December 7, 2013 | Review Period
I Love Italian Articles
The choices seem endless, and the variety is fun.
Italian offers a nice little assortment of articles: un, un’, una, uno, il, la, lo, l’, i, gli, and le. I am counting 11 different ways to render “a” and “the.”
I’m Reading This…
…and Doing Exercises in This
It was not a simple matter to learn how to pick among them, but once I got past the early frustrations, I really came to love these articles. I am right now doing article-related exercises in Anna Proudfoot’s Modern Italian Grammar Workbook from Routledge and am getting such a kick out of it.
For example, can you provide the correct definite article for each of the following nouns?
- occhiali (eyes)
- autobus (buses)
- artiste (artists)
I have no idea why Italian articles are so appealing to me. Sorting through them in phrases and sentences feels kind of like a game. I don’t even really like games, but this is a good kind of game for my particular neurological wiring, I suppose.
I also just continue to take delight in words such as gli and i (both meaning “the”). They are very cute funny-looking little things.
Answers for the above: gli, gli, le. Thank you for a fun way to spend a Saturday afternoon, Anna Proudfoot!