"Lo zucchero è nel caffè."

Translation:The sugar is in the coffee.

December 30, 2012



It's hard to hear the verb "è"

December 30, 2012


I agree the e was very hard to hear. I didn't catch it.

January 22, 2013


If you have trouble hearing the "é" just uses common sense, and think about what could possibly be the verb in the phrase? It's not mangia or beve, so it's probably é. Think about how much we slur words together and pass over little words like "is" when we talk casually, and it'll help you gain a perspective about why the sentences skim over words like that.

May 16, 2013


I wouldn't exactly call that inference 'common sense'. It could just as easily have been "The sugar in the coffee."

October 23, 2013


Finally, a sensible way to consume the sugar!

January 30, 2015


Why isn't it "il zucchero", if zucchero is masculine?

March 20, 2013


Because when the word begins with a 'z', lo is used. Words beginning with vowels are l' and words beginning with consonants are il.

April 21, 2013


Awesome... Is it just z when lo is used?

August 7, 2014


When the word begins with 'z' or 's+consonant'. Eg. Lo zucchero (the sugar), lo sport (the sport), il sole (the sun).

August 11, 2014

August 11, 2014


Wow! That bbc link is great! Thanks!!!

August 11, 2014


the voice of that computer thing is so awful , its much much better in French !!!

January 23, 2014


I missed that too, but it's very evident in the slowed down version.

February 5, 2013


I can hear the è it's there just pay more atention

April 2, 2014


what is the difference between the accent going left or right on top of the e. I got it wrong because I got the accent wrong. please someone explain

July 8, 2014


How do you know when to use nel or nello

June 19, 2019


in + il = nel

in + lo = nello

June 30, 2019


Mine said "Lo zucchero è nel caffè." as "The sugar is in the coffee." It said my answer "The sugar is in coffee" is wrong, but there is no 'the' in the sentence. Where is the 'il' for 'ill caffè'?

July 28, 2013


'nel' means in the, so there's no further need for il

August 24, 2013


nel is a combination of two italian words in and the, which in italian is in and il. The word in is changed to ne and you take out the I to make it flow better to become nel.

November 16, 2013


We should all take note of "marshalartist". Every language at first is like we're in a wind tunnel. I guess we'll get more used to those tiny "è" sounds etc.

November 22, 2013


To be honest (as people have mentioned in previous discussions) the voice is not a particular good representation of a real live Italian speaker. It is quite clipped, which is a result of the program rather than what Italian actually sounds like. I am noticing as well that pronunciation is off for some words generally. Don't feel bad if you are missing little sounds - I bet you'd do fine with an Italian speaker saying the same thing in front of you!

February 4, 2014


VERY slurred pronunciation

April 7, 2014


Yes, difficult to hear - but also I was really focused on what I had learnt so far with the 'al' part for chocolate ice cream and expected more, lol. The idea that the lady could be saying e and nel was something I couldn't guess! If it pops up again Ill be listening out for it now...

May 24, 2014


Hey everyone; I was simply wondering how important the accent marks above words like e and caffe are. My keyboard cannot natively type them in (At least I think so) and I'm not sure how they alter pronounciation. Also, is it regular for the accent marks to slant to the left in italian? It's not like I've learnt French, but I saw that accent marks there slope to the right and to the left. I'm grateful for any help.

February 17, 2015


Substantially the accent is an elevation of the tone of the voice. The graphic marks above the wovels distinguish: the grave accent (like è) for the open pronounciation ;the acute accent (like é) for that closed.

April 10, 2015


What is the difference between il, lo, la and l' ?

March 11, 2017


Why is not accepted: There is the sugar in the coffee

June 9, 2018
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