The Italian verbs “essere” and “stare” can be confusing for Italian learners because they both translate into “to be” in English. Listen to this podcast episode to learn exactly when and how to use “essere”, and when and how to use “stare” in Italian.

Two Main Takeaways

  • The verb “essere” is mostly used to tell our name, and to talk about nationality, occupation, origin, and emotions.
  • The verb “stare” is mostly used to talk about health, to state an opinion, and for location when implying that we’re not leaving.

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 #57: The Verbs Essere and Esserci.
  • CLICK HERE to listen to episode #14: How to Conjugate Verbs in Italian.
  • CLICK HERE to get the Italian Verb Blueprint, a guide for conjugating all regular Italian verbs.

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