• Italian course for beginners (A1)
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  • 1 Greetings in Italian (hello, goodbye, ...) [0/5]
  • 2 How to introduce yourself in Italian (my name is...) [0/6]
  • 3 Asking and telling the time in Italian [0/5]
  • 4 Days of the week, months and holidays in Italian [0/6]
  • 5 How to talk about your family in Italian [0/6]
  • 6 House, rooms, furniture in Italian [0/14]
  • 7 The weather in Italian [0/5]
  • 8 Body parts in Italian [0/12]
  • 9 Clothes in Italian (shoes, accessories, fashion) [0/13]
  • 10 The colours in Italian [0/5]
  • 11 Countries and nationalities in Italian [0/6]
  • 12 Describing someone in Italian (adjectives, body) [0/9]
  • 13 Feelings and emotions in Italian (I love you) [0/7]
  • 14 Food names in Italian [0/9]
  • 15 How to order food at the restaurant in Italian [0/6]
  • 16 Animals and pets in Italian [0/14]
  • 17 Nature in Italian [0/5]
  • 18 School in Italian [0/6]
  • 19 Jobs and professions in Italian [0/6]
  • 20 The city and asking for directions in Italian [0/7]
  • 21 Hobbies and sports in Italian [0/5]
  • 22 Health in Italian [0/5]
  • 23 Wishes and proverbs in Italian [0/4]
  • Animals and pets in Italian

    In this lesson you will find some useful words about the most important pets and animals.

    Pets in Italian (cat, dog, rabbit)

    Here's a list with some animali domestici (pets/domestic animals).

    Italian English
    L'animale Animal
    Il cane Dog
    Il cucciolo Puppy
    Il gatto Cat
    Il gattino Kitten
    Il pappagallo Parrot
    Il pesce rosso Goldfish
    Il canarino Canary
    Il coniglio Rabbit
    La tartaruga Turtle
    Il criceto Hamster

     

    Take a look at the following examples.

    Italian English
    Questo è il mio cane. Si chiama Fido. This is my dog. His name is Fido.
    In casa abbiamo due gatti, un cane e tre pesci rossi. At home we have two cats, a dog and three goldfishes.

     

    Farm animals in Italian (pig, fox, bird, cow)

    Here's a list with the most important animali della fattoria (farm animals).

    Italian English
    La mucca Cow
    Il toro Bull
    Il vitello Calf
    Il gallo Cock
    La gallina Hen
    Il pollo Chicken
    L'asino Donkey
    L'anatra Duck
    La capra Goat
    La pecora Sheep
    L'agnello Lamb
    L'oca Goose
    Il cavallo Horse
    Il maiale Pig
    Il tacchino Turkey
    La volpe Fox
    L'uccello Bird
    Il topo Mouse

     

    Chek out the following examples.

    Italian English
    L'asino non è un animale stupido. The donkey isn't a stupid animal.
    C'è un topo in cucina!  There's a mouse in the kitchen.

     

    Wild animals in Italian (bear, tiger, wolf, snake)

    Here's a list with the most important animali selvatici (wild animals).

    Italian English
    L'aquila Eagle
    L'elefante Elephant
    Il pipistrello Bat
    La rana Frog
    La lucertola Lizard
    Il serpente Snake
    Lo scoiattolo Squirrel
    L'orso Bear
    Il lupo Wolf
    Il leone Lion
    La tigre Tiger
    La giraffa Giraffe
    La zebra Zebra
    Il panda Panda
    Il koala Koala
    Il canguro Kangaroo
    La scimmia Monkey/Ape
    Il pinguino Penguin
     
    Take a look at the following examples.
    Italian English
    Allo zoo ho visto un orso bianco. At the zoo I saw a white bear.
    Il canguro è l'animale simbolo dell'Australia. The kangaroo is the symbol (animal) of Australia.

     

    Insects in Italian (butterfly, bee)

    Here are gli insetti (the insects) in Italian.

    Italian English
    L'ape Bee
    La farfalla Butterfly
    La formica Ant
    La mosca Fly
    La zanzara Mosquito
    Il ragno Spider
    La vespa Wasp
    La lumaca Snails
    La coccinella Ladybug

     

    Here are some examples.

    Italian English
    La farfalla Monarca è un tipo raro di farfalla. The Monarch Butterfly is a rare type of butterfly.
    C'era una zanzara nella mia stanza e non ho dormito tutta la notte. There was a mosquito in my room and I couldn't sleep all night.

    Sea animals in Italian (fish, tuna, shark)

    Here's a list of animali marini (sea animals).

    Italian English
    Il pesce Fish
    La balena Whale
    Lo squalo Shark
    Il tonno Tuna
    Il delfino Dolphin
    La medusa Jellyfish
    La foca Seal

     

    Take a look at the following examples.

    Italian Englisgh
    Hanno trovato uno squalo nel Mar Mediterraneo. They found a shark in the Mediterranean Sea.
    La foca è il mio animale preferito. The seal is my favourite animal.

    Expressions with animals

    Take a look at these idiomatics expressions with animals.

    Italian English
    Cuor di leone
    Coraggioso come un leone
    Lionheart
    Brave as a lion
    Solo come un cane Alone like a dog
    Lento come una lumaca Slow, like a snail
    Essere furbo come una volpe Sharp as a tack 
    Essere come cane e gatto To fight like cats and dogs
    Muto come un pesce Quiet as a mouse
    Avere lo sguardo da aquila Eagle-eye
    Mangiare come un canarino To eat like a bird
    Un cane sciolto A maverick
    Febbre da cavallo Raging fever
    Avere una fame da lupi To starve
    Una mosca bianca To be a rare bird

    Daily dialogue

    Check out the following dialogue.

      Italian English
    Maestra
    Teacher
    Sara, hai degli animali domestici? Sara, do you have any pets?
    Sara Sì maestra! Ho un gatto che si chiama Milù, un coniglio che si chiama Lilli e due cani: uno si chiama Rex e l'altro Fufi. Yes teacher! I have a cat called Milù, a rabbit called Lilli and two dogs: one is called Rex and the other Fufi.
    Maestra
    Teacher
    Wow! Se non sbaglio, tu vivi in una fattoria, no? Wow! If I am not wrong, you live in a farm, don't you?
    Sara Sì! Ho anche tre mucche, due capre, un cavallo, e sette galline. Yes! I have three cows, two goats, a horse, and seven hens.
    Maestra
    Teacher
    E qual è il tuo animale preferito, in generale? And what's your favourite animal, in general?
    Sara Il pinguino! The penguin!

    Exercises

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    Exercise on pets in Italian - Flashcards

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    Exercise on farm animals in Italian - Drag text

    Exercise on farm animals in Italian - Flashcards

    Exercise on farm animals in Italian - Single choice set

    Exercise on wild animals in Italian - Drag text

    Exercise on wild animals in Italian - Flashcards

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    Exercise on insects and sea animals in Italian - Drag text

    Exercise on insects and sea animals in Italian - Flashcards

    Exercise on insects and sea animals in Italian - Single choice set

    Exercise on expressions with animals - Fill in the blanks

    Exercise on the dialogue of the lesson - Fill in the blanks