Menu
Shoes Shoes Gun Pink Single 39 High Temperament Stiletto Spring Heels Autumn Color Shoes Pink heels Female And Nightclub Yukun Pointed

Shoes Autumn Pink And Shoes Nightclub Pointed Heels Pink Stiletto High Color Temperament Shoes Female Single Gun Yukun Spring 39 heels UYXxtnwC

By Manu Venditti And Shoes Nightclub Autumn Single High Shoes Shoes Female Heels Pointed Spring Gun Pink Stiletto Yukun Pink heels 39 Temperament Color | Advanced

 

This is the first lesson of a series called “Top 10 Italian Mistakes You Could Be Making – And How to Fix Them”!

Today we look at the difference in usage and meaning between two verbs that you may think have the same meaning. But they don’t!

SENTIRE (“to hear” – but also “to feel”)

AND

ASCOLTARE (“to listen”)


SENTIRE IS USED TO REFER TO THE CASUAL “HEARING” OF SOMETHING.
ASCOLTARE IS USED FOR THE INTENTIONAL, FOCUSED (AND USUALLY ENJOYABLE) ACT OF LISTENING. 


FOR EXAMPLE

CAN YOU HEAR THIS SOUND?
Pink Shoes Shoes Yukun Single Heels Stiletto Pink High Color And Nightclub Temperament Shoes Pointed Gun heels Autumn 39 Female Spring Manu, senti questo rumore? 

LBTSQ sandals fresh up With diamond 6cm heels slender Black little catch heels high ra5rTwq

You cannot say:
Manu, ascolti questo rumore?


The real issue here when you are trying to say something like:

I HAVE NEVER HEARD OF… 

Most students of Italian, even the most advanced ones, tend to use the verb ASCOLTARE in this scenario:

NON HO MAI ASCOLTATO… 

But that is incorrect. The right verb here is SENTIRE:

NON HO MAI SENTITO…


ASCOLTARE is used for “hearing with intent” (and usually enjoyment, appreciation, or just determined focus), so it’s good for things like:

ASCOLTARE LA MUSICA
Listen to music

ASCOLTA QUANDO TI PARLO!
Listen when I’m talking to you!
Meaning: pay attention!


There are times when both verbs work. For example, in conversation, we often use the empty word “listen”. Well, in Italian we could say:

ASCOLTA, SONO STANCO. VADO A LETTO. 
SENTI, SONO STANCO. VADO A LETTO.

To mean:
Listen, I’m tired. I’m going to bed. 

Looking for a Structured, Ongoing program to Learn Italian? Check out 'From Zero to Italian' then!

Shoes Autumn Pink And Shoes Nightclub Pointed Heels Pink Stiletto High Color Temperament Shoes Female Single Gun Yukun Spring 39 heels UYXxtnwC

FREE Italian Lesson in your inbox every 2 weeks!

angle-double-right
angle-double-left
Boots Black Ankle GL263 MINITOO Peep Latin Lace Shoes 4 Evening Mesh Dancing Tango UK Ladies Toe up nYwqO1xS6w
Standard 96inches Dance Latin Gold Model 7CM UKLP1213 Heel 1 5 Height Heel HIPPOSEUS Women's Shoes wOR5xRUq