"Io sono una ragazza."
Translation:I am a girl.
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It's a "robotic" voice. Yes, Italian can be spoken quite fast, but the problem is that this voice it's not realistic. It's just a sequence of individually pre-registered sounds (which are pronounced differently from when they're part of a word/sentence) and of course the "melodic string" (we use this term in glottology/linguistic) of the sentence is broken → it's hard to understand. I apologize for my English
You would think that. I used to think that to a certain extent. That presupposition goes to hell as soon as you pick up some World languages that are romanized. For example,Iida kaori is a celebrity in Japan.(j-pop group morning musume) You have no idea how many times I've seen her last name spelled as "Lida" . I've seen this happen in other languages too. Mostly from well-meaning fans of this or that popular cultural export of the moment, but it happens with everyday words too.
"Io" it's only "I". You can say "io sono andato" or "sono andato" and the meaning is always "I'm gone". You (English people) use always the subject, we don't use it all the time just because sometime is clearly understandable from the context. Sorry if my English is not correct...:/
How to pronounce Z in Italian : I understand that ZZ is to be pronounced as 'ts' or like zeit in German. And that a single Z is to be pronounced as in Zulu, the NATO call-sign. My question, if you could help, is if the 'z' is at the beginning of the word, like 'zucchero' (sugar), is it then always 'ts' as well? I can't seem to find a clear set of rules for its pronounciation. I'd appreciate it if you could help. Thanks
Good answer here: http://italian.about.com/library/fare/blfare110a.htm Helped me out as well.
The conjugation of "essere" (to be) its:
Io sono ("I" it's "i") - I am
Tu sei - you are
Egli/ella/lui/lei è - he/she/it is
Noi siamo - we are
Voi siete - you are
Essi sono - they are
Attention! Italians don't have "it", also objects are feminine or masculine. For example "the cup"= "la tazza" is feminine. So the pronouns "egli/lui = he" and "ella/lei = she" are only for persons, and sometimes for animals, not for objects.
Hi Sophia, when you start a course usually at the beginning you have explanations for that part. If you do exercises look at the translation of the sentence. Concerning articles Italian is very similar to English. When in English you use definite article (the) you also use a definite article in Italian (like "la"). The same goes for indefinite articles. I hope this helps.