2. Where Are You From? (Beginner)

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17 thoughts on “2. Where Are You From? (Beginner)”

  1. Thank you so much for these podcasts!!! I love them and am greatly looking forward to the transcripts and supplementary vocabulary! These lessons are fantastic! Keep it up! 🙂

  2. just found you surfing iTunes. i am training for a marathon and i now start all runs with you. i don’t know what walkers think when i huff… io sono americana three times as i pass them. if that doesn’t confuse them enough, i then ask them three times if they’re italian.

    i hope to run the roma marathon and be able to not be totally clueless with the italian.

    can’t wait for you to use dopodomani in a dialogue. it’s my favourite italian word to say.

  3. Thanks a lot for your way of teaching the sweet language(Italian). There is a proverb in my country(Iran) which says; Teach me a word, then I wil become your slave!

  4. Please talk about the difference between “Di” & “Da” as used in “Di dove sei?” & “Da dove vieni?” (latter from supplement to Lesson 1). In English they seem to both mean “from”, but in Italian they are different words.

  5. Ludwig, the preposition “di” means “of”, while “da” means “from”.

    The sentence “da dove viene” means literally “where do you come from?”, while the sentence “di dove sei?” means literally “of where are you?”, which in English makes no sense.

    Therefore, the best way to translate the common Italian sentence “di dove sei” remains “where are you from”?

  6.  Hi,
    I just started and I noticed that there is a difference in pronounciation of “Sei” as in “Sei inglese?” and “Di dove sei?”. Is there some kind of rule that determines if this? Are there other words whose pronounciation witl change according to how they are being used.

  7. Hmmmph… I just took the quiz and found that “sei” also means six… and it appears to be pronounced like the sei in “Sei inglese?” or can this be different too?

    “Io sono americano.” but my wife is German… how would she say “I am German”?

     

  8. “Sei” as verb (like in “tu sei”) or “sei” as number as pronounced exactly the same. “I am German” is “Io sono tedesca” (female). You would say “io sono tedesco” if referring to a male.

  9. I love the podcasts! Just one minor question – I’ve noticed that when Massimo pronounces ‘piacere de conoscerte’ it sounds like concscerTI, like in Spanish. Is it ti or te? Thank you!

  10.  Hi, I think you actually have it backwards. In italian its conoscerti and in Spanish its conocerte.
    So, its piacere di conoscerti, as de is from Spanish as well.

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