This is how your brain makes permanent connections: learn, forget, learn again, forget again, learn again,... each time the memory becomes more permanent and you forget less.
So it is best to revise a) at the end of the lesson b) next day c) next week d) next month e) after 6 months> By then the knowledge should be in your long-term memory storage.
Man is masculine (m) and woman is feminine (f) for example. Child is neuter (n). In English all the animals and things like tools, furniture, etc, are n - chair - it, cat - it, table - it, ball - it. Flower - it, sun - it... So: Masculine - he Feminine - she Neuter - it In German, for example, all the animals and things like tools, furniter, etc, aren't n - they can be m and f also, every word is different. How should you know if a word is f m or n (don't look under the skirt, it wouldn't show)- if there are no clear rules (like there are in English, or like there are clear rules in Bulgarian, my native language) probably you should remember every word with it's article, for which there is a rule - in Italian, our case, l and un are for m and maybe n, la is for f..But I'm just starting with learning Italian so I don't know :D
I've been using the "turtle" to totally understand... when it's offered. If you listen to the way it is said fast you'll miss the e. it's sort of slurred into the word it precedes. then listen to the slow way and it is enunciated clearly. I go back and forth between the two several times to fully understand and beef up my listening skills.
The definite article in English is always "the". In other languages the definite article depends on the gender and number of the noun, and also follows other rules. Clearly shown here : https://www.pinterest.com/pin/155233518384754401/?nic=1b&sender=undefined
It helps if you have a grasp of grammar - indefinite versus definite articles. Indefinite articles are words like 'a' and 'an;', used to describe something as non-specific. A definite article is a word like 'the'. The difference between definite & indefinite article is the difference between talking about a specific cannoli or any cannoli at all. So 'Il ragazzo' is 'the' boy, but 'un' ragazzo is 'a' boy.
Can't hear the "il" at all at the faster speed. Is this how an Italian speaker would say it? or is the audio just bad?
Il is masculine, la is feminine. They both are translated as "the."
In this case, ragazzo (boy) is masculine, so it is il ragazzo. Conversely, ragazza (girl) is feminine, so it is la ragazza.
Gender is on the word, not necessarily a person. So, for example, cibo (food), pranzo (lunch), ragno (spider) are all masculine, and all would be prceded by "il". carne (meat), cena (dinner), and balena (whale) are all feminine and would be preceded by la.