30 Minute Italian

[Podcast 12] 6 Phrases to Charm the Pants Off Any Italian, Music through Language, and 1 Verb that Wants to Be in Your Life

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Phrases:

Piacere.

Sei una persona in gamba.

Mi piace l'italia.

Voglio imparare l Italiano.

Sei stato/a un bellissimo spreco di tempo.

Ho trascorso una splendida giornata con te.

Irregular Verbs:

Avere

Ho - I have

Hai - You have

Ha - He/she/it has

Abbiamo - We have

Avete - You all have

Hanno - They have

Gli esempi (examples):

1.) Abbiamo due fratelli e tre sorelle. – We have two brothers and three sisters.

2.) Ho ventuno anni. – I am twenty one years old.

Your task:

Your task, should you choose to accept it, is to sign up for an account on Instreamia. Test out the program. In the comments below, let me know what you think of it.

Resources mentioned:

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Direct download: ICE_EP_12_.mp3
Category:Italian -- posted at: 11:34am PDT

You made it to the end of the series!

[Podcast 11] Mini Story: Italian Stereotypes Pt 5By the end of this podcast episode, you'll have understood this entire mini story - even if you don't know every single vocabulary word and every single piece of grammar.

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Miss the beginning of this series?Start here.

Mini-story

Prima di arrivare in Italia, ho letto molti libri di autori e viaggiatore Italiani. Da queste storie, ho imparato molte cose dell'italia. Per esempio, ho imparato che tutti gli uomini italiani sono romantici, comprensivi, e alti. Ho imparato che tutti gli italiani sono golosi.

Ho guardato anche film italiani e pensavo che tutti i film sono triste e che la gente del sud Italia è pazza, perchè la mia migliore amica ha frequentato due ragazzi, uno siciliano e l'altro napoletano, ed erano cosi.

The grammatical breakdown

Prima di arrivare in Italia, ho letto molti libri di autori e viaggiatore Italiani.

We're using past tense in the first sentence to mean 'I read' (ho letto). We also change 'Italiano' to 'Italiani' because it shows that we're talking about more than one Italian person.

Same goes for 'molti libri'-- Usually the word is 'molto' (very) -- but we match it to the noun -- so it becomes 'molti libri'.

Da queste storie, ho imparato molte cose dell'italia.

We use 'da' in the next sentence to mean 'from these stories' and 'da' means 'from'.

You see past tense again with 'ho imparato'. Breaking this down even further, 'ho' is the first person singular form of 'Avere' meaning to have -- so 'ho' literally means 'I have'.

You can find the full conjugation + examples of avere here.

When forming the past tense, we typically use either a form of 'Essere - to be' or 'Avere' - to have'.

We use 'dell'italia' because Italia starts with a vowel, and we want to connect it.

Per esempio, ho imparato che tutti gli uomini italiani sono romantici, comprensivi, e alti. Ho imparato che tutti gli italiani sono golosi.

'Sono' is used in the sense of they which you realize in context.

Also you see here that we made everything agree that it's plural by saying 'tutti gli italiani sono golosi'.

You see 'ho imparato' for past tense again and note too that the article for 'italiani' is aways 'GLI' that pesky three letter word that can be hard to pronounce.

Ho guardato anche film italiani e pensavo che tutti i film sono triste.

Then we continue on with past tense with ho guardato and then switch things up by entering the verb 'pensavo' meaning I thought, which is also past tense but it's formed with someone called the imperfect. It's used for actions that lasted longer in the past, which we'll be learning about later on.

Don't worry about it for now.

E che la gente del sud Italia è pazza, perchè la mia migliore amica ha frequentato due ragazzi, uno siciliano e l'altro napoletano, ed erano cosi.

We also use the imperfect with 'erano' – the imperfect form of 'essere' - the uber important verb meaning to be.

Your task + challenge:

The challenge is: Use what you learned in this mini series in your conversation with your brand new language partner within the next 14 days. Make it happen. You are the only one that can be in charge of making your goal of becoming conversational in Italian a reality.

Remember, go to Italki.com and find a language partner.

Your task for today, should you choose to accept it, is to leave a comment on this podcast episode telling me what you liked and disliked about this mini story series. My whole goal is to make it as useful as possible for you. So leave your thoughts in the comments below.

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Direct download: ICE_EP_11.mp3
Category:Italian -- posted at: 2:09pm PDT

Ep 10 Cover PhotoWe only have one day left in the mini series! If you haven't heard episodes 7-9 yet, definitely go back so you don't miss any integral information.

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Mini-story

Prima di arrivare in Italia, ho letto molti libri di autori e viaggiatore Italiani. Da queste storie, ho imparato molte cose dell'italia. Per esempio, ho imparato che tutti gli uomini italiani sono romantici, comprensivi, e alti. Ho imparato che tutti gli italiani sono golosi.

