Nobody who is fluent in italian say "Io" unless they are really trying to exaggerate the "I" as in "Yes!!! I am the man!!!" Otherwise there it is just repetitive to write "io" at the beginning of the sentence
In some phrases you can say also "io" even if you're not exaggerating the "I": in this phrase for example it doesn't sound so strange (I'm italian, I know it ;) )
Oh, OK. My father is Italian and I never really got to learn it - thanks very much for pointing that out! L.E xx
Just "sono" will do, right, but I assure you that there is nothing strange in saying "io sono". And I also assure you that I am Italian and that I speak Italian very well. Sorry, I can't do the same in English...
Yeah, most subject pronouns can be dropped since they're obvious from context. Just make sure to leave them in if you're flipping back and forth between names, you're comparing/contrasting, emphasising, etc.
A middle aged woman I know who grew up in Switzerland speaking Italian always uses the pronoun because that's just what she's used to. She says it's "old fashioned". I'm sure then that there are others who are the same way
Strange for a woman to say "I am a man." very useful phrase for a woman to say to scare the hell out of an hetero Italian man!
The sans-serif font used to display the (unfamiliar) Italian phrase makes it tough to distinguish between the L and I - and with the muffled audio, I stumbled, but now I think I have it.
I, too, have complained that they need a serif font. It is very hard learning new words just is "I" (Io) and "the" preceding a z (lo). This font makes things harder than they already are. DUOLINGO, PLEASE LET US CUSTOMIZE FONTS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I could not understand exactly why we should use "un uomo" instead of "un'uomo". Is that really matter?
"un" is the male indefinite article; "un' " is instead the female one (una) that is used when the following word starts with a vowel.
Italian it's very difficult for British people. I am Italian, more help on my profil
If io is used for 'I' in English then what's used for 'you' , 'we', and 'they' and if sono is used for 'am' then what's used for 'are' and 'is'?
In Italy the verbs are different from England I am => io sono You are=> tu sei etcetera Try to learn it, the rest is easier.
it's not "lo" (ell- o) it's io. With a capital letter "io" looks like "Io" This would explain the sounds being hard to differentiate. ee-o vs. eel
I think he's referring to the sound. Cause even when I play it slow, I am hearing "IL", not IO.
What's the differnce between: Io sono un uomo <--> sono un uomo Is the Io (I in english I assume, can be removed at any time?)
Generally speaking they are interchangeable, unless your intent is to emphasize the word "I". It's a little hard to explain but if what you really meant to say is "I AM a man," almost as though you were asserting it after being challenged, then you would want to use Io first. Otherwise either way is fine.
No. "I" in English is not removed at any time. We removed "you" more often....it's called "You Understood" in English grammar. If you ever said to someone "Eat the banana" meaning (I eat the banana) it would actually mean "You eat the banana"..........and it would be taken as a command and could come across as being somewhat rude. It's something that you would say to a child or to someone else that you feel comfortable giving instructions to. You would never speak like that to your boss or someone else in a 'respected' position. I hope that makes sense. You can take a look at this link. http://www.english-grammar-revolution.com/imperative-sentence.html (I could have also typed "Take a look at this link" and it would have been an informal request.)
They weren't saying that "I" in English can be left out. What they probably meant to say was
Can the io ("I" in English, I assume) be removed at any time?
in which case the answer is yes.
Un is used for masculine words, whilst una is used for feminine words. E.g uomo is a masculine word so 'A man' would be 'Un uomo'.
My first language is English. My second language is German from school. German and Italian are almost polar opposites so it's difficult for me to speak it.
"Un" is the masculine indefinite article......... equivalent to the English words "a" or "an." English does not have masculine and feminine designations for nouns, so we just is "he is a man" or "that is an apple." "Una" is the feminine indefinite article....used for feminine nouns such as "mela," "ragazza," and "bottiglia." VERY often, it sounds like she (the Duolingo speaker) is saying "una" when she is actually saying "un".....it can be very frustrating at times, but I've found that the more I use it the more my ear is 'tuned' to her "un" vs "una." Happy Learning! :-)
It's "a" in Italian. it's an article but you can use it only if you are talking about something masculine. "una" is for feminine things.
