January 10, 2013



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...

July 23, 2013


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

April 28, 2015


i feel your pain

April 28, 2015


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

January 9, 2016


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

March 10, 2016


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)

September 10, 2013


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

March 26, 2013


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

April 19, 2013


I accidentally put "Si" instead of "Sì," but it still said I was correct. I should have gotten it wrong, but it didn't flag me. Odd...

May 3, 2013


It doesn't flag you in French if you don't add accents, either. You can add accents if you want to, but as far as I've seen, it doesn't matter if you do or don't.

July 17, 2013


In German if you forget an umlaut you just get a message 'Don't forget your umlauts' and are shown the correct word.

July 23, 2013


That's because of a misconception from the developers. They develop for English speakers who don't have accents in their keyboards and are too lazy to click. As I said, a misconception. I'm pretty sure if you write something in Italian without the accents everybody will laugh at you in a real situation (at least that's what happens in Brazil for Portuguese accents. Some words even have accents just to differentiate the meaning)

February 23, 2015


In some exercises there is no option to click on an accented letter. And it would be insane to learn all of the keyboard shortcuts. However, I do know a couple.

March 8, 2015


Thanks for the heads up. The last thing I want is to be laughed at by Italians.

November 7, 2015


It does matter..

August 8, 2015


What does it matter, when you speak italian, they sound the same, and you can't put an accent on a spoken word, so how do know when your saying yes, you.

May 20, 2018


I thought voi was you.

January 9, 2016


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

March 18, 2016


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.

September 11, 2017


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

April 4, 2014


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.

November 7, 2015



November 27, 2014


did it said it was wrong? because i tested here without accent and it passed as correct...

February 23, 2015


I think "yea" should be a correct answer.

January 23, 2014


that is region based english similar to "ya" in germanic root communities in america

August 30, 2015


In the hovering hint is says that "hello" is an accepted anwer. This can't be correct, right?

April 11, 2014


No, it can't.

April 29, 2015


What are the proper rules for accents, again?

January 10, 2013

November 4, 2013


I am italian
90% of italian words with accent use the left-facing accent ( ) (grave)

"Perché" (why/because) uses the right-facing accent ( ) (acuto),
but in my opinion, few people in italy know the real difference in pronounciation, maybe some TV announcers or theatrical actors
-Official site in italian language-
-Site in English language-

May 15, 2018


same as spanish, too

March 14, 2014


In fact, in Italy, nobody cares about this accent. :-)))

December 24, 2014


I hope so man, it's confusing...

January 12, 2015


I am italian and I get know now the different between sì and si lol

December 28, 2014


duolingo don't acept slangs Sì=yes , not Yeah or Yea

July 25, 2015


It helps me a lot.My knowledge improving day by day

December 10, 2015


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.

December 26, 2016

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    Italian is a very flowing, musical language. It is best to learn at this natural rhythm. I recommend listening to each new word or phrase at least ten, 20 times. It has been shown scientifically that it is best to hear a new word in another language 70 times, then it enters the subconscious. Learning a new language means getting accustomed to new sounds.https://www.fluentu.com/blog/the-importance-of-listening-in-language-learning/

    February 2, 2018

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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.

      February 2, 2018


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

      May 20, 2018


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

      January 14, 2017


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

      March 3, 2017


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

      March 3, 2017


      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"

      March 5, 2017


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

      March 15, 2013


      It is to differentiate between sì and si.

      November 4, 2013


      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 :)

      May 4, 2013


      For more clarification, I recommend people read this link:


      August 1, 2013


      I am confused.Ciao means bye or hello?

      December 10, 2014


      Ciao is for all....

      December 28, 2014


      It means both of them

      December 11, 2016


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

      February 22, 2015


      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

      May 10, 2015


      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.

      May 10, 2015


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

      May 10, 2015


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

      May 10, 2015


      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!

      May 10, 2015


      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".

      May 10, 2015


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

      November 30, 2015


      I wrote the right answer si and I don't know why he roles me that am wrong

      December 28, 2015


      it's sì not si

      May 19, 2018


      i overide your answer. im always right, u r not. i typed it in fracken inglese which it told me 2, and said i was wrong. I would appreciate it if you could fix that error plz and thx. if its not fixed, welp, watch out.

      October 19, 2017



      December 2, 2017


      It not good

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