Ciao a tutti, I really enjoy discussing about languages and

05/20/2009 - 13:03

Ciao a tutti, I really enjoy discussing about languages and the challenges/fun people have with the Italian language :) I would love talk to you about this and hopefully help along the way. While you can always use a dictionary to look for the definition of a word you may learn more (and it is certainly more fun) if you speak directly with an Italian native speaker and "learn by doing". To avoid a "brutta figura" when you attempt to use Italian in public.. create a post with" Italian language" as the topic and share with all your experiences:

I'm here to try and find a solution for your troubles with Italian language in everyday life and in specific topics - you can think of me as your Italian language "agony aunt" :D To get you started:

  • 1. In what situations do you use Italian the most? ie. : social relations, travel, food, holiday, house, gardening, wedding, sport, business..
  • 2. What are the most difficult expressions for you to understand, then translate and finally use?
  • 3. Do you use Italian frequently? For what reasons and purposes?

Answering this questions would also help us in developing useful content for you Vi aspetto.. ps: The other side of the coin is that you need to help me decipher all the layers and intricacies of English :~


I am very pleased to find an Italian language agony aunt!  I have taken Italian language lessons for a shockingly long time, considering how bad my Italian still is! My weakest points: Past tense.  When to pair the verb with avere, when with essere? The transitive/intransitive rule makes my brain hurt.  Is there any easier way? Gender. I still get so confused, and feel so stupid!  Modifiers like molto - I'm sure I've seen molti.  Is there also molte and molta? Greetings.  When is the right time to switch to Buonasera?  After noon? After 2 pm? After 4 pm?  I seem to get funny looks no matter which I try. Can I just cheat and use Salve in the early afternoon? Tu/Lei.  My last Italian teacher told me that it's ok to use tu for anyone younger than me.  My instinct is to use Lei to any stranger unless it's a child.  Which is right? Ok, that's a start on my burning questions.  All help gratefully received! L.  

In reply to by lisiamc

Hi and thanks for your requests.Italian (one of the romance languages) may be quite difficult to be learnt by germanic language speaking people. And viceversa - as you must have seen from my bizarre English. Many and different aspects of the Italian language make troubles to you and to many other non-Italian speakers, so I think I will cover these points in separate posts and make a comparison with English where needed.I'm really exited to give you my help in Italian Language, my language! Evviva! (you would rather say "hurray"!, I guess)A prestoValentina  

We are in Lucca area and found free language classes through the local comune - it's a really excellent service, for stranieri, of any nationality,  based at the scuola media in Lucca, and in effect we've had free lessons for almost a year. The teachers are keen to keep classes going, and you are assessed at the beginning to determine the appropriate level for you. there doesn't seem to be a cut-off point - we're intending to move to the next level when classes start after summer.Depending where you will be living, the best idea would be to go to the comune (town hall) - also found local tourist info office helpful re phone numbers.