"Tu parli."

Translation:You talk.

July 15, 2013



i could barely understand her

August 14, 2015


why not "you are talking"?

July 15, 2013


"You are talking" is translated as "Tu stai parlando".

July 15, 2013


This is more complicated. I knew about "Tu stai parlando." The question is whether "Tu parli" can also be translated as "You are speaking." Here's a place that translates the Italian present tense with the English progressive present: http://quizlet.com/19220958/presente-dei-verbi-in-are-present-tense-of-are-verbs-flash-cards/ But I rely mostly on this: "The difference between, say, Legge il giornale and Sta leggendo il giornale is not necessarily that between English "She reads the newspaper" and "She's reading the newspaper." In modern colloquial English, if the event described is simultaneous with the time of speaking, there is no simple alternative to saying "She's reading the newspaper"; but Italian allows either Legge il giornale or Sta leggendo il giornale, using the latter only to underline the progressive, developing nature of the activity. Similarly, in the past, "She was reading" corresponds both to Leggeva il giornale and to Stava Leggendo il giornale." from (Maiden and Robustelli, A Reference Grammar of Modern Italian, p. 303). Of course, I'm not a native speaker, and I defer to those who are.

July 16, 2013


Agreed. Italian has a progressive form, too, and it wasn't used here. So it is safe to assume that the simple present should be used.

September 10, 2013


That argument doesn't work. That was my point.

September 10, 2013


I think "You are talking" should be accepted.

For the most part the English present continuous (ie. you are talking or I am eating, etc) is translated to Italian in the simple present (ie "Tu parli" or "io mangio"). I can't see any reason why it wouldn't be accepted here, so I expect that it's just an oversight on Duolingo's part.

July 28, 2013


It is accepted I think. As Viaggiatore says, there are continuous tenses in Italian, but they're mostly used if you want to add emphasis to the fact that the action is in progress right now. But the simple tense in Italian regularly translates either speak or are speaking

January 11, 2015


Tu parli ma lei decide, il mio amico...! ;)

February 19, 2015


How is "parlere" different in meaning from "dicere?"

June 3, 2015


Parlare = talk/speak/mention/express/converse Dire= say I don't know if dicere as a word exist in Italian. Its not even a conjugate.

August 5, 2015


It is great that i know french too. Most verbs are really similar. In french also, you say is "tu parle" and in italian its "tu parli"

November 20, 2016


Does Italian have a word for Talk as opposed to Speak ?

March 30, 2017



November 5, 2017


I wrote tu parle and it didn't flag up the spelling error

April 6, 2019
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