Do you agree?
Italians have a funny way of saying this – but there’s an easy way to remember it. Find out more in episode 73 of 5 Minute Italian.
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How to say I agree in Italian: Vocabulary
- Sono d’accordo = I agree
- Sono = I am
- Di = of
- Accordo = accord
- Non sono d’accordo = I don’t agree
- Sei d’accordo = you agree
- Sei d’accordo? = do you agree?
- È d’accordo = he/she agrees
- Siamo d’accordo = we agree
- Siete d’accordo = you all/both agree (you plural)
- Sono d’accordo = they agree (same as I agree)
- D’accordo? = agreed?
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How to say I agree in Italian: Transcript
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Katie: Ciao a tutti e benvenuti a 5 Minute Italian. I’m Katie
Matteo: And I’m Matteo, ciao!
K: And in today’s lesson, you’ll learn one of those really useful little phrases that you’ll find yourself saying all the time “I agree”. It’s different compared to in English, but it’s similar enough to be able to remember quite easily.
M: Sono d’accordo. Sei d’accordo?
K: Sì, sono d’accordo. Sei d’accordo?
M: No, non sono d’accordo.
K: In that silly little conversation, you heard lots of examples of how to say “I agree”. To say “I agree” in Italian, we say:
M: Sono d’accordo.
K: Let’s break it down. The first word of this expression is “sono”. Which means “I am”.
K: Then we’ve got the next part of the phrase:
K: Which is a d followed by an apostrophe. D – apostrophe – accordo. Di means “of” and accordo means accord. So taken together, it means “of accord”
M: Let’s listen to the phrase again: Sono d’accordo
K: Sono = I am; D’accordo = of accord. So Italians literally say “I am of accord”.
M: So the next time you want to say “I agree” in Italian, just think “I am of accord”. Sono d’accordo.
K: And there are a couple of interesting little things to say about this phrase. The first is the d apostrophe.
M: This happens because when you have the word “di” before a vowel, you can change the i into an apostrophe.
K: And if you’re thinking right about now that it would be nice to see this written down, you’ll find the transcript by going to our website, you’ll find details at the end of the episode.
M: So the rule is: when you have di before a vowel, like the a in accordo, you can use d apostrophe if you like. In most cases it’s optional, but when you have fixed phrases like “d’accordo”, the d apostrophe is the standard form.
K: The second thing is that normally when you say “sono” as in “I am”, the describing word that comes after has to agree with the gender of the person.
M: For example, an American man would say “sono Americano”, while a woman would say “sono AmericanA”.
K: But this doesn’t happen with this phrase. Because we have the “di” in the middle. So I’m not assigning a quality to myself, like with a nationality. I’m talking about a thing – a bit like saying “I’m of the opinion.” So we know how to say “I agree” or “I am of accord” which is:
M: Sono d’accordo.
K: How would you say “I don’t agree”?
M: Non sono d’accordo.
K: And there are all the other people as well, so you agree. All you need to do is change the first word. In the first one, we have “I am d’accordo”, which is “sono d’accordo”. How would you say “you are”
K: So you agree (literally, you are of accord)
M: Sei d’accordo.
K: And you can ask this as a question, like you heard at the beginning:
M: Sei d’accordo?
M: How do you say “he/she is”
K: So he or she agrees would be:
M: è d’accordo
K: And how do you say “we are”?
K: We agree:
M: Siamo d’accordo.
K: Then in Italian we’ve got the you plural, which is a bit like saying “you all” or “you both are”. Do you know how to say this in Italian?
K: You all/both agree
M: Siete d’accordo
K: And finally “they are” which is handy because it’s exactly the same as “I am”:
K: They agree
M: Sono d’accordo.
K: To make sure you remember how to say “I agree” in Italian, head over to our website joyoflanguages.com/italianpodcast and scroll down to episode 73. You’ll see all of this written down and get bonus materials like a quiz and flashcards. And you can join our Facebook group by going to facebook.com/groups/5.minute.italian/, where you’ll find our fab community who practises chatting in Italian together.
Ciao for now, see you next time or as we say in Italian,
M: Alla prossima!
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