1. Forum
  2. >
  3. Topic: Italian
  4. >
  5. "Voi leggete il libro."

"Voi leggete il libro."

Translation:You all read the book.

August 13, 2013



Her pronunciation is appalling. At this time, she is pronouncing "leggete" as if it were spelled "leggiate".


Absolutely. I am in Italy and the Italians here agree!


yes it's true but the sentence "voi leggiate il libro" doesn't has any sense. If you want use "leggiate" the sentence should be "Che voi leggiate il libro". In that situation you should use context for understanding that terrible pronunciation


I thought the exact same thing... she said ¨leggiate¨


So Tu is "You" and Voi is "You all?"


Tu - you (singular/one person) Voy - you (plural/two or more people)


io = I
tu = you
lui/lei = he/she
noi = we
voi = you (all)
loro = they

Leggere = to read

leggo = I read
leggi = you read
legge = he/she/it reads
leggiamo = we read
leggete = you (all) read
leggono = they read


Voi is still "You", they should accept it, not "You all" because both make sense.


Very hard to hear any difference between "ragazze" and and "ragazzi" or "il" and "un". Her pronunciation needs to be much clearer, especially in the beginning stages.


So, is "leggete" the present, past, and future tense of read? Or only present tense?


"Leggete" can be present tense
the imperative form (an order)
- (voi) leggete! = (you all) read!


'you are reading the book' was marked incorrect, which I think is wrong! I meant you plural - nobody says or writes 'you all' unless they're being excessively American


Your site is inconsistent in the required translation of the plural "voi". Sometimes it requires "you all" to be correct, and other times it marks "you all" as incorrect.


Is this 'read' as in past or present? Example: 'I will read that book.' or 'I already read that book."


You may want to look up the conjugation in different tenses at ThoughCo

I read that book = Leggo quel libro
I am reading that book = Sto leggendo quel libro
I will read that book = Leggerò quel libro
I already read read that book = Ho già letto leggi quel libro
Read that book! = Leggi quel libro!


it's in present tense, as in 'I am reading the book'.


It's not correct. translation is literally "you (plural) read the book". Meaning of phrase depends by context.


ha! I said y'all read the book and it was correct!


I love to read! Yay reading!


In early modern English, 'you' (you, your) was for the plural (which was also used for formally addressing, as 'vous' is in French, 'usted' is in Spanish and I don't know enough Italian yet to know about 'voi') while 'thou' (thee, thy) was the informal or familiar one, cognate with 'tu' in French/Spanish/Italian - this one was of course dropped from English, so now 'tu' is the one we don't have and our translation of 'voi' is the one we always use.


*informal or familiar singular, of course


Except in South Yorkshire, where thee and thou are still used, though pronounced thi and tha.....


it sounds leggiate,the subjontive not the indicative:you should read,i thing


No self respecting USofA southerner would ever say :"you....all" for voi. Instead, "y'awAwll" or "y'awl" or even "yawl" (yes, nautical). And there is "YouZZ" with delayed release of the ZZ aspect if from S. Philadelphia or W. NJ... English (as such), don't cha luv it? 23Sep16


In English, "you" embraces both meanings, singular & plural, and "all" would only ever be added when there was a reason to emphasise that everyone addressed was involved.

  • io = I
  • tu = you (singular informal)
  • lui/lei = he/she ("Lei" also as formal "tu", for both genders)
  • noi = we (I+other people)
  • voi = you (you+other people) (y'all)
  • loro = they (he/she+other people)

"you all" is used at the early stages to differentiate "tu" from "voi".
Later "voi" will always be translated as "you" (without "all")
if the context does not give enough information, both will be accepted.


libri : libro

Give us hope we'll learn!!


I want somone to talk with'em everyday italian to learn it


Poor pronunciation and still not fixed

Learn Italian in just 5 minutes a day. For free.