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carla1604Sunday 29th of May 2005 11:12:47 PM
Italian PHRASES 03 - Italian PHRASES 03
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English phrase
Italian phrase
Informal phrase
Formal phrase


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[color=red]BASIC CONVERSATION[/color]
CONVERSAZIONE DI BASE

How are you doing?
Come stai?
Come sta?


I'm doing great!
Sto benissimo!

I'm fine
Sto bene

I'm alright
Sto abbastanza bene

I'm not so well
Non sto tanto bene – Sto così così

How old are you?
Quanti anni hai?
Quanti anni ha?


I'm ... years old
Ho … anni

I don't know
Non lo so

I don't like that
Non mi piace

I'm ready
Sono pronto (said by a man)
Sono pronta (said by a woman)


Let's go!
Andiamo!

I'm sorry
Mi dispiace

ZackMonday 30th of May 2005 08:37:43 AM
- When you say "sto bene", why wouldn't you say "sono bene" instead. I thought that sono could be used as "I am." Is it only when one is saying something like "Sono dall'America"?
carla1604Tuesday 31st of May 2005 05:34:00 AM
- Hi Zack, :)
"Sto bene" and "sto male" are idiomatic expressions. I don't know why we use stare instead of essere. "Sono bene" or "sono male" would sound odd. :D

You are right, "sono" = "I am". Usually, when introducing oneself or talking about oneself, "sono" is mostly used.

Here are some other expressions with "sono":
sono americano - I'm from America
sono uno studente - I'm a student
sono alto 1.75 m - I'm 1.75 mt tall
sono felice - I'm happy
sono triste - I'm sad
sono in ritardo - I'm late
sono in orario - I'm on time

Carla
;)
Phlame64Tuesday 31st of May 2005 03:32:52 PM
Stare - Essere (To stay, to be) - Yes they're ideomatic expressions and STARE is used a lot in expressions where you may expect ESSERE. So "stare bene" would mean "to be well" and "stare male" --> "to be ill".

Verb "STARE":

io sto
tu stai
lui sta
lei sta
noi stiamo
voi state
loro stanno

We use "Come stai?" instead of "Come sei?" to ask "How are you?" to a person. ^^