January 10, 2013

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It's funny, I have only recently learnt that 'yes' is 'sì' and not 'si'. I was never taught that in 10 years of learning Italian at school. I guess it is one of those things teachers don't stress, even though it seems important now...


Sì affirmative adverb= yes.
Si reflexive pronoun third person singular and plural


I tried the little accent thing but it still say wrong. is sì a different word?? Thats what i put.


It should've just said pay attention to accents. Unless thats what you mean.


Here the accent is mandatory! "Si" is the reflexive pronoun (Lei si veste=she dresses herself". "Bel paese là dove 'l sì suona" (Dante Alighieri)


What is the diffrent to pronounce si and sì? They look the same to me


"si" is "you" with the accent it's "yes"


I thought voi was you.


Voi is the plural form of you. Tu and si are the singular forms.


The pronunciation is the same because there is only one syllable which has to be stressed. The graphical accent, though, is used to distinguish two words with different meaning.


Oops. I put the accent facing forward (from "yes" in Spanish). In Italian, is the backward-facing accent correct?


For what it's worth, the backwards accent is the grave accent, forward is the acute, and the little caret (used in French, e.g. Ô) is the circumflex.


What are the proper rules for accents, again?


I am italian
95% of italian words with accent use the left-facing accent ((grave)

"Perché" (why/because), ventitré (twenty-three) use the right-facing accent () (acute), but IMHO few people in italy know the real difference in pronunciation
-Official site in italian language-
-Site in English language-


Not sure how to add the accent. Would be good to add instructions


Press and hold the letter you want to accent


I was thinking in regard to silviokerman's comment about "Sì" and "Si" - does that mean that the popular British furniture brand "sisiitalia" means something other than "Yes, yes, Italy?" L.E


Hi Lisa,it depends in which way it's write:1) sì-sì-Italia= yesyesitaly, with the accent on the first two i ; 2) sì-sii-Italia(<sìsiitalia)= yesbeitaly (imperative) with the accent only on the first.Sii is the second person of the imperative, the second i of sii is in common with the i of italy.


No, 1 is correct - but should it have an accent on the i?


If the mean is yes sì, the accent change the pronounce, more strong on where it is . It must write sìsìitalia.


I fuond this sisi italia (@sisiitalia1) | Twitter, oder way SISI Italia a brand of sofa. Sisi is just an acronym. Anyway if the "i" don't has the accent it's not yes. Good study, see you soon!


You can Google it if you want - the brand is called "Yes, yes, Italy" but it doesn't put in accent on the "ì" in "Sì".


Many times I have to press the button several times to hear what the lady is saying. She either says it too fast without taking the time to enunciate clearly. Here she says "si" and we are suppose to guess that they she enunciating properly and that her intonation strongly indicate that there is a special rule. What is that rule? I can't see any difference between what I wrote and what the correct answer supposedly is.

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      I just started studying Italian officially in my life yet I am very comfortable with the rhythm, speed and new sounds as I spent 4 decades listening to Italian opera.


      Oh i do agree. I have come to that conclusion myself


      Why sì and not sí? What does the left facing accent mean?


      How do I put the accent above the "i" like in "ì"? I'm using DuoKeyboard and don't know how to do it.


      Just hold down on the I, and a list will appear for you to choose from


      When you need an accented character that is not by default on the keyboard you can make use of dead keys. DuokeyBoard displays them in red. If DuoKeyboard is set to Italian you can produce "ì" by first pressing press AltGr + "\". if you than press "i" the outputted character will be "ì" instead of "i"


      whats the meaning of the -> ' above the i ?


      It is to differentiate between sì and si.


      ì is an i with a falling tone. "Letter in Italian, but not placed in its alphabet. Uses it only in words, in which the accent falls on a different syllable than usual (and usually it is the penultimate syllable). There is in words as: tassì (taxi), mìstico (Mystic), sì (yes), spìrito (the spirit)." Source: http://pl.wikipedia.org/wiki/%C3%8C :)


      I am confused.Ciao means bye or hello?


      Ciao is for all....


      It means both of them


      I always get confused with the accents when do i use the one to right (é) and the one to the left? (è)


      Its funny that its just si thats all you gotta put


      I got an option to pick that the answer was Mario. Should have picked that.


      The only differenxe between "Yes" (correct answer) and "Yes." (my [judged wrong] answer) is the full stop...bit rough!

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