1 Page 1.1 La prima lezione (Lesson One) Come si chiama? (1:30-6:35) Come si chiama? What is your name? Mi chiamo. My name is. E Lei? And You?
2 Page 1.2 Pronunciation of Vowels (6:35-17:45) As a rule your accent will fall on the second to the last syllable. Keep in mind there are many exceptions to this rule. Italian Vowels Sounds like in English A (ah) father casa-pasta-amore-latte E (eh) bet espresso-bene-entrata-cane I (ee) bee spaghetti-birra-italia-vino O (oh) cold pomodoro-olio d olive-passaporto U (ooh) rule uno-burro-uscita-cucina Consonant Combinations gn (ny) canyon gnocchi-lasagna-bagno-sogno zz (ts) pizza mozzarella-piazza-prezzo-cozza
3 Page 1.3 Pronunciation of Consonants Sounds like in English Italian C (before e or i) ch/church ciao G (before by e or i) j/general giorno(johr-noh) SC (before a, o & u) sk/skill scuola(skoo-oh-lah) SCH(before e & i) sk/skill scherzo(skehr-tso) SCI(before a,o & u) sh/shelter sciare(she-ahr-eh) SC (before e & i) sh/shelter pesce(pesh-eh)
4 Page 1.4 Pluralization (17:46-24:22) Masculine A word ending with an o is made plural by changing the o to an i. pomodoro becomes pomodori biglietto sogno becomes biglietti becomes sogni Feminine A word ending with an a is made plural by changing the a to an e. casa becomes case ragazza becomes ragazze pasta becomes paste When you are speaking about a group of people that is made up of mixed genders, meaning males and females, the plural form is masculine. For example, a group of boys and girls would be referred to in the masculine form ragazzi.
5 Page 1.5 Espressioni di cortesia (Expressions of courtesy) (24:25-31:30) Grazie (GRAH-tsee-eh) Thank you. Prego (PREH-goh) You are welcome. Prego Please. Per favore (pehr fah-voh-reh) Please do me this favor. Piacere (pya-cheh-reh) Pleased to meet you. Scusi (SCOOH-zee) Excuse me. Permesso (pehr-meh-ssoh) Excuse me, may I pass. Mi dispiace (me dees-pyah-cheh) I m sorry.
6 Page 1.6 I saluti (The greetings) (31:30-41:24) Ciao (CHAH-oh) Hi, Bye Salve (SAHL-veh) Hello Buon giorno (bwohn JOHR-noh) Good morning Buon pomeriggio (bwohn poh-meh-ree-jjoh) Good afternoon Buona sera (BWOHN-ah SEH-rah) Good evening Buona notte (BWOHN-ah NOH-tteh) Good night Arrivederci (ah-rree-veh-dehr-chee) Goodbye ArrivederLa (ah-rree-veh-dehr-lah) Goodbye (formal) A presto (ah PREHS-toh) See you soon Pronto (PROHN-toh) Hello (answering phone)
7 Page 1.7 Subject Pronouns (41:24-44:24) Io(EE-oh) I noi(noh-ee) we, us Tu(tooh) you (familiar) voi(voh-ee) you Lei(LEH-ee) You (formal) Loro(LOHR-oh) you Lei(LEH-ee) she, her loro(lohr-oh) they, them Lui(LOOH-ee) he, him
8 Page 1.8 Stare (STAH-reh) = to feel (44:24-57:11) io sto (stoh) I feel noi stiamo (stee-ah-moh) we feel tu stai (STAH-ee) you feel (familiar) voi state (STAH-teh) you feel Lei sta (stah) You feel (formal) Loro stanno (STAH-nnoh) You feel lei sta she feels loro stanno (STAH-nnoh) they feel lui sta he feels Examples: Come sta? Sto bene. Stai bene. Come state? Stiamo bene. Come stanno loro? Loro stanno bene. Sto benissimo. Non sto bene. Male Così così Non c è male. How are you? I am well. You(familiar) are well. How are you? We are well. How are they? They are well. I am very well. I am not well. Bad or poorly So so. Not bad.
9 Page 1.9 Come va? (57:15-59:00) Examples: Come va? How s it going? Va bene. It s going well. Va benissimo. It s going very well. Non va bene. It s not going well. Non c è male. Not bad. Abbastanza bene. Rather well.
