• 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]
  • This lesson will teach you some vocabulary concerning the family.

    List of family members in Italian

    Parents and children (dad, son) 

    Famiglia

    Family

    Genitori

    Parents

    Padre
    Papà

    Father
    Dad

    Madre
    Mamma

    Mother
    Mom

    Moglie Wife
    Marito Husband

    Figli
    Bambini

    Children/Kids

    Figlio

    Son

    Figlia

    Daughter

    Fratello

    Brother

    Sorella

    Sister

    Gemelli Twins

    Gemello (M)
    Gemella (F)

    Twin

     

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    Grandparents and grandchildren (grandmother, grandfather)
     

    Nonni

    Grandparents

    Nonni Grandparents

    Nonno

    Grandfather

    Nonna

    Grandmother

    Nipote (invariable)

    Grandson/Granddaughter

    Bisnonno

    Great-grandfather

    Bisnonna

    Great-grandmother

    Avo

    Ancestor

    To distinguish maternal and paternal grandparents, use the adjectives Materno and Paterno.
    Remember these adjectives change according to gender and number!
     

    Italian English
    Nonno paterno Paternal grandfather
    Nonne materne Maternal grandmothers

     

    Uncle, aunt, cousin and nephew in Italian

    Parenti

    Relatives

    Zio

    Uncle

    Zia

    Aunt

    Nipote (invariable)

    Nephew

    Cugino (M)
    Cugina (F)

    Cousin


    Keep in mind some peculiarities.

    The following words could be easily confused.

    enlightenedRemember: Parenti ≠ Parents
                                  Parenti → Relatives
                                  Parents → Genitori

    The Italian language makes no distinctions when talking about nephews.

    enlightened Nipote is used both for Nephew/Nice and Grandson/Granddaughter.

     

    Family-in-law (Brother-in-law...)

    Suoceri

    Parents-in-law

    Suocero

    Father-in-law

    Suocera

    Mother-in-law

    Cognato

    Brother-in-law

    Cognata

    Sister-in-law

    Genero

    Son-in-law

    Nuora

    Daughter-in-law

     

    Stepfamily

    Famiglia acquista

    Family-in-law

    Patrigno

    Stepfather

    Matrigna

    Stepmother

    Fratellastro

    Stepbrother

    Sorellastra

    Stepsister

     

    Relationship status (single, married, divorced)

    Stato civile Civil status

    Single (Invariable)
    Celibe (M)
    Nubile (F)

    Single

    Fidanzato (M)
    Fidanzata (F)
    Taken/Engaged

    Sposato (M)
    Sposata (F)

    Married

    Divorziato (M)
    Divorziata (F)

    Divorced

    Vedovo (M)
    Vedova (F)

    Widower
    Widow

    Separato (M)
    Separato (F)

    Separated

    Talking about family in Italian

    The following expressions can be useful when talking about your family.

    Italian English
    Nella mia famiglia siamo in (numero) In my family we are in (number)
    Mio papà si chiama (nome) My dad is called (name)
    Hai dei fratelli o sorelle? Do you have any siblings?
    Lei è mia moglie. She is my wife.
    I miei genitori sono separati. My parents are separated.

    Short story

    Check out the following short shory.

    La famiglia Rossi (The Rossi's)

    Mi chiamo Marco e ho 7 anni. (My name is Marco and I am 7 years old.)
    Mio papà si chiama Luigi e mia mamma si chiama Anna. Sono sposati da 19 anni. (My dad is called Luigi and my mom is called Anna. They have been married for 19 years.)
    Ho anche una sorella, Martina, e un fratello, Michele. (I also have a sister, Martina, and a brother, Michele.)
    Martina è fidanzata con Andrea da 6 mesi e Michele è single. (Martina has been dating Andrea for 6 months, and Michele is single.)
    Voglio molto bene ai miei nonni. (I really love my granparents.)
    Mio nonno paterno si chiama Francesco, ed è vedovo. (My paternal grandfather is called Francesco and he is a widower.)
    Mia nonna materna si chiama Alessandra e mio nonno materno Lorenzo. (My maternal grandmother is called Alessandra and my maternal grandfather is called Lorenzo.)
    Ho solo un cugino, che si chiama Thomas. Andiamo molto d'accordo e giochiamo spesso insieme! (I have only one cousin, whose name is Thomas. We get along really well and play often together!)