• 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]
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  • Countries and nationalities in Italian

    It's important to know how to say the names of countries, nationalities and languages, especially if you want to travel.

    You are going to learn the words for:

    • Countries and nationalities in Europe;
    • Countries and nationalities in the rest of the World;
    • Continents;
    • Languages.

    enlightened Remember! Only country names are written with a capital case letter in Italian.

    Countries and nationalities in Europe

      Country Nationality
    Austria L'Austria austriaco
    Belgium Il Belgio belga
    Czech Republic La Repubblica Ceca ceco
    Denmark La Danimarca danese
    Estonia L'Estonia estone
    Finland La Finlandia finlandese
    France La Francia francese
    Germany La Germania tedesco
    Greece La Grecia  greco
    Ireland L'Irlanda irlandese
    Iceland L'Islanda islandese
    Latvia La Lettonia lettone
    Lithuania La Lituania lituano
    Netherlands I Paesi Bassi olandese
    Norway La Norvegia norvegese
    Poland La Polonia polacco
    Portugal Il Portogallo portoghese
    Romania La Romania rumeno
    Russia La Russia russo
    Spain La Spagna spagnolo
    Sweden La Svezia svedese
    Switzerland La Svizzera svizzero
    Ucraine L'Ucraina ucraino
    United Kingdom Il Regno Unito britannico
    European Union L'Unione Europea europeo


    Countries and nationalities: rest of the world

      Country Nationality
    Australia L'Australia australiano
    Brazil Il Brasile brasiliano
    Canada Il Canada canadese
    China La Cina cinese
    Egypt L'Egitto egiziano
    India L'India indiano
    Japan Il Giappone giapponese
    Mexico Il Messico messicano
    New Zealand La Nuova Zelanda neozelandese
    Saudi Arabia L'Arabia Saudita arabo
    South Africa Il Sudafrica sudafricano
    South Korea La Corea del Sud sudcoreano
    Turkey La Turchia turco
    United States Gli Stati Uniti statunitense


    Continents in Italian

      Continent Adjective
    Africa L'Africa africano
    Asia L'Asia asiatico
    Europe L'Europa europeo
    Oceania L'Oceania oceanico
    America L'America americano

     

    Declension of adjectives of nationalities

    Adjectives have to be declined according to the gender and number of the noun they refer to.

    Almost all nationalities follow the following declension rules

    "Italian" Singular Plural
    Masculine

    italiano

    italiani

    Feminine

    italiana

    italiani

     

    Adjectives ending in -e follow these rules:

    "Dutch" Masculine Feminine
    Singular olandese olandese
    Plural olandesi olandesi
     
    To know more, go to Adjectives Agreement in Italian

    Foreign languages in Italian (English, Spanish, French)

    It's important to be able to say what language you speak in Italian.
    You'll notice that they look like the corresponding adjectives, in most of the cases.

    Italian

    English

    Italiano

    Italian

    Inglese

    English

    Spagnolo

    Spanish

    Francese

    French

    Portoghese

    Portuguese

    Tedesco

    German

    Olandese

    Dutch

    Russo

    Russian

    Polacco

    Polnish

    Ungherese

    Ungarian

    Cinese

    Chinese

    Giapponese

    Japanese

    Arabo

    Arabian

    Coreano

    Korean


    Cardinal directions (north, south,...)

    To explain where countries are, learn the cardinal directions.

    Italian English
    Nord North
    Sud South
    Est East
    Ovest West

     

    Short story

    Check out the following short story.

    Ciao a tutti! Mi chiamo Andrea e vengo dall'Italia. L'Italia si trova al sud dell'Europa.
    (Hi everyone! My name is Andrea and I come from Italy. Italy is in the south of Europe.)
    Qualche anno fa sono andato in Erasmus nel Regno Unito, e lì ho conosciuto dei ragazzi spagnoli, francesi, giapponesi e russi.
    (A few years ago I went on Erasmus in Great Britain and there I met some Spanish, French, Japanese and Russian guys.)
    Il mio migliore amico si chiama Paulo, ed è brasiliano. Lui viene dall'America del Sud, ma adesso è negli Stati Uniti per lavoro.
    (My best friend is called Paulo, he's Brazilian. He comes from south America, but now he is in the United States for work purposes.)
    La mia fidanzata è cinese, si chiama Lin. Grazie a lei ho già visitato molte città cinesi e la Cina in generale.
    (My girlfriend is Chinese, she's called Lin. Thanks to her I have already visited many Chinese cities and China in general.)
    Il mio sogno è di visitare l'Australia, ma non posso ancora permettermi un biglietto aereo.
    (My dream is to visit Australia, but I can't afford a plane ticket yet.)

    Exercises

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