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"Sto imparando italiano" or "Sto imparando l'italiano"?

Natives seem to disagree. If the second one is right, do you always say l'italiano? Like, "parlo l'italiano" for example?

For learning: Italian
Base language: English
Category: Language


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    The followings are correct forms, what you see in [...] is optional.

    Parli [l'] italiano ?
    Sai parlare l'italiano ? (if you use
    Per favore, parla in italiano, dato che sai farlo.
    Mi piace parlare in italiano.
    Sto imparando l'italiano
    Sto imparando la lingua italiana.

    As you can see in this case (that would also apply to 'inglese' or 'francese'),
    the context makes the difference.
    Actually if you ask educated natives, well ..., we all agree!

    The second one is correct. When you say "sto imparando italiano" here "italiano" is an adjectif and there is not a noun to which it refers. You have to use the article because the sencence sounds like " io sto imparando la lingua italiana" and "italiano" is used as noun. I hope helped you.


    Better: Sto imparando l'italiano.
    And no, sometimes you can omit "il", so you can both say: "Parlo italiano" (more current in italian) or "Parlo l'italiano".


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