For some reason I always think that "torte" means tortoise.
That is tartaruga : )
Taratuga is turtle
Tortoise is testuggine
When I did the lesson with "torta", I thought perhaps it meant a cake looked like a turtle/tortoise.
Now that I've done this lesson, there's "tarts" in the mouseover, and that seems far more likely to be the origin.
In German we've got the words "Torte" (singular; like black forest cake would fall in this category) und "Kuchen" :)
I'm confused. What dictates why some plurals end in I and some end in e?
Mostly gender -- see http://italian.about.com/library/fare/blfare123a.htm
Bravo! This helps grazie.
What differentiates cakes and pies?
1) Usually cakes are sweet.
2) Usually pies consist of an outer pastry case, and inner savoury filling. Sometimes there is a pastry lid to the case.
I think he means in Italian, though...
Wasnt cookies "biscotti"
Yes, but torte is usually always cake or "tart" such as a Pop Tart. It is pretty much never used to say cookie.
I wrote cake for torte but I got corrected with pie. .-.
What is one cake Vs cakes
The cake = la torta
The cakes = le torte
Notice how the article (le/la) agrees with the word.
so is it true that "torte" is pies and "torta" is cakes? because they just told me I was wrong
Torta is cake, torte is cakes.
As far as I'm aware, torta can mean cake or pie.
how come its Le and not il??
Briefer answer: because it is plural and feminine.
what about the cookies?
Sorry, adesso non chi sono nissune cookies. Io li mangiavo tutte.
How do you pronounce the final 'e' on words like "Le" and "torte", etc,? It seems like sometimes it's pronounced "eh" and sometimes "EY." Which is it? Or is it both?
Easy for Polish people. In our language "tort" means a birthday cake :)
So why do cakes have genders?
They don't. Grammatical class is different from biological gender, and torta happens to be feminine because Latin. It also ends in an -a to show that it's feminine.
I am confused. What dicatates the difference between cake and pies of it has the same word.
Context. If someone points to a torta and it looks a cake, then translate it as cake. If someone points to a torta and it looks like a pie, translate it as pie. In reality, though, cakes and pies are kind of the same thing, so it doesn't matter.
Why is for the plural torte not used the article I?
Because "torte" is a feminine noun.
ᴍy ᴀɴꜱᴡᴇʀ ɪꜱ ʀɪɢʜᴛ