10 Page 1.10 Lesson one vocabolario Vocabulary not heard on the CD includes pronunciation guide. Andiamo La prima lezione Come si chiama? Mi chiamo Roma Firenze E lei Lingua Andiamo avanti. Ti amo. Amo la pasta. Cassa Carne Buono(a) Buonissimo(a) Let s go The first lesson What s your name? My name is Rome Florence And you Language, tongue Let s go forward. I love you. I love pasta. Cash register or house where you pay Meat Good Very good
11 Page 1.11 Caffè Dolce(i-plural) Scontrino Barista Vino Rosso Bianco Birra alla spina Casalinga(kah-sah-LEEN-gah) Cucina casalinga La toilette Vongole Piazza Piazza Navona Piazza Plebescito Napoli Piazza San Marco Venezia Coffee and café Sweet(adj). Pastry or dessert Receipt Bartender Wine Red White Draft beer Housewife Home cooking The toilet Clams Square A piazza in Rome A piazza in Naples. Naples A piazza in Venice Venice
12 Page 1.12 Biglietto Oro Sogni d oro Per esempio Ragazza Ragazzo Bologna Tortellini Ticket Gold Sweet dreams For example Girl Boy A city in Italy Type of pasta Posso? May I? Il conto Mio(a) Piacere mio. The check My, mine My pleasure.
13 Page 1.13 Milano Benissimo Male Così così. Non c è male. Abbastanza bene. Buon ascolto! Milan Very well Bad or poorly So so. Not bad. Rather well. Enjoy listening!
14 Page 1.14 La prima conversazione (59:00-1:01:30) Mina: Buon giorno. Buon giorno. Mina: Mi chiamo Marcello, e Lei, come si chiama? Mi chiamo Mina. Come sta? Mina: Sto bene grazie, e Lei, come sta? Sto benissimo, grazie. Mina: Marcello, Le presento mio marito, Valerio. Piacere. Come sta? Valerio: Sto bene, grazie. Come va? Abbastanza bene. Mina: Arrivederci Marcello. Arrivederci.
15 The first conversation Page 1.15 Mina: Good morning. Good morning. Mina: My name is Marcello, and You, what is your name? My name is Mina. How are You? Mina: I am well thank you, and You, how are You? I am very well, thank you. Mina: Marcello, I present to You my husband, Valerio. Pleased to meet you. How are You? Valerio: I am well, thank you. How is it going? Rather well. Mina: Good-bye Marcello. Good-bye.
16 Page 1.16 La traduzione (The translation) Translate the following sentences into Italian. 1. What s your name? 2. My name is. 3. How are you(formal)? 4. How are you(familiar)? 5. I am well. 6. I am not well. 7. How are you (familiar plural)? 8. We are well. 9. We are not well. 10. Not bad. 11. Thank you. 12. You are welcome. 13. The check please. 14. Pleased to meet you.
17 La traduzione (The translation) Page 1.17 Translate the following sentences into Italian. 15. How is it going? 16. Good morning. 17. Good night. 18. Hello. 19. It is going well. 20. My name is Giovanni, and you? 21. Excuse me. 22. Hello (when answering the phone). 23. They are well. 24. I love you. 25. I am very well.
18 Page 1.18 Le risposte (The answers) 1. What s your name? Come si chiama? 2. My name is. Mi chiamo. 3. How are you(formal)? Come sta? 4. How are you(familiar)? Come stai? 5. I am well. Sto bene. 6. I am not well. Non sto bene. 7. How are you (familiar plural)? Come state? 8. We are well. Stiamo bene. 9. We are not well. Non stiamo bene. 10. Not bad. Non c è male. 11. Thank you. Grazie. 12. You are welcome. Prego. 13. The check please. Il conto per favore. 14. Pleased to meet you. Piacere.
19 Page 1.19 Le risposte (The answers) 15. How is it going? Come va? 16. Good morning. Buon giorno. 17. Good night. Buona notte. 18. Hello. Salve 19. It is going well. Va bene. 20. My name is Giovanni, and You? Mi chiamo Giovanni, e Lei? 21. Excuse me. Scusi. 22. Hello (when answering the phone). Pronto. 23. They are well. Loro stanno bene. 24. I love you. Ti amo. 25. I am very well. Sto benissimo.
20 Page 1.20 Il Caffè in Italia Caffè espresso. Espresso a small serving of black and strong coffee in a small cup. Caffè ristretto an espresso made with less water thus it is stronger than an espresso. Caffè americano it is often a watered-down version of espresso. It is served in a larger cup and is not as strong as espresso. Caffè macchiato macchiato means stained. This is an espresso that is macchiato with a small amount of steamed milk. Caffè corretto corretto means correct. An espresso which has been corrected with liquor. Caffèlatte an espresso with milk. Cappuccino an espresso with steamed milk. Caffè decaffeinato decaffeinated coffee. Granita di caffè frozen espresso that is grated. Similar to crushed ice. Caffè freddo a mixture of cold espresso and granita di caffè.
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