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In earlier levels of Italian we were taught to always use the article + noun (Ex: di primo, desidero gli spaghetti) and now in Level 5 it seems that articles are often left out. Maybe I missed something in Levels 3 and 4? For example, "mi piace il caffe ma per la colazione preferito bere latte". Why not il latte? Also, as an example, "ordinavo spaghetti" but not "ordinavo gli spaghetti"...... Is there a specific rule for when to use an article and when we do not? Or is it just one of those learn it by memorization things.....?

In earlier levels of Italian we were taught to always use the article + noun (Ex: di primo, desidero gli spaghetti) and now in Level 5 it seems that articles are often left out. Maybe I missed something in Levels 3 and 4? For example, "mi piace il caffe ma per la colazione preferito bere latte". Why not il latte? Also, as an example, "ordinavo spaghetti" but not "ordinavo gli spaghetti"...... Is there a specific rule for when to use an article and when we do not? Or is it just one of those learn it by memorization things.....?

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Im confused as to when to use vostro instead of tuo

Im confused as to when to use vostro instead of tuo

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I'm sure this is a simple question (it came up in both level 1 and 2, and still confused) - It is "che cosa vuole da bere", and yet "non so che cosa mangiare". Why not "non so che cosa da mangiare"? (or even che cosa a mangiare?)

I'm sure this is a simple question (it came up in both level 1 and 2, and still confused) -
It is "che cosa vuole da bere", and yet "non so che cosa mangiare". Why not "non so che cosa da mangiare"? (or even che cosa a mangiare?)

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Are all of these forms correct, assuming it is a woman speaking?: Ho dovuto sedermi. Mi sono dovuta sedere. Sono dovuta sedermi

Are all of these forms correct, assuming it is a woman speaking?: Ho dovuto sedermi. Mi sono dovuta sedere. Sono dovuta sedermi

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I don't remember a certain rule for this but why is it: A che ora deve partire quell' aereo? (At what time must that plane leave) and not A Che ora deve quell' aero partire? Why does it translate to "at what time must to leave that plane?

I don't remember a certain rule for this but why is it: A che ora deve partire quell' aereo? (At what time must that plane leave) and not A Che ora deve quell' aero partire? Why does it translate to "at what time must to leave that plane?

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I see that other people have commented on this - the fact that the flashcards often don't recognize a correct alternative answer. For example, "ora" instead of "adesso" will be considered wrong when it isn't if "adesso" was used in the phrase. Or "lavora ogni mattina" being "correct" instead of "tutte le mattine" in a deck of flashcards where "ogni giorno" was considered an error for "tutti i giorni." It's frustrating to get an error for a correct answer and, frankly, it's confusing when you're trying to learn the language because it makes you doubt whether the alternative is, in fact, correct. I understand that this is a difficult issue to resolve from a programming standpoint but fixing it would greatly improve the flashcards. Oh, and the times where it's required to use the personal pronoun, versus just the verb form, is also a nagging issue. I can't count the number of times I've missed that the personal pronoun wasn't in parentheses (my bad, I guess). Given how rarely the personal pronoun is actually needed (until you get to the subjunctive in subordinate phrases), I'm not sure why this can't be consistent across the platform. Thanks.

I see that other people have commented on this - the fact that the flashcards often don't recognize a correct alternative answer. For example, "ora" instead of "adesso" will be considered wrong when it isn't if "adesso" was used in the phrase. Or "lavora ogni mattina" being "correct" instead of "tutte le mattine" in a deck of flashcards where "ogni giorno" was considered an error for "tutti i giorni." It's frustrating to get an error for a correct answer and, frankly, it's confusing when you're trying to learn the language because it makes you doubt whether the alternative is, in fact, correct. I understand that this is a difficult issue to resolve from a programming standpoint but fixing it would greatly improve the flashcards. Oh, and the times where it's required to use the personal pronoun, versus just the verb form, is also a nagging issue. I can't count the number of times I've missed that the personal pronoun wasn't in parentheses (my bad, I guess). Given how rarely the personal pronoun is actually needed (until you get to the subjunctive in subordinate phrases), I'm not sure why this can't be consistent across the platform. Thanks.

In the lessons, it is universally accepted to use li/la interchangably, the program accepts both. When using Flashcards for Level 4 Italian, if you use li when the answer uses la or vice versa you get the entire answer wrong. I know you can click on the sound to hear the italian translation, however I like to try and type in the correct answer for the question on my own, before the speaker translates. This is really frustrating because you can get the sentence structure completely correct and your answer is still wrong.

In the lessons, it is universally accepted to use li/la interchangably, the program accepts both. When using Flashcards for Level 4 Italian, if you use li when the answer uses la or vice versa you get the entire answer wrong. I know you can click on the sound to hear the italian translation, however I like to try and type in the correct answer for the question on my own, before the speaker translates. This is really frustrating because you can get the sentence structure completely correct and your answer is still wrong.

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I notice that when an individual is asked what he would like to eat or drink, "da" is included: Che cosa vuole da mangiare? ; Che cosa vuole da bere? ; Yet when multiple individuals are being addressed, "da" is omitted: Che cosa volete mangiare, Che cosa volete bere? This may have already been addressed, but I was just wondering if there's a specific reason for this, and if it is necessary at all times... Also, isn't the inclusion of "da" redundant - wouldn't it translate to, "What thing do you want to to drink (or eat)," for mangiare means "to eat" and bere means "to drink"...

I notice that when an individual is asked what he would like to eat or drink, "da" is included: Che cosa vuole da mangiare? ; Che cosa vuole da bere? ; Yet when multiple individuals are being addressed, "da" is omitted: Che cosa volete mangiare, Che cosa volete bere?

This may have already been addressed, but I was just wondering if there's a specific reason for this, and if it is necessary at all times... Also, isn't the inclusion of "da" redundant - wouldn't it translate to, "What thing do you want to to drink (or eat)," for mangiare means "to eat" and bere means "to drink"...

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I memorize the gender of nouns one of two ways: 1) Imagine a location that is well known to you. It could be a house, a town, etc. I use a hospital since I work there. Reserve one location for Masculine nouns, another for Feminine and one for Neuter (if needed). Build a story in each location using feminine nouns in the feminine location, male nouns in the male location etc. Later when you recall the object, you will instantly know its gender because of it's location in the story you made. Actually, as you build more and more vocabulary you may designate more than one location for each gender. The better your imagination the more your can use this idea and expand it. 2) Pick a color for masculine nouns, one for feminine and one for neuter. When you memorize the noun, memorize it in the color you chose. I find the first idea the most effective and now use it for all nouns.

I memorize the gender of nouns one of two ways:

1) Imagine a location that is well known to you. It could be a house, a town, etc. I use a hospital since I work there. Reserve one location for Masculine nouns, another for Feminine and one for Neuter (if needed). Build a story in each location using feminine nouns in the feminine location, male nouns in the male location etc. Later when you recall the object, you will instantly know its gender because of it's location in the story you made. Actually, as you build more and more vocabulary you may designate more than one location for each gender. The better your imagination the more your can use this idea and expand it.

2) Pick a color for masculine nouns, one for feminine and one for neuter. When you memorize the noun, memorize it in the color you chose. I find the first idea the most effective and now use it for all nouns.

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A simple question: when is "la" used as opposed to "li" when referring to a place?

A simple question: when is "la" used as opposed to "li" when referring to a place?

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