"Vocal" is Spanish for "vowel", and Google Translate says it's "vocale" in Italian. I'm not sure how many other Latin-based languages have similar words, but I expect it's common. I haven't studied the origin, but I assume it has to do with vowels being vocalized (using the voice), whereas consonants don't use the voice. Also, Google Translate says "vowel" in French is "voyelle", which seems likely a variation that English get its "vowel" from.
most consonants do use the voice. the ones that don't (such as p and f) are called "unvoiced," and are contrasted by b and v, which are voiced. considering consonants make up 21 out of 26 letters of the alphabet, if they weren't vocalised we would all be whispering a lot of the time.
Thanks! I don't think the app explained that very well (if at all). Either that or I wasn't paying attention, and if that is the case then it is very annoying that you can't see the explanations for words after your first time through the quiz. Well, at least on the app version you can't.
You should be able to tell by context (although I know it is hard when first picking up a new language). 'ragazzi bevono' is plural, so 'il' is incorrect here, as it is a singular form of 'the'. Try not to blindly copy what you hear in the audio, think about what makes sense first. I guarantee you, this will help you learn the language faster!
gli is used with lo and l'. The man = l'uomo. The men = gli uomini.
il ragazzo is "the boy". i ragazzi is "the boys".
Extra information: la ragazza = the girl le ragazze = the girls la donna = the woman le donne = the women
See here for more information: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Italian_grammar
I wish that they would install an override button.. simple mistakes like putting They instead of The makes it much more time consuming to work on. If they are worried about people cheating... they are hurting themselves only. It is very frustrating for an italian student who is just reviewing the information.