Impariamo l’italiano

Taken near Rome during Holy Week 2016

Personal pronouns

The subject pronouns in Italian are:

  • Io – I
  • Tu – Singular You
  • Lui – He
  • Lei – She
  • Esso/Essa – It (archaic and literary)
  • Noi – We
  • Voi – Plural You / You all
  • Loro – They (speaking of people)
  • Essi/Esse – They (archaic and literary)

The verb is always conjugated to match the subject, and the subject is only specified for clarity or emphasis.


Articles have to match gender and number of the noun they refer to.

The singular determinate articles (the) are:

  • Lo – masculine, used before Z, S+consonant, GN, and some rarer consonant clusters.
  • Il – masculine, used before consonants except the above.
  • La – feminine, used before all consonants.
  • L’ – an elision of the above used before vowels.

The indeterminate articles (a/an) are:

  • Uno – masculine, used before Z, S+consonant, GN, and some rarer consonant clusters.
  • Un – masculine, used in all other cases.
  • Una – feminine, used before all consonants.
  • Un’ – feminine, used before vowels.

New Favorite Book (so far…at 22 years old!)

If you’re curious what this book is all about, the author will explain her story (not necessarily what’s in the book) in the first half of this video:

I was inspired by this book. I want EVERYONE to read it, but I understand that the likelihood of this occurring after this sentence’s plea is SLIM-TO-NONE. So I’m taking the tone out of the book and applying it to my blog, in the hopes that it will inspire you to care about the pages that scream Truth hidden under this somewhat-cheesy title, Kisses from Katie.


I will blog in diary-form today in honor of Katie’s choice to share many diary entries in her book, which brought her words into the New York Time’s bestseller list. I hope that my words will just bring you to read her words.

August 9:

I had a beautiful day. I felt more love than…

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Ann: When Words Don’t Suffice

There’s this super special best friend for life/basically-sister/mind-reader I have, and I want everyone else to know about this priceless person who is called Ann Duevel by many and Duev by a select few. First of all, Duev treats me well when it would be difficult to do so…through the ‘stickier’ parts of who I am,…

The Wake-Up Moment

(Julia defines) ‘The Wake-Up Moment’- a situation (often slightly dangerous) that allows you to take a moment to evaluate where your life is going, what you want to get out of it, and if you’re on the path to make it to these essential goals.

I have ‘wake-up moments’ every time I’m in an area with grizzly bears, or wolves. I have ‘wake-up moments’ right when a flight is taking off or touching down. I had ‘wake-up moments’ in the few times I’ve ever been seriously sick enough to get really worried about a future (I was overreacting terribly, all was taken care of correctly each time– just some lag time due to the language barrier in understanding that!).

I just had another ‘wake-up moment’ yesterday when walking to my duplex from my lovely friend Claire’s apartment-I was walking on the sidewalk behind the baseball fields at my school, and I…

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Looking Back: Grateful for Every Moment

.. I’m grateful for every moment, but the beautiful moments are the easiest to appreciate initially. Now that I’m not going through particular difficult moments, I’m just as grateful for the growth and needed change they allowed me. Sometimes life can get you a little down, as though the moments now are harder than they’ve been…

To the Root // Hasta La Raíz

I challenge you to read over these song lyrics with this thought: it was argued in my *AaaaaaMAZING* Kairos retreat that this song could only refer to God’s love, considering how strong the love is described. What are your thoughts, readers? The lyrics are below… (song by Natalie Lafourcade) I go on crossing rivers roaming forests loving the…