PRONOMINAL VERBS

Pronominal means related to pronouns; therefore, a pronominal verb is always accompanied by a pronoun (eg. Sentirsela, farcela, cavarsela, andarsene, poterne etc.) Scegli e coniuga il verbo appropriato per ogni frase.         SENTIRSELA – FARCELA – ANDARSENE –...

IDIOMATIC EXPRESSIONS WITH “CAVOLO”

Here are some common Italian idiomatic expressions with the word cabbage (cavolo) that will make you sound like a native speaker.   –  COL CAVOLO!  Yeah right! No way!     Col cavolo che smetto di studiare l’italiano. No way would I stop studying Italian....

FALSE FRIENDS

In Italian we find many words which remind us of their English counterparts: la Tavola/the table, partire/to depart, la notte/the night…then there are those pesky ‘false friends,’ which trick us by resembling English words while meaning something quite different....

When NOT TO USE “IL CONGIUNTIVO” (Subjunctive)

It is hard enough to know how to use the subjunctive in Italian, let alone to know when not to use it. Below some tips for advanced students.     1. When the subject of the main clause coincides with the subject of the subordinate clause, we use DI + INFINITO...

IRREGULAR NOUNS

After having gone to the effort of learning the rules of gender and number, it is annoying to find that there are a few nouns that just don’t follow the rules; some are masculine, but have feminine endings (il problema), others are feminine but have masculine endings...

FIVE COMMON MISTAKES

These exercises highlight some essential Italian expressions that people frequently get wrong. Read through the sentences and have a go at picking the correct expressions. You will find the answers at the bottom of the page.   Choose the correct answer and find...