Annoyingly, you really can’t speak Italian unless you learn to conjugate verbs, both regular and irregular.
Worse, it’s mostly the present tense that causes the problems.
Just as you’re starting out, you have to memorise complex conjugations of frequently-used, essential verbs.
And unless you get to grips with them, you’ll be unable to say almost anything… Or understand what others say to you.
But here’s the good news – once you drag your demoralised and despirited self out of the morass of present tense regular and irregular verbs, it’s all downhill from then on!
Unlike English, which is easy at the start but harder later on, Italian just gets better and better as you progress.
And joy! After eighteen or so years learning the language, I try out today’s free Italian exercise, hit the ‘punteggio’ (score) button, and the computer replies:
“Benissimo! Tutte corrette!”
Go here to try today’s exercise on the present tense of regular verbs for yourself.
Or here to see previous exercises at the same level (beginner/elementary), and to find out what’s coming next week.
Buon fine settimana!
Thanks to everyone who supported the idea of introducing a forum in which you can write messages to each other in Italian.
I’ll take a look at the technology today, with a view to launching it next week, if feasible.
Other news: yesterday we were choosing images for the cover design of the third volume of our ‘film’ series of simplified Italian audio books.
It’s the story of a classic comedy from the ‘sixties, called ‘Il sorpasso’.
Below you should see a still from the film, which unfortunately was the wrong shape for our cover but is so good that I thought I’d share it with you anyway.
Three questions for you:
- What does the film’s title mean?
- What does the gesture that the driver is making mean?
- And why, in your opinion, is he making it??
The best answer wins a free copy of the new book, which will be out in a week or two.
If I remember, I’ll announce the winner on Monday.
Visit our site to leave a comment with your answers.
(And don’t forget to check out the other simplified audio-books in our ‘book of the film’ series in our shop.)