In this lesson you’ll learn how to talk about your family in Italian. Practice your Italian pronunciation as you listen to the audio, and while you’re at it, take a closer look at the different ways to say 'my' in Italian.
Talking about your family in Italian will also help you understand how the Italian masculine and feminine principles work.
By the end of this lesson you’ll also know how to talk about more than one person.
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Let’s look at how you would pronounce your immediate family members in Italian:
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I miei genitori
I miei parenti
Mia sorella abita in Francia
My sister lives in France
Mio fratello è alto
My brother is tall
Il mio ragazzo / Il mio fidanzato
La mia ragazza / La mia fidanzata
I miei cugini
My cousins (male)
Le mie cugine
My cousins (female)
Notice that in English we always use “my”, whatever person or group of people we are talking about. In Italian, “my” takes on three different forms depending on the person or thing in question!
“Mia” refers to a woman or a feminine item, “Mio” is used for a man or masculine item, and “Miei" or "Mie” is used when we talk about more than one person or item!
Take a good look at the above list and begin to make the connections about gender rules and you will be half-way to understanding how Italian people think and speak!
My (referring to a female or feminine item)
My (referring to a male or masculine item)
Miei / Mie
My (referring to more than one person or item)
I hope you enjoyed today's lesson! Here are a few recommended Italian lessons to try next!
Maria DiLorenzi and the Rocket Italian Team
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