Italian Language Game: Avere - Present Tense



Italian Language Game: Avere - to have. Present Tense.
Practice the present-tense forms of the irregular verb "avere" with this fun, interactive online game.
Then put together an easy sentence with each.
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Note that in Italian the pronoun is often dropped, except for emphasis or clarity.
But in any case, with or without a pronoun, you always have to use the correct verb form.

Avere - to have

  • io ho - I have
  • tu hai - you have (familiar)
  • lui, lei hat - he, she has
  • noi abbiamo - we have
  • voi avete - you(pl) have
  • loro hanno - they have

  • il libro - the book
  • l'indirizzo - the address (m)
  • la chiave - the key
  • le fotografie - the photos

As you play the game, make sure you say the words out loud.
It's a good way to learn new vocabulary and to improve your pronunciation.
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Spanish Languag Game: Tener - Present Tense





Quick Spanish Language Game
: Tener (to have) - Present Tense
Learn and practice the present tense of the irregular Spanish verb for "to have" with this fun interactive game. (Image credit: Kamila Maciejewska on Unsplash)
You'll practice the personal verb forms and make easy sentences with them.
Note that pronouns (yo, tú, él, etc.) are often dropped in Spanish, except when they are needed for clarity or emphasis.
In this game, we first include them, then drop them in the sentences.

Present Tense of the Irregular Verb "ir"

yo tengo - I have
tú tienes - you have (familiar)
él, ella tiene - he, she has
Usted tiene - you have (formal)
nosotros/as tenemos - we have
vosotros/as tenéis - you (pl) have [Spain]
ellos/as tienen - they have
Ustedes tienen - you (pl) have [Latin America]

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Italian Language Game: Using "tu" or "Lei"



Italian Language Game: Using "tu" or "Lei".  A quick online game as a mini-story. Marco is introduced to Claudia, the sister of a friend. How should he address her? Use the familiar form of address right away?
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Play this quick Italian online game to practice 15 Italian words and phrases.
Note that in Italian the pronoun is often dropped, except for emphasis or clarity. But in any case, with or without a pronoun, you always have to use the correct verb form.

Using "Tu" or "Lei":

The pronoun "tu" is the singular familiar word for "you". It goes with the second person singular verb form.
Use the familiar form of address with family and relatives, children, good friends, classmates, and some people at work.
Using the familiar form is appropriate to use when know each other well, are of similar age, have equal status, etc.

"Lei" is the singular formal word for "you", and it goes with the third person singular verb form. The formal "Lei" is used with both men and women.
Use the formal form of address with older people, strangers, and in professional situations.
Using the third person singular form shows respect and/or distance, and should be used when in doubt.

Note that "lei" also means "she" in Italian. The context of a conversation tells you which meaning is being used: "she" or the formal "you".

We very much like Silvia Perrone's explanations for "tu" and "Lei" in her post here.

When playing the game, say the Italian OUT LOUD.
Click again on the Italian to practice saying the word or sentence again.
Try to "shadow" each of the sentences, by saying them at the same time as the speaker.
Even if you're familiar with all the words, it takes practice to say a sentence in natural speed.

Words in Italian Mini-Story Language Game

  • Piacere. - Nice to meet you.
  • Piacere di conoscerla. - Pleased to meet you. (formal)
  • essere - to be
  • Non essere così formale. - Don't be so formal. (fam.)
  • potete - you(pl) can
  • dare - to give
  • vi - (you pl.) each other [reciprocal]
  • Potete darvi del “tu”! - You(pl) can use "tu" with each other.
  • per te - for you (familiar)
  • va bene - it's okay
  • Se per te va bene. - If it's okay with you. (fam.)
  • certamente - of course
  • noi studenti- we students
  • ci - (we) each other [reciprocal]
  • ci diamo tutti del “tu” - we all use "tu" with each other

