I totally agree. The humor in a lot of the comments makes what might otherwise become just one more tedious exercise into something fun and frankly something to look forward to. Plus in reading many of the humorous comments you can't help but check the serious explanations too. Besides, DL's about the only place where clutter won't contribute to a breakup or a divorce -- or worse a reality show.
Ken-- you're absolutely right. I used to tell my students before starting a particularly difficult structure: "Ok, guys, fasten your seat belts, 'cause the ride's gonna get bumpy." It got a laugh and helped reduce the stress, which is precisely what the humor in a lot of these comments helps accomplish.
I remember someone's comment "Who would expect that something the shape of a key would be feminine?" Perhaps someday I will become a victim of Alzheimer's and I will not remember my own name. But I will always remember that chiave (Italian) and llave (Spanish, I think) are feminine. Stupid stuff helps us learn.
For me, dimenticare is a difficult word to remember. When I find a word I have trouble remembering, I write it down multiple times, along with it's definition, repeating until I feel like I've at least etched the word/definition into the surface of my mind.
I was doing that here with dimenticare, until I realize I was giving myself a direction "to forget". dimenticare dimenticare dimenticare forget...
So I started writing non dimenticare.... "not forget...."
I hope it works.
Jeffrey -- it's a problem all of us have, remembering vocabulary. Your method is tried and true. But what I'd suggest is seeing if there's an English word that's related. In this case 'dementia' which is after all, forgetting things. If you see how dimenticare is related to dementia I'll bet you won't forget it.
yes. according to
in negative imperative forms for tu (i.e. infinitive), voi and noi you can place the pronouns either way. for formal negative imperative the pronoun must go between "non" and the verb.
no. first,this is not reflexive, but a false reflexive. you don't want to forget about yourself. but it conjugates like a reflexive verb. it is intransitive (no direct object) and means to 'forget about/to' 'dimenticare' is transitive and requires a direct object. 'about us' is not a direct object.
second, this is a pronominal verb and the 'ti' is not an object of the verb but the signal that this is a pronominal verb. in fact, it doesn't have any meaning other than letting you know that this verb is intransitive and that they are talking to you not both of you (vi) or them (si). generally you can append object clitics to the infinitive. but not here. pronominal verbs use, in this case, the 'di + object noun or pronoun' form. this avoids confusion about the nature of the verb (is it dimenticare or dimenticarsi?) so '...dimenticare di noi' is necessary here. (there have been or will be several times when duo does not accept clitic indirect objects in these lessons but wants 'di + noun or pronoun'. this is one of them.)
here are some sites on pronominal/reflexive verbs. https://www.thoughtco.com/italian-pronominal-verbs-2011672 and https://italianpills.com/blog/2020/05/11/9-things-about-italian-pronominal-verbs/ and https://www.thoughtco.com/italian-reflexive-verbs-2011715
here is a site that will give you the conjugation of almost every italian verb. https://www.italian-verbs.com/
good stuff. although there's still confusion. nowhere did i find the rule that specifically single-pronoun pronomial verbs in imperative form must put the pronoun before the verb. also, italian-verbs.com calls dimenticarsi a transitive verb. wiktionary calls it reflexive. the dictionary on my mac calls it intransitive pronomial but provides no conjugation tables. aaaaaaaah