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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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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Italian Language Game: Ciao Marco



Italian Language Game: Ciao Marco - Hello Marco
Play this quick Italian online game to practice 14 useful Italian phrases in the context of a mini-story.
Marco arrives at Via Montebello 52 in Florence, where his friend Alessandro lives.
Alessandro's girlfriend Giulia opens the door.

This brief story is also part of our Italian 1 course.
(You can play the complete course for FREE by registering HERE.)
When playing the game, say the Italian OUT LOUD.
Click again on the Italian to practice saying the word or sentence again.
Try "shadowing" the sentences, by saying them together with the speaker in natural speed.
Even if you know the meaning of all the words, saying the full sentences fluently takes practice.
Note that in Italian, the words for "I, you, he, she" etc. are often dropped, unless they are needed for clarity or emphasis.

Phrases in Italian Mini-Story Language Game

  • Marco trova - Marco finds [trovare]
  • Via Montebello - Montebello Street
  • cinquantadue - 52 / fifty-two
  • Giulia apre la porta - Giulia opens the door [aprire]
  • Lo saluta: - She greets him: [salutare]
  • Ciao Marco - Hello Marco
  • piacere di conoscerti - a pleasure to meet you (fam.) [conoscere]
  • finalmente - finally
  • Piacere mio. - My pleasure.
  • Alessandro mi ha parlato - Alessandro has told me [parlare]
  • molto di te - a lot about you (fam.)
  • Entra. - Come in. (fam.) [entrare]
  • Marco entra - Marco comes in / enters
  • nell'appartamento - into the apartment [nella = in + la]

After playing the game, write down some of the words you remember.
Recalling words and phrases is the best way to internalize vocabulary.
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Italian Language Game: Posso parlare con...



Italian Language Game: Posso parlare con... - Can I speak with...
In this quick Italian online game, you can learn and practice 14 Italian phrases as part of a mini-story.
Marco has arrived in Florence to visit his friend Alessandro.
He dials the number, but a woman answers.
The mini-story is also part of our Italian 1 course.
(You can play the complete course for FREE by registering HERE.)
When playing the game, it's best to say the Italian OUT LOUD.
After you've practiced and recalled some of the individual words, you'll hear the mini-story again. 
This time "shadow" the sentences, by saying them together with the speaker in natural speed.
Even if you know the meaning of all the words, saying them in sentences takes some practice.
Note that in Italian, the words for "I, you, he, she" etc. are often dropped, unless they are needed for clarity or emphasis.

Phrases in Italian Mini-Story Language Game

  • in meno di un'ora - in less than an hour
  • arriva a Firenze - he arrives in Florence [arrivare]
  • ha l'indirizzo - he has the address [avere]
  • di un amico - of a friend (m)
  • compone il numero - he dials the number [comporre]
  • sul suo cellulare - on his cell phone
  • una donna risponde - a woman answers [rispondere]
  • Pronto! - Hello! (on the phone)
  • Posso parlare con... - Can I speak with...
  • non c'è - he's not here
  • mi dispiace - I'm sorry
  • Chi parla? - Who's speaking? [parlare]
  • Sono Marco Magini - I'm Marco Magini
  • un amico di Boston - a friend(m) from Boston

After playing the game, look at the words again and read them aloud.
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Italian Language Game: È libero questo posto



Italian Language Game: È libero questo posto? - Is this seat free?
In this quick Italian online game, you'll learn and practice 16 Italian phrases in the context of a mini-story.
This brief episode tells about Marco's train trip from Pisa to Florence.
The mini-story is also part of our Italian 1 course.
(You can play the complete course for FREE by registering HERE.)
As you play the game, say the Italian OUT LOUD.
Once you know the words, don't translate, just try to understand! 
After you've practiced and recalled some of the individual words, you'll hear the mini-story again.
This time "shadow" the sentences, by saying them together with the speaker in natural speed.
Note that in Italian, the words for "I, you, he, she" etc. are often dropped, unless they are needed for clarity or emphasis.

Phrases in Italian Mini-Story Language Game

  • va - he goes [andare]
  • al bianario tre - to track three
  • non deve - he doesn't have to
  • aspettare a lungo - to wait long
  • prima che il treno arrivi - before the train arrives [prima che + subjunctive]
  • sul treno - on the train
  • trova subito - he finds right away [trovare]
  • un posto al finestrino - a seat at the (train) window
  • proprio mentre - just as
  • inizia a leggere - he begins to read
  • la guida turistica - the travel guide
  • sente - he hears [sentire]
  • È libero questo posto? - Is this seat free?
  • una giovane donna - a young woman
  • si siede - (she) sits down [sedersi]
  • di fronte a lui - opposite to him

After playing the game, look at the words again and read them aloud.
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More Than an Italian Language Game

And don't forget: You can practice Italian online for FREE with our 36-Scene Italian 1 Travel-Story: "Marco in Italia".
In it you learn and practice all the words, phrases and sentences you also hear in the Italian 1 podcasts. Just login HERE.
And, if you have any language questions  - don't hesitate to contact us!

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