This brief story is also part of our Italian 1 course.
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After playing the game, try to recall some of the words and phrases.
It's a good way to become familiar with new vocabulary.
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French Language Game: Tutoyer - Using "tu"



Quick French Language Game: Tutoyer - Using "tu"
A quick online game where students first use "vous" and then "tu".
Daniel meets Mathilde and her sister Virginie. He politely starts out using the formal "vous" when he's introduced to Mathilde. But Virginie tells him that he's being much too formal.
Shadow the French OUT LOUD after the speaker! You'll improve your pronunciation.
There are a couple of very useful phrases in this conversation. Practice them until they become automatic.
You can clicking on the French sentence to have it repeated.
Our games work best for mid-to-high Beginners who want to learn and review conversational French.
Play on a Computer or Tablet.

Using "tu" or "vous

"Tu" is the singular familiar word for "you".
Use it with family, children, good friends, classmates, some colleagues.
Using "tu" suggests that you know each other well, are the same age, have equal status, etc.

"Vous" is the singular formal word for "you", as well the plural for "you", familiar or formal.
Use it with older people, in business and professional situations, with strangers.
Using "vous" shows respect and/or distance, and should be used when in doubt.

Phrases in French Language Game

  • bonjour - hello
  • enchanté(e) - delighted (m/f)
  • la connaissance - the acquaintance
  • Enchanté de faire votre connaissance - Delighted to meet you. (formal)
  • ne sois pas - don't be ... (fam.) [être]
  • si formel - so formal
  • tutoyer - to use the familiar "tu" with sb.
  • vous - you (sing. formal and/or plural form/fam)
  • vous pouvez vous tutoyer - you can use "tu" with each other
  • déranger - to bother, upset
  • Ça ne te dérange pas? - You don't mind? (fam.)
  • Bien sûr. - Of course.
  • Bien sûr que non. - Of course not.
  • entre étudiants - among students
  • nous - we, us, to ourselves/each other
  • nous nous tutoyons toujours - we always use "tu" with each other

Ne sois pas

Note: Here, "Ne sois pas ... !" (Don't be ...!) is an imperative form of "être".
(tu) sois ! - be!
(nous) soyons ! - let's be!
(vous) soyez ! - be!

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German Language Game: Modal Verb "können"



Quick German Language Game: "können" - can /to be able. (The picture: Können Sie taekwondo?)
A fun interactive language game to learn and practice the present, past, and conditional forms of "können" (can /to be able)
Present Tense: stem vowel changes: singular = "a"; plural = "ö" (including the formal "Sie")
Simple Past: stem vowel is "o"; add regular endings -te, -test, -te, -ten, -tet, -ten
Conditional: stem vowel is "ö"; otherwise, all forms are the same as Simple Past.
With this game, you'll practice how to pronounce German "a", "o", and "ö".

Present Tense of "können": singular "a", plural "ö"

ich kann - I can
du kannst - you can
er/sie/es kann - he/she/it can
wir können - we can
ihr könnt - you-all can
sie/Sie können - they/you(form.) can

Simple Past Tense of "können": drop the umlaut

ich konnte - I could
du konntest - you could
er/sie/es konnte - he/she/it could
wir konnten - we could
ihr konntet - you-all could
sie/Sie konnten - they/you (form.) could

Conditional Tense of "können": add umlaut to Past

ich könnte - I would be able /could
du könntest - you would be able /could
er/sie/es könnte - he/she/it would be able /could
wir könnten - we would be able /could
ihr könntet - you-all would be able /could
sie/Sie könnten - they/you(form.) would be able /could

Short Sentences:

Er kann nicht. - He can't.
Kann ich? - Can I?
Ja, du kannst. - Yes, you can. (fam.)
Ich konnte gestern nicht anrufen. - I couldn't call yesterday.
Ich kann heute kommen. - I can come today.
Ich könnte dich morgen treffen. - I could meet you tomorrow.

You'll find more in our post: How to Use the German Modal Verb "Können"

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