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Lesson 011 Today`s Phrases sto imparando l`italiano I`m learning
L E A R N I T A L I A N S T E P B Y S T E P, D A Y B Y D A Y, P H R A S E B Y P H R A S E
Week 3
Today’s Phrases
Day 1
Lesson 011
sto imparando l’italiano
I’m learning Italian
It’s important to let people
know that you’re interested in
the language and today we’re
learning how to say “I’m
learning Italian”.
non parlo molto
I don’t speak much
The word sto is one of two
ways of saying “I am” in
with the present participle of
the phrase non parlo molto. The
Italian. The normal way is
the verb imparare, meaning “to
word molto means “much”, or
sono, as in sono italiano - “I’m
learn”. If you said sto parlando
“a lot”. You can use it with
Italian”. The word sto is used
italiano it would mean “I am
grazie in the phrase grazie
in particular situations: we’ve
speaking Italian” (at the
molto, meaning “thanks very
already come across sto bene
moment).
much”.
where sto gives the idea of
We’ve already come across
You can also say sto molto bene
“I’m feeling...”. In the case of
negatives, and today we’re
when answering the question,
today’s phrases, sto is used
adding in one new word with
come stai?
A stressful business
molto (much)
If you’re listening carefully to the
recordings each day, and
comparing what you hear with
what you read, you’ll have noticed
that the stress in Italian almost
always falls on the last-but-one
syllable. Consider the following
examples of words you’ve come
across in lessons so far:
imparando (learning)
bene (well)
parlo (I speak)
and so on. Indeed, stress in Italian
falls on the second last syllable in
almost all words, unless there’s an
accent on a particular syllable.
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Even then, it tends only to be the
final syllable:
andrò (I will go)
verità (truth)
and so on.
This stressing of the second last
syllable is what gives Italian its
sing-song rhythm.
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