me? My suster is older than me.

1 reply - Last post by Maria-DiLorenzi - March 9, 2011

Multiple ways

Am I correct if I used the word especialmente for The word especially? What other italian words may I use?

5 replies - Last post by Maria-DiLorenzi - February 22, 2011

Subito

Buon giorno, my question is the word "subito" In 1.3 the word was translated ""right away" 2.3 translates it "just", The online dictionary translates it "quickly". I'm not really making a connection between the 3. Could you help me pls to understand...

4 replies - Last post by Maria-DiLorenzi - February 14, 2011

How do you say

"Shall we go see"

5 replies - Last post by Maria-DiLorenzi - January 22, 2011

a question

Hello, just a quick question for anybody who can answer me: how do you say in Italian.."how do you say in Italian...... That's all. Ibrahim

3 replies - Last post by Maria-DiLorenzi - December 1, 2010

Meglio vs migliore

Hi, Can you help me understand when to use meglio vs when to use migliore? Grazie mille, Colette

1 reply - Last post by Maria-DiLorenzi - October 6, 2010

Telling Time

Hi. If the time is 3:30 pm, Is it uncommon or odd when using the 24 hr. clock, to say "sono le quindici e un mezzo"? I'm thinking that usually the 24 hour clock expressions are more precise or rigid and one should say "sono le quindici ...

1 reply - Last post by Maria-DiLorenzi - October 6, 2010

face

I have seen volto and faccia used to mean a persons face. Ex. He had a sad look on his face. I thought volto meant to face a direction or someone. Ex. Face the teacher when speaking. Is there a rule to know which to use?

4 replies - Last post by Colette-B - September 24, 2010

to hear and to listen?

need some help plz. :? When would i use sentire (to hear)and ascoltare(to listen) in a italian sentence?

1 reply - Last post by Maria-DiLorenzi - August 19, 2010

accento grave e accento acuto

Ciao ci! Is there a rule/guideline for when Italian words have an accento acuto (an acute accent, as for perché) or an accento grave (grave accent, as for lunedì)? It appears the grave accent is used primarily on a, i, o, u to mark when the stress fall...

1 reply - Last post by Maria-DiLorenzi - June 14, 2010

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