In this lesson we’ll begin to look systematically at Italian irregular verbs. Irregular verbs don’t follow any particular pattern, so unfortunately you just have to memorise them. Some common verbs in Italian are unfortunately irregular.

“To Be” in Italian

Essere in Italian means to be.

Essere

“I am” in Italian

Io sono in Italian means I am.

Io sono

“You are” in Italian

Tu sei in Italian means you are.

Tu sei

Note, the Italian for “six” is also “sei”, so don’t get confused!

Lui è in Italian means he is.

Lui è

Remember, è, in Italian means “is”. Notice that the word for “and”, e, is also spelt with a single “e”. But “e” (and) doesn’t have an accent and is a completely different word.

Italian for “She is”

Lei è means she is.

Lei è

“We are” in Italian

Noi siamo means we are.

Noi siamo

“You are” in Italian

Voi siete is the Italian plural form of you are.

Voi siete

Italian for “They are”

Loro sono is Italian for they are.

Loro sono

Notice that “sono” can mean both “I am” and “they are”.

Io sono Marco means “I am Marco”.

Loro sono persone means “they are people”.

Exercises

Translate the following sentences into English.

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  1. Noi siamo persone.
  2. Loro sono ragazze?
  3. Io sono piccolo.
  4. Lei è una ragazza.
  5. Lui è un ragazzo.
  6. Voi siete grandi.
  7. Sei tu Marco?
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  1. We are people.
  2. Are they girls?
  3. I am small.
  4. I am a girl.
  5. He is a boy.
  6. You (plural) are big.
  7. Are you Mark?

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