Italian Help!! I Desperately Need Help

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JBCupcake
Saturday 10th of June 2006 02:49:42 AM
Help!!: Ciao! I'm going on tour with my orchestra to Italy in August. I can't wait but I can't speak Italian!! Could someone please give me a crash course in the basics!! I would be so amazingly grateful and I could teach you French in return! Please help!

Thanks, JBCupcake
xxx


Sill
Sunday 11th of June 2006 02:34:26 AM
SOME SURVIVAL SENTENCES PART 1: Hi.. I am Brazilian descendant from Italians...I will help you a little and if I make any mistakes , please natives correct me.

I can give you some ready sentences like:

CIAO / SALVE = hi, hello (informal)
COME STAI = How are you? (INFORMAL)
COME STA ? = How are you ?(FORMAL)
BENE,GRAZIE ( E TU)? I AM FINE ,THANKS (AND YOU - INFORMAL)?
BENE, GRAZIE( E LEI)? i AM FINE, THANKS (AND YOU FORMAL)?
NON C'`E MALE. = NOT BAD

CIAO- can also be " bye"

In Italy you should use the formal treatment unless you know the person closely or the same asks you to address him/her informally.

BUONGIORNO =(good morning)
BUONA SERA= (good afternoN / EVENING)
BUONA NOTTE = (good night- saying bye)
signore (sir), signora(madam), signorina (miss)

so you can join them to formal usage:

buongiorno signore Bianchi = good morning mr. Bianchi
Buona sera signora, come sta? (formal)
ciao Paula, come stai? (informal)

Others:
ARRIVEDERCI = goodbye (informal way)
ARRIVEDERLA = goodbye (formal way)
A PRESTO != see you soon!
PIACERE = nice to meet you
un piacere conocerti = it"s nice (a pleasure) to meet you
un piacere conoscerla = " " " " " " you (formal)







Sill
Sunday 11th of June 2006 02:49:16 AM
SURVIVAL SENTENCES 2: PER FAVORE = please
PERMESSO = excuse-me
SCUSI / SCUSA = (I am) sorry - formal / informal
NO, GRAZIE = no, thanks
SI / NO = yes/ no
SEI/ MOLTO GENTILE = you are very kind - informal / formal
PREGO = that's ok/ you are welcome.
PARLI/ PARLA L'INGLESE/ IL FRANCESE? = do you speak English/ French (PARLI = INFORMAL / PARLA = FORMAL)
MI CAPISCI? = do you understand me? informal
MI CAPISCE? = formal
CAPISCO POCO ITALIANO = I understand a little Italian.
COSA VUO, DIRE QUESTA PAROLA? = what does this word mean?

COME TI CHIAMI?= what 's your name? - informal
COME LEI SI CHIAMA? what's your name - formal
MI CHIAMO...= my name is...

NOTE THE VERBS ENDING IN I (except in the imperative form, are you in the INFORMAL usage and the ones in A/E = formal)

DOVE? = where?
DOVE LA STAZIONE, PER FAVORE? = where is the station, please?
DOVE SI TROVA? = where is.. or where can I find...?
PER FAVORE PU DIRMI ... can you tell me , please... FORMAL
PER FAVORE PUOI DIRMI... = can you tell me,please.. INFOR.





Sill
Sunday 11th of June 2006 03:00:46 AM
SURVIVAL 4: DESIDERO= i wish, want..
VORREI= I'd like..
LEI HA...= do you have... (formal)
MI FACCIA VEDERE..= show me ...(formal)
MI DIA..= tell me...(formal)
QUESTO NON MI PIACE. = I do not like it /this
A DESTRA = on the right
A SINISTRA= on the left
AVANTI= ahead
INDIETRO = back
ATTENZIONE= attention
PROIBITO, VIETATO = it is not permitted
MI SONO DIMENTICATO..= I forgot..
CERCO = I look for../ search
HO FAME= I am hungry.
HO SETE = I am thirsty.
HO FREDDO= I am cold.
HO CALDO = I am hot.
HO SONNO= I am asleep.
SONO STANCO = I am tired.




Sill
Sunday 11th of June 2006 03:28:11 AM
SUBJECT PRONOUNS AND VERB TO BE IN ITALIAN: THE PRONOUNS:

io = I
tu = you
lui = he
lei = she
Lei = you - formal usage
noi = we
voi = you - plural
loro - they
Loro - you - plural - formal usage

ESSERE = TO BE:

io sono= I am
tu sei= you are
lui, lei = he, she,it is
Lei = you - are formal
noi siamo = we are
voi siete= you are - plural
loro sono = they are
Loro sono = you are - plural formal

eg: Sono qui. = I am here
Siete stranieri? = are you foreigners?
Non sono Italiano. = I am not Italian



leobloom
Sunday 11th of June 2006 06:44:34 PM
H to both! Sill you've done a great job! =o) just watch out, I noticed a small mistake in your last post:

Siete (it's plural you) stranieri? = are you foreigners?
Non sono this is singularitaliano. = I am not Italian

you should have replied: siamo italiani (we are Italian)

take also a look here:
http://www.phrasebase.com/discuss/read.php?TID=13633

here Carla provided excellet explanation of Italian pronounciation:
http://www.phrasebase.com/discuss/read.php?TID=9993

and here a user posted some useful lessons from Pimsleur Italian I (no audio though):
http://www.phrasebase.com/discuss/read.php?TID=9304

Hope this helps!


JBCupcake
Sunday 11th of June 2006 10:45:16 PM
Thankyou so much!! I'll start learning them straight away!!

JBCupcake
xxx


Carla
Monday 12th of June 2006 12:53:36 AM
Hi everyone and welcome to Phrasebase!

Sill, as Vito said, you've really done a great job! If you don't mind, I'm going to edit your posts to correct some very slight mistakes. I'm also going to record audio files of myself saying those phrases and I'll add links to my audio files in your posts. Please let me know if you are ok with that
:)
Carla

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