Italian Language Game: Essere - Present Tense



Italian Language Game: essere (to be) - present tense.
Level: Beginner (A1)
Time to Play:
4 minutes

Play this easy Italian Word Shoot language game to learn and practice the present-tense forms of the irregular verb "essere" online.
Then, with Word Invaders, put together an easy sentence with each.
(Image Credit: Manarola, Italy. Jack Ward on Unsplash)

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.

Note also:
"you are" formal (singular): Lei è
"you are" formal (plural): Loro sono

Essere - to be

  • io sono - I am
  • tu sei - you are (familiar)
  • lui, lei è - he, she is
  • noi siamo - we are
  • voi siete - you-all are
  • loro sono - they are

Vocabulary

  • qui - here
  • a casa - at home
  • contento - glad (m.)
  • stanco - tired (m.)

Always say the words out loud as you play the game. It's the best way to learn their pronunciation.
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Spanish Language Game: Estar - Present Tense




Quick Spanish Language Game
: estar (to be) - present tense
Level: Beginner (A1)
Time to Play:
4 minutes

Play this fun interactive Spanish language game online, to learn and practice the present tense of the Spanish verb "estar".
You'll practice the personal verb forms, then put together easy sentences with them.
The sentences illustrate 3 basic uses of the verb "estar" (see below).
Note that personal 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 the pronouns, then drop them in some of the sentences.

Present Tense of the Verb "estar"

• yo estoy - I am
• tú estás - you are (sing. familiar)
• él, ella está - he, she is
• Usted está - you are (formal)
• nosotros/as estamos - we are
• vosotros/as estáis - you (pl.) are [Spain]
• Ustedes están - you (pl.) are [Latin America]
• ellos/as están - they are

3 Basic Uses of "estar":

1. to express a condition or state
¿Estás cansado? (Are you tired? [familiar])
• ¿Está seguro? (Are you sure? [formal))

2. to indicate a location
• No está aquí. (He isn't here.)
• ¿Dónde estáis? (Where are you-all? [Spain])
• ¿Ustedes están en casa? (Are you-all at home? [Latin America])
• Estamos en España. (We're in Spain.)

3. to form the progressive tense
• Estoy buscando ... (I'm looking for ...)
• Ellos están caminando. (They're walking.)

More than a Spanish Language Game

If you like our various Spanish games, you can practice Spanish - also online and completely for Free - with our 36-Scene story "David en España" by just logging in, or registering HERE
You can find more resources for learning and practicing Spanish on FREELANGUAGE.ORG.
Our FREE Spanish 1 course will let you learn and practice Spanish playfully - with a travel-story of a young man in Spain and easy games.


Spanish Language Game: Poder - Present Tense



Quick Spanish Language Game: poder (can, to be able) - present tense
Level: Beginner (A1)
Time to Play:
4 minutes

Learn and practice the present tense of the Spanish verb for "can, to be able" with a quick and fun interactive game.
Note that in the present tense, the verb "poder" is irregular: Its stem changes from o --> ue in all forms except nosotros/nosotras, and vosotros [used in Spain].

(Image credit: Kamila Maciejewska on Unsplash)
With Shootout, you'll practice the personal verb forms.  With Word Invader, you'll make easy sentences with each of the forms.
Note: Pronouns (yo, tú, él, etc.) are often dropped in Spanish, unless you need them for clarity or emphasis.
We'll first include the pronouns for practice. In the sentences you'll notice that some of them are naturally dropped.

Present Tense of the Irregular Verb "poder"

• yo puedo - I can
• tú puedes - you can (familiar)
• él, ella puede - he, she can
• Usted puede - you can (formal)
• nosotros/as podemos - we can
• vosotros/as podéis - you (pl) can [Spain]
• Ustedes pueden - you (pl) can [Latin America]
• ellos/as pueden - they can

More than a Spanish Language Game

If you like our various Spanish games, you can practice Spanish - also online and completely for Free - with our 36-Scene story "David en España" by logging in, or registering HERE
You can find more resources for learning and practicing Spanish on FREELANGUAGE.ORG.
Our FREE Spanish 1 course will let you learn and practice Spanish playfully - with a travel-story of a young man in Spain and easy games.