Ho guardato anche film italiani e pensavo che tutti i film sono triste e che la gente del sud Italia è pazza, perchè la mia migliore amica ha frequentato due ragazzi, uno siciliano e l'altro napoletano, ed erano cosi.

Key expression:

Per esempio – For example

Also used:

  • Ad esempio: for example
  • Buon esempio: good example
  • Dare l'esempio: set an example

2 Collocations:

Ho imparato che – I learned that

Imparare – to learn

Two other examples

  • Anche se: although, despite, even though
  • Anch'io : Me too
  • Anche a me: Me too

Key grammar:

Ed erano così – and it was this way

Usually to say and it's just 'e' but since 'erano' is the next word and begins with a vowel, you add a 'd' to the end making it 'ed'.

Your task:

Your task for today, should you choose to accept it, is to go onto Italki and search up a storm for a potential language partner. Choose three that you really like and set up a time to skype with them for just 20 minutes. Ten for them in English and ten for you in Italian.

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Direct download: ICE_EP_10.mp3
Category:Italian -- posted at: 2:00pm PDT

30 Minute Italian Podcast Episode 9We're at part tre of this mini series!

Below is the story and the key takeaways.

Prima di arrivare in Italia, ho letto molti libri di autori e viaggiatore Italiani. Da queste storie, ho imparato molte cose dell'italia. Per esempio, ho imparato che tutti gli uomini italiani sono romantici, comprensivi, e alti. Ho imparato che tutti gli italiani sono golosi.

Ho guardato anche film italiani e pensavo che tutti i film sono triste e che la gente del sud Italia è pazza, perchè la mia migliore amica ha frequentato due ragazzi, uno siciliano e l'altro napoletano, ed erano cosi.

Key expression:

Ha frequentato due ragazzi - She dated two guys

'Frequentare' is a verb that means frequent, hang out at, attend, spend time with, or hang out with

Gli esempi:

Frequentare la scuola – attend school

Frequentare un corso – attend classes

Side note! Everyone gets confused as to what a class is actually called. Italians don’t say class to imply the lesson as we do in English. If you say classe, they’ll think you mean the actual room, which is actually called an aula. They say either corso or lezione to mean class.

Key collocation:

Ho letto molti libri - I read many books.

Two examples where it’s used:

Un Buon libro – a good book

Come un libro aperto – like an open book

Libro di testo – school book

Key grammar:

È – he is/she is/it is.

Your task:

Your task for today, should you choose to accept it, is to find a book you really want to read about Italy, whether that’s on Amazon or at your local library. Then choose a day that you’re going to get that book and commit to reading it.

In the comments below, tell me what book you want to read and why.

Resources mentioned:

La Bella Figura: A Field Guide to the Italian Mind

Italian culture books

Direct download: ICE_EP_9.mp3
Category:Italian -- posted at: 7:39pm PDT

30 Minute Italian Podcast EP 8If you haven’t listened to episode 7 yet, hop back and do so as it’s the first part to this 5-part series for the last week of the month.

As mentioned previously, during the last week of every month, I share a mini-story with you which could be about my past travels, my Italian friends, cultural experiences, etc. This one in particular happens to be about my thoughts about Italy before and after my first visit.

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The Breakdown (not to be confused with dubstep)

Prima di arrivare in Italia, ho letto molti libri di autori e viaggiatore Italiani.

Before arriving in Italy, I read many books by Italian authors and travelers.

Da queste storie, ho imparato molte cose dell'italia.

From these stories, I learned many things about Italy.

Per esempio, ho imparato che tutti gli uomini italiani sono romantici, comprensivi, e alti.

For example, I learned that all of the Italian men are romantic, understanding, and tall.

Ho imparato che tutti gli italiani sono golosi.

I learned that all of the Italians are gluttonous.

Ho guardato anche film italiani e pensavo che tutti i film sono triste.

I also watched Italian movies and I thought that all of movies were sad.

e che la gente del sud Italia è pazza, perchè la mia migliore amica ha frequentato due ragazzi, uno siciliano e l'altro napoletano, ed erano così.

And that the people of South Italy are crazy because my best friend dated two guys, one Sicilian and from Naples, and that’s how it was.

Your task:

Your task for today, should you choose to accept it, is to choose an Italian movie that you really want to watch and find a time this week to watch the whole thing.

Resources mentioned:

Amazon list of movies

Ieri, Oggi, Domani

Il Giorno in Più

La Vita è Bella

La Tigre e La Neve

La Dolce Vita

8 1/2

Cinema Paradiso

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Direct download: ICE_EP_8_.mp3
Category:Italian -- posted at: 11:24am PDT

30 Minute Italian Podcast EP 7Introducing the first segment of the Mini Story series for the end of the month!

At the end of every month, I'll introduce a mini story that has to do with Italian culture, my travels, or really random topics in Italian, and we'll work on your ear training and comprehension.

