12Sentences.com is inspired by Tim Ferriss' grammar 'deconstruction' method from โ€˜The 4 Hour Chef' - his book on accelerated learning.


Tim's method includes having a native speaker translate sentences like 'I give John the apple' - to help decode the building blocks of a language.

Some kind language speakers have added their translations and recordings to this project. To suggest which languages to add next - vote in the poll.


Tim's method includes having a native speaker translate sentences like 'I give John the apple' - to help decode the building blocks of a language.

Some kind language speakers have added their translations and recordings to this project. To suggest which languages to add next - vote in the poll.

Tim Ferriss' 12 Sentences to deconstruct ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น Italian grammar

Ciao! Iโ€™m Deborah and I am a teaching professional with 15 years experience. I am a native Italian speaker and currently live in Salerno, in the South of Italy, not far from the world-famous Amalfi coast, Positano and Capri.

1. The apple is red. La mela รจ rossa
2. It is Johnโ€™s apple. รˆ la mela di John
3. I give John the apple. Do la mela a John / Do a John la mela
4. We give him the apple. Gli diamo la mela

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5. He gives it to John. Lui la dร  a John
6. She gives it to him. Lei gliela dร 
7. Is the apple red? La mela รจ rossa?
8. The apples are red. Le mele sono rosse
9. I must give it to him. Devo dargliela / Devo darla a lui
10. I want to give it to her. Voglio dargliela/ Voglio darla a lei
11. I'm going to know tomorrow. Lo saprรฒ domani
12. I can't eat the apple. Non posso mangiare la mela
โ˜… I have eaten the apple. Ho mangiato la mela

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