Italian Lesson 9 (Questions and Misunderstanding)

Duration: 30 mins

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This 9th lesson teaches an important aspect in Italian which is the interrogative form also called questions. In addition, there is a list of vocabulary terms about misunderstanding and finally some commonly used phrases. 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.


Being able to ask questions is what makes us curious beings, which in turns broadens our knowledge. It is no different when it comes to learning Italian. You will always be asking questions, and the following are some tools to help you in that quest.

The following are the 5 Ws + "how" commonly used adverbs to express the interrogative form. Most likely, whenever a question needs to be asked, one of them should be used. 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.

Interrogative Form in Italian

Questions Italian Audio
What?Che cosa?

Now we will try to implement the adverbs above into full Italian sentences. That way you will be able to use the word not only by itself but embedded in a structure.

Italian Questions in a Sentence

Can I come?Posso venire?
Can I help you?Ha bisogno di aiuto?
Can you help me?Può aiutarmi? / Mi darebbe una mano?
Do you know her?La conosce? (form.) / La conosci? (inf.)
Do you speak English?Parli inglese? (or) Parla inglese? (form.)
How difficult is it?Quanto è difficile?
How far is this?Quanto è lontano?
How much is this?Quant'è?
How would you like to pay?Come vuole pagare? (form.) / Come vuoi pagare (inf.)
What is this called?Come si chiama?
What is your name?Come ti chiami?
What time is it?Che ore sono?
When can we meet?Quando possiamo incontrarci?
Where do you live?Dove vivi?
Who is knocking at the door?Chi bussa alla porta?
Why is it expensive?Perché è così caro?


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Vocabulary List about Misunderstanding

There are times when you will not understand what a person said in Italian, or simply that you want them to repeat a word. The following are 24 expressions used to clear misunderstandings. Very essential to any conversation!

Misunderstanding in Italian

Misunderstanding Italian Audio
Can you repeat?Può ripetere?
Can you speak slowly?Può parlare più lentamente?
Did you understand what I said?Ha capito cosa ho detto? (formal); Hai capito cosa ho detto (informal)
Don't worry!Non preoccuparti!
Excuse me? (i.e. I beg your pardon?)Può ripetere?
How do you say "OK" in French?Come dite ""OK"" in Francese?
I don't know!Non saprei!
I don't understand!Non capisco
I need to practice my FrenchDevo esercitarmi col francese
Is that right?è giusto?
Is that wrong?è sbagliato?
My French is badIl mio francese è scadente
No problem!Non fa niente!
Sorry (to apologize)Mi scusi
To speakParlare
What does that word mean in English?Cosa significa quella parola in inglese?
What is this?Cos'è questo?
What should I say?Cosa posso dire?
What's that called in French?Come si dice in Francese?
Write it down please!Lo scriva, per favore


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Daily Conversation in Italian

Finally, a list of some common phrases that you might come across from time to time. For a complete list of commonly used sentences, please visit our Italian Phrases page. Enjoy!

Common Expressions in Italian

English Italian Audio
ThisQuesto (m.); Questa (f.)
ThatQuello (m.); Quella (f.)
In The MorningAl mattino; di mattina
In the eveningDi sera
At NightDi notte; Durante la notte
Hurry up!Sbrigati! (informal); Faccia in fretta! (formal)

Fun Facts

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Congratulations! You finished your 9th lesson in Italian about questions, and misunderstanding. Are you ready for the next lesson? We recommend Italian Lesson 10. You can also simply click on one of the links below or go back to our Learn Italian homepage.

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