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Syndication

1.) Qual è il tuo piatto preferito? - What’s your favorite Italian dish?

2.) Cosa prendi? - What are you getting?

3.) Che tipo di vino è? - What type of wine is this?

4.) Non ci sono mai stato/a! - I’ve never been here before.

5.) Come si chiama quel ristorante? - What’s the name of this restaurant?

6.) Prepari i piatti italiani a casa? - Do you make Italian food at home?

7.) Cos’hai fatto oggi? - What did you do today?

8.) Cosa faremo domani? - What are we doing tomorrow?

9.) Brindiamo! - Let’s cheers!

10.) A cosa brindiamo? - What are we toasting to?

11.) Mamma mia questa è la cosa più buona che abbia mai assaggiato in vita mia! - My goodness, this is the best thing that I’ve ever tasted in my life!

12.) Credo proprio che questo diventerà il mio ristorante preferito… - I really think this will become my favorite restaurant…

13.) Cosa hai comprato al mercato? - What did you buy at the market?

14.) Sei andato/a a quale museo? - Which museum did you go to?

15.) Ho comprato (questa borsa) al mercato centrale. - I bought (this purse) at the central market.

16) Siamo andati/e al museo con una guida. È stata la mia prima volta che ho visto il Davide! - We went to the museum with a tour guide. It was my first time seeing the

David!

1.) Quali risorse usi per studiare l’Italiano? - What resources are you using to study

Italian?

2.) Quando è / sarà il tuo prossimo viaggio in Italia? - When is your next trip to Italy?

3.) Qual è la tua regione preferita d’Italia? - What’s your favorite region of Italy?

4.) Raccontami… – Tell me…

  • del tuo viaggio preferito in Italia – about your favorite trip to Italy
  • del tuo lavoro – about your job
  • dei tuoi progetti in Italia - about your plans in Italy

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http://icebergproject.co/italian

 

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Direct download: 224_Dinner_Conversation.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:00am PST

Ciao mia cara,

Come stai? È veramente un sacco che non ci sentiamo. Senti, mi sei venuta in mente perché ho sentito che hanno aperto un nuovo locale che sembra molto carino vicino Piazza della Repubblica e che stanno facendo degli aperitivi promozionali. Insomma si prende un drink, si mangia qualcosa, e costa sette euro ma mi hanno detto che il cibo è molto buono.

Allora mi domandavo se per caso eri disponibile per andare insieme a provare questo nuovo posto. Così nell’occasione facciamo due chiacchiere e mi aggiorni un po’ sulla tua vita perché veramente è passato troppo tempo e non ci siamo più sentite.

Anch’io ho sacco di cose da raccontarti - Ho cambiato casa, ho fatto delle modifiche sul mio lavoro. Insomma ci sono tante novità però te le vorrei raccontare faccia a faccia perché di fronte a uno spritz si parla sempre meglio, no? E quindi… questa è la mia proposta, io sono abbastanza flessibile in questi giorni, quindi fammi sapere tu come sei messa. D’accordo? Un bacio.


To learn more about Beatrice and her lessons, you can visit her website http://www.italianoconbeatrice.com/ or email her directly at italianoconbeatrice@gmail.com.

 

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Direct download: 223_Native_Italian_Recording_Making_Plans.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:32pm PST

While I firmly believe that we should infuse romance and lots of pepper -- as the Italians say -- into our love lives every day, it’s not so bad that we have one day a year to do something a bit more special. (Plus, I like getting chocolate, so I won’t be the first to complain about the commercialization of love.)

In another article, one of our contributing writers, Hannah, shared romantic Italian words and phrases with you. Then, I gave you some pointers on what to say in the bedroom (in the classiest way, of course). We’ve talked about what to say on the first date (and what to say when you don’t want to go on a date at all). We’ve even covered what it’s like to date an Italian -- both from the perspective of non-Italians and native ones.

All in all, we’ve really done a thorough job of covering love. But, love being how it is, there is always more to say about it.

So, this time around, we (that is, Rachel, Carlotta & I) thought we would make this list a little steamier. The phrases below are divided by ratings, so if you’re feeling extra saucy, head over to http://icebergprojec.co/italian and scroll on down to very bottom.

G

-- Mi piace come mi baci. - I like how you kiss me.

Alternatively: Mi piace essere baciato/a da te. - I like being kissed by you.

