In this episode, we learn how to conjugate verbs in Italian. In linguistics, to conjugate means to change the base form of the verb so that it agrees with the subject, the tense, the mood, and the voice.

Two Main Takeaways

  • The main rule to conjugate verbs in Italian is to take the infinitive form, remove the final three letters, and then add the appropriate endings.
  • While in English verbs don’t change much based on the subject pronoun, in Italian verbs do change. That means that when we are talking in the first person “I”, we use a specific verb form; when we are talking to a person “you”, we use another specific verb form. This rule applies to all persons.

Three Action Steps

  • Listen to the Italian lesson with the player above, on Apple Podcasts, or on Spotify.
  • Download this episode’s printable guide. You can find it here.
  • Take the instant-score quiz below to test your understanding of the lesson.

Links Mentioned and Other Resources

  • CLICK HERE to listen to episode #1: “Essere” or “Avere” with the Passato Prossimo?
  • CLICK HERE to listen to episode #60: Opposite Italian Verbs.
  • CLICK HERE to get the Irregular Past Participles Learning Map, a guide summarizing the most common irregular past participles in Italian.

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