This first lesson teaches many important aspect of Italian like prepositions, vocabulary list about directions and finally common phrases about how to introduce yourself. 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.
Prepositions are used in almost every sentence. They can be a great tool to link words with each other. For example by simply knowing how to use "to", "with", "from", "after" you can expand your conversation scope. In short, a preposition describes a relationship between words in a sentence, for example: I agree with you.
Below is a list of 27 prepositions that 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.
|In front of||Di fronte a|
|Outside||Fuori; Al di fuori|
|On top of||Sopra|
|About (in regards to)||Riguardo; Circa; Per quanto concerne|
|As (similar to)||Come|
|Instead of||Invece di|
|Until||Fino a quando|
Now we will try to implement some of the prepositions above into full Italian sentences. That way you will be able to use the word not only by itself but embedded in a structure.
|Can I practice Italian with you?||Posso fare pratica di italiano con voi?|
|I speak French but with an accent||Parlo francese, ma si sente l'accento|
|I was born in Miami||Sono nato a Miami|
|I'm from Japan||Vengo dal Giappone|
|The letter is inside the book||La lettera è nel libro|
|The pen is under the desk||la penna è sotto la scrivania|
|Can I help you?||Ha bisogno di aiuto?|
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Below is a list of 28 words and sentences related to directions that you might need when lost or asking for help. If you can memorize them by heart, you will be able to travel from point A to point B by following directions.
|Can you help me?||Può aiutarmi?|
|Can you show me?||Puoi farmi vedere?|
|Come with me!||Vieni con me|
|Downtown (city center)||In centro|
|Excuse me! (to ask someone)||Mi scusi|
|Go straight||Procedi dritto|
|How can I get to the museum?||Come posso arrivare al museo?|
|How long does it take to get there?||Quanto ci vuole ad arrivarci|
|I'm lost||Mi sono perso|
|I'm not from here||Non sono del luogo|
|It's far from here||è lontano da qui|
|It's near here||è qui vicino|
|One moment please!||Aspetta un attimo, per favore|
|Turn left||Gira a sinistra|
|Turn right||Gira a destra|
|Transportation||Trasporti; Mezzi di trasporto|
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Finally, a couple sentences to help you know how to introduce yourself in Italian. For a complete list of commonly used sentences, please visit our Italian Phrases page. Enjoy!
|Do you speak English?||Parli inglese? (inf.) / Parla inglese? (form.)|
|Just a little||Un po'|
|What's your name?||Come ti chiami? (inf.) / Come si chiama? (form.)|
|My name is (John Doe)||Mi chiamo (John Doe)|
|Mr... / Mrs. ... / Miss...||Sig. ... / Sig.ra ... / Sig.na ...|
|Nice to meet you!||Piacere di conoscerla!|
|You're very kind!||Lei è molto gentile (form.) / Sei molto gentile (inf.)|
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