I hear it most like "ye". It really is hard for a native English speaker to hear correctly.
Yes, I heard "il", but i do not kno such word, and we know in this beginner's part of grammar only "gli"
I typically hear it as "li" or "lee", but if you slow it down, it seems to have an H sound at the beginning, nore sure if it is actually pronounced or not
if you play the sentence you'll hear it as li as the g is silent. I suppose it could mean just" they drink" if those people drinking are of mixed gender?
I would also like to know this. Is the 'g' hard like in "goat" or something else? I can't quite hear what they are saying, even when using the text to speech in Google translate.
Super tricky to answer, but here goes: ostensibly, the 'g' in 'gli' is not separate from the rest of the syllable. We don't really have a comparison in English. The closest would be the 'g' in 'gnocchi', for obvious reasons. It's not quite silent, but it primarily changes the why the next letter is stressed. If I had to give it phonetically, it would be closest to "lyi", similarly, 'gnocchi' is pronounced "nyo-ki". Follow?
The best way to think of "gl" in Italian is to think of the double L sound I'm the English word billion... hold your tongue against the roof if your mouth the the same way and you'll have it.
There is a great video on YouTube where you can hear a woman and a little boy pronounce "gli". Just google "How do you pronounce gli this is italia". "This Is Italia" is a YouTube program the woman, LA Laura, does. The pronunciation is more like and extended "y" sound with "i" at the end: yyyi. But, it doesn't sound like that at all here on the Duolingo recording.
if you hover over the verbs e.g "bevono", "beve", "mangi," etc, you'll see the conjugate option. Click on that and you'll see all the verb conjugations.
No, it is pronounced like "Ll" in Spanish and "Lh" in portuguese. This sound does not exist in English so you better pay more attention on it.
If we wanted to say "the men are drinking", can't we say gli uomini siamo bevendo for it in italian? As siamo means "are"?
Is "gli" the equivalent of "los/las" or "les" in Spanish and French respectively?
Correct, specifically the masculine, "los", the feminine "las" is just "le". Gli uomini, le donne.
Bevono is for a subject like a man or woman Bevi is you singular Beve is you plural Beviamo is we Bevo is I And Bevete.... for he or she.. Am I right, I'm a bit confused?
I think duoligo is great! I've been doing it for a year and now i can almost completly understand it and have convesation speaking Italian. Grazie☺
Could this also mean "The men are drinking", or is there a different way to say it like that?
i think that would be different. people will understand it if you mean it like this though
I thought it said "devono" (i.e. "the men must"). :( Would that be a correct conjugation of "devere"?
I hear it 'behwenno' - the 'b' isn't hard up against the palate, more a plosive sound on the lips, but it is hard I think for an English speaker to hear. (I was lucky to live in France, which helps with weird pronunciations like this.) It's not quite like the 'b' in say 'blue.' But it's not a 'd' as in (for example) day.
I think the best way to learn how to 'hear' it is to play the thing over and try to recreate it. It's not 'deweno' - because the 'd' would be the tip of your tongue touching the ridge just behind your top teeth. It's not that. But then again it's not quite an English 'b' either. (Which is probably why you are hearing it as 'd' - you are registering the difference.) It's more like, you have your lips tight shut, and then you suddenly have to say 'but,' or some such, without using your lips too much. An English 'b' you almost smile as you say it. This one, you make the same noise with your lips, but they are not 'smiling.'
Weird. This is so much easier when I can sit and pull faces as I try to explain things. I hope this makes some sense to you - the main thing is, you are not wrong. The pronunciation IS different. But it's not a 'd' either. It's just.... weird bloody romance languages trying to annoy us.
Am I correct in noticing that bevono is accented at the 'bev' instead of the 'ono' as usual with this word? Or is is always like this, and I'm mistaken?
What the heck? In America there is only one way to say "the." Am i right? This is soooo hard to remember. Even if i could read it, if i whent to Italy, i wouldn't know how to speak it the right way. Or at all. Got any hints? I could use some.
If the word is masculine plural, AND EITHER: starts with a vowel, OR starts with s + consonant, z, gn, bd, pn, ps, x, ch.
Why is there an 'ni' at the end of uomini? I understand that when the masculine word is a plural, the o is replaced with an i, but then surly it would just be "uomi"?
This is just one of the hidden beauties of the Italian language: an irregular plural ;)
I think aside from when they are directly before a vowel, 'g's are rather soft in italian. Generally.
No, it isn't the same sound, it's just a sound that doesn't exist in english, just like the sound "the" doesn't exist in italian.
what is the difference between the plural the 'Gli' and 'I'. Why is it 'I ragazzi' but 'Gli uomini'?
'Ragazzi' starts with a consonant, and 'uomini' starts with a vowel. Thus 'i ragazzi' and 'gli uomini'.
Interesting. The audio in the exercise sounds to me like the "ni" from "uomini" is not pronounced, however the audio file at top of this discussion post is different one and these letters can be heard. Is this a mistake in the exercises or are there cases where these letters are not articulated?
You use "gli" before plural masculine words, if it starts
with a vowel (gli uomini),
with s+consonant (gli sport),
with gn, bd, pn, ps, j, x, ch.
Easy, isn't it?
What is the difference between all this determinants: gli, lo, le, il, la ?
il and lo are masculine definite articles Singular, gli is a masculine definite article Plural, la is a feminine definite article Singular, le is a feminine definite article Plural. (There are other definite articles: i, l'. ) To make things more complicated, lo, la, le are at the same time Direct Pronouns, whereas gli is an Indirect Pronoun.
No. "l'" is a singular article, you must use the plural one: "gli".
why is it gli uomini and not i uomini? i thought that i was used for plural masculines.
Right, but not for "ch". Before the italian ch goes "i". And "bd" in first position doesn't exist in italian.
I often listen to the Swiss Classical Radio in Italian, they use both "il" or "lo" before "ch" consequently "i" o "gli".
Yes, it does, "lo bdello"; it is in my grammar book.
No, it is simply a typo :) it is "il bidello" :) I'm italian, and I speak and write my language very well (unfortunately I can't affirm the same for my english :D ), trust me. And, trust me again, "i ticinesi" (Swiss that speak italian language) don't speak completely "right" italian.
I find the Italian female voice to be unclear and very low in all lessons
My insegnante told me that "uomini" goes to all humans. As in men and women. Meanwhile "uomi" means men. I am confused.
No, "uomi" simply doesn't exist! It's only and always "uomini" (yes, in certain cases it means "men and women").
gli has 3 meanings the them to him so we can say that it has the same meanings as l' and le or il
Gli is kind of like saying glue bur you take away the last two vowels and turn it into an i it is like saying 'Glee' the show
Your subject is plural that's why your verb must be in the plural form too... it must be "the men drink"
It is not true. Uomini = men. Also, where is "are" in yours?
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