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A: Top 25 Italian Questions You Need to Know - Lesson 9: Do you like Italian food? (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 ""Do you like Italian food?"" In Italian this is
B: Ti piace il cibo Italiano?
The first word in the question is
B: Ti
A: ""meaning you"" in English.
B: (Slow, by syllable) Ti
A: Listen again and repeat.
B: Ti
{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: piace
A: meaning something like like.
B: (Slow, by syllable) piace
A: Now repeat.
B: piace
{Pause}
Listen to the the first 2 words of the question and repeat.
B: Ti piace
{pause}
And after that
B: il
A: meaning the.
B: (Slow, by syllable) il
A: Now repeat.
B: il
{Pause}
Listen to the the first 3 words of the question and repeat.
B: Ti piace il
{pause}
Next is
B: cibo
A: meaning food.
B: (Slow, by syllable) cibo
A: Now repeat.
B: cibo
{Pause}
Listen to the the first 4 words of the question and repeat.
B: Ti piace il cibo
{pause}
And next
B: Italiano
A: meaning Italian.
B: (Slow, by syllable) Italiano
A: Now repeat.
B: Italiano
{Pause}
Listen to the entire question and repeat.
B: Ti piace il cibo Italiano
{pause}
A: (You will hear this common question again and again throughout your studies.) Master the following pattern and responses to the question Do you like Italian food??
B: Sì, amo soprattutto la pizza.
A: ""Yes, I especially love pizza.. Again, slowly. Repeat the phrase.
B: (Slow) Sì, amo soprattutto la pizza.
{pause}
To say ""no"", in a simple way, just say:
B: Non molto, mi dispiace
A: Which is like saying Not really, I am sorry. in English. Let's hear it slowly.
B: (Slowly) Non molto, mi dispiace
A: But let's break it down from the beginning. The first word:
B: sì
A: meaning yes.
B: (Slow, by syllable) sì
A: Now repeat
B: sì
{Pause}
A: And next
B: amo
meaning I love.
B: (Slow, by syllable) amo
A:Now repeat.
B: amo
{Pause}
A: Next is
B: soprattutto
meaning the.
B: (Slow, by syllable) soprattutto
A:Now repeat.
B: soprattutto
{Pause}
A: And next
B: la
meaning pizza.
B: (Slow, by syllable) la
A:Now repeat.
B: la
{Pause}
A: And next
B: pizza
meaning pizza.
B: (Slow, by syllable) pizza
A:Now repeat.
B: pizza
{Pause}
A: Listen to the speaker say, Yes, I especially love pizza., and then repeat.
B: Sì, amo soprattutto la pizza.
{pause}
A: To expand on the pattern, replace pizza with lasagna.
B: lasagna
A: lasagna
B: (slow) lasagna (regular) lasagna
A: Listen to the phrase again, this time with lasagna
B: Sì, amo soprattutto la lasagna.
A: It mostly stays the same. Simply replace pizza. Say Yes, I especially love lasagna.
{pause}
B: Sì, amo soprattutto la lasagna.
A: To expand on the pattern, replace lasagna with pasta.
B: pasta
A: pasta
B: (slow) pasta (regular) pasta
A: Listen to the phrase again, this time with pasta
B: Sì, amo soprattutto la pasta.
A: It mostly stays the same. Simply replace the name lasagna. Say Yes, I especially love pasta.
{pause}
B: Sì, amo soprattutto la pasta.
A: To use a different phrase, replace pasta with omelette.
B: frittata
A: omelette
B: (slow) frittata (regular) frittata
A: Listen to the phrase again, this time with omelette
B: Sì, amo soprattutto la frittata.
A: It mostly stays the same. Simply replace the name pasta. Say Yes, I especially love omelette.
{pause}
B: Sì, amo soprattutto la frittata.
Now it's time for a quiz. Imagine you are visiting Italy and someone asks you if you like Italian food. You want to answer that you like pizza. Respond to the question.
B: Ti piace il cibo Italiano? (five seconds) Sì, amo soprattutto la pizza.
A: Now you want to say that you like lasagna Respond to the question.
B: Ti piace il cibo Italiano? (five seconds) Sì, amo soprattutto la lasagna.
A: You want to say that you like pasta. . Answer the speaker's question.
B: Ti piace il cibo Italiano? (five seconds) Sì, amo soprattutto la pasta.
A: You want to say that you like omelette. Respond to the question.
B: Ti piace il cibo Italiano? (five seconds) Sì, amo soprattutto la frittata.
A: Now you want to ask someone if they like Italian food. Ask the question
(5 seconds)
B: Ti piace il cibo Italiano?
{pause}
A: Now it's time to answer the question with actual information about yourself.
B: Ti piace il cibo Italiano?
{pause}
A: This is the end of Lesson 9

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ItalianPod101.com Verified
Monday at 06:30 PM
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Please give your answer to the question below!

ItalianPod101.com Verified
Wednesday at 11:51 PM
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Ciao Bill,

yes you can say "Sì, mi piace sopratutto la pizza".


I have a couple of corrections for you.


I tuoi genitori piace il cibo italiano? -> Ai tuoi genitori piace il cibo italiano?

Tua sorella piace il cibo italiano? -> A tua sorella piace il cibo italiano?


Remember that with the verb "piacere", you need to put "a" (or al, ai, alla...) before the person who likes something. If you use personal pronouns (lui, lei, noi...), these can combine with A, forming indirect object pronouns.


So you can say either:

A me piace OR Mi piace (a me = mi)

A te piace OR Ti piace (a te = ti)

A noi piace OR Ci piace (a noi = ci)

and so on


But if you don't use personal pronouns, you can't leave out "a".

A Luca piace il tennis.

Ai miei cugini piace la pizza.


I hope this makes sense!


Valentina

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Bill
Thursday at 05:35 PM
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Ti piace il cibo italiano?

Sì, amo sopratutto la pizza.

I tuoi genitori piace il cibo italiano?

Sì, amano sopratutto la pasta?

Tua sorella piace il cibo italiano?

Sì, ama sopratutto la lasagna.

Vi piace il cibo tedesco?

Sì, amiamo sopratutto il gulasch.


Could we also reply, "Sì, mi piace sopratutto la pizza"?


Grazie in anticipo!

ItalianPod101.com Verified
Wednesday at 02:27 AM
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Ciao E,

I don't know "la ginocchi", maybe you meant "gli gnocchi"? Let us know!


Valentina

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E
Wednesday at 11:27 PM
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Si, mi piace. Amo soprattutto la ginocchi!

ItalianPod101.com
Wednesday at 10:48 PM
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Hi Yen Chun,


your sentences are perfect! Great job 👍

Grazie per il tuo commento (thanks for your comment).


A presto

Valentina

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Yen Chun
Sunday at 12:17 AM
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Ti piace il cibo italiano?

Sì, amo soprattutto la pannacotta.

ItalianPod101.com
Tuesday at 02:22 AM
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Ciao Jenna,


"pizza" is feminine, so it should be "deliziosa." Other than that, perfect sentence!


Valentina

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Jenna Corbett
Sunday at 01:41 PM
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Ti piace il cibo Italiano? Si, amo soprattutto la pizza, e delizioso! Grazie tanti 😁

Thiciane Araújo
Thursday at 12:44 AM
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Sì, mi piace davvero. Amo sopratutto le lasagne alla bolognese.

ItalianPod101.com Verified
Monday at 02:23 PM
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Ciao Grace,


Thank you for posting!

You can use both "le lasagne" or "la lasagna."

Native speakers use them interchangeably, so you can use the one you remember better.


Keep up the good work!

Ofelia

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