Listen to the audio and follow the pronunciation, and when you’re ready, practice saying the Italian words aloud. I hope you don’t need to use it, but you’ll also learn how to say "Sono malato" in Italian – just in case!
Just as everything else in Italian, body parts are either feminine or masculine, which affects how you would describe them! Look at the following gender clues in both singular and plural forms:
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When a word begins with “Il”, it means it falls into the masculine group of words, and when it begins with “La”, it’s feminine. If the word is a plural then it begins with "Le" if it refers to a feminine noun, and either with "Gli" or "I" if it's a masculine word. Thus "la mano" becomes "le mani" and "il piede" becomes "i piedi".
When describing physical pain in Italian, its useful to know a few expressions that might get you some help when you need it!
I am sick
Malore / dolore
Pain / Ache
Io ho mal di testa
I have a headache
Io ho mal di schiena
I have a back ache
Io ho mal di stomaco
I have a stomach ache
That's it for this lesson! Here are a few recommended Italian lessons to try next!
Maria DiLorenzi and the Rocket Italian Team
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