Imperfect

Italian imperfectThey say practice makes perfect, so how can one of the most common Italian past tenses be imperfect? In grammatical terms, “perfect” means “complete,” so the imperfect tense is used to describe an incomplete or ongoing action or state of being.

   

Hard and Soft Vowels

Italian hard and soft vowelsItalian vowels are divided into two categories: hard and soft. Hard vowels (A, O, U) cause the consonant that precedes them to be pronounced with a hard sound, while soft vowels (E, I) are preceded by a soft sound.

   

   

Reflexive Verbs

Italian reflexive verbsFor reflexive verbs, the reflexive pronoun indicates that the subject of the verb is performing the action on him/her/itself, rather than on someone or something else. The majority of reflexive verbs have to do with one’s body, clothing, or relationships.

   

Toiletries and Cosmetics

Toiletries in Italian
Time to get ready! Do you know the Italian terms for toiletries, cosmetics, and the reflexive verbs that go with them? Check out this vocabulary list with sound files.

   

   

   

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Yabla Italian videosItalian videoEager for a new way to work on your Italian listening comprehension? Take a look at Yabla Italian, a subscription site with a massive collection of original videos featuring native speakers to help you learn and practice Italian at any level.

   

Nationalities

Nationalities in Italian
Every country and continent has an adjective that can be used to describe people and things from that place. Those same adjectives can also be used as nouns to refer to people from that place, with one small change in Italian.