This is what DUOLINGO does not offer - how to pronounce Italian alphabet. Please read about.com website. It might help.
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That's what Youtube videos are for. I've learned the alphabet, numbers 1-100, the colors, and other stuff all on Youtube. If you're really dedicated to learning Italian, try doing much more things than just learning on Duolingo. Learn about the culture, listen to the music, read Italian literature. My point is to delve deeper. There's more to learning Italian than just Duolingo.
This from the same site, thank you for showing us this, I just wanted to add the link for consonants in case someone misses that article :)
What everyone is hearing as "belvo" is the computer pronouncing (correctly) the 'e' in "bevo" as an 'ay' sound. Vowels (a, e, i, o, u) are pronounced differently in Italian than they tend to be in English. A = ah (as in claw) E = ay (as in pay) I = ee (as in meet) O = oh (as in rode) U= oo (as in toon)
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Respectfully, you're vowel pronunciation guide seems a bit deceptive. Some of the subtle vowel sounds are simply not found in the English language and therefore citing the vowels in these English words as being equivalent is not accurate. In this specific case, the computer is incorrectly pronouncing the 'e' in "bevo" as an 'ay.' The proper sound of the 'e' is like the 'i' in "dig." The only possible misunderstanding is that maybe it is pronounced differently in another part of Italy, although I have never heard it pronounced the way that you are suggesting and the computer is doing. I speak Roman Italian, and I have never heard the 'ay' sound. I have now also heard it pronounced by Italians in some parts closer to bevo with the "e" as in bed, but still a bit closer to the "i" in dig. I don't know who's giving me the down votes because none of the comments have corrected me on the pronunciation I've given, but that's fine. It's still never pronounced with the "ay" sound anywhere in Italy that I know of.
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I am confused 'lui mangia' was correct, but why is the third person ending not -ia for 'lui beve'? same with 'loro bevono' why is it not ending in -iano like 'lore mangiano'? Are there different types of verbs that get slightly different endings, like in Latin? If so, how can I tell?
MangiARE (to eat)- egli mangia VolARE (to fly) - egli vola CantARE (to sing) - egli canta
BERE - egli beve CredERE (to believe/to trust) - egli crede TenERE (to hold) - egli tiene
DormIRE (to sleep) - egli dorme SentIRE (to feel) - egli sente CapIRE (to understand) - egli capisce
Hope it helps! :)
I'm going to copy and paste the answer I've just given to a very similar question in another discussion:
It is rather complicated: verb endings always change with the change of the tense, but they also change depending on the infinitive form of the verb. For the simple present, verbs whose infinitive form ends with -ARE have the following verb endings (from the 1 person singular to the 3 person plural): -O,-I,-A,-IAMO,-ATE,-ANO. Infinitive form in -ERE: -O,-I,-E,-IAMO,-ETE,-ONO. Infinitive form in -IRE: -O,-I,-E,-IAMO,-ITE,-ONO.
For instance, the infinitive form of the verb "to eat" is "mangiARE", therefore it has the following conjugation for the simple present: io mangiO (I eat), tu mangI (you eat), lui/lei mangiA (he/she eats), noi mangIAMO (we eat), voi mangiATE (you eat), loro mangiANO (they eat).
You will see that if you take another verb with an infinitive form in -ARE, for example "trovARE" (to find), verb endings change in the same way: io trovO, tu trovI, lui/lei trovA, noi trovIAMO, voi trovATE, loro trovANO.
Unfortunately, there are also some irregular verbs.
The most important thing in learning a language is exposure.I highly recommend listening to italian music first even if it sounds odd at first try to keep listening till it gets normal to ur ears and then u can enjoy both learning a culture and the language cause they go great together.
Lol, as a Spanish native sepaker, I must say that Italian is WAYYY easier than other languages I've learnt before. "Io bevo" is heard equally as "yo bebo", that means "I drink", and a lot of phrases like that! I think I'm not longer hopeless at all talkimg about this language.
I've just noticed that another translation could've been "I booze". Is this drink in the sense of drinking any liquid, or drink in the sense of drinking alcohol? For example, in English, when one says "He has problems with drink" they might mean that he is alcoholic. Is this the same in Italian? Thanks, L.E