Ciao, grazie! I'm a Portuguese speaker and that's where my question comes from. In Portuguese it's optional to use definitive articles before proper nouns. Since Italian is also a romance language, I was wondering if I could also do so, because in my head it implies something like «vengo dalla città di Padova» (if that makes any sense) because this is totally acceptable in my native language :) PS: it's usual and normal to say things such as “The Susan” in Pt ahahaha
Eu também falo Português e acho que neste caso em que se pretende dizer de que Pais ou Cidade eu sou, o costume pelo menos dos Moçambicanos é dizer eu sou Moçambicano ou sou de Moçambique ou de Portugal, e apenas no caso do Brasil é que se diz eu sou ‘do’ Brasil ou Brasileiro. Daí que pr min é mais natural dizer: Di padova em relação a dizer Della Padova.
If you speak/ are learning Spanish think of di like de - Soy de Espana - I am from Spain
and da like desde - Feliz Navidad desde Espana - Merry Christmas from Spain
In Spanish desde tends to indicate the origin of an action, even if a destination isn't mentioned. Desde is also used with several other prepositions, creating phrases that also indicate motion e.g Desde abajo, desde arriba, Me llamó desde Italia etc
De which generally means "of", can also be translated as "from" when indicating the origin of something or someone. Even if it sounds a bit strange, one little trick to keep in mind is that if "from" can be switched out for "of", then you're likely going to be using de. e.g Soy de Francia, Sacó los libros de la mochila.
(Taken from http://www.enforex.com/language/de-desde.html)
At least this is how it works in Spanish, from what I have seen so far it is the same in Italian.. however there might be some exceptions.. I haven't got far enough in Italian to offer anything else at the moment...
I love Duolingo, but you also need a good elementary studybook with the grammar. I still have it from university, and regularly look at it, with Duolingo I exercise merely specific words. Books are "Basic Italian" study and exercisebook from Charles Speroni. Might not be available anymore, but is excellent!