I'm throwing you into the mix straight away so you'll have the confidence when you're actually speaking with an Italian (because when you're in car listening, you'll have plenty of space to make rookie mistakes).

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Key phrase:

Prima di… - Before…

We used it in the first line when we said “Prima di arrivare in Italia…” - Before I arrived in Italy.

Three other examples where it’s used:

  • Prima di cominciare a studiare sul libro – Before starting to study the book
  • Prima di tutto – First of all
  • Prima di andare via – Before you go away (which is also a song – It’s not really my style of musica, but it might be yours. I’m not gonna assume. It sort of reminds me of what 70s music in Italy was like. And it’s actually a really cute song.)

Key collocation: Tutti gli Italiani

It means ‘all of the italians’.

I also used it when I said ‘tutti I film’ - all of the movies.

Three other examples where it’s used:

  • C’è ne per tutti – there’s enough for everyone
  • Aperto a tutti – open to all
  • Or super classy – Andare a letto con tutti – to sleep around

Key grammar:

Sono – I am/they are

You heard it during these sentences:

  • Tutti gli uomini italiani sono romantici, compresivi, e alti.
  • Ho imparato che tutti gli Italiani sono golosi.

Two other examples where it’s used

  • Ci sono – Count me in - which shouldn't be confused with....
  • Ci sono - There are - which is used quite a bit.
  • Non ci sono problemi – There aren’t any problems!

And for philosophical fun, penso, quindi sono - I think, therefore I am from Rene Descartes.

Look at that! An Italian lesson and a philosophical reminder all in a span of thirty minutes.

We also learned about 'sono' in episode 5, which you can find at icebergproject.co/5.

Your task:

Your task for today, should you choose to accept it, is to schedule in time this week to listen to episodes 8-11 that finish out the series. By the end of this week, you’ll be able to understand this entire story.

Resources mentioned:

Prima di andare via song

Episode 5: Two oh-so-necessary to understand Italian verbs + four basic expressions you gotta’ know

PS

The PDF version of 62 Classy (&slightly racy) Expressions to Charm Any Italian is now on sale! Learn more about it here. The audio enhanced version will be out soon!

Direct download: ICE_EP_7_final.mp3
Category:Italian -- posted at: 8:42am PDT

[Podcast 6] One expression you'll use everyday in Italy + 3 basic expressions to make your Italian more fluid

Opening note: Learning Italian is a hurricane of happiness.

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Phrases

1.) Dimmi – Tell me

2.) Tutte e due – Both

3.) In che senso? – What do you mean?

Grammar time

Nouns ending in -o are masculine, and nouns ending in -a are feminine

If the noun ends in -o –> -i

Ends in -a –> -e

Ends in -e –> -i

Some nouns never change!

Mi piace means I like and you can use it when referring to something singular like a verb, to read, or a noun, a boy.

MI piacciono means I like and you can use it when referring to something plural pants or apples.

Before I give you your task for today, here’s your CPF, or cocktail party fact, for the day:

Your task:

Your task for today, should you choose to accept it, is to go to icebergproject.co/6 and leave a comment using Mi piace or mi piacciono.

You can say

Mi piace running.

Or

Mi piacciono books.

Other resources mentioned:

Italian Singular & Plural Nouns (& a little masculine/feminine action, too)

Direct download: ICE_Episode6.mp3
Category:Italian -- posted at: 4:48pm PDT

[Podcast 5] Two oh-so-necessary to understand Italian verbs + four basic expressions you gotta' know

In the span of fourteen short minutes, you'll walk away after listening to this podcast knowing:

  • Four must know Italian phrases (one of which will do you wonders in keeping Italian men away from you)
  • Two must know verbs, fare and essere
  • One trick that will improve your memory in Italian two-fold

Not so bad for fourteen minutes, yeah?

Plus you'll hear a story about how I almost accepted a date from a self-proclaimed Casanova in Venice during a time period in Venice where the whole city is in danger of floods.

Phrases:

Cosa - What?

Sono- I am/they are

Basta Così - That's enough

Basta - Enough

Così - like this, like that, so much, as much, so

Posso - May I?

Verbs:

Essere

Sono

Sei

E

Siamo

Siete

Sono

Gli esempi sono:

Some examples are:

Italiano

1.) Sono di New York.

2.) Siamo studenti di Italiano.

Inglese

1.) I am from New York.

2.) We are Italian language students.

