Parla Italiano: Lesson 5

Ciao!  Today we are going to learn the days of the week (I giorni della settimana) and the months of the year (I mesi dell’anno).  Unlike in North America, the Italian week begins on Monday.  Let’s begin –

I Giorni della Settimana
lunedì (Monday)
martedì (Tuesday)
mercoledì (Wednesday)
giovedì (Thursday)
venerdì (Friday)
sabato (Saturday)
domenica (Sunday)

Fun Fact –  When a religious festival or holiday falls on a Tuesday or Thursday Italians will often “fanno il ponte”  or make a four day holiday by taking off the Monday or Friday respectively.

Some other useful words are oggi (today), domani (tomorrow), dopodomani (the day after tomorrow), ieri (yesterday), and l’altroieri (the day before yesterday).  Now you can ask/answer the following questions:

  • Che giorno è oggi?(What day is today?)  Oggi è lunedì. (Today is Monday)
  • Quando parti? (When do you leave?) Parto martedì. (I leave Tuesday)
  • Quando giochi a tennis? (When do you play tennis?) Gioco a tennis il mercoledì e il venerdì. (I play tennis Wednesday and Friday)
  • Quando non lavori? (When are you off work?) Non lavoro la domenica. (I don’t work Sunday)

Now, we continue the lesson with the months of the year.

I Mesi dell’Anno
gennaio (January)
febbraio (February)
marzo (March)
aprile (April)
maggio (May)
giugno (June)
luglio (July)
agosto (August)
settembre (September)
ottobre (October)
novembre (November)
dicembre (December)
  • Quando sei nato? (When were you born?) Sono nata a novembre. (I was born in November)
  • Quando vai in vancanza? (When do you go on vacation?) Vado in vacanza ad agosto. (I go on vacation in August)

Join us in June for our final classes of the school year (June 5 & 19) before we break for summer holidays.  To join us email Andrew for reservations.  And as always, we leave you with a little video.  Ciao ciao.

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