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INTRODUCTION
Asia: Hi everyone, I'm Asia.
Daniele: And I'm Daniele.
Asia: And welcome to Must-Know Italian Sentence Structures, Season 1, Lesson 1. Talking About Your Profession.
Asia: In this lesson, you'll learn how to use a sentence pattern for talking about your profession.
PATTERN
Asia: For example,
Asia: "I am a teacher."
Daniele: (Io) sono insegnante.
Daniele: [slow] (Io) sono insegnante.
Asia: The pattern for talking about your profession has 3 elements. First is a pronoun, in this case "I."
Daniele: Io.
Asia: Second, the verb "to be" conjugated in the first person singular.
Daniele: sono.
Asia: Third, your profession, in this case "teacher." This refers to both a male and a female speaker.
Daniele: insegnante.
Asia: Altogether, we have.. "I am a teacher."
Daniele: (Io) sono insegnante. [slow] (Io) sono insegnante. [normal] (Io) sono insegnante.
Asia: In Italian, the pronoun can be omitted as it is implied in the verb conjugation. But if you want to emphasize, you can include the pronoun at the beginning of the sentence. Then comes the verb "to be," conjugated according to the pronoun. At the end comes the profession, which is a noun inflected by the gender and number of the subject. Note that in Italian the article "a/an" can be omitted before the profession.
Daniele: (Io) sono insegnante.
Asia: So remember that to talk about your profession, just say "I", plus the verb "to be," plus the profession. Be aware of the speaker's gender.
Asia: Here is another example meaning, "I am a doctor." First, is the pronoun, in this case "I."
Daniele: Io.
Asia: Second, the verb "to be" conjugated in the first person singular.
Daniele: sono.
Asia: Third, your profession, in this case "doctor." This refers to both a male and female speaker.
Daniele: medico.
Asia: Altogether we have..
Daniele: (Io) sono medico. [slow] (Io) sono medico. [normal] (Io) sono medico.
Asia: "I am a doctor."
[pause]
Daniele: (Io) sono medico.
Asia: How do you say - "I am a dentist"? To give you a hint, "dentist" is..
Daniele: dentista. [slow] dentista. [normal] dentista.
Asia: I am a dentist.
[pause]
Daniele: (Io) sono dentista. [slow] (Io) sono dentista. [normal] (Io) sono dentista.
[pause]
Daniele: (Io) sono dentista.
REVIEW
Asia: Let's review the sentences from this lesson. I will give you the English equivalent of the phrase and you are responsible for shouting it out loud in Italian. Here we go.
Asia: "I am a teacher."
[pause]
Daniele: (Io) sono insegnante.
[pause]
Daniele: (Io) sono insegnante.
Asia: "I am a doctor."
[pause]
Daniele: (Io) sono medico.
[pause]
Daniele: (Io) sono medico.
Asia: "I am a dentist."
[pause]
Daniele: (Io) sono dentista.
[pause]
Daniele: (Io) sono dentista.

Outro

Asia: Okay. That's all for this lesson. You learned a pattern for talking about your profession, as in..
Daniele: (Io) sono insegnante.
Asia: meaning "I am a teacher."
Asia: You can find more vocab or phrases that go with this sentence pattern in the lesson notes. So please be sure to check them out on ItalianPod101.com. Thanks everyone, see you next time!
Daniele: A presto!

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Wednesday at 06:30 PM
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What do you do for a living?

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Saturday at 02:38 AM
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Hi Loretta Briscoe,

thanks for pointing that out. Yeah, it's a typ, it shold be "essere". We'll have it fixed as soon as possible!


Yes, you can use "insegnante" also referring to an elementary teacher, although "maestro/maestra" is more common.


A presto!

Valentina

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Loretta Briscoe
Friday at 06:21 PM
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Hello, just a small point:


Almost at the very end of Lesson Notes it says "nouns of professions used in a sentence in Italian don't need an article, after the verb "ser..." You must mean "essere.


Is insegnante also used to mean an elementary teacher?


Loretta

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Wednesday at 11:29 PM
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Buongiorno Bill,

thanks for pointing out the errors.


It should be scrittric + i = scrittrici


We'll have them fixed as soon as possible!

A presto,

Valentina

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Bill
Friday at 07:00 PM
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Buongiorno!


I see two problems in the grammar discussion here.


1. Under Example 2 concerning scrittore, the feminine plural form is confusing: Feminine: scrittric +e = scrittrici. Why does +e yield scrittrici?


2. After Example 3 a sentence needs correcting, as Mary mentioned in the comments below:


So, we would say, Chiara รจ modella. meaning "She is a hairstylist." and Carlo รจ modello meaning"He is a hairstylist."


Grazie.

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Monday at 10:53 PM
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Ciao Lili,

"medico" can only mean "medical doctor".

"dottore" can mean "medical doctor", but also someone who holds a degree (can be whatever PhD).


However, when addressing a doctor directly, you can only use "dottore".

Buongiorno, dottore.


"professore" can only be used for a person teaching in middle school, high school, and university.

"insegnante" can be used instead of "professore" for someone teaching in middle and high school (but not university). "Insegnante" can also be used outside of school, referring to someone who teaches something.

L'insegnante di pianoforte. (piano teacher)

L'insegnante di danza. (dance teacher)


Grazie per il tuo commento! (Thanks for your comment)


Valentina

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Lili
Thursday at 06:56 PM
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Ciao,

How are these words different?

- dottore and medico

- professore and insegnante


Grazie in advance!

ItalianPod101.com
Wednesday at 06:26 AM
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Molto bene, Thiciane Araรบjo ๐Ÿ‘


Valentina

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Thiciane Araรบjo
Wednesday at 11:01 PM
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Sono una studentessa di Lingue Straniere, Traduzione e Interpretariato.

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Tuesday at 11:44 AM
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Hi Linda,


Grazie, abbiamo corretto l'errore. Thank you, we have fixed the typo.


Puoi scrivere: "Sono assistente in una biblioteca scolastica." ?


Grazie e a presto,

Ofelia

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Linda
Monday at 09:11 AM
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Ciao,

Ho una domanda!

Nell' esempio 3 - El' es insegnante?

Questo รจ spagnolo?


Anche lavoro nella scuola sono biblioteca assistante?? come scrivo??


Grazie Mille!