Do you know how to say “you’re right” in Italian?
As we started talking about last week, Italian has some funny expressions with “have”. In this lesson, you’ll learn a really important one: to be right, or literally, to “have reason”.
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Vocabulary: How to say “you’re right” in Italian
- Hai ragione = you’re right
- Lo so = I know
- Ho sempre ragione = I’m always right
- Ha ragione = he/she’s right
- Abbiamo ragione = we’re right
- Avete ragione = youPlural are right
- Hanno ragione = they’re right
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Transcript: How to say “you’re right” in Italian
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Katie: Ciao a tutti e benvenuti a 5 Minute Italian. I’m Katie
Matteo: And I’m Matteo, ciao!
K: Last week, we started talking about some funny expressions with “have” in Italian. For example, in Italian, we don’t say “I am hungry”. We say “I have hunger”.
M: Ho fame
And I don’t say “I am my age” for example, I am thirty-six, I say I “have” my age: Ho trenta-sei anni
K: In this episode, we’re going to look at another really useful phrase that follows the same logic.
K: Let’s listen to a mini conversation that happens often in our house…
M: Lo so, ho sempre ragione
Whenever I say to Matteo “you’re right” (hai ragione) he always likes to reply with:
M: “I know, I’m always right”.
K: That’s why I try not to say it that often. To say you’re right, Italians literally say “you have reason”.
M: Hai ragione
K: Word for word, that’s:
Hai = you have
Ragione = reason
K: So thats you have, “hai” spelt h, a, i, but the h is silent.
K: Then ragione, spelt r-a-g-i-o-n-e
K: Let’s break down the reply too:
Lo so = I know
Ho = I have
Sempre = always
Ragione = reason
K: So to say “I’m right” we say “I have reason”
M: Ho ragione
K: That’s I have, spelt h-o, but the h is silent.
K: And to say “you’re right”, we say “you have reason”
M: Hai ragione
K: How would we say it for other people? If you know the forms of have (avere), it’s simple. If you don’t, no problem, we’ll do a quick review. How do we say “he or she has” in Italian?
K: Spelt h – a, but the h is silent. So how would you say “he’s right” or “she’s right” literally he or she has reason?
M: Ha ragione
K: And how do we say “we have”?
K: Spelt a-b-b-i-a-m-o. We’re right, or we have reason?
M: Abbiamo ragione
K: In Italian, we have a “you plural” form, which we use when we’re speaking to two or more people, a bit like saying “you both” or “you all” or even “y’all” or youse, if you have that form in your dialect. You have in the plural would be:
K: Spelt a – v- e- t- e. You all/both are right?
M: Avete ragione
K: Finally, they have?
K: Spelt h-a-n-n-o but the h is silent. They’re right?
M: Hanno ragione
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