Do you want to speak Italian more easily and confidently by the end of 2017?
I believe that “commonly used phrases” are the key for how we can all build fluency in any language in a short time.
If we learn how to incorporate “commonly used phrases” when we speak Italian, we will be able to express ourselves more easily and quickly. We will be on our way to building complex sentences and speaking more like we do in our native language!
This post is the third in a series that will originate in our Conversational Italian! Facebook group. After our group has had a chance to use these phrases, I will post them on this blog for everyone to try.
Our third blog post in this series on “commonly used phrases” will help us talk more easily and will build on the phrase structure used at the conclusion of our first two blog posts.
“Mi ha…” meaning “He/she… to me.”
What other past tense verbs can we use in this way every day?
As we all master these phrases, so will you. Try my method and let me know how it works. What sentences will you create with these phrases?
Please reply. I’d love to hear from you! Or join our Conversational Italian! group discussion on Facebook.
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What he/she… (to) me
As usual, let’s start with a recap of our previous blog posts:
The past tense for “I said,” a one-time event, uses the passato prossimo past tense form, which is “ho detto.” This Italian past tense verb also translates into the less commonly used English form “I have said.”
Using this past tense verb, the phrase I use most often regarding what someone said to someone else is:
|Mi ha detto…||He said to me…/He told me|
|She said to me…/She told me|
|You (polite) said to me…/You told me|
Memorize this first phrase, “mi ha detto,” then substitute a different past tense verb, as we did in our second blog post, with “mi ha chiesto.”
The phrase I use most often regarding what someone asked of someone else is:
|Mi ha chiesto…||He asked (to) me…|
|She asked (to) me…|
|You (polite) asked (to) me…|
For this third blog post, we will substitute even more Italian past tense verbs into the original phrase.
Soon all of these phrases will just roll off your tongue! See the tables below for how this works, and try to think of some phrases of your own!
|Mi ha chiamato||He/She/You (polite)||called me|
|Mi ha telefonato||He/She/You (polite)||called me on the telephone|
|Mi ha spiegato||He/She/You (polite)||explained to me|
|Mi ha informato di||He/She/You (polite)||informed/updated/told me|
|Mi ha portato||He/She/You (polite)||took me|
|Mi ha invitato||He/She/You (polite)||invited me|
|Mi ha disturbato||He/She/You/(polite)||bothered me|
|Mi ha seccato||He/She/You/(polite)||annoyed me|
|Mi ha mentito||He/She/You (polite)||lied to me|
|Mi ha giurato||He/She/You (polite)||vowed to me|
|Mi ha promesso||He/She/You (polite)||promised me|
|Mi ha fatto contento(a)
(Mi ha fatto piacere.)
|He/She/You(polite)/It||made me happy
(I was pleased/happy.)
|Mi ha fatto triste||He/She/You (polite)/It||made me sad|
|Mi ha fatto ridere||He/She/You (polite)/It||made me laugh|
|Mi ha fatto sorridere||He/She/You (polite)/It||made me smile|
Finally, below are two important sentences to use when leaving someone’s company.
|Mi ha fatto piacere vederti.||It was nice to see you.|
|Mi ha fatto piacere sentirti.||It was nice to hear from you.|