Buon giorno a tutti!
Just a quickie today, as I have to rush off and teach.
Wednesday’s Italian Lesson on articles was a big success it seems – we had a record number of page views that day!
And many thanks to Roger who wrote to me with this correction:
Just had a quick look at Lesson 01: Italian Articles. You say that words that begin with x, y, z and with the groups gn, pn, ps, sc need the articles lo (singular) and gli (plural)
Re the s words, I thought it was any word starting with s and followed by a consonant not just sc, e.g. lo specchio, lo studente, gli spaghetti.
He’s absolutely right, of course. I’ll get it fixed, Roger!
So today I have the second in the Italian Lessons series, this time on Italian plurals.
I could feel my eyes misting over as I proof-read and corrected the English in Daniele’s explanations.
But some people love this stuff – the rules, the exceptions, the general grammatical craziness of Italian!
If that sounds like you, prego: Italian Lesson 02: Plurals
If not, I’d anyway suggest checking out the exercises and the audio, but perhaps not getting too hung up on the details. Feel free to skip the boring bits.
Instead, you could spend the day reading and listening to Italian and leave the grammar to worry about itself, as I do.
Call it the ‘Daniel method’.
Which reminds me… the launch offer on our new Italian easy reader Amarcord ends on Sunday.
If you haven’t already done so, check out the free sample chapter (.pdf).
Then follow these useful links:
(I’ll have another Italian lesson for you on Monday!)