Is the duobot pronouncing this word correctly? Intuitively, I feel like it should be "sanDAlo", but she seems to be saying "SANdalo". Thoughts? I don't want to go to Italy and have my accent marks all out of place...
Typically, the accent is on the third to last syllable, so in this case the first.
In Australia, we wear "thongs" (in other countries know as flip-flops or jandals).
Could "sandalo" mean thong OR only a "traditional" sandal?
I'm not sure if it can, but those are most commonly called "infradito" (between-toes) or with the more generic term "ciabatta".
When there's no subject in sentences like these, the subject is it. Keep in mind that you can omit the subject, but usually after previous context is given with the third person.
I don't know it for sure but I think it's because the 'S' is folowed by 'A' which is a wovel..
Yes. A masculine word starting with 'S + vowel' needs un. (It's called an indeterminate article.)
A masculine word starting with 'S + consonant', e.g. 'sp' or 'st' (think 'stivalo'), or 'z', 'gn', 'bd', 'pn', 'ps', 'x', 'ch' — needs 'uno'. In this case the determinate article ('the') is 'Lo'.
How are we to know when a sentence like this is a question? The previous example, "È la sua giacca" turned out to be a question. Why then is "Is it a sandal?" wrong here?
In spanish the only way to know when a sentence is a question, is that the tone in which you say the sentence changes, I am sure that applies to other languages.
Yes, in Italian changing the tone of the sentence will make it a question (using rising intonation - where your voice goes up at the end of the sentence - makes it a question). It's not the only way to make a question but it's a very common one.
In written Italian the only way to tell is if there's a question mark on the end. ie. È un sandalo. = it is a sandal but È un sandalo? = is it a sandal?
İn persian we have the word sandali that means chair i do not know what is the relationship between our sandali and sandal here :-D
I mistakenly wrote in English, "it's a sandal", and it didn't warn I had typed in English as it usually does.