Getting started with Italian 1
Getting started with Italian 1

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Getting started with Italian 1

12 Summary of Week 2

Well done for completing Week 2!

The phrases, vocabulary and cultural insights you learnt this week should give you the confidence to order food and drinks at an Italian caffè.

You have also learnt several grammatical rules and may wonder how it will be possible to learn them all and apply them when necessary. For example, if your first language is English, you may find it hard to learn the different types of Italian definite and indefinite articles.

Memorising all these rules now may be difficult but remember that you have just started and have only had a few opportunities to practise. Don't worry about remembering everything. Just make good notes and go back to them when you meet the same words and grammatical structures again. Little by little you will start recognising and even using them. One way to learn articles more quickly is to make lists of new words and their associated articles. Group these words according to the article that preceded them. As you move on with your studies, add more words to your list.

Keeping a record of your learning

Use the boxes below to place the nouns you have learned so far into their correct categories / with their correct definite articles.

Il + masculine singular noun

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La + feminine singular noun

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i + masculine singular noun

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gli + masculine plural noun

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l’+ singular noun starting with a vowel

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