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A: Top 25 Italian Questions You Need to Know - Lesson 2: Where are you from in Italian? (In each lesson of this 25 part series, you'll master a common question for Italian learners, and then learn how to answer it like a native. You'll learn how these key phrases work by breaking them down into each component. Then through repetition and new vocabulary, you'll expand your understanding of the question, its answers, and any variations.)
In this lesson, you'll learn how to respond to the common question ""Where are you from?"" In Italian this is
B: Da dove vieni?
The first word in the question is
B: Da
A: ""meaning from"" in English.
B: (Slow, by syllable) Da
A: Listen again and repeat.
B: Da
{Pause}
A: This pattern of first introducing a word at natural speed, providing the English translation, breaking it down by syllable, and then giving it once more at natural speed will be repeated throughout the series. Try to speak aloud as often as possible. The next word in the question is
B: dove
A: meaning where.
B: (Slow, by syllable) dove
A: Now repeat.
B: dove
{Pause}
Listen to the the first 2 words of the question and repeat.
B: Da dove
{pause}
And next
B: vieni
A: meaning you come.
B: (Slow, by syllable) vieni
A: Now repeat.
B: vieni
{Pause}
Listen to the entire question and repeat.
B: Da dove vieni
{pause}
A: (You will hear this common question again and again throughout your studies.) Master the following pattern and responses to the question Where are you from??
B: Vengo da gli Stati Uniti.
A: ""I'm from the U.S.. Again, slowly. Repeat the phrase.
B: (Slow) Vengo da gli Stati Uniti.
{pause}
A: But let's break it down from the beginning. The first word:
B: vengo
A: meaning I come.
B: (Slow, by syllable) vengo
A: Now repeat
B: vengo
{Pause}
A: Next is
B: da
meaning from.
B: (Slow, by syllable) da
A:Now repeat.
B: da
{Pause}
A: And after that
B: gli
meaning the.
B: (Slow, by syllable) gli
A:Now repeat.
B: gli
{Pause}
A: Next is
B: Stati Uniti
which is the name United States.
B: (Slow, by syllable) Stati Uniti
A:Now repeat.
B: Stati Uniti
{Pause}
A: Listen to the speaker say, I'm from the U.S., and then repeat.
B: Vengo da gli Stati Uniti.
{pause}
A: To use a different phrase, replace the U.S. with Germany.
B: la Germania
A: Germany
B: (slow) la Germania (regular) la Germania
A: Listen to the phrase again, this time with Germany
B: Vengo da la Germania
A: It mostly stays the same. Simply replace the U.S.. Say I'm from Germany
{pause}
B: Vengo da la Germania
A: To make another phrase, replace Germany with China.
B: la Cina
A: China
B: (slow) la Cina (regular) la Cina
A: Listen to the phrase again, this time with China
B: Vengo da la Cina
A: It mostly stays the same. Simply replace the {lang} for Germany. Say I'm from China
{pause}
B: Vengo da la Cina
A: To use a different phrase, replace China with Japan.
B: il Giappone
A: Japan
B: (slow) il Giappone (regular) il Giappone
A: Listen to the phrase again, this time with Japan
B: Vengo da il Giappone
A: It mostly stays the same. Simply replace the {lang} for China. Say I'm from Japan
{pause}
B: Vengo da il Giappone
Now it's time for a quiz. Imagine you are visiting Italy and someone asks you where you're from. You're from the U.S.. Respond to the question.
B: Da dove vieni? (five seconds) Vengo da gli Stati Uniti.
A: Now, imagine you're from Germany Respond to the question.
B: Da dove vieni? (five seconds) Vengo da la Germania
A: Now, imagine you're from China. . Answer the speaker's question.
B: Da dove vieni? (five seconds) Vengo da la Cina
A: Imagine you're from Japan. Respond to the question.
B: Da dove vieni? (five seconds) Vengo da il Giappone
A: Now you want to ask that person where they're from. Ask the question
(5 seconds)
B: Da dove vieni?
A: Now it's time to answer the question with actual information about yourself.
A: This is the end of Lesson 2

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Ciao Lourdes Weisgerber,

portoricano for men

portoricana for women


A presto!

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Lourdes Weisgerber
Sunday at 03:41 PM
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Ciao


Mi chiamo Lourdes.

Vengo da Porto rico.

Sono lieto di seguire questo corso.


Come si dice "puertorican" in Italian?

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Tuesday at 12:32 AM
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Ciao Florencia,

piacere!


vengo della Argentina -> vengo dalla argentina (usually shortened to "dall'Argentina).


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Florencia
Wednesday at 08:45 AM
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Ciao!

Sono Florencia, vengo della Argentina :)

Sta bene?

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Ciao Andre Iori,

"Vengo dal Canada" is correct. In Italian, Canada is masculine, which is why you need "dal".


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Andre Iori
Thursday at 11:49 PM
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Ciao,


How would I say I am from Canada? Would it be Vengo dalla Canada? Or would it be Vengo dal Canada?


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Ciao Karina,

everything is correct, except for "da la Cina", which should be "dalla Cina" (da+la = dalla)


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Karina
Sunday at 08:08 AM
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Ciao

Buon giorno. Come sta?

Sto bene, grazie. E Lei?

Molto Bene. Da dove vieni?

Vengo da gli Messico. E tu?

Io vengo da la Cina



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Hi George,

"Vengo dalle Filippine" is the correct way to write it.

"dalle" because Philippines in Italian is feminine plural. I guess because the word "isole" (islands) is implied, and it's feminine.


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George
Sunday at 08:28 AM
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Vendor Dagli Philippines. Does it sound right?