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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 10. Asking for Information About Something.
Asia: In this lesson, you'll learn how to use a sentence pattern for asking for information about something.
PATTERN
Asia: For example,
Asia: "What day is it?"
Daniele: Che giorno è?
Daniele: [slow] Che giorno è?
Asia: The pattern for asking for information about something has 3 elements. First, an interrogative adjective, in this case "what."
Daniele: Che.
Asia: Second, the noun, 'day'.
Daniele: giorno .
Asia: Third, a verb, in this case "to be" conjugated in the third person singular.
Daniele: è.
Asia: Altogether, we have.. "What day is it?"
Daniele: Che giorno è? [slow] Che giorno è? [normal] Che giorno è?
Asia: Start with the word
Daniele: che
Asia: meaning “what”, followed by a noun. The interrogative adjective remains unchanged even if the noun that follows it is plural. The verb is conjugated in the third person singular. At the end you can add more details about what you want to ask about.
Daniele: Che giorno è?
Asia: So remember that to ask for information about something, start with the word
Daniele: che
Asia: meaning “what”, followed by a singular noun and a conjugated verb in the third person singular.
Asia: Here is another example meaning, "What game do you play?" First, the interrogative adjective, in this case "what."
Daniele: Che.
Asia: Second, the noun, 'game'.
Daniele: gioco.
Asia: Third, a verb, in this case "to do" conjugated in the second person singular.
Daniele: fai.
Asia: Altogether we have..
Daniele: Che gioco fai? [slow] Che gioco fai? [normal] Che gioco fai?
Asia: "What game do you play?"
[pause]
Daniele: Che gioco fai?
Asia: How do you say - "What train is it?" To give you a hint, "train" is..
Daniele: treno. [slow] treno. [normal] treno.
Asia: What train is it?
[pause]
Daniele: Che treno è? [slow] Che treno è? [normal] Che treno è?
[pause]
Daniele: Che treno è?
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: "What day is it?"
[pause]
Daniele: Che giorno è?
[pause]
Daniele: Che giorno è?
Asia: "What game do you play?"
[pause]
Daniele: Che gioco fai?
[pause]
Daniele: Che gioco fai?
Asia: "What train is it?"
[pause]
Daniele: Che treno è?
[pause]
Daniele: Che treno è?

Outro

Asia: Okay. That's all for this lesson. You learned a pattern for asking for information about something, as in..
Daniele: Che giorno è?
Asia: meaning "What day is it?"
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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Try translating this question, "What is that?"

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Thursday at 12:13 AM
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Ciao Bill,


Con piacere! Continua così! 😇


A presto,

Levente

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Bill
Sunday at 10:21 AM
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Grazie tanto!

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Saturday at 01:57 AM
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Ciao Bill,

your first sentences are perfect. In the second batch, instead of "che", you should use "quali", because you are not asking to know the definition of something, but you are asking to know a list (of days, of months).


I hope this makes sense! Let us know if you have any questions.


Valentina

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Bill
Friday at 08:22 AM
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Scusi, ma ho un'altra questione!


Che sono i giorni della settimana?

Sono lunedì, martedì, mercoledì, giovedì, venerdì. sabato e domenica.

E che sono i mesi dell'anno?

Sono gennaio, febbraio, marzo, aprile, maggio, giugno, luglio, agosto, settembre, ottobre, novembre e dicembre.


Tutti sono bene?


Grazie

Bill
Friday at 07:42 AM
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Che cos'è quello? È il mio libro.

E che cos'è questo? È il tuo libro.

Che sono quelli? Sono i miei fiori.

E che sono questi? Sono i tuoi fiori.


È buono?


Grazie!

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Wednesday at 05:54 AM
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Ciao E,

perfect, great job!


Did you know that you can also shorten "cosa è" to "cos'è"? That should be easier to pronounce 😉


Valentina

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E
Friday at 06:31 PM
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Che cosa è quello?