Duolingo Italian: Food 1.1

14 Jan

Duolingo has redone their interface on both the website and mobile apps (well android, I have no ios devices). The biggest change on the mobile devices is that it is fast. Before you would submit an answer, it would think for a while and then tell you that you were correct (hopefully). Now it seems to do all the loading at the beginning so the classes go much more smoothly. I can’t tell you how much the web interface has changed: I never really used it. Although I really should: it gives you much more details and now there are bonus skills you can unlock with your lingots.

On todays lesson: food 1. In the food lessons you mostly learn the name of common foods and words related to food like cook, kitchen and cook.


Cioccolato: chocolate (singular and masculine oddly enough)

Biscotto: biscuit (or cookie) (singular and masculine). Biscotti is a common enough word in English, which is actually the plural

Crema: cream (singular and feminine).

Gelato: icecream (singular and masculine). Another one that is common in English. I made the mistake of not translating the gelato to icecream as I’m so use to using it in English.


Latte: the milk (masculine)

Caffè: coffee (singular and masculine). Technically what in Australia we call a latte, is actually a caffè latte, or coffee milk


Tazza: cup (singular feminine). This is a cup as in a tea cup or coffee cup. If you were feeling fancy you could say Il caffè nella tazza.


Al: at/to the. This is a bit of an odd one. In Italian when you have a phrase like “in the” (e.g. in il) or “at the”, you combine the two words to make one word. And then you have to be careful to get the gender and plurals all done properly as well. Al is one of them, it essentially means at the or to the (singular plural). In this context it is used when describing the flavour of something, e.g. crema al cioccolato is chocolate cream.



The chocolate (masculine)

Article noun plural English
Il cioccolato Singular The chocolate
I coccolati Plural The chocolates

The cream (feminine)

Article noun plural English
La crema Singular The cream
Le creme Plural The creams (?)

The biscuit (masculine)

Article noun plural English
Il biscotto Singular The biscuit
I biscotti Plural The biscuits

The cup (feminine)

Article noun plural English
La tazza Singular The cup
Le tazze Plural The cups

The milk (masculine)

Article noun plural English
Il latte Singular The milk
I latti Plural The milks (?)

The icecream (masculine)

Article noun plural English
Il gelato Singular The gelato
I gelati Plural The gelati

The coffee (masculine)

Article noun plural English
Il caffè Singular The coffee
I caffè Plural The coffees


To the

Preposition noun Plural/Gender “Equivalent” Example Italian Example English
alle plural/feminine a + le Lui legge alle ragazze He writes to the girls
ai plural/masculine a + ie Lui legge ai ragazzi He writes to the boys
agli plural/masculine a + gli Lui legge agli uomini He writes to the men
all’ singular/feminine a + l’ Lui legge all’ acqua He writes to the water
allo singular/masculine a + lo Lui legge allo squalo He writes to the shark
al singular/masculine a + il Lui legge al ragazzo He writes to the boy
alla singular/feminine a + la Lui legge alla ragazza He writes to the girl


I had to look up some of the plurals (the thought of a plural for milk to me is still odd, but then I’m happy to see coffees as being a plural. Maybe because a coffee is considered a discrete unit most of the time, where milk isn’t). I mostly used Zap Italian and Wiktionary.


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