-- Vorrei che questo abbraccio non finisse mai. - I wish this hug would never end. (Aw!)

-- Quando chiudo gli occhi la sera, l'ultima cosa a cui penso sei sempre tu. - When I close my eyes at night, the last thing I think about is always you. (Stopppp.)

-- Non mi stancherei mai di parlare con te. - I would never get tired of talking to you. (Okay, THIS one.)

-- Mi manca il tuo sorriso bellissimo. - I miss your beautiful smile.

-- Sei la cosa più bella che mi sia capitata fino ad ora. - You’re the most beautiful / wonderful thing that’s happened to me so far.

-- Non riesco a smettere di pensarti / Non riesco a toglierti dalla testa. - I can’t stop thinking about you.

-- Sei tutto il mio mondo. - You’re my whole world.

-- Sei la metà della mia mela. - You’re my soulmate. (Literally: You’re my half-apple.)

Um, a word of wisdom from the ladies writing this to the men reading it, don’t say this: Tuo padre doveva essere un ladro, perché è riuscito a rubare dal cielo le stelle più belle per metterle al posto dei tuoi occhi. - Your father must have been a thief because he succeeded in stealing the most beautiful stars in the sky to put in place of your eyes.

PG

-- Ti aspetto. - I’m waiting for you.

-- Ti voglio. - I want you.

-- Ho voglia di te. - I desire you

-- Ti immagino qui con me. - I am imagining you here with me.

-- Vorrei alzarmi tutte le mattine accanto a te. - I wish I could wake up every morning next to you.

-- Ho voglia delle tue coccole. - I want your cuddles.
PG-13

-- Non vedo l’ora di sentire le tue mani su di me. - I can’t wait to feel your hands on me.

-- Cosa vuoi che faccia? - What do you want me to do?

(and geeky grammar sidenote, this is a great example of the subjunctive mood in action.)

-- Ho una fantasia. La vuoi sentire? - I have a fantasy. Do you want to hear it?

-- Mi ecciti così tanto. - You really turn me on.

-- Voglio che mi baci qui… e qui… e anche qui. - I want you to kiss me here… and here… and also here.

-- Baciami dappertutto! - Kiss me everywhere!

-- Facciamo un gioco? - Do you want to play a game?

-- Chiudi gli occhi e siediti qui… - Close your eyes and sit here…

For more (including some racier options) go to:

http://icebergproject.co/italian

 

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Direct download: 222_Sexy_Phrases_to_Seduce_Your_Italian_Lover.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:00am PST

Ripetere does indeed mean to repeat.

Avocado means avocado.

There have been many a time where I’ve guessed a word relying solely on English and have added an Italian ending… and I’ve been right.

And there have been many other times where I’ve guessed based solely on my English and have been very, sometimes embarrassingly, wrong.

I’m guessing I’m not the only one. That’s why I thought it could be interesting to put together an episode of some of the most common false friends in Italian - the words that seem friendly because they’re so close to English but then turn around and trick you.

1.) Ultimamente - Recently, lately - I thought it meant ‘ultimately’, ALLA FINE

2.) Camera - Room - Not photography camera, macchina fotografica

3.) Casino - mess - Not casino where you gamble

4.) Preservativo - Condom - NOT a preservative (conservante) in foods or like jam (marmellata)

5.) Attualmente - now, currently - NOT actually, in realtà

6.) Le terme - thermal baths - NOT school term

7.) I parenti - relatives - NOT parents, genitori

8.) Scheda - sheet, card, note paper - NOT a schedule, orario

9.) Comprensivo - understanding - NOT comprehensive, completo, esauriente

10.) Crudo - Raw - NOT crude - rozzo, esplicito

11.) Educato - polite - NOT educated, erudito

12.) Libreria - bookstore - NOT a library, biblioteca

13.) Noioso - boring - NOT noisy, rumoroso

14.) Sensibile - sensitive - NOT sensible, ragionevole

15.) Fattoria - farm - Factory - fabbrica -

16.) Accidente - stroke, shock - NOT accident, incidente

17.) Attendere - to wait - NOT to attend (an event), andare a, partecipare a

 

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Direct download: 221_False_Friends_in_Italian.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:00am PST

There is something so satisfying about learning swear words in another language. That’s why so many new language learners rush to ask native speakers how to say things like, “f*** you” and “you’re an idiot.”

After Rachel wrote this article with 8 swear words to add sass to your Italian vocabulary, we thought it would only be fair to follow up with another list of insults.