Italian Language Story Game 4



 

Italian Language Story: Part 4 of Marco's trip to Italy (Il viaggio di Marco 4 - Firenze).

Level: Elementary (A2)
Time to Play:
4 minutes

In Part 4 of Marco's trip to Italy, he arrives at his friend's place. Alessandro's girlfriend Giulia invites him in, and introductions follow.

In the next few days, Giulia and her sister Claudia show Marco around town. They visit Palazzo Ricasoli, where the American author James Fennimore Cooper had lived for almost a year. They also go to see the famous Palazzo Vecchio, and enjoy a grand view from Piazzale Michelangelo, a large square located on top of a hill.
(Photo by Herr Bohn on Unsplash)

Listen to Part 4 of Marco's journey in Italian. It contains 135 basic words and phrases, all in context.
You can play the story, or any part of it, as often as you want. Click on individual sentences to hear them again.

Repeat the Italian sentences aloud with or right after the speaker and try to understand what is said without translating.

Key Verbs in Travel Story: Il viaggio di Marco 4

  • aprire - to open
  • sperare - to hope
  • entrare - to enter, go in
  • visitare - to visit (a place)
  • divertire - to amuse, entertain
  • passeggiare - to stroll, walk
  • indicare - to indicate, point out
  • sapere - to know, be aware of

You can see the English translation on a desk- or laptop (but not on a phone or tablet).
To practice the individual words and phrases of the story, register or log in and go to Italian 1, Marco in Italia.

For other easy games see also our post: 5 Easy Italian Language Games.

Or you can find ALL of them - over 60 by now - on the Italian Quick Language Games page.


Italian Language Game: Day Week Month Year



Play Italian Language Game: Day Week Month Year. A fun interactive vocabulary game to practice some basics: the singular and plural of these masculine and feminine nouns. (Photo by Juliana Malta on unsplash.com)

The somewhat tricky part for English speakers is that the definite article "the" has several singular and plural forms in Italian. Using a game to practice these four nouns is a good start to internalizing the forms and their sounds.

Learning just the rules of a language pattern is sometimes too abstract and overwhelming. Practicing the sounds of specific examples, helps to create automatic responses. For example, you learn and then know that "il giorno - i giorni" is the regular masculine pattern for nouns starting with a consonant (with the exceptions noted below in the "Summary of Italian Articles").

So, when you encounter other masculine nouns starting with a consonant*, you automatically know what the pattern is: "il ragazzo - i ragazzi" (the boy - the boys), "il fratello - i fratelli" (the brother - the brothers), "il campo - i campi" (the field - the fields), etc. etc. (*However, please note the exceptions below which use "lo" and "gli" instead of "il" and "i"!)

Day Week Month Year

As you play, say the words OUT LOUD and imitate the speaker.

  • il giorno - the day (m)
  • i giorni - the days (m)
  • il mese - the month (m)
  • i mesi - the months (m)
  • la settimana - the week (f)
  • le settimane - the weeks (f)
  • l'anno - the year (m)
  • gli anni - the years (m)

Summary of Italian Definite Articles

il   -for masculine singular nouns starting with a consonant
l'   -for masculine singular nouns starting with a vowel
lo  -for masculine singular nouns starting with s+consonant, z, y, gn, ps, pn
i   
-for masculine plural nouns starting with a consonant
gli -for masculine plural nouns starting with a vowel, s+consonant, x, z, y, gn, ps, pn

la  -for feminine singular nouns starting with a consonant
l'   -for feminine singular nouns starting with a vowel
le  -for feminine plural nouns starting with a vowel or a consonant

For more easy games see also our post: 5 Easy Italian Language Games.

Or you can find ALL of them - over 60 by now - on the Italian Quick Language Games page.

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More than an Italian Language Game

With our Italian 1 course you'll practice Italian for FREE - with the story of a young man traveling through Italy. "The Story" and easy games will let you forget that you are actually learning Italian!
If you just play ONE lesson a day (we call them "Scenes") - and review the previous day's dialogue and Scene - you'll be amazed how much you'll have learned after 36 days!
And make sure to listen to the Podcast after each Level (six Scenes)

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