41. An Italian Summer

  Level: Beginner

Today, let’s talk about vacations! Are we all ready to relax, take some time off and have fun after a long year spent working? You bet we are! While thinking about our Italian summer, let’s spend some time learning and practicing how to use the future tense. Buon Divertimento!

17 Responses to "41. An Italian Summer"

karina Says:

shouldn’t the title be ‘un’esate italiana’ since ‘estate’ is feminine?

LearnItalianPod.com Says:

It can be with or without apostrophe.

We have left the article “una” without an apostrophe to 1) give emphasis to the title, and 2) clearly indicate the noun “estate” is feminine.

In the everyday usage “un’estate” with apostrophe is more common.

One example: the title movie “Summer Catch” was translated in Italian as “Il sogno di una estate” (The dream of a summer).

Christina Says:

I absolutely love this site! I only wish that I had discovered it sooner. I am leaving for Italia on Tuesday! I’m so excited! At least I know that I have lessons to keep me occupied on the plane ride! I’m currently on lesson 13.

Keep up the great work!

Ci vediamo!

karina Says:

oh, i see. that’s new to me. cool!

Gabor Says:

This lesson was a bit harder for me than the previous ones. Maybe because of the new -future- tense. Anywhere finnally I’ve learnt it. :-)
Apropos conjugations, I’ve found a site, where there are conjugation tables for more then 12000 italian verbs.
The link is: http://www.italian-verbs.com

Ci vediamo,

Dave Says:

Thanks for the link Gabor. It’s the first time I’ve seen Egli, ella, essi and esse! Then I noticed on their FAQ page:
“Egli, ella, essi and esse are rare in the everyday’s use of the Italian language, both spoken or written. They are replaced by lui, lei and loro.” Actually, come to think about it, I am familiar with – ella ha detto/she told me – but I think it’s a dialect. learnitalianpod, auitami per favore!

Buona natale a tutti.

Dave Says:

Correction: ella ha detto = she said

LearnItalianPod.com Says:

Dave, that is correct: ella ha detto = she said.

But almost no one in Italy would use “ella” – it’s very rare and replaced by “lei”.

So the correct way to say would be “lei ha detto” = “she said” (or “you said” FORMAL).

Dan Says:

What is the difference (if any) between “voglio” and “vorrei”? For example, would you be as likely to say “vorrei divertirmi” as you would “voglio divertirmi”?

LearnItalianPod.com Says:

“Vorrei divertirmi” is “I would like to have fun”, while “voglio divertirmi” is “I want to have fun”.

Both sentences mean the same thing, but express two different state of mind – while the first shows desire, the second shows certainty.

Michelle B Says:

Hello again,I just want to know if you guys have an area here which allows one to see the pro noun ci a tion of words for instance Vorrei sounds like Vor- Ray in Inglese…aM I correct?:)It would be great if u had that here.

LearnItalianPod.com Says:

Michelle, that could be a nice add-on to LearnItalianPod subscribers area!

Phonetics are not included on the current Learning Center.

Speaking of which – we are about to release a new version of the Learning Center in a few days – it will include more interactivity, and a better organization of the learning materials.

Steve Says:

The verb dare(audio) is not not working in the VIP supplemental vocab section.

LearnItalianPod.com Says:

Steve, thanks for pointing it out – it’s now working fine.

lucy Says:

fra quattro mesi mi sposero’! ay ay ay!

LearnItalianPod.com Says:

Congratulazioni Lucy!!

Jill Says:

 If you take off the infinitive ending ‘are’ then add the future tense suffix why is it mangero’ and not mangiero’, mangerai and not mangierai,etc.?

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