How to say listen in Italian: senti and senta

How to say listen in Italian: senti and senta

Is it possible to say listen in Italian without sounding inappropriate?


Of course it is!


If English is your first language, this might sound a bit weird to you. You are probably not used to saying listen to anybody, as it would be quite rude.


But things are different in Italian and you can say listen to anybody.


Italian is quite a straightforward language, compared to others. It is, therefore, acceptable to use certain expressions that you wouldn’t normally dare to use in English.


You can use listen, for instance, to call someone’s attention because you have something to say to them.


This wouldn’t be disrespectful at all. By saying listen you are simply showing interest towards someone else.


It means that you want to talk specifically to them.


And the best part is that you can use it with anyone.


But what are the two ways of saying listen in Italian?


Whether you’re being formal or informal it doesn’t matter. You just have to adjust a little bit what you say.


For example, if you’re being informal, you have to say senti.


Whereas, if you’re being formal, you have to say senta.


But let’s have a look at some practical examples with senti and senta.


This Italian conversation pill will show you how to use senti and senta with some everyday examples.


So, press play and don’t forget to put senti and senta into practice after watching the video.


When can you use them?


Have you ever had a moment when you wanted to say senti or senta?


Think about it and make sure you start to use them from today.



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Gloria Spagnoli
Gloria Spagnoli
I help beginners of Italian take their first steps, speak from day one and learn Italian at their pace and by having fun.