"Lei ama il caffè."

Translation:She loves coffee.

March 30, 2013



In Italian do you use "love" for inanimate objects?

March 30, 2013


As far as I know, you don't use it like this. In the time I've spent in Italy, I was told the verb amare is only for romantic love. To say you love a friend or family member they use "ti voglio bene", and talking about an inanimate object should be the verb "adorare". I think this should be Lei adora il caffe.

October 23, 2014


How would you say that you love your sister/mother then?

October 23, 2015


I've heard amare used for mother's love. I think there's a proverb that translates to "the best love is mother's love" and it used amare. That being said, there's a more common proverb: Amor di madre, amore senza limiti. And that uses the noun form of amare, so it should be fine saying that you ami your mother.

September 16, 2016


Would you like to go to Europe this summer?. Oh, I would love it!

November 28, 2013


This doesn't make sense to me as a native speaker. When we 'love' something like the sense that Americans use it to 'like something a lot' we will say 'mi piace tanto' or 'mi piace un sacco'.

June 10, 2017


Is it necessary to use "il"? Would it be correct to say Lei ama caffè?

June 16, 2013


Isn't "You love coffee" a good translation for this too?

January 10, 2016


I think so too, Mr Potts. But I got it marked wrong by Duolingo.

September 22, 2016


Is there a different verb to say "like", or can I use "amo"?

January 27, 2014


You can say "mi piace il caffè" :) it would mean "I like coffee". I love coffee would be amo il caffè

December 15, 2014


It would have to be "a mi piace il caffe"

February 8, 2015


No; "mi piace il caffè" is correct and also "a me piace il caffè"-

The first is the construction with the "unstressed/atonic object pronoun" and the "second with the "stressed/tonic object pronoun".

Have a look here:


February 9, 2015


oops i got my spanish and italian mixed up

February 14, 2015


Ah, coffee....! What i wouldn't give for a great espresso right now...

August 10, 2014


In English, you would say "She loves the coffee" for an immediate context.

December 19, 2014


Why is this not "the coffee"? I usually get dinged by Duo when there's an 'il' that i don't translate to 'the'.

January 30, 2017


Should it not be "She likes..." instead of "She loves..."?

June 20, 2017


So how is the English word "cafe" (well, I know, it's the French word, but we nicked it) translated? I tried it here, as "coffee shop/ bar" is given in the hints, but I got a big bing bong no. Surely "coffee shop" or "coffee bar" is the same as "cafe"..?

July 30, 2017


You would use the word "caffetteria" or even "bar" which the Italians have adapted into modern vernacular.

July 30, 2017


But this is for the English translation - speaking for myself, as a native English speaker, I would never use cafeteria in English for a coffee shop - to me, a cafeteria is synonymous with a dodgy works canteen, not a sophisticated coffee vendors, which would always be "cafe". Caffe in Italian = coffee only? In which case the hints of "coffee shop" or "coffee bar" are incorrect translations of caffe and should not be given as hints..? Or does Italian "caffe" also equal "coffee shop / bar", in which case, why is cafe not an acceptable translation?

July 31, 2017


"caffetteria" = coffee shop in Italian, and is the most definitive word. I understand the meaning of this word in English is quite different, and truly has no parallels to the Italian definition. So while caffetteria is the equivalent of coffee shop, the adapted substitute words "bar" and even "cafe" are accepted just the same. Just remember cafe = coffee shop and caffe = coffee.

August 2, 2017


In which case, why did the hints suggest "coffee shop" yet reject "cafe"?

August 2, 2017


I do! I can't live without my coffee hahaha

September 21, 2017


I thought I heard something else. I wish these were a little more slow and clear.

January 13, 2019


the audio is non existent on multiple occasions. I cannot respond to what I cannpt hear!

March 27, 2019
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