They’re called indefinite for a reason.
Once they’re used, you can’t be sure what that person is speaking about exactly.
Which works marvelously if you want to say broad sweeping statements like “Oh yes. I know someone in Rome. We vacation together a lot.”
Or “Everybody I know has some houses along the Southern French border.”
On a more serious note, they’re used to describe:
You get the picture.
They’re pretty easy to use in actual conversation, give or take a few tweaks, and once you put them in your Anki and study them for a couple of days, you’ll be good to go.
Here are the most popular indefinite pronouns:
— Dovunque – Everywhere, anywhere (used more often in conversation)
— Ovunque – Wherever, anywhere (seen more often in literature)
— Chiunque – Whomever
— Qualunque – Any, whatever, whichever
— Ogni – Each
— Qualche – Some
— Ognuno – Everyone, each one
— Qualcuno – Someone, anyone
— Alcuni/e – Some
— Qualcosa – Something
— Tutti/e – Everybody, all
— Tutto – Everything
Here is how they’re used in actual conversation
— Ogni giorno – Every day
— Qualcosa da bere – Something to drink
— Qualcosa da mangiare – Something to eat
— Poi, alcune persone mi hanno detto che gli uomini italiani fischiano alle donne e le infastidischono. – Then some people told me that Italian men whistle at the women and bother them.
— Prima di arrivare, ho anche imparato qualche parola in italiano. – Before arriving, I learned some words in Italian.
— Tutte le persone del sud Italia sono simpatiche. – All of the people in Southern Italy are nice.
— E che tutti gli stereotipi sono sbagliati. – And that all of the stereotypes are wrong.