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What’s better than a visit from a friend you haven’t seen in a long time? The only thing is, your friend is from Italy, and only speaks Italian. In today’s lesson, we are going to learn how to conjugate and use a very common verb: “potere” (can).
How come it is “va bene,” for “is fine”?
andare (to go)
io vado noi andiamo
tu vai voi andate
lui/lei va loro vanno
va is the third-person conjugation of andare (to go)
bene is an adverb meaning well
so when you say va bene
it literally means it goes well/ it’s going well
I have just jumped in to the Beginner section for more practice to augment the start I have made on the Pimsleur program I got from the library. (I am trying to catch up with my wife who is a year ahead of me, but I’m trying to do it all by ear, without reading, the way I learned my first language).
In this lesson and in ‘Wake up and Smell the Coffee’ I think I hear you pronouncing the letter ‘z’ with a Castilian ‘theta.’ I don’t hear that on the Pimsleur material. Am I hearing it correctly? Is that a standard Italian variant?
Is it OK or common to say “grazie per la visita”?
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