Enhanced Comprehensive Italian Level 2 - Lesson #1
Ci, ne, né and vocabulary on food in ItalianAfter this class you should:
have a good understanding ether/or.
be able to use ci and ne for there, some, them and it.
be able to recognize, understand and use more Italian vocabulary for food.
ciWe have already learned that we can use ci as follows:
There (singular) c'è [ci+è] or there is
There (plural) ci sono or there are
Us (1st person plural) ci aiutano or they help us
In the above examples it was used as an adverb "there" and a direct object pronoun "us". Now let's take a look at how ci can also replace certain prepositional phrases or places.
Ci can replace certain prepositional phrases (translated as "it") that are introduced by "a" such as;
Ci can be used in place of expressing a place when that placed was introduced by a, in, su or da such as;
One more quick note is to remember is that "ci" followed by "ne" or a direct pronoun becomes "ce".
neNe is a very interesting and versatile word. It acts somewhat like a direct object pronoun in that it can replace a noun that is either introduced with some type of quantifying word (many, how many, etc) or a partitive. In this case it can translate into many English equivalents
Here are some examples;
Ne can also replace a noun or infinitive verb that is introduced by a verb+di clause. In this case, the translations can be even more varried.
One more quick note to remember is if "ne" replaces a noun that is a direct object pronoun of a verb tense using a past participle. The past participle must agree with the antecedent just like any other past participle used with a direct object pronoun.
néAnd finally an introduction to né
Simply put, we will look at using né in a negative sentence as neither/nor.
Basic Exercise on ci, ne and né
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 food vocabulary exercise
Exercise (Italian to English)
Exercise (English to Italian)
Non possiamo perchè non ho niente da mangiare. Devo andare al mercato a fare la spesa.
Ti piace andare al mercato?
Sì, mi piace molto e ci vado spesso.
Al mercato compri sedano e fagioli?
No, non compro nè sedano nè fagioli.
Che cosa compri al mercato?
Compro molta frutta. Oggi ho bisogno di comprare banane, mele e arancie. Come si dice in italiano: "some fruit"?
Si dice "della frutta".
Vuoi della frutta?
No grazie, non ne ho bisogno. Oggi compri del pesce?
Sì, ne vuoi anche tu?
Sì per favore. Voglio anche del vino. So che hanno un vino nuovo. Che ne pensi?
Non lo so. Io non compro il mio vino al mercato.
Quando vai al mercato?
Ci vado tra venti minuti, vuoi venire?
Mi dispiace ma non posso. Devo lavorare. Puoi pagare per il mio pesce?
Sì, non è un problema.
Hai il denaro?
Sì ce l'ho.
|Printable Video Dialog|
Printable Practice Sheets
Useful Italian word;
...piace... / ...piacciono....
"like" singular / plural
(from the verb piacere - used as
a reflexive w/direct object -
i.e. mi piace I like)
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 – Good evening ________.
Person #2 – Good evening ________. How are you?
Person #1 – I am very hungry, do you want to come to a restaurant with me?
Person #2 – No. Restaurants are too expensive. Let’s eat dinner here at my house.
Person #1 – Ok, do I need to help you?
Person #2 – No, you do not need to.
Person #1 – Thank you very much. You are very kind.
Person #2 – You are welcome. How do you say “some wine”?
Person #1 – You say “del vino”.
Person #2 – Do you want some wine?
Person #1 – Yes, I want some. Thank you.
Person #2 – You are welcome. Do you prefer cauliflower or cabbage?
Person #1 – I am sorry, I eat neither cauliflower nor cabbage.
Person #2 – It is not a problem. Do you prefer peas or beans?
Person #1 – I am really sorry. I eat neither peas nor beans.
Person #2 – Ok. Do you like pizza?
Person #1 – I like pizza a lot, thank you!
Person #2 – Fantastic! I like my pizza with pork, tomatoes, peppers, onions and basil.
Person #1 – I don’t want any. Thank you.
Person #2 – Why don’t you want any?
Person #1 – I don’t like pork. I am sorry.
Person #2 – Let’s go to a restaurant.
Person #1 – Ok, let’s go!
printable class dialog
You can learn more about Ci, ne and né on these pages of the following books.
28, 204 - 208 (page #'s may vary as I have an older edition) of "Ciao" by Carla Federici & Carla Larese Riga, copyright 1986.
63 of the book "Complete Italian Grammar" by Marcel Dansesi, copyright 1976.
79 - 85 of the book "Italian Grammar Drills" by Paola Nanni-Tate, copyright 2007.
27, 63 - 69 and 116 of the book "Italian Pronouns & Prepositions" by Daniela Gobetti, copyright 2006.
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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