Our regular ebook writer, Francesca, obviously got fed up reading articles that were basically me moaning about emails from our shop containing download links occasionally not making it to buyers who insist on using unreliable ‘legacy’ email accounts for their purchases (there was another over the weekend, imagine the fun I had!)
So she emailed the below text, which she thought you might prefer. Thanks, Fra!
This gift horse has no halitosis, so do have a squint in its mouth.
N.b. I haven’t edited her text much, apart from her apparently random use of ‘punti’ (full stops.) Doesn’t she write well in English?!
5 errori comuni da evitare – Francesca Colombo
1) Uno momento per favore!
The right article here is “un”, so the right expression is: “Un momento” (without the “o”). Why not change from time to time, and say something like:
– “Scusa un secondo!”
– “Dammi un attimo.”
– “Un secondino!”
– “Un attimino!”
2) È necessario per me di studiare di più
The expression “è necessario per me di” is gramatically incorrect plus no Italian would say “è necessario” in this context. When you want to say “have to/ need to …” just use “dovere + infinitive”. For instance:
– “Devo studiare di più per parlare meglio.”
– “Devo assolutamente vedere il film.”
– “Io e mio fratello dobbiamo andare dal medico perché stiamo male.”
– “Luca deve essere a casa prima delle 11:00 di sera.”
3) Sono da Londra
To say “I’m from” and the city where one is was born, there are two options:
– essere + di: “Sono di Londra.”
– venire + da: “Vengo da Londra.”
You cannot swap the prepositions. “Venire” is always followed by “da”, while “essere” requires “di”. So it is correct to say:
– Gabriele viene da Mantova.
– Gabriele è di Mantova.
– Roberto è di Genova.
– Roberto viene da Genova.
– Marina è di Firenze.
– Marina viene da Firenze.
4) Il mio amico è dalla Spagna
To express nationality, with the verb “essere”, an Italian would simply use the adjective “spagnolo”. We don’t say “is from + country” but rather “is + nationality”. So for example:
– Il mio amico è spagnolo.
– Questa ricetta è italiana.
– La sua fidanzata è tedesca.
– Il direttore del film è indiano.
5) Vado per una passeggiata
The verb “andare” is hardly ever followed by “per”. In English you’d say “I go for a walk” but in Italian you’d say “andare a” + an infinitive, which expresses the action. For instance:
-Vado a fare una passeggiata.
-Vado a bere un caffè.
-Vado a comprare lo zucchero.
-Vado a prendere una birra con gli amici.
Wasn’t that helpful?
New A2 (pre-intermediate) Ebook ‘Easy Reader’ – 25% Off this week!
This week’s story is Il ciclista and its level is A2, which means that it’s SHORT and hopefully EASY.
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What’s it about? Well a cyclist, obviously!
A big-city journalist takes a much-needed break in a picturesque Umbrian village. On her first morning there she heads to the only bar for breakfast, and is suprised to find an older man asleep in his wheelchair…
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