Enhanced Beginner's Italian Level 1 - Lesson # 6
Irregular ARE verbs and idiomatic expressionsAfter this class you should;
be able to conjugate and use the verbs dare (to give) fare (to do or make) and andare (to go).
know and be able to identify and use 24 various useful idiomatic expressions.
Below is the present tense conjugation of the irregular Italian ARE verbs fare, dare & andare
These verbs do not follow the regular conjugation patterns of the Italian ARE verbs and thus will be looked at separately here. These are not the only irregular ARE verbs but these three are extremely important to know as they can be used often in everyday conversation.
Idiomatic Expressions using Fare, Dare, Stare and Avere
Idiomatic expressions in Italian can be quite different than those in English. For instance in many cases where we use the verb to be they use "Avere" which is to have. We say I am hungry where as they say "ho fame" or I have hunger.
Basic Exercise on irregular ARE verbs
Exercise conjugating ARE irregulars (Italian to English)
Exercise conjugating ARE irregulars (English to Italian)
Printable large flash cards (English Side)
Printable large flash cards (Italian Side)
Printable small flash cards (English Side)
Printable small flash cards (Italian Side)
basic online exercise
Exercise (Italian to English)
Exercise (English to Italian)
|Printable Video Dialog|
Printable Practice Sheets 1
Printable Practice Sheets 2
Useful Italian question;
Dove ... ?
Where ... ?
Class DialogUsing only the vocabulary we have learned so far, learn how to say everything below in Italian (except what is in " "), print out and bring the printable form of this dialog and be prepared to say the dialog below for one of the persons in class.
Person #1 – Hi _________,
Person #2 – Hi __________, how are you?
Person #1 – Excellent! And you? How are you?
Person #2 - I am well, thank you. What are you doing “oggi”?
Person #1 – What does “oggi” mean?
Person #2 – “Oggi” means “today”.
Person #1 – Thank you, I am going for a walk today.
Person #2 – where are you going for a walk?
Person #1 – I am going shopping.
Person #2 – Do you go shopping often?
Person #1 – How do you say gift in Italian?
Person #2– You say “un regalo”.
Person #1 – Thank you, I rarely go shopping but I need a gift for my sister. And you what are you doing today?
Person #2– I need to study English today.
Person #1 – Do you study English often?
Person #2 – No. I am taking an exam soon.
Person #1 – I am sorry but I need to go.
Person #2– Goodbye _______.
Person #1 – Goodbye _______.
printable class dialog
You can learn more about Italian irregular ARE verbs and idiomatic expressions on these pages of the following books.
83 - 85 (page #'s may vary as I have an older edition) of "Ciao" by Carla Federici & Carla Larese Riga, copyright 1986.
315 - 322 of the book "Italian Grammar Drills" by Paola Nanni-Tate, copyright 2007.
11, 12, 124 - 128 of the book "Italian Verb Drills" (Third Edition) by Paola Nanni-Tate, copyright 2011.
If you do not own these books, don't worry, it is not mandatory that you do unless you were instructed to buy them at the beginning of the class. However, they can be very useful in a lot of ways and if you would like to know more about these books and where to buy them, simply go to our online bookstore or quicker yet, just click on the appropriate book below.
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Here are the song's lyrics,
read along while you listen to Vivo Per Lei and listen to the pronunciation of the words you see!
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