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Italian translation: Parli inglese?

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06:56 Aug 24, 2001
English to Italian translations [Non-PRO]
English term or phrase: do you speak english
If the person who answer does not speak english
Janet Hudson
Italian translation:Parli inglese?
Explanation:
or

Parla inglese?

As usual, there are two phrases in Italian to translate "Do you...?" One uses the pronoun "tu" and requires the 2nd person singular, the other uses the pronoun "Lei" (with a capital "L", like the German "Sie") and requires the 3rd person singular. So you should say "tu parli inglese?" to someone you don't feel much inclined to be formal to, or a very young person, or "Lei parla inglese?" to someone older you want to be more formal to; but in Italian personal pronouns are often omitted, so you just select one form according to circumstances, and say it as I showed in the first two lines of this answer.
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Francesco D'Alessandro
Spain
Local time: 23:37
Grading comment
very good, thanks so much
4 KudoZ points were awarded for this answer



Summary of answers provided
na +2Parla inglese?
Kateabc
na +2Parli inglese?
Francesco D'Alessandro
naNon parli inglese, vero?
Lucia CDEL


  

Answers


6 mins peer agreement (net): +2
Parla inglese?


Explanation:
This is pronounced pahrlah eengglaysay.




    Berlitz Italian phrase book and Dictionary
Kateabc
Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish

Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
agree  gianfranco: alternatively: say something in English, anything really. If they stare at you with a blank face the answer is 'No'.
2 mins

agree  marcuccia
5 hrs
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10 mins
Non parli inglese, vero?


Explanation:
If you know that the person who answers does not speak english, you may say
Non parli inglese (affermative sentence)
or ask a question (that's what I propose), as when you say in english You don't speak english, do you?

Lucia CDEL
Local time: 00:37
Native speaker of: Native in ItalianItalian, Native in SpanishSpanish
PRO pts in pair: 10
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25 mins peer agreement (net): +2
Parli inglese?


Explanation:
or

Parla inglese?

As usual, there are two phrases in Italian to translate "Do you...?" One uses the pronoun "tu" and requires the 2nd person singular, the other uses the pronoun "Lei" (with a capital "L", like the German "Sie") and requires the 3rd person singular. So you should say "tu parli inglese?" to someone you don't feel much inclined to be formal to, or a very young person, or "Lei parla inglese?" to someone older you want to be more formal to; but in Italian personal pronouns are often omitted, so you just select one form according to circumstances, and say it as I showed in the first two lines of this answer.

Francesco D'Alessandro
Spain
Local time: 23:37
Native speaker of: Native in ItalianItalian
PRO pts in pair: 1056
Grading comment
very good, thanks so much

Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
agree  VERTERE: Preferisco > Parli inglese?
21 mins

agree  margari
3 hrs
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