Music

Italian music terms
Music is a language unto itself, and yet we need our own language to talk about it. The Italian names for musical genres are often the same as in English, but there’s still plenty of Italian vocabulary to be learned.

   

GN

Italian letter combinationYou’re probably already familiar with the pronunciation of the letter combination GN thanks to the word “lasagna.”

   

   

Q

Italian alphabetIn Italian, as in English, the letter Q is always followed by U, and it’s pronounced like most English Qs are: [kw].

   

Subject Pronouns

Italian subject pronounsSubject pronouns are a type of personal pronoun that indicate who or what is performing the action of a verb.

   

Politeness

Italian politeness
After buongiorno, polite phrases like “please” and “thank you” are the most important Italian vocabulary you’ll ever learn. When you visit Italy, knowing just these few phrases will go a long way, even if the very next thing you say is Parla inglese?

   

Stare per – Very Near Future

Italian very near futureYou can explain what will happen in the very near future with the construction stare per + infinitive; for example, L’aereo sta per atterrare – “The plane is about to land.”