They range from affectionately rude (like to tease your friends) all the way to when you’re really angry, or when you’re incazzato nero (totally pissed off).

Some basic vocab for you:

-- Gli insulti - Insults

-- Insultare - To insult

Affectionately rude

-- Sei pazzo(a)? - Are you crazy?

-- Sei diventato pazzo(a)? - Have you gone crazy?

-- Sei impazzito(a)? - Have you gone insane?

-- Ci sei cascato come una pirla! - You fell for it like a stupid person!

If there’s an “a” in parentheses, it means that this adjective can be masculine or feminine. Remember that adjectives also change in number in Italian. If you’re unfamiliar with this grammar concept, click here for a refresher.

For more (including one Roman phrase that’s extra extra insulting but it’s used all over Italy) go to:

http://icebergproject.co/italian

 

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Direct download: 220_29_Italian_Insults_That_Will_Make_You_Laugh_Out_Loud.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:59am PST

Ordering Pizza

I really like pasta (cacio e pepe is my favorite), gelato (fragola, every day all day), and cheese (pecorino forever and ever), but pizza? I love pizza.

For the first few weeks that I lived in Rome, the only people I knew were the ones who sold pizza. (If you’re ever in Monteverde in Rome, my favorite pizza al taglio shop is the one on Viale Villa Pamphili.)

For those of you who aren’t familiar with a pizza al taglio shop, it’s basically a place where they make large sheets of varieties of pizza and when you walk in, they cut a piece off for you, hence the “al taglio” part.

They also have delicious fried things like arancini, supplì and depending on the location, roasted chicken and potatoes.r

To help you navigate this experience with more ease and confidence, here are some phrases to know.

-- C’è qualcosa con... (il pesto)? - Is there something with (pesto)?

-- Vorrei / Prendo un pezzetto di quella con il prosciutto. - I would like / I’ll talk a little piece of that one with the prosciutto.

-- Quanto? Quanta? Quanto grande? - How big? (At this point, the person will show you how much they’re going to cut, and you can say

-- Sì, perfetto. - Yep, perfect.

Or…

-- Un po’ meno - A little less

-- Un po’ di più - A little more

-- Vuoi / Desideri qualcos’altro? - (Do you want) anything else?

-- Mangi qua o porti via? - Are you eating here or are you taking it away?

-- Porto via. - I’m taking it away.

Ordering Gelato

And after? Of course you’ll want to get some gelato.

If there’s one thing you want to be able to know like the back of your hand when you go to Italy, it’s how to procure yourself a cone of whatever flavor gelato you want.

So, to get you started, here are four must-know phrases.

1 - Vorrei un cono piccolo di / alla (stracciatella). - I would like a small cone of stracciatella gelato.

There is also “un cono medio - a medium cone” and “un cono grande - a large cone.” If you prefer a cup, you would use the word “coppetta.”

Since you can get different flavors in a small cone, you’ll likely be asked…

2- Solo stracciatella? - Just stracciatella?

If you want another flavor, you can say something like “E anche fragola. - And strawberry, too.”

3 - Vuoi la panna? - Do you want cream on top?

4 - Altro? - Anything else?

Special thanks to The Creative Impostor Studios for producing this show, to Patreon supporters for helping fund the show, and to the lovely Timarie Harrison for putting all of the pieces together. It takes a village.


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Direct download: 219_Phrases_to_Order_Pizza_and_Gelato_in_Italian.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:00am PST

I’m back to talk to you all about how to use the Italian words “poi” and “così.”

I would describe both of these as “connector words,” or words that you use to easily and fluidly connect two sentence pieces together.

Let’s start with “poi.”

ROUND #1: POI

Popular definitions of “poi,” as defined by WordReference & Context Reverso, are:

-- Then

-- After

-- Furthermore

-- Additionally

-- Later (on) / Afterwards

-- Next

-- Plus

And, of course, here are some examples to help you get a better idea of how you’ll use it in conversation.

WAY #1: Then

-- E poi, mi ha baciato. - And then, he kissed me.

-- Prima sono andato in Italia, e poi sono venuto in Grecia. - First I went to Italy and then I came to Greece.

WAY #2: Next / Plus / Furthermore / Additionally

-- ...poi penso che dovremmo andare in Toscana. Che ne pensi? - Next I think we should go to Tuscany. What do you think?