Quick question: why is it 'un uomo'? I thought that 'uno' was to be used in cases where the noun begins with a S + consonant (from the duolingo notes).
Uno is used wherever lo would be used. Un is used wherever il or (masculine) l' would be used.
There are also una for la and un' for feminine l'.
I think uno is used for objects and un used for boy and una used for girl
Well, context says that would be incorrect. Therefore, even if it sounds like uno, correct it to un when you write it down &c.
"Io sono un uomo" really trips me up when I say it aloud. Especially the "un uomo" part.
Sorry gang just starting. Keep getting confused with the. The and a.... is it different for male and female?
Yes. In all, there are an impressive seven ways to say "the" and four ways to say "an".
Use il for most masculine nouns, but use lo for masculine nouns starting with s+consonant, gn, pn, ps, x, y, z or a vowel.
Before vowels, lo contracs to l'.
Use la for most feminine nouns, but it too contracts to l' before vowels.
These all also have plural forms.
il piatto → i piatti
lo zaino → gli zaini
l'uomo → gli uomini
la vita → le vite
l'era → le ere
Use un where you would use il or (masc.) l', and use uno where you'd use lo.
Use una where you would use la and un' where you'd use fem. l'.
Use l' whenever a singular noun starts with a vowel or silent letter. It turns into gli or le in the plural, depending on whether the word is masculine or feminine.
You can usually tell a word's gender by what letter it ends in: masculine words usually end in -o, while feminine words usually end in -a.
Use un' whenever a feminine word starts with a vowel. You wouldn't use it with masculine words, because un' is just a contraction of una.
Use uno whenever you would use lo; otherwise, use un for all other masculine words.
Why is it un, instead of un'?
Example: Io sono un uomo (answer expected), and not Io sono un'uomo (incorrect answer, as per Duolingo)?
It would seem like whenever a word starts with a vowel sound, use un', but that only happens with feminine words.
Think of it like un' being a contraction of una. Since un is already a pretty short word, it doesn't need to be contracted any further.
Two answers the same: un. I chose one un and it was marked wrong while the right answer was un. ???
Was there an apostrophe? Use un' with feminine words that start with a vowel sound.
That "un' uomo" contains a grammar mistake and a spelling error. Un' is the elision of una, a feminine article that cannot be used with a masculine name such as uomo; and in Italian spelling the elision joins two words, so there shouldn't be a space after the apostrophe (much like "shouldn't" or "it's").
I think what you are hearing is the blending of the word 'un' with the following word 'uomo'. As in most romance languages, the two words are run together. Try slowing the speaking down and see if you can hear the distinction.
They never told me what 'lo' means! how can they expect us to just magically know?
New words should be underlined in orange if you're justing taking a regular lesson. Hover over the word to see its translations. Lo means "the" or "him", depending on the context.
Try to use more standard/formal English here. It's way too much of a pain for the volunteer contributors to go through every sentence with uomo and add in "guy", "dude", "bro", "gent" &c as acceptable translations. Just stick with "man" for simplicity.
The lady is saying Il but the app is telling me I'm seeing and saying the correct is lo. Boo.
Un is a masculine article, "un insegnante" -> "a (male) teacher", un' is a feminine article (technically just the elision of una before vowels), "un'insegnante" -> "a (female) teacher".
how sometimes its just sono un oumo and it still means the same thing? and for I am a woman they don't have lo cus its masculine but for I am a girl they do lo..
Adding in io or any other subject pronoun is always optional because the verb tells all the information you need to know. It does not change the meaning of a sentence whatsoever, although one option might be more natural in specific circumstances.
Io sono un uomo.
I am a man.
Sono un uomo.
I am a man.
Tu sei una donna.
You are a woman.
Sei una donna.
You are a woman.
Noi siamo ragazze.
We are girls.
We are girls.
its actually incorrect to say Io Sono, only if the context request the emphasis to i , for example- i myself . it should be just Sono un uomo.