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Top 25 Italian Questions You Need to Know - Lesson 6: How long have you been studying 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 ""How long have you been studying Italian?"" In Italian this is
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Da quanto studi l'Italiano?
The first word in the question is
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Da
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""meaning from"" in English.
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(Slow, by syllable) Da
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Listen again and repeat.
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Da
{Pause}
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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
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quanto
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meaning how much.
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(Slow, by syllable) quanto
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Now repeat.
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quanto
{Pause}
Listen to the the first 2 words of the question and repeat.
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Da quanto
{pause}
And next
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studi
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meaning you study.
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(Slow, by syllable) studi
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Now repeat.
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studi
{Pause}
Listen to the the first 3 words of the question and repeat.
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Da quanto studi
{pause}
And after that
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l'Italiano
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meaning the italian.
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(Slow, by syllable) l'Italiano
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Now repeat.
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l'Italiano
{Pause}
Listen to the entire question and repeat.
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Da quanto studi l'Italiano
{pause}
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(You will hear this common question again and again throughout your studies.) Master the following pattern and responses to the question How long have you been studying Italian??
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Per un mese.
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""For 1 month.. Again, slowly. Repeat the phrase.
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(Slow) Per un mese.
{pause}
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But let's break it down from the beginning. The first word:
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per
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meaning something like for.
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(Slow, by syllable) per
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Now repeat
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per
{Pause}
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And next
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un
meaning something like one.
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(Slow, by syllable) un
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Now repeat.
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un
{Pause}
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Next is
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mese
meaning month.
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(Slow, by syllable) mese
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Now repeat.
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mese
{Pause}
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Listen to the speaker say, For 1 month., and then repeat.
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Per un mese.
{pause}
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To use a different phrase, replace 1 month with six months.
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sei mesi
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six months
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(slow) sei mesi (regular) sei mesi
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Listen to the phrase again, this time with six months
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Per sei mesi.
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It mostly stays the same. Simply replace 1 month. Say For six months.
{pause}
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Per sei mesi.
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To expand on the pattern, replace six months with one year.
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un anno
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one year
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(slow) un anno (regular) un anno
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Listen to the phrase again, this time with one year
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Per un anno.
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It mostly stays the same. Simply replace the {lang} for six months. Say For one year.
{pause}
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Per un anno.
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To expand on the pattern, replace one year with for five years.
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per cinque anni
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for five years
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(slow) per cinque anni (regular) per cinque anni
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Listen to the phrase again, this time with for five years
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Per per cinque anni.
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It mostly stays the same. Simply replace the {lang} for one year. Say For for five years.
{pause}
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Per per cinque anni.
Now it's time for a quiz. Imagine you are visiting Italy and someone asks you how long you have been studying [language]. You have been studying it for 1 month. Respond to the question.
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Da quanto studi l'Italiano? (five seconds) Per un mese.
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Imagine you've been studying it for six months Respond to the question.
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Da quanto studi l'Italiano? (five seconds) Per sei mesi.
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Imagine you've been studying it for one year. . Answer the speaker's question.
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Da quanto studi l'Italiano? (five seconds) Per un anno.
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Imagine you've been studying it for for five years. Respond to the question.
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Da quanto studi l'Italiano? (five seconds) Per per cinque anni.
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Now you want to ask someone how long -they- have been studying [language]. Ask the question
(5 seconds)
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Da quanto studi l'Italiano?
{pause}
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This is the end of Lesson 6

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Monday at 6:30 pm
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Tuesday at 3:54 pm
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Ciao Hal,

That’s perfect! Molto bene!๐Ÿ˜„

Keep up the good work!
Ofelia
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Hal
Friday at 10:30 pm
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Ciao,

-Da quando studi italiano? -Studio italiano dal novembre, 2015.
From when do you study Italian? I study Italian from November, 2015?

Please help on that translation. I only know present tense!

Ciao Ciao

Tuesday at 10:11 am
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Ciao Tibor,

“Da quando…” means “Since…” or “From when…”
“Da quanto…” means “How long…”
Here are 2 examples:
-Da quando studi italiano? -Studio italiano dal 2012.
-Da quanto studi italiano? -Studio italiano da 3 anni.

I hope the difference is clearer. Feel free to ask more questions.
Thank you,
Ofelia
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Tibor
Monday at 11:27 pm
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What is the difference of “da quando…” and “da quanto…” ?

Saturday at 1:05 am
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Hi Hamzeh!

Da quanto tempo studi l’italiano?
Studio l’italiano da 2 anni!
๐Ÿ˜„

Ciao!
Ofelia
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Hamzeh
Friday at 12:17 am
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Quanto tempo Ti รจ stato studiando italiano?
Mi รจ stato studiando italiano per 2 anni

Sunday at 6:47 pm
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Hi Karima,
uno means 1 as well as ‘a’ (indefinite article together with un una un’)
there is a mistake. sorry. You can either say da cinque anni or per cinque anni depending on the context. But it is wrong to say da per cinque anni.

Vivo a Londra da 5 anni. I ve been living in London for 5 years.

Lavorerรฒ alla Conbipel per 5 anni. I’ll be working at Conbipel for 5 years.

Hope this helps.
Chiara
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Karima
Saturday at 8:20 pm
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Hi,

1-you mean that we treat “uno=1″ as “uno=a/an” ??

2-โ€Da per cinque anniโ€ why did we use “da” and “per” at this sentence??

3-if I saidโ€ da cinque anniโ€ without “per”, will it be wrong??

thank you.

Friday at 5:42 pm
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Hi Karima,
“Un” is the indefinite article that means a/an and also one. We use it before masculine nouns EXCEPT those that begin with z or s plus a consonant (then “uno” is used).
So even though the word for the number one is “uno”, when it comes before a noun, in most cases it is “un”.

Also, as for da, you can think of “da quanto” as meaning “since when/from when” - so you are basically asking, since when have you been studying Italian? Of course in English it would be more natural for us to ask How long have you been studying Italian? And then the answer uses “da” to match the question. I hope that helps!

Jessi
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karima
Monday at 9:11 pm
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ciao,

one more question, as long as “Da” means “from”, how come we use it but not use “per” which means “for”, I find “per” more logical!!!!!