-- E poi, Gal Gadot è un’attrice incredibile. Per questo penso che il film era magnifico. - And plus, Gal Gadot is an incredible actress. That’s why I think the movie was amazing.

WAY #3: Later on / Afterwards

-- E poi mi ha detto che mi amavi.  - And afterwards, he told me that he loved me.

-- Prima voglio imparare il mandarino e poi imparerò lo spagnolo. - I want to learn Chinese and afterwards I’ll learn Spanish.

Common phrases you’ll hear:

-- Prima o poi - Sooner or later

-- Col senno di poi - In hindsight

-- D’ora in poi - From this point on

ROUND #2: COSI

“Così” is defined by WordReference & Context Reverso as:

-- So

-- Like this / This way / That way

-- Such

-- Therefore

-- Although

WAY #1: So

-- Sono così stufo di imparare le preposizioni in continuazione! - I’m so tired of learning prepositions over and over again!

-- Lei è così intelligente. - She’s so smart.

WAY #2: Like this / This way / That way

-- Non si tagliano le cipolle così! - Don’t cut the onions that way.

-- Perchè mi parli così? - Why are you talking to me like that?

WAY #3: Such

-- È stata una giornata così bella. - It was such a great day.

-- Lui è un bambino così tosto. - He’s such a stubborn kid.

Common phrases you’ll hear:

-- Diciamo così/Mettiamola così - Let’s put it this way

-- E così via - And so on and so forth, etc.

-- Basta così - It’s good how it is (like when you’re at the butcher and she asks you “Is this enough?” and you respond with, “That’s enough (as is.).”

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Category:general -- posted at: 10:06pm PST

How do you “fare complimenti” to a person in Italian -- whether it’s for how good they look, what they’re wearing, their language skills, or just to be polite and show your appreciation?

APPEARANCE

-- Sei in gran forma! - You're in great shape!

-- Quanto sei bello/a. - You’re so handsome/beautiful.

-- Ti vedo bene. – You look good.

-- Ha un bell'aspetto. - He looks good.

-- Hai un bell'aspetto, sei in ottima forma, e sei intelligente. Sei il pacchetto completo! - You have good looks, you're in excellent shape, and you're smart. You're the complete package!

-- L'hai visto? È bellissimo, no? - Did you see him? He's really gorgeous, right?

-- Sei molto raffinata nei movimenti. - You’re really delicate in your movements.

-- Emma è la classica ragazza acqua e sapone, ha davvero un bel viso anche senza trucco. - Emma is the classical natural beauty, she has a really nice face even without make up!

-- Marco mi incanta quando parla, è così colto! - Marco fascinates me when he talks, he’s so cultured!

-- Giulia è la persona più elegante che conosca. - Giulia is the most elegant person I’ve ever known.

CLOTHING

If you want to be specific with what piece of clothing looks good, you can say:

-- Stai VERAMENTE bene con quel vestito. - You look REALLY good in that dress.

-- Quel completo ti sta perfetto. - That suit looks perfect on you.

-- Sta bene senza camicia. Ha gli addominali a tartaruga! - He looks great without a shirt. He has six-pack abs (literally: turtle abs)!

-- Sei così bella in/con quel colore! Sta bene con i tuoi occhi. - You look so beautiful in that color! It goes well with your eyes.

-- Quella giacca ti sta meravigliosamente! Prendila! – That jacket looks wonderful on you! Buy it!

LANGUAGE SKILLS

-- Il tuo inglese è buono. – Your English is good.

-- Parli bene l’inglese. – You speak English well.

-- Sei bravo/a in italiano. – You’re really good in Italian.

GENERAL

-- Hai una bella casa! - You have a beautiful home!

If you want to use the formal, say “Ha una bella casa”.

-- La tua cucina è davvero buona. - Your cooking is really good.

-- Cucini davvero bene. - You cook really good.

If you want to use the formal, say “La sua cucina è davvero buona”.

-- Hai davvero delle cose belle e particolari nel tuo negozio! - You have nice and unique things in your store!

If you want to use the formal, say “Ha un bel negozio”.

-- Sei così gentile con me. - You’re so nice to me.

-- Riesci a dare sempre ottimi consigli. - You always give the best advice.

-- Sei davvero una persona educata. - You really are a polite person.

