Italian with Cher
30 Minute Italian
Um, what’s the plural for “foto”?

Um, what’s the plural for “foto”?

Let's avoid these mistakes together.

Not all nouns in Italian are regular. So as we, eager students of Italian, learn new rules about o’s changing to i’s and a’s gracefully becoming e’s at the end of nouns, we’re shocked to discover that not all nouns do that. 

Some nouns don’t change endings at all from singular to plural.

You may have made mistakes with the ones below in the past (I know I have), so I’m hoping this bite-sized lesson will help you remember for the next time and the time after that, too.


  • Il menù / I menù - Menu / menus

  • La foto / Le foto - Picture / pictures 

  • Il bar / i bar - Cafe / cafes 

  • Il computer / i computer - Computer / computers 

  • Lo sport / gli sport - Sport / sports

  • La città / le città - City / cities 

Besides the last one, are you noticing a theme here? Besides the last one, those words seem pretty darn similar to English words. This isn’t a hard + fast rule, but when Italians borrow nouns from English, they’re typically invariable. 

Buono studio!


P.S. What are you watching or reading in Italian right now? I want to start watching a new show, and I’m open to any recommendations that fall within the not-too-serious category of television. Grazie in anticipo!

Italian with Cher
30 Minute Italian
Boost your confidence in speaking Italian in 30 minutes or less with the 30 Minute Italian Podcast. We cover expressions, sometimes sexy grammar, and culture through personal travel stories and detailed examples.