Understanding Italian Verbs

Ciao ragazzi :)

I am a native speaker of the english language (Australian) and learning the beautiful language of the Italians. This is the first language that I have ever tried to learn.. well willingly anyway and have just realised how naive I have been with my own language.

I have come this realisation only after attempting to learn another language being Italian. I literally had to re learn all... the grammar rules of the english language before I could begin to understand and fight off the confusion and frustration of learning a new language.

"mangiare" yay.. I thought, I now know how to say "to eat." Little did I know... there was about thirty ways you needed to say it in order to express tense and all the rest.

And thats just the start..

So the reason why i'm posting is that I have reached a point where my progression is rather slow until I learn how italian verbs are conjugated. So those who are in the same position as myself here are a few sites that may help with your Italian that I found very useful myself.

The site below explains the method behind the madness.. simply

A break down on how a verb is conjugated

and.. then a useful tool for your studies, a verb conjugator.

Very many thanks, I wish you all the very best in your language progressions!

Ciao Ciao :)

September 1, 2017


I, too, have re-learned many things about English grammar along the way.
I was able to find a book on Amazon, for the cost of 1 penny, plus $3.49 for shipping (!), that allowed me to finally understand what the difference between direct and indirect object pronouns was.
It covers all of the basics and most of the advanced tenses. I don't refer to it as much now (after basically five years of doing Duolingo) but it was certainly the best investment I made, in the early days.

It is called English Grammar for Students of Italian (2nd edition) by Sergio Adorni and Karen Primrac.
It was published by The Olivia and Hill Press (

Soft cover (a vibrant purple color!) and 199 pages including the index.

Look for it, if you're serious about learning more about Italian Grammar.

September 1, 2017

Thanks! ill definitely take a look at it :)

September 1, 2017

thank you for the information.. just ordered it

September 14, 2017

Grazie for all this info. Tiny correction if I may? It is "ragazzi". (I have learnt much by getting it wrong and being corrected). I told myself: "Take it easy, don't rush anything, be fairly methodical and enjoy all the repetition DL gives us to learn this beautiful language". It seems to be working. Ciao!

September 1, 2017

Thanks Linda! correction made, this feedback is exactly what I need in order to improve, much appreciated. I am in the same mindset as well, I've been learning English since I was born so 29 years! and still learning and coming across new words! So i'm prepared for the long road with Italian. Grazie mille!

September 2, 2017

:-) Thank you very much!

September 1, 2017

Thanks for the links and I know how you feel. I am able to speak 3 languages (german, russian and english) but I didn't learn a single one of them by studying grammar and textbooks. Italian is the first language I am trying to learn from scratch, and duh, it's pretty hard. ... 14 tenses and 4 verb moods . _ .

September 2, 2017

No problems at all, wow.. thats really impressive and really envious. Especially those languages, I have heard they aren't easy to learn. My next language will be Greek as it will something completely different with regards to having a whole new dialect plus I really enjoyed the culture and mythology while visiting. Hope you enjoy learning italian as much as I am and good luck :-)

September 2, 2017

Well it's not THAT impressive, since mom is a native russian speaker and dad a native german speaker. And I managed to learn english because there was a game I really liked and you could only communicate in english (and thanks to tons of yt-videos). But I'll take that compliment anyway ;b I have a few friends who speak greek and it sounds beautiful :D I won't learn it though, cuz maintaining 4 languages at a native level is enough of a challenge for me :')

September 2, 2017

Well I guess I'm impressed because being from Australia its very uncommon for someone to be able to speak more than one language here unless being from another country! Yeah I have also being trying to learn Italian from yt and italian subtitles on netflix haha, I also have a tutor.. so hopefully i'll make some good progress. Yeah I can imagine... four languages it a solid effort!

September 3, 2017

Thx for the info..the verbs have been frustrating me too.. Will check out your referrals..CIAO CIAO.

September 5, 2017

hopefully it helps! :-)

September 5, 2017
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