Language Lunedi’  – Conjugating the Verb “To Be”

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Ok, so in the past weeks, we have had some fun with False Friends and the fact that I was able to tie George Clooney into a language post.

This week’s lesson is a bit more serious….we are going to work with the verb “to be”  essere in Italian.  We will look at the simple present of this verb.


Well…ok…even though we are not talking about George Clooney this week….we did make reference to him…so why not include a pic too.

Now onto serious stuff….essere is an irregular verb….here is the conjugation below:


I am:                             io sono

you are:                        tu sei

he/she is:                     lui/lei e’


we are:                          noi siamo

you (y’all*)  are:          voi siete

(*because…ehmmmm…I am from Texas)

they are:                       loro sono

In Italian, once the verb is conjugated, using the pronoun is optional.  See below:

For example, you could say:

Io sono una ragazza americana.

(I am an American girl.)


Sono una ragazza americana.

(I am an American girl.)

(and yes, I still consider myself a ragazza and not a donna – ragazza meaning girl and donna meaning woman)

Other quick examples of the conjugated verb to be:

E’ vero. 

(It’s true.)

E’ una bella giornata.

(It’s a nice day.)

To make the negative of these sentences simply add:  Non

Non e’ vero.

(It’s not true.)

Non sono americana.

(I am not American.)

That is it for today…..but if you have questions….PLEASE WRITE ME! 🙂

Buona giornata a tutti!

Photo Attributions:

George: Trelawney3

2 Comments on “Language Lunedi’  – Conjugating the Verb “To Be”

  1. Very good!!! Today I greeted two girls, tourists in Italian! : Bona sera seniorite! I wanted to ask you how to say for a man (masculine mode) “Non sono Americana”? “Io non sono American” and ho to say “Io non sono Enlese? (English, Italian)”

    • Hi Tofan! Sorry for the delay in responding! Good job with your Italian! You are correct that Italian differentiates between the masculine and feminine. In English, if you are a woman or a man, we would say, “I am American.” In Italian, I would say, “Non sono AmericanA.” (the feminine version) You would say, “Non sono AmericanO.” As most masculine endings will be expressed with an “o” and feminine endings with an “a.” To answer your other question, it would be: “Io non sono inglese.” “Io non sono italiano.” (I am not English, I am not Italian respectively).

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