You can find some more compliments in this article: 15 Ways to Say That’s Cool/Awesome/Amazing in Italian

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Category:general -- posted at: 10:21pm PST

Rachel and I walked behind Giacomo, Mary, and Hannah as we snaked our way through the Sant'Ambrogio market in Florence.

Giacomo, our cooking teacher and chef, was leading us to a vegetable stall to buy ingredients for the meal we were going to make that afternoon.

Deep, red radishes and green lettuce covered with droplets of water stood on display with signs displaying il prezzo, l’origine, la varietà, and la categoria.

I watched him pick up cucumbers, tomatoes, and onions, placing each in their own brown bag before handing them to the fruttivendolo.

If you’re in Italy, I’m 110% sure that you’re going to run into some kind of open market, whether that’s inside or outside.

And when you do (hopefully when you’re on our Not Your Typical Tourist Language Immersion Retreat), what are you supposed to say and do so you get what you want and avoid making una brutta figura?

Here’s a quick guide on vocabulary, phrases to know and the etiquette to follow.

Basic Market Vocabulary

First, there are a handful of different types of markets.

-- Mercato ambulante - Farmers market (in the sense that it sells goods as well as food)

-- Mercato dell’artigianato OR Mercato artigiano - Artisan market

-- Mercato dell’antiquariato - Antique market

-- Mercato del pesce - Fish market

These markets are only open on certain days of the week or the month, so make sure to check the city’s schedule in advance.

CPF: San Lorenzo Market is one of Carlotta’s favorite places to visit in Florence. Read more about it here.

19 Phrases for Shopping at a Market

-- (if you don’t know the word) Prendo (due), per favore. - I’ll take (two), please.

-- Mi dà un chilo di (ricotta)? - Can you give me a kilo of (ricotta)?

-- Prendo due etti di olive, per favore. - I’ll take a ½  lb of olives, please.

-- Vorrei due etti e mezzo di (castagne). - I’d like two hundred and fifty grams of chestnuts.

-- Oggi faccio la panzanella, avete la cipolla rossa? - I’m making panzanella today, do you have red onion?

-- Quanto costano (le patate)? - How much are (the potatoes)?

-- Quanto viene (il basilico)? - How much is the basil?

-- Basta. - That’s enough.

-- Nient’altro, grazie. - That’s enough, thank you.

-- Un pò di più. - More.

-- Qualcosa (di) meno. - Less.

-- Poi? - Anything else?

-- Altro? - Anything else?

-- Vuole una busta? / sacchetto? - A bag?

-- Posso chiederle un sacchetto di carta? - Can I ask for a paper bag?

-- Sono tre etti e duecento grammi, che faccio lascio? - It’s three hundred and twenty grams, (usually more than the quantity you asked for) do you take it?

If it isn’t busy and you’d like some advice on how to prepare whatever you’re purchasing, you can ask the vendor…

-- Come si fa questi ravioli? - How does one make these ravioli?

-- Come potrei usare questo ortaggio? Non l’ho mai assaggiato. - How could I use this vegetable? I’ve never tasted it.

-- Secondo lei queste pesche sono abbastanza dolci? - What do you think about these peaches? Are they sweet enough?

If you’re not sure how to handle money in Italian, read this article next.

3 Must-Know Rules to Make a Bella Figura

1) Bring cash. - You can usually assume that all markets will be cash only, so make sure you have plenty on you when you go.

2) Don’t touch the produce with your hands. - While I have seen Italians use their hands to pick through produce, it’s usually only when the vendor knows the customer well. Otherwise, it’s a hygiene issue. Just tell the vendor what you’d like or what you’re making and they’ll help you pick produce out.

3) Bring your own bag, or pay for one. - If you don’t bring your own bag, expect to pay a little extra in change to purchase one.

Special thanks to The Creative Impostor Studios for producing this show, to Patreon supporters for helping fund the show, and to the lovely Timarie Harrison for putting all of the pieces together. It takes a village.

 


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Category:general -- posted at: 1:00am PST

ITALIAN

Rachel: Hai bisogno di qualcosa dal supermercato?

Carlotta: No, no, dai, non ti preoccupare.

Rachel: Macché! Tanto, oggi vado al supermercato comunque.

Have you ever heard an expression like the one above that starts with “tanto?” You might already know that “tanto” means “a lot” but obviously in this case, that translation doesn’t make much sense. I hear all the time that this sentence structure is confusing! So what does “tanto” mean when used this way? It’s simple, so let me demystify it for you.

