My little brother remembers the Lei sounds like Princess Leia and Lui sounds like Louis the Frog.
Her name is
Leila. Also, that's exactly what Blmebro said in the original comment.
I remember it by thinking that 'lui' reminds me of the male name 'louis'. In Dutch we actually almost pronounce it like the Italian lui.
Okay, so I still can't get the difference between "legge" "leggo" "leggi" and "leggete". I understand that "lui" is male, "lei" is female, and "tu" is "you". I just don't know which version of "reads" to put with them. Any help?
Italian has 3 types of verbs, -are -ere and -ire. The infinitive verb here is "leggere" which means "to read." The regular endings to -ere verbs are:
io = -o
tu = -i
lui/lei = -e
noi = -iamo
voi = -ete
loro = -ono
So, here's the conjugation for leggere:
lui / lei legge
(sorry for the strange layout, Duo was being weird with me)
This has helped so much. Thank you, I've really been struggling with this part. Now I can actually understand it.
It is the leggi and legge which is easy to mix up. Tu leggi, Lei legge. I'll use the old 'i' before 'e' except after 'c'. Tu comes before Lei and Lui.
I've got one: for Tu leggi-- "too leggy" and for Lei legge-- "lay lay-gay". I guess I'll just have to remember that Lui 'lays gay,' too. Oh no! Don't say 'too'! D'oh!
So there are common suffixes here but, I need them to be distinguished. Like the "e" in "bevene" "legge", "o" in "bevono" "leggo", "iamo" in "beviamo" and "legiamo" (not actually sure those are all legitimate words) anyone want to help me out?
If the verb is regular, then you can follow this chart:
Try learning this chart: http://italian.about.com/library/fare/blverbs01.htm
Once you break it down into rules, it's not that bad.
And sometimes it's hard to tell if the voice is saying "un" or "il". You'd think those sounds would be easy to distinguish!
Is it maybe skipped over when spoken? I can't tell if I'm just not hearing it or she skips it completely.
I listened to it just now and it sounds like "louie lejj un libro".
It's possible the words are related etymologically. But "legge" is the 3rd person singular indicative of "leggere".
Most languages have their fair share of homophones. Consider for example the English word "light." It can mean "the opposite of dark" or "the opposite of heavy".
a= un basic form
un-o for the masculine
un-a for the feminine
one = un- uno -una
Because it's a different form in the past tense:
No. Verbs don't have gender, but they do conjugate to first, second, and third person, singular and plural. http://www.italian-verbs.com/italian-verbs/conjugation.php?verbo=leggere
tu legg-i egli/lui/lei legg-e
my u.s..a. friend when asked how he should address his wife tu or lei stated quite emphatically he would rather lay her. No comment. Ah the joys of language.
I have a problem with the "legge". I just can't understand why and where i should use "leggiamo" or "legge" or "leggi".. same with the other words that i am supposed to bend like that. can someone PLEASE explain that one to me??
The infinitive is "
leggare", which makes it an " -are" verb. So to conjugate in the present indicative, you remove the "are" and make the various substitutions depending on which person it is.
EDIT: The infinitive is
leggere, which makes it an
-ere verb. I don't know how I messed that up.
You're right. That was a careless error on my part.
Why is the g sound in the verb pronounced soft here but pronounced hard in "leggono"?
How a consonant is pronounced is often affected by the vowel that comes after it.
sorry for all my comments that are mean and have swear words in them
LEGGERE (TO READ)
io leggo (I read)
tu leggi (you read)
lui/lei legge (he/she reads)
noi leggiamo (we read)
voi leggete (y'all read)
loro leggono (they read)
I just clicked some words i thought that were going to be wrong but it actually was right