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We're coving the 10 most important things to know to get by in Italian. First, we looked at Italian greetings, at the common courtesies, and asking questions. Last week, we looked at things you will need, numbers, and directions. And this week we started with some basic Italian verbs. Today, we'll look at some descriptive words.

8. Descriptive words


The descriptive nature of adjectives, and their superlative forms the comaratives, makes them the necessary ingredient for expressing opinions, feelings, and sensations. These are the words that describe how you feel as well as how you feel about something.


piĆ¹
more

meno
less

buono
good/well

malo
badly

bello
good/nice

cattivo
bad

migliore
better

peggiore
worse

carino
pretty

brutto
ugly

caldo
warm

freddo
cold

grosso
large

piccolo
small

alto
high

basso
low

lungo
long

corto
short

un po'
a bit


That's probably all you need to learn, for survival in another country.

Notes


The first thing I'm noticing, now that I've actually started going through the work of spelling these out, is that this really could be #3 or #4, rather than waiting until #8. A person could literally just point at something and say bella (nice), or grossa (big), and the meaning would be immediately clear without any other sentence structure around it. Also, some of these words would make good general-use answers to basic questions like come sta? (how are you?)

 

 

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