The English verb “to need” has various translations in Italian. We can choose to specify the subject or use the impersonal construction where the subject is not specified. Learn how to talk about needs in Italian with this lesson.

Two Main Takeaways

  • The verb “bisogna” means “one needs” or “it’s necessary” in English. “Ho bisogno”, instead, means “I need”.
  • The expression “c’è bisogno” means “there is a need” in English.

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 #92: Alla Fine, Finalmente, Infine in Italian.
  • CLICK HERE to listen to episode #105: How to Use Basta, Abbastanza, and Mi Basta.
  • 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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