Learn conversational Italian using the verb “volere”.
A famous Italian dramatist and poet of the 18th century, Vittorio Alfieri, after the success of his first drama, Cleopatra, became so determined to study, learn and write more, that he asked his servants to tie him tight to his chair with rope while he was working on new pieces, to avoid distraction. His motto was “volli, sempre volli, fortissimamente volli”. I wanted, always wanted, very strongly wanted.
If your New Year’s resolution is learning Italian, you have to practice the verb “volere”, want. Voglio imparare l’italiano, I want to learn Italian, is going to be your new mantra.
Today we are going to learn some alternative uses of the verb volere and a few idioms. Sentences will be in Italian, try to translate them.
As you can see, when we combine a verb with some pronouns, like CI and NE, we can change completely the original meaning. For example, just adding CI to volere, we change it from “want” to “be necessary”.
And now some set phrases, proverbs and idioms with volere:
These are just a few examples, good for beginners to practice and for more advanced students to make their Italian more natural. Hopefully, this brief post on the Italian verb volere will give you some motivation for learning our beautiful language.
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