We have learned here that you can express what you like or what you like with mi piace or mi piacciono. But what do you say when someone else likes something? This is where the indirect pronouns come into play!
Gli piace la pasta
Read and listen to the following short texts and pay attention to how to say in Italian WHO likes something.
As you have seen, we have the following possibilities to say WHO likes something:
A + Name: A Cody piace; A Kira piace
indirect pronoun: gli piace; le piace
Cody likes fruit.
He really likes pumpkins.
The indirect pronouns
The pronouns we use with piacere are called indirect pronouns (pronomi indiretti) and are the following:
|mi piace||I like|
|ti piace||you like|
|gli, le piace|
|he, she likes|
You like (polite form)
|ci piace||we like|
|vi piace||you all like|
|gli piace||they like|
These pronouns corresponds normally to: (to) me, (to) you, (to) him/her, (to) us, (to) you, (to) them. In order to understand the use of these pronouns with the verb piacere, you can think at the verb delight:
mi piace la pizza pizza delights me
mi piacciono gli gnocchi gnocchi delight me
Impara con Kira e Cody
dal calendario 2019
Ti piace...? Do you like...?
Mi piace...! I like...!
+ Verbo all'infinito Infinite verb
Kira: "What do you like to do in the evening?"
Cody: "I like to watch TV. I often watch a documentary."
Mi piace + Singular I like + singular
Mi piacciono + Plural I like + plural
Cody: "What do you like to watch?"
Kira: "I love TV shows."
"I love Game of Thrones."
"I don't like western movies."
Kira: "Do you like to play cards?"
Cody e amici: "Yes, we like it very much!"
Volpe: "I like it!"
They like to play cards.
Cody and I do a lot of things.
We really like to read and watch TV.
Cody likes fantasy series very much.
He also likes action movies.
We also like to go to the sea and to the mountains.
I like swimming in the sea and sunbathing!
In the mountains I like to do long walks in nature.
Cody also really likes to camp:
He likes to sleep in tents and watch the stars.
guardare la TV to watch TV
leggere to read
andare al mare to go to the sea
andare in montagna to go to the mountains
fare il bagno to bath
prendere il sole to sunbathe
fare una camminata to go on a hike, for a walk
andare in campeggio to go camping
dormire in tenda to sleep in a tent
guardare le stelle to look at the stars
Write sentences using the verb piacere and the indirect pronoun.
Example: Le piace andare al lago. She likes going to the sea.
Le piace andare al parco. She likes to go to the park
Le piace incontrarsi con gli amici. She likes to meet friends.
Le piace andare in pizzeria. She likes to go to the pizzeria.
Gli piace andare in montagna. He likes to go to the mountains.
Gli piace fare lunghe camminate. He likes to take long walks.
Gli piace andare in campeggio. He likes to go camping.
Gli piace andare al ristorante. He likes to go to restaurants.
Note: If you want to use the noun, like "Kira likes...", you must first add the preposition a: "A Kira piace andare al parco", "A Cody piace andare in montagna".
Cody: "And what do you like to do?"
Sample answer: Mi piace molto andare in bicicletta, mi piace fare passeggiate, mi piace anche leggere.
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- Question 1 of 3
Vi piace giocare a carte? No, non ____ piace molto.Correct
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Quali frasi sono corrette? Più di una risposta.Correct
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Sostituisci i nomi con i pronomi indiretti come nell’esempio:
A Francesca piace leggere.
Le piace leggere.
- A mio padre piace andare in bici. (Gli) piace andare in bici.
- A Fiona piace uscire con gli amici. (Le) piace uscire con gli amici.
- A Cody e Kira non piace lavorare. Non (gli) piace lavorare.
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