Venire, andare, fare, prendere, parlare…
To come, to go, to do, to take, to speak.
Takes me back a bit, to circa 1997, when I’d fallen in love with an Italian girl and started out memorizing verbs, shuffling flash cards on my London bus ride home from work each evening.
And dreaming of a new life, in sunny Italy.
And no, the flash cards were home-made, not the ones in the picture (click here to see it. if you’re reading this in an e-mail).
If YOU’RE just starting out with Italian verbs, don’t get distracted: take a look at the Italian Verb Conjugator in the open-to all area of our website.
You could print a verb a day, for example. Then highlight the forms that interest you, and via! (Away you go!)
Much simpler than making flashcards.
If, on the other hand, like me you’re a way down the road of learning Italian, well, you might want to take a look at this page which is part of the C1 (advanced) Italian course in our our members-only section.
It lists “Some useful expressions with common Italian verbs“, for example:
venire in mente (come to mind)
andare alla grande (go well)
fare i conti con qualcuno (have it out with someone)
prendere parte a (take part in)
parlare a quattr’occhi (speak face to face)
A few of these were new to me. The first two I recognised though, they’re very common, and “useful” indeed!
“Mi è venuta in mente qualcosa.” (“I’ve had an idea.”)
“Come va?” “Alla grande!” (“How’s it going?” “Great!”)
Find a minute or two in your busy day to memorise these two examples, and you’ll be one step further along the road!
Got any other suggestiosn for “useful expressions with common verbs”?
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By the way, the word for “Sale” in Italian is “Saldi“…