If you’ve been learning Italian for awhile, you’ve probably been confused more than a few times about why a specific preposition was chosen.
Like, why do they say “Vado IN via Lambertesca – I’m going to Lambertesca street” instead of “Vado A via Lambertesca?”
Well, sometimes the biggest issue with prepositions is that you don’t know what you don’t know.
To help you figure out where you might have gaps (or like I did a couple years ago, wiiiiiide canyons) in knowledge, my team & I put together this free quiz on prepositions.
It’s challenging, eye opening, and we hope that it helps you get real about where you are so you make meaningful, oh-so-satisfying progress toward being conversational.
It’s also a bit long and must be done in one sitting. So if you don’t have 20-25 minutes right now, you may want to bookmark it until you have some more time.
Now, HUGE DISCLAIMER, this quiz is anything but easy. I didn’t try to make it difficult in order to make you suffer (I promise). It’s just that prepositions are complex and their usages are entirely independent on the words around them.
It’s hard to learn something that often doesn’t have set-in-stone rules.
I don’t want your final score to discourage you at all. In fact, I want you to see your final score as a challenge for how much you can learn and to see what is possible if you decide to take the 7-Week Italian Prepositions Challenge.
See it as an opportunity, and please, for the love all of that is Italian, don’t beat yourself up about it.
I know you’ll be tempted to, but remember, your #1 goal here is to learn, not to impress yourself.
Let this be a safe space for feeling uncomfortable, for growth and for feeling the kind of satisfaction that can only come from overcoming difficult challenges.
If you’re ready to take it now, there are two ways:
1.) Download the PDF version of the questions and answers to take the quiz on your computer / tablet.
2.) Take out a sheet of paper to write down the answers to the following questions. Then download the PDF version to check your answers.
SECTION 1: FILL-IN-THE-BLANK
1.) Fra poco tornerò ___________ te, perché non riesco ___________ rimanere lontano ___________’Italia. – In a little bit, I will return to your place, because I can’t stay far from Italy.
2.) ___________ 2001, ___________ dicembre, io e la mia famiglia siamo andati ___________ Pisa. – In 2001, in December, me and my family went to Pisa.
3.) Sono andato/a ___________ Liguria ___________ una vacanza. – I went to Liguria for a vacation.
4.) La nonna ___________ mio fidanzato è appena arrivata. Possiamo parlare lunedì…
___________ mezzogiorno, ora ___________ Portland? – My boyfriend’s grandmother just arrived. Can we talk Monday…at 12, Portland time?
5.) ___________ Roma, ho pensato ___________ mio nonno e gli ho scritto una cartolina. – In Rome, I thought of my grandfather and I wrote him a postcard.
6.) Siamo arrivati in hotel ___________ due ___________ pomeriggio. – We arrived at the hotel at two in the afternoon.
7.) ___________ dire la verità, ___________ sempre vorrei fare il calciatore, ma sono già troppo vecchio. Adesso vorrei fare l’allenatore ___________ bambini. – To tell the truth, for a long time I wanted to be a soccer player, but I’m already too old. Now I’d like to be a soccer coach for kids.
8.) Ogni sera andavamo ___________ piedi ___________ bar o ___________ ristorante. – Each night we went to the bar or to the restaurant by foot.
9.) L’anno scorso ho passato il giorno ___________ Natale ___________ casa ___________ la famiglia. – Last year I spent Christmas day at home with my family.
10.) ___________’estate ___________ 2010, sono andato/a ___________ Italia ___________ un mese. – In summer of the year 2010, I went to Italy for a month.
11.) ___________ ’inizio ___________ serata lei era un po’ nervosa, ma ___________ fine ci siamo divertiti! – At the beginning of the night, she was a little nervous, but at the end, we had fun!
12.) Sono andato/a ___________ letto ___________ otto. – I went to bed at eight.
13.) La mia amica italiana mi dice: “Dammi ___________ tu!” – My Italian friend tells me: “Give me the “tu” form!”
14.) Riuscirò ___________ superare l’esame finale. – I will succeed in passing the final exam.
15.) Poi ho deciso ___________ lasciare il lavoro. – Then I decided to quit work.
16.) Dimmi tutto il programma ___________ oggi, per favore. – Tell me the all of the plans for today, please.
17.) Parlo bene l’inglese grazie ___________ lezioni di Rachele. – I speak English well thanks to Rachel’s lessons.
18.) Ho paura ___________ ragni. – I am scared of spiders.
SECTION 2: MULTIPLE CHOICE
19.) ____ che cosa potremmo parlare stasera? – What will we talk about tonight?
A.) SU B.) DI C.) PER D.) TRA
20.) Ci sono molti ristoranti _____ spiaggia. – There are many restaurants on the beach.
A.) NELLA B.) DELLA C.) SULLA D.) ALLA
21.) Cosa pensi ____ film, “The Hunger Games”? – What do you think of the movie “The Hunger Games”?
A.) DEL B.) SUL C.) AL D.) PER
22.) Ne ho di cose _____ raccontarti. – I have a lot of things to tell you.
A.) PER B.) DI C.) A D.) DA
23.) Volevo andare ____ Università di Notre Dame per studiare letteratura. – I wanted to go the University of Notre Dame to study literature.
A.) SULL’ B.) DALL’ C.) ALL’ D.) DELL’
24.) ____ pochi giorni andrò nel Maine in aereo. – In a few days I will go to Maine by plane.
A.) IN B.) DA C.) SU D.) TRA / FRA
You’re all done!
Remember what I said before, this quiz was HARD, so don’t feel like you:
B.) Are bad at Italian
Like all of us, even people who have been speaking Italian for years, there is room for improvement — particularly with this pesky topic.
If you have questions, leave ’em below for me. 🙂