"Noi scriviamo, voi scrivete."
Translation:We write, you write.
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If it were your native language, you wouldn't think twice about the conjugations. But it's not some impenetrable mystery. Most of the verbs are regular and follow a simple pattern. Learn the pattern and you can conjugate all of the regular verbs.
This is a basic chart for the regular Italian present tense verbs. All you do is remove the infinitive suffix (-are, -ere, -ire) and add on the appropriate person suffix. The hardest part is knowing whether an -ire verb is type 1 or type 2, but apparently there are not very many type 2 -ire verbs, so you just have to memorize them as you come across them.
Correct, it seems easy with just the 1st person singular to change - but not so easy without a 'conditional' tense, then you have to chose between 'will, would, can, could, shall, should, may, might, would have, should have, could have, might have, must have, won't, shan't, can't, mightn't, mustn't, haven't got to, don't have to, ought to, oughtn't...........and many others all with subtle differences, plus over 2000 phrasal verbs. English is very easy in the beginning, but as you progress in order to become fully competent in the language is very complicated as there are hardly any grammar rules to guide you, you just have to learn by ear and get a feel for what is right. You have a VERY impressive array of language skills, you obviously have a talent for languages, I wish I could say the same for me.
I agree with you. And actually learning a language starts to become truly interesting once you get to the complicated part of it. When you are already capable of expressing yourself in a plain way and you start to pay attention to the minor details that make your speech and writing more accurate, colourful and refined.
I'm English and I found it difficult at first to remember the different words. But I've been remembering them from the first few lessons. As in 'I am - Io sono - Io bevo/leggo/scrivo'. 'We are - Noi siamo - noi beviamo/abitiamo/parliamo' etc, it was a little confusing at first but It's helping to remember like this. I've only been learning Italian for just over a week but getting there :)
Italian is pretty regular. Here's a link to a conjugation chart that should clear things up a bit:
For me, so far, "possessions" has been my most difficult section of the lessons. I have a super hard time remembering when it's "la mia", "i miei", "il mio", "i vostri", "vostre", "il vostro", "il nostro", "i nostri", "le nostre", "la nostra", "la sua", "il suo", le sue". It helps when the earlier lessons appear "broken" and I have to repair them. It reinforces what I've learned and helps me understand better each time. Those possession words though, man oh man!
Here's something on the possessives that should help you:
One issue often for foreigners learning English is we have different pronunciations of our letters so sometimes choosing which sound, if it will be 'a' or 'A' for example can be pure guesswork at times. Also of course we have loads of words that sound the same but are spelt different such as 'wait' and 'weight'. My Spanish partner was forever pointing out these 'stupidities' in the English language!
English is definitely super easy with its verbs conjugations. But for me nothing beats Indonesian, all verbs always have only one conjugation for any person and/or tense. For example, the verb "to eat" is "makan" and so are all its conjugations (and it's true for all verbs):
Aku makan (I eat / ate / will eat)
Kamu makan (you eat / ate / will eat)
Dia makan (he/she eats / ate / will eat)
Kami makan (we eat / ate / will eat)
Kalian makan (y'all eat / ate / will eat)
Mereka makan (they eat / ate / will eat)
Sanika looking at the chart a few steps up this discussion provided by Rae.F this is what I understand; ..noi (we - us) - scriviamo (write) ..tu (you - 1 person) scrivi (write) ..voi (you - more than 1 person) scrivo (I write) - example; scrivo a tutti voi (I write to you all) ..voi (you - more than 1 person) scrivete (write) - example; tutti voi scrivete a me (you all write to me) not sure if that is correct but that is how it makes me understand. if I am wrong please feel free anyone to correct me
je = yo = I
tu = tu = you (sg)
il = lui = he
elle = lei = she
nous = noi = we
vous = voi = you (pl)
ils = loro = they
elles = loro = they
The main difference between "vous" and "voi" is that "vous" can be the singular formal in French. In Italian, the singular formal is "Lei" and the plural formal is "Loro" with capital letters.
In Italian, all verbs are conjugated uniquely to who is doing it. Most verbs are regular, so you can just follow a conjugation chart based on whether the infinitive ends in -are, -ere, or -ire.
The trick is knowing when to use which conjugation for -ire verbs.
....looking at the chart a few steps up this discussion provided by you Rae.F... this is what I understand; ..noi (we - us) - scriviamo (write) ..tu (you - 1 person) scrivi (write) ..voi (you - more than 1 person) scrivo (I write) - example; scrivo a tutti voi (I write to you all) ..voi (you - more than 1 person) scrivete (write) - example; tutti voi scrivete a me (you all write to me) not sure if that is correct but that is how it makes me understand. if I am wrong please feel free to correct me..all help gratefully received..
Italian conjugates verbs more thoroughly than English does.
I write = io scrivo
you (s) write = tu scrivi
he/she writes = lui/lei scrive
we write = noi scriviamo
you (pl) write = voi scrivete
they write = loro scrivono
All regular verbs follow a pattern like this. There's more discussion in the rest of the comments here.
That should help. The infinitive of "to write" in Italian is "scrivere" and so you'd follow the "-ere" conjugation:
looking at the chart in this discussion provided by Rae.F this is what I understand; ..noi (we - us) - scriviamo (write) ..tu (you - 1 person) scrivi (write) ..voi (you - more than 1 person) scrivo (I write) - example; scrivo a tutti voi (I write to you all) ..voi (you - more than 1 person) scrivete (write) - example; tutti voi scrivete a me (you all write to me) not sure if that is correct but that is how it makes me understand. if I am wrong please feel free anyone to correct me; http://dante-learning.com/eng/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/verbi-regolari-presente-indicativo.jpg
Most of the verbs are regular, which means if you know how the infinitive ends, you can use a chart to determine how they conjugate. The three endings are
-ire. There are two different patterns for
-irebut I don't know when you use which one or even if there are any rules for that.
bere, "to drink", is considered irregular, even though it follows the regular
-ere rules: The stem turns into
The infinitive is
io scrive = I write
tu scrivi = you write (singular)
lui/lei scrive = he/she writes
noi scriviamo = we write
voi scrivete = you write (plural)
loro scrivono = they write