The complete guide to small talk in Italian #2

Here you can find the first part of this article

 

I live in………. (city/country)

If the city or country in which you are leaving now is different from the city/country where you come from, you can use one of these two verbs vivo (from the verb vivere) or abito (from the verb abitare). Both can be translate with to live.

You just have to pay attention to the preposition you need to use. Again prepositions?! Yes my dears, but it’s so easy!

You need the preposition a if you are talking about a city.
Examples: vivo/abito a Roma; vivo/abito a Milano; vivo/abito a Firenze.

You need the preposition in if you are talking about a country.
Examples: vivo/abito in Germania; vivo/abito in Italia; vivo/abito in Francia.

 

Exceptions:
vivo/abito negli Stati Uniti; vivo/abito nelle Filippine

 

I live in………. (city)=
abito/vivo a + city
abito/vivo in/negli/nelle + country

Useful questions:
Dove vivi? = Where do you live?
Dove abiti? = Where do you live?

 

I’m….years old.

 

Remember that in Italian we express the age with the verb avere (to have) not with the verb essere (to be). Therefore, you need the construction avere + number + anni that correspond to to be…years old.

I’m….years old = io ho….anni
Don’t know numbers in Italian? Here you can find numbers from 0 to 20 and here the other numbers.

 

Useful questions:

Quanti anni hai? = how old are you?
My birthday is on……..

Et voilà something even easier! This is the first part of the sentence il mio compleanno è il the translation is literal (in Italian there is the definite article in addition).

Then you need to say when your birthday is, the construction is simply number + month. Some examples:

Il mio compleanno è il cinque gennaio.
Il mio compleanno è il venti aprile.
Il mio compleanno è il tredici dicembre.

 

Exceptions:
il mio compleanno è il primo febbraio.
il mio compleanno è l’otto maggio.

 

My birthday is on……..= il mio compleanno è il number+month

 

Useful questions:
Quando è il tuo compleanno? = When is your birthday?

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