"He is a man."
Translation:Lui è un uomo.
I'm not quite sure I understand the accent marks yet. what is the difference between an accent facing foreward versus one facing backwards?
I'm a native speaker of italian and I am not able to hear the difference between the two accents as well.
99% of italian words with accent use the left-facing accent (╰ )
"Perché" (why/because) uses the right-facing accent ( ╯) but in my opinion, few people in italy know the difference, maybe some TV announcers or theatrical actors
Lui e' un uomo is correct. The problem is the e' which is the best the phone can do. The computer accepts the e'.
Should the proper translation not be "Lui è un'uomo" because we drop the "o" at the end of uno?
Yes, uno for male nouns sometimes is un depending on the vowel/consonant of the following word. In this case with uomo it'd be un ma in some other cases it stays uno as in 'uno zingaro' or 'uno speciale'. It much depends on the following vowel/consonant. Un' is used for feminine nouns e.g. un'amica etc. Better explained here http://www.bbc.co.uk/languages/italian/language_notes/un.html
I understand the need to drop the last letter from una or uno depending on the following word, I was more just interested in when it is appropriate to use an apostrophe to link un and another word.
If I understand you correctly un' is only ever used for feminine nouns and never for male?
Yes, only used for feminine. Using un' for male pronouns is seen as a grave, grave, grave mistake :)
Un and uno are both masculine indefinite articles. e.g. un caso = a case, un istituto = an institute, uno sguardo = a look.
Un' on the other hand is the contraction of una e.g. un'amica, una casa.
The two (un' and un) are however pronounced the same way, it's just a matter of spelling, like say in English meet and meat. Hope this helps :D
You are = Tu sei .......... He/she is = Lui/Lei è .......... I am = io sono .......... They are = Loro sono .......... We are = Noi siamo .......... You all are = Voi siete.
"Sei" is the present conjugation for verb "ESSERE" (to be) in its second person. So it cannot be "lui". as Lui is the personal subject pronoun for the third person of the verbs. U shoud use instead the coniugation of the third person of verb "To Be: "è" SO is "Lui è". :) CIAO
You use "è" for the third person. So e.g. in this case, Lui (or Lei if is a female) è. (He/She is). Instead, you will use "Sono" for the first singular person "I am" (Io sono) or the third plural person "They are" (Loro sono)
Just to help people out, if you have a Microsoft computer, you could go to settings, and search for "languages", then you click on add a language. Select the Italian icon, and now, you can switch your keypad (the one on the screen, not the actual keypad) from English to Italian and it has the accents too.
I think I've been learning too much German on the sides. Almost put down "er" for "he".