Fare

Faccio

Fai

Fa

Facciamo

Fate

Fanno

Gli esempi sono:

1.) Facciamo colazione con il cornetto e un caffè - We make breakfast with a croissant and a cafe

2.) Voglio fare domanda per quel lavoro. - I want to apply to that job

3.) Posso fare un pausa? - Can I take a break?

Links mentioned in the show:

Il Giorno In Piu'
2 Reasons to Use Collocations to Become More Conversational (+ knowing this word will make you sound fancy at parties)

Essere - A love story with snakes&

Your task for today:

Read this post on collocations.

Direct download: Episode_5_revised.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:47am PDT

[Podcast 4] 3 ways to use Italian in your everyday life and 6 expressions that will make you blush

EP 4 Podcast Cover

We move so fast these days that it seems like we're always busy doing something or another.

So how is it even possible to learn Italian and practice it every single day like I preach?

Besides sharing 6 expressions that will surely make you blush, I also give you 3 easy ways to integrate Italian practice into your everyday life in a way that lights you up.

Plus, we go over how to tell Italians where you live using a super simple structure.

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3 ways to use Italian in your everyday life:

1. Ch-ch-check out Italki.

2. Learn an Italian song.

3. Encourage (or kindly force) a friend to learn Italian with you.

6 expressions that will make you blush

Vaffanculo! – Fuck you. Fuck off.

Scusi, per favore, posso avere ancora un po’ di vino? – Excuse me, can I please have some more wine?

Sei una testa di cazzo. – You are a dickhead.

Una figura di merda.

Lei è una troia. – She’s a whore.

Senti chi parla! – Look who’s talking!

How to tell Italians where you live

1.) You use A with cities & before the nouns (casa, scuola, teatro, piedi, letto, and tavola)

2.) You would use IN with regions, large islands, countries, states, continents, and before nouns (classes, biblioteca, ufficio, chiesa, città, vacanza, montagna, e campagna).

3.) You would use ‘da’ to talk about a home or where someone works, referring to where someone comes from with a city or a province.

Your Task:

Create four simple sentences.

1.) I live in + your city: Vivo a...

2.) I live in + your state: Vivo in...

3.) I live in the United States.

4.) I come from + your city: Vengo da...

Leave your 4 sentences in the comments below!

Links mentioned in the show notes:

Italki

Italian Youtube playlist

Giorgia -Tu Mi Porti Su

Entics - Quanto Sei Bella

Jovanotti - A Te/Tensione Evolutiva

Arisa - La Notte

How learning Italian makes you a better cooler version of yourself

Offline and online resources for language learners

How to pronounce GLI

7 parlor tricks you can use today to be more confident speaking a foreign language

Connect with me

Tweet me @cherhale

Tweet me @icebergproject

Facebook

Direct download: _ICE_EP_4_.mp3
Category:Italian -- posted at: 12:00pm PDT

Despite the fact that a lot of effort goes into learning a language, you have to enjoy the process.

If you're not having fun, find ways to make it fun + easier.

This was a tip that I learned from the lovely Alexandra Franzen, word scribe + copywriting genius, at her LA workshop Write Yourself Into Motion.

Need to study a long list of vocabulary? Drink a glass of prosecco to make it easier.

Have to learn a bunch of phrases+ just don't feel like it? Take each phrase individually and realize that each phrase you learn gets you that much closer to being conversational.

I literally marvel at every phrase + every word I learn. It's hard for me not to tell all of my friends about them as I learn them because I'm just so excited about the fact that I can use them in conversation now.

Just remember. Enjoy the process.

In this podcast, we talk about how to create the most amazing language learning schedule, an easy 4-step guide to creating sentences in Italian, and I share 4 basic expressions that you should know in Italian.

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Language Learning Schedule

1.) Make a list of five things that you love to do for entertainment.

2.) Connect those things that you enjoy doing with your target language!

3.) Take your planner, your iCal, your Google calendar, your whatever, and schedule a different activity in for every day.

4.) Note: This doesn’t have to take you more than thirty minutes every day.

4 Basic Expressions

1.) Ti va di…? – Would you like to go…? (Informal)

2.) Volentieri! – Yes! Willingly.

3.) Dipende da te. – It depends on you.

4.) Che c’è? – What’s up?

4-Step Guide to Sentence Structure

1.) The basic form is: subject (whoever the sentence is about) + verb (the action that's happening) + object (not the subject)

2.) Some adjectives go before whatever they're describing.

3.) But most adjectives go after whatever they're describing.

4.) Nouns agree with adjectives.

Links mentioned in this podcast:

Italian Singular and Plural nouns (and a little masculine/feminine action too)

The one thing that will keep you from becoming fluent in a foreign language

4 Steps to Creating the Most Productive (&awesome!) language learning schedule

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Tweet me @icebergproject

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Category:Italian -- posted at: 8:59am PDT