Present Tense

Italian Lesson 13 (Present Tense & Survival)

Duration: 30 mins

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This 13th lesson deals with the present tense in Italian. In addition I included a vocabulary list about survival and emergencies. I will try to give examples using both vocabulary and grammar. That way it will be easy for you to see the words when they are separate and when they are in a sentence. Going through the whole page should take about 30 min. Make sure to read the pronunciation and hear the audio as well. If you have any question about this course, please email me directly at Italian Classes.


The present is one of the 3 tenses (past, present, and future) we will be discussing in the next 3 lessons. So it is recommended not to skip any of them because they are all related.

Below is a list of 15 sentences conjugated into the present tense. I focused on the examples you might come across or use very often. The table contains 3 columns (English, Italian, and Audio). Make sure you repeat each word after hearing it by either clicking on the audio button or by reading the pronunciation. That should help with memorization as well as improving your pronunciation.

Present Tense in Italian

Present Italian Audio
I see youTi vedo
I write with a penScrivo con una penna
You love applesTi piacciono le mele
You give moneyTu dai del denaro
You play tennisTu giochi a tennis
He reads a bookLui legge un libro
He understands meLui mi capisce
She has a catLei ha un gatto
She knows my friendLei conosce il mio amico
We want to learnNoi vogliamo imparare
We think Spanish is easyNoi pensiamo che lo spagnolo sia facile
You (plural) work hereVoi lavorate qui
You (plural) speak FrenchVoi parlate francese
They drive a carLoro guidano una macchina
They smileLoro sorridono


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Survival Expressions

Below is a list of 28 words related to survival expressions such as emergencies, and calling for help. If you can memorize them by heart, you will be able to communicate better when in distress or when providing help to someone else who is in need.

Survival Expressions in Italian

HeadacheMal di testa
Heart attackAttacco di cuore; Infarto
Help meAiutatemi
Stomach acheMal di stomaco
StrokeColpo apoplettico; Ictus


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Daily Conversation in Italian

Finally, here are some common sentences to strengthen your conversation skills. For a complete list of commonly used sentences, please visit our Italian Phrases page. Enjoy!

Common Expressions in Italian

Are you okay?Sta bene? (formal) ; Stai bene? (informal)
Call a doctor!Chiami un dottore
Call the ambulance!Chiami un'ambulanza!
Call the police!Chiami la polizia!
Calm down!Si calmi! (formal); Calmati! (informal)
Fire!Al fuoco!
I feel sickMi sento male
It hurts hereMi fa male in questo punto
It's urgent!è urgente!
Where is the closest pharmacy?Dov'è la farmacia più vicina?
You look beautiful! (to a woman)Sei molto bella!
You have a beautiful nameHai un bel nome
This is my wifeQuesta è mia moglie
This is my husbandQuesto è mio marito

Fun Facts

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Congratulations! You finished your 13th lesson in Italian about the present tense, and survival expressions. Are you ready for the next lesson? We recommend Italian Lesson 14. You can also simply click on one of the links below or go back to our Learn Italian homepage.

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