In this example, “tanto” is used a bit like, “really,” “anyways,” or “as” in English. So for example, in the previous dialogue, the conversation might have looked something like this:

ENGLISH

Rachel: Do you need something from the supermarket?

Carlotta: No, no, come on, don’t worry about it.

Rachel: Nonsense! Really, I was going to the supermarket today regardless.


Other Examples of “Tanto”

1.) Non abbiamo fretta, tanto andiamo in macchina ci metteremo al massimo 5 minuti.

2.) Tanto anche se piangi non otterrai niente!

3.) Non ti preoccupare se si è rotto, tanto era un oggetto vecchissimo.

4.) Non importa quanto ti ha fatto arrabbiare, tanto appena ti chiama corri ai suoi piedi!

5.) Provaci tu, ma tanto non funziona.

6.) Ho provato a dirglielo in tutti i modi ma è inutile, tanto non vuole ascoltarmi!

7.) Perchè piangi? Tanto ormai il guaio è fatto!


Using “tanto” like this is a very common expression, but at times it's difficult to translate for English speakers since the definition isn’t precise. However, thinking about it in terms of “anyways”, “as” or “really” in English can help you make sense of everyday conversations in Italy.

Another Way to Use Tanto

When the nouns of a sentence are the same, you use il comparativo di ugualianza, or the comparative of equality.

To do this, you can use a few different forms:

— (così)…come – This is used for adjectives and adverbs; così is in parenthesis because you don’t always have to add it.

— (tanto)…quanto – This is used for nouns or adverbs; tanto is in parenthesis because you don’t always have to add it.

Esempi

— La torta al cioccolato è (tanto) buona come la torta alla vaniglia. – The chocolate cake is as good as the vanilla cake.

— I ragazzi giocano (tanto) a calcio quanto a basket. – The kids play just as much soccer as they do basketball.

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// SENTIRE

WordReference lists it as meaning:

— To taste

— To feel

— To hear

— To smell

And you might be confused because you know that “ascoltare” can mean “to hear / to listen,” too.

Verbs in Italian can have so many different meanings, so the entire goal of this article is to help you identify which ones you have to know in order to have fluid + enjoyable conversations in Italian.

Ways to Use the Verb “Sentire”

Here are examples and explanations for each of the definitions.

To taste

— Hai sentito? Io lo adoro!! – Did you taste it? I adore it!!

(The above line is a snippet from a dialogue at an olive oil tasting. Check it out here.)

— Fammi sentire quel cocktail. – Let me taste that cocktail.

What’s the difference between “sentire” and “assaggiare – to sample / to taste” in this sense? There’s no difference! They’re perfect synonyms. YAY for simplicity.

To feel

— Hai sentito quel terremoto ieri mattina? – Did you feel the earthquake yesterday morning?

— Sento la mancanza dell’Italia.* – I miss Italy.

— Sento caldo. – I feel hot.

— Faceva così freddo che non sentivo più la faccia. – It was so cold that I couldn’t feel my face anymore.

— Senti la morbidezza di questa maglia. – Feel how soft this shirt is.

If you’re wondering how to say the “I feel…” like “I feel sick,” then you want to use “sentirsi,” which is a reflexive verb. You can learn more about reflexive verbs here.

*An easier way to say this would be “Mi manca l’Italia,” using the verb “mancare,” but I wrote it that way just to show that it’s possible.

To hear

— Hai sentito quel rumore? – Did you hear that noise?

— Ho sentito dire  che Bologna è una città fantastica. – I heard that Bologna is a fantastic city.

— Prontooooo?! Mi senti? – Helllloooo?! Can you hear me?

— È una buona idea sentire l’avvocato. – It’s a good idea to consult / listen to a lawyer.

What’s the difference between “sentire” and “ascoltare – to listen / to hear” in this sense?

When you’re saying something like “Senti, volevo dirti una cosa – Listen, I wanted to tell you something,” you can use “ascoltare” instead. However, “sentire” is more commonly used these days.

Also, “ascoltare” is used more often to talk about giving attention to something, like “ascoltare la musica – to listen to music” or “ascoltare ad un discorso – to listen to a conversation / argument.”

Common phrases

— Ci sentiamo presto. – We’ll hear from each other soon.

— Senti (informal) / senta (formal)… – Listen…

To smell

— Senti quest’ odore? È la pizza più buona della città. – Do you smell this  (scent)? It’s the best pizza in the city.

— Dopo che ho sentito quel profumo, l’ho comprato immediatamente. Si Sente l’odore del miele! – After I smelled that perfume, I bought it right away. It smells like honey!

// TROVARE

While the verb “trovare” is often taught as “to find,” don’t let that one-shade definition fool you. Just like in English, the verbs in Italian do more than one job. (Aren’t we so lucky?)

I’ve talked before about how many nuances verbs like “perdere – to lose,” “mancare – to miss,” and “fare – to do / to make” have. Now I want to tackle “trovare,” because I think it adds a more conversational tone when you can use it just like Italians do.

So, here are 3 ways to use “trovare” in Italian.

How to Use “Trovare” in Italian

1) Come hai trovato Bologna? – What’d you think of Bologna?

And if I were being asked that question, I would answer: L’ho trovata bellissima! – I thought it was beautiful.

CPF: “Trovato” ends in an -a, instead of an -o, because all cities are considered feminine in Italian. Take that, patriarchy.

Other examples:

— Come trovi il corso d’italiano? – What do you think of your Italian course?

— Lo trovo molto molto moltooooo difficile… però mi piace. – I’m finding it really really reallyyyyy difficult… but I like it.

— Trovo che Maria sia una persona davvero educata. – I think Maria is really a good-mannered person.

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2) Fatti trovare pronto. – Make sure you’re ready (to go).

Here I’m using the phrase “farsi trovare,” which can be defined here as a more demanding version of “to be.”

Other examples:

— Fatti trovare là alle sette. – Be there at 7.

— Giulia e la sua amica si faranno trovare pronte per le sette. – Giulia and her friend will be ready at 7 pm.

— Puoi darmi dei consigli per farmi trovare più facilmente sui social network? – Can you give me some advice to make people search more easily for my page on social networks?

— Ti farò trovare una cenetta deliziosa al tuo rientro! – I’m going to prepare for you a delicious dinner by the time you’ll be home.

3) Vado a trovare mio nonno. – I’m going to visit my grandfather.

In this situation, “trovare” is meant as “to visit.” Unlike in English, Italians wouldn’t use the verb “visitare – to visit” to talk about people. They only use it when talking about places, like “Ho visitato il duomo a Firenze! – I visited the Duomo in Florence!”

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In Italian, a pronominal verb is basically a verb mixed with pronouns.

Pronominal verbs look similar to verbs you already know, making it a little bit easier to take a guess at their meaning.

We’re all familiar with the Italian verb ‘andare,’ meaning ‘to go’.

The pronominal verb that looks similar to andare is andarsene.

You can guess by how it looks that andarsene probably has something to do with going somewhere.

Andarsene means ‘to go away somewhere’.

Pronominal verbs often end in –sene.

The ‘se’ is actually the pronoun ‘si,’ but it changes to ‘se’ because it is preceding another pronoun.

The pronoun it is preceding in this case is ‘ne,’ which is called a pronominal particle. The ‘ne’ often refers to something or somewhere. In the case of andarsene, it relates to somewhere.

Here are some other pronominal verbs that end in –sene:

– pentirsene – to regret something

– fregarsene – to not care (only used colloquially) about something

 

Besides –sene, pronominal verbs can have other endings too.

They can end in –sela, -sele, -cisi and –ci, just to name a few.

The common thread is that they are all combinations of verbs and pronouns.

Here are a few other pronominal verbs before we get into how to conjugating them.

– volerci – to take (as in time, effort, etc.)

– cavarsela – to manage, to get by

– avercela – be angry or upset by someone

-- entrarci - to have to do with

 

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What do you say when you freeze and forget how to speak Italian? Don't worry -- it happens! Here are some useful phrases to try.

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Much like in the US, you can buy cheese at the deli counter. Near the deli there is usually some already pre-packaged and pre-weighed cheeses for you to browse as well.

Personally, I like my cheese fresh cut, so I recommend going to the deli versus buying it pre-packaged.

Alternatively you can get cheese from a caseificio, which is a shop that specializes in dairy products. These shops are usually close to the farm where the sheep / cows are bred.

Vorrei… – I would like…

Parmigiano Reggiano 24 mesi (DOP): This is the good stuff. You can grate it or eat it; it’s good on or with just about every primo or secondo.

Poi? – Anything else?

Hint: Rachel prefers 24 months to 12 months aged… the 24 months aging time makes it not too hard, and not too soft, but you can find both younger and older. Carlotta says that the 36 months is the best but to be prepared for a veeeery high cost!

Basta. – That’s enough.

Pecorino (Romano, Toscano, Sardo) DOP: Pecorino is a sheep’s milk cheese. I prefer the Sardo version slightly more (to me it tastes more earthy), but they are all delicious. You can find fresh pecorino, aged, or super aged pecorino cheeses. Obviously the more it’s aged the “stinkier” it gets, meaning it has a bolder and less milky flavor.

Fetta – Slice

Fettina – Thin slice

Ricotta: Want to know my secret to buying a good ricotta? Goat’s milk ricotta over cow’s milk ricotta, all day every day. The goat’s milk ricotta is sweeter and so delicious. I love an afternoon snack of ricotta on toast drizzled with oil and salt. Mmmm.

Un etto – 1/10th of a kilo, aka 100 grams. 1kg =2.2 lb so 1/10 of 2.2 is just barely under ¼ lb

Due / tre etti – Plural of etto, for more than 100 grams

Grammi – Grams, you can also order in grams instead of saying etti

-- Buongiorno! Oggi vorrei tre etti di pecorino. – Good morning! Today I would like 300 grams of pecorino.

Burrata: Burrata is essentially mozzarella, but a softer, milkier, buttery version. It’s great to be eaten when you want even more mozzarella flavor and texture.

-- Bene allora, ma che tipo di pecorino? Abbiamo pecorino sardo o toscano. – OK, that’s’ fine but what type of pecorino? We have pecorino from Sardinia and Tuscany.

Stracchino: This is a type of cow’s milk cheese that is delicious and gooey and so good as an appetizer with prosciutto crudo. It’s a fresh cheese, no rind, and sometimes known as “crescenza.”

-- Ohhh quello Sardo di certo! – Oooo, the Sardinian one of course!

Stracciatella: I would be a bad Pugliese girl if I didn’t mention this cheese! A cow’s milk cheese, similar again to mozzarella, it is produced by stretching and pulling. Delicious with an antipasto or some fresh tomatoes and olives!

-- Un mezzo kilo per favore. — Half a kilo, please!

Ricotta salata: Salted ricotta is AMAZING. Not everyone has tried it, and it’s definitely not a cheese you eat by the slice (too salty to eat alone) but grated on top of pasta in place of parm, or served in small cubes baked into a pasta dish, it’s truly fantastic.

OK, quanto ne vuoi? – How much do you want?

When the deli worker is done, he will usually say, “poi?” (or “altro?” or “vuole dell’altro?”) meaning, “anything else?”

I continue this way, asking about or ordering just one or two items at a time, until I am done and I give a hearty, “basta, grazie” or “that’s enough, thanks”.

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CPF >> Wondering what DOP means? Denominazione di Origine Protetta or Protected Designation of Origin, which means it was produced according to super strict standards. This label is definitely something you want to look for when buying a cheese like parmigiano.

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I don’t know why, but I love the word “altrimenti”. It might be the way it rolls off the tongue or the elegant way it connects phrases together, but I’m off on a language-nerd tangent now.

The point is that today we are learning how to use the word “altrimenti” in Italian.

(Seriously, say it loud now. Shivers. Kind of like “la schiuma del cappuccino”.)

“Altrimenti” can be defined as:

  • Otherwise
  • Or else
  • If not

Here are some examples to give you an idea of how you can use it:

Non lavorare troppo, altrimenti ti esaurisci/viene un esaurimento. - Don’t work too hard, otherwise you’ll burn out.

Se pensi altrimenti, dimmi. - If you think otherwise, tell me.

A: Perché hai imparato l’Italiano al liceo? - Why did you learn Italian in high school?

B: Perché altrimenti avrei dovuto imparare lo spagnolo e già riuscivo a parlarlo. - Because otherwise I would have had to learn Spanish and I already spoke it.

Devo imparare il mandarino, altrimenti non riuscirò a comunicare con la mia famiglia quando starò a Taiwan. - I have to learn Mandarin, otherwise I won’t be able to communicate with my family when I’m in Taiwan.

Lo so che non è una buona idea, ma non posso fare altrimenti. - I know that it’s not a good idea, but I can’t do otherwise/have no other choice.

Non posso fare altrimenti! - I cannot do otherwise!

Sