Nouns, articles, and adjectives are the building blocks of any language. Following are the basic grammatical rules you need to know to start to build your foundation in Italian. There are some major differences between the fundamentals of the English and Italian languages. In Italian, nouns and adjectives are associated with a gender, and this is one of the most difficult concepts for English-speakers to grasp. This chapter will break down all the differences and similarities to help you start building your vocabulary.