Basic Italian Verbs

Basic Italian Verbs 2017-03-20T16:46:21+00:00

Verbs describe movement or action. You’ll need them whenever you want to talk about what you, somebody or something else does, did or wants to do. Essential stuff. Memorize the verbs below and you’ll be well equipped for most basic Italian conversations.

This lesson is part of the chapter “Learning Italian“.

Basic Words & Phrases: Verbs

Important verbs

EnglishItalianPronunciation
(Audio)
(to) be
essere
(to) have
avere
(to) do / (to) make
fare
creare costruire

can / (to) know how to
può
(to) know (how)
sapere
(to) know / (to) be acquainted with
conoscere
essere a conoscenza

(to) understand
capire
(to) speak / (to) talk
parlare
conversare

(to) listen to
ascoltare
(to) hear
sentire
(to) see
vedere
(to) feel
sentire
(to) live
vivere
(to) want
volere
(to) need
avere bisogno
(to) like
piacere
(to) love
amare
(to) give
dare
(to) take
prendere
(to) play
giocare
(to) laugh
ridere
(to) come
venire
(to) go
andare
(to) go by […] (e.g. by car)
passare
(to) write
scrivere
(to) read
leggere
(to) count
contare
(to) pronounce
pronunciare
(to) spell
dettare
(to) conjugate
coniugare
(to) remember
ricordare
(to) forget
dimenticare
(to) eat
mangiare
(to) try
provare
(to) use
usare
(to) open
aprire
(to) close
chiudere
(to) greet / (to) welcome
salutare
dare il benvenuto

(to) begin
iniziare
(to) end
finire

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