I barely heard it in slow speed...and she sounds like she is gasping for breath
It seems that "torta" is speaked with an accent, like "tortà". That's confusing.
would Italian people actually say "i have the cake" or would they say something like "i have a slice of cake" or "i want some cake"
I assume if you were collecting a cake from a store and then calling some one to tell them, you would say "I have the cake", Rodger out.
I agree. In english, it does not make sense to say I have cake. One would say I have some cake or a slice of cake or I would eat the cake
It does, as you can just state it as a fact...if you meant 'the cake'...then yeah but it could be used for emphasis or that you have one specific cake....
It means if youre like planning a party and you arrive and tell the planner that you have THE cake, the designated one that was discussed before.
"Io ho una torta" would translate to "I have a cake". Una means A while La means The.
Its what i told my sister when she wouldnt give me back my toys when we were younger
I think you should change your format and not penalize us when she does not speak clearly
That wouldn't be very good practice. If you misheard someone (wich can happen anytime) you would still understand what he meant, but if they did not penalize you, you wouldn't know the actual correct way to say/write it.
I'm confused with the whole "il" "la" and what not, what makes "the" masculine or femanine? For instance it says la is used when something is femanine like la ragazza or the girl, but that isn't in this, it's just "cake". So why is it La torta and il torta?
It is la torta because ends in "a" generally the words that end in "a" are female
Typically, the vowels at the end show what is masculine or feminine. Like Cesar said, words that end in 'a' are generally female, and words ending in 'o' are generally male. (In their singular form, anyway.) But there are certain cases, like 'pane' where it isn't either 'a' or 'o', and the article 'il' tells us it's masculine. (At least, this is what I've gathered.)
When is the definite article actually used? The answer implied it is optional in some circumstances (though above actually includes the 'the' bit). Also, can you use "Io ho torta" or "Tu bevi birra" etc.
Io ho la torta and Ho la torta mean the same thing, but in the first sentence the subject is emphasized Io ho la torta. In the second, it's implied. Unless this is a listening/type what you hear excercise, in which case you should type what you hear.