Noi is an Italian pronoun that means 'we' or 'us'. It is used to refer to a group of people, including the speaker.
Meaning: First person plural pronoun, meaning 'we' or 'us'
Noi siamo andati al cinema ieri sera.
We went to the cinema last night.
Meaning: Emphatic pronoun, meaning 'ourselves'
Noi stessi abbiamo risolto il problema.
We ourselves solved the problem.
Meaning: Royal we, used by monarchs to refer to themselves
Noi, il Re d'Italia, dichiariamo questa legge approvata.
We, the King of Italy, declare this law approved.
A1: Noi siamo amici.
We are friends.
A2: Noi mangiamo la pizza.
We eat pizza.
A2: Noi studiamo l'italiano.
We study Italian.
B1: Noi abbiamo vissuto insieme per due anni.
We lived together for two years.
B2: Noi stiamo andando al cinema stasera.
We are going to the cinema tonight.
B2: Noi avevamo già visto quel film prima.
We had already seen that movie before.
C1: Noi avremmo dovuto fare di più per evitare questo problema.
We should have done more to avoid this problem.
C2: Noi ci siamo conosciuti in un viaggio intorno al mondo.
We met on a trip around the world.
C2: Noi ci saremmo persi senza la tua guida.
We would have been lost without your guidance.
In Italian, the pronoun noi is used to refer to a group of people that includes the speaker. It can be translated into English as 'we' or 'us'. For example, if a group of friends are planning a trip together and one of them says 'Noi andremo in vacanza insieme' (We will go on vacation together), they are using the pronoun noi to refer to themselves and their friends.
It's important to note that in Italian, the verb form changes depending on the subject pronoun being used. So when using noi, the verb form will be different than when using io (I) or tu (you). For example, the verb for 'to speak' is parlare. If you want to say 'We speak Italian', you would say 'Noi parliamo italiano', with the verb form parliamo matching the subject pronoun noi.
Noi can also be used in formal settings, such as in business meetings or academic presentations. In these contexts, it may be more appropriate to use the formal version of the pronoun, which is noi stessi. This translates to 'ourselves' and emphasizes the collective identity of the group. For example, a team presenting a project might say 'Noi stessi abbiamo sviluppato questo progetto' (We ourselves developed this project) to emphasize their collaborative effort.