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Ciao a tutti! Sono Consuelo. Hi everybody! I’m Consuelo.
Welcome back to ItalianPod101.com’s Italiano in tre minuti, the fastest, easiest, and most fun way to learn Italian.
In the last lesson, we covered what to say when exchanging money. Today, we are going to learn how to express our own opinions using mi piace and non mi piace, which mean "I like it" and "I don’t like it," respectively.
When saying mi piace, you are talking about io, "I." So, mi piace is usually followed by a singular noun or an infinitive verb. For example:
Mi piace la musica classica. "I like classical music."
(One more time, slowly: mi piace la musica classica.)
Mi piace sciare. "I like skiing."
(One more time, slowly: mi piace sciare.)
When referring to plural nouns, we use the phrase mi piacciono instead of mi piace. For example:
Mi piacciono le tue scarpe. "I like your shoes."
(One more time, slowly: mi piacciono le tue scarpe.)
Since scarpe is the plural form of scarpa, meaning "shoe."
The negative statement is very easy to form. You should simply add non before mi, as in Non mi piace la musica classica. Non mi piace sciare. Non mi piacciono le tue scarpe.
In order to ask someone "do you like it," remember to choose tu or lei, the courtesy form, before forming the question.
If you choose to go for tu, you should say: Ti piace? "Do you like it?"
When referring to Lei, the phrase switches into Le piace?
The sentence for the plural form is always made with piacciono. For example, ti piacciono? Le piacciono?
When you want to say "I like it very much," it is only necessary to add molto or tanto.
Let’s now see two scenes: the first is a casual situation using tu
Consuelo: Ti piace questo cappuccino?
Voiceover: Si mi piace molto, è proprio buono.
Consuelo: E i cornetti ti piacciono?
Voiceover: No, non mi piacciono i cornetti.
Consuelo: Veramente?
Here is a dialog in which we use "lei"
Consuelo: Buongiorno. Vorrei un viaggio per il Mar Rosso.
Voiceover: Ah, le piace il mare.
Consuelo: Sì, ma non mi piace viaggiare in nave.
Voiceover: Capisco.
Now it’s time for Consuelo’s tips:
Even if you don’t use the pattern mi piace in Italian, we have many other ways to say that you like something, such as:
Mi fa impazzire "I’m mad about it"
Lo adoro "I adore it"
Lo amo "I love it"
This does it for today! In today’s class, we learned how to use mi piace and non piace, meaning respectively "I like it" and "I don’t like it." In the next lesson, we’ll cover how to give and receive information about directions.
We’ll be waiting for you in our next Italiano in tre minuti lesson!
Ciao alla prossima lezione!!