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Colloquial Italian 2: The Next Step in Language Learning by Sylvia Lymbery

By Sylvia Lymbery

Colloquial Italian 2 is designed to assist these desirous about self-study; established to provide you the chance to hear and skim plenty of sleek, daily Italian, it has additionally been constructed to paintings systematically on reinforcing and lengthening your grammar and vocabulary.

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Language points ♦ Irregular past participles Angelo says: ho fatto il militare I did my military service ho fatto diverse sostituzioni I did various locums mio padre era morto my father had died Fatto, morto are the irregular past participles of fare and morire. A number of common verbs, especially in the second (-ere) group, have irregular past participles. STUDI E CARRIERA | 55 Exercise 2 Write down the past participles of the following verbs: decidere rispondere mettere essere scrivere vivere One way of learning irregular past participles is to group them according to their form.

THIS IS HOW WE MET 51 This implies that they are still friends now. To say you did something for a certain amount of time, with the implication that you no longer do it, that the action/state has ended, you use instead: per. Siamo rimasti amici per tanto tempo. We remained (just) friends for a long time. But of course now they are more than friends, their friendship developed into a love which led to marriage. Sono stato in Italia per 15 giorni. I was in Italy for a fortnight (I am now back home).

31 Language learning suggestions This is a tip for learning irregular verbs. Below is a chart divided into rectangles. Each rectangle contains the infinitive of an irregular verb. Photocopy and enlarge the chart and cut the copy along the lines, so that you have a set of rectangular pieces of paper, each with the infinitive of a verb written on it. Then you take a rectangle out at random and test yourself on that verb. You may want to write the correct form on the back so that you can check. Carry them with you and, in odd moments, as you wait for a bus or at the dentist’s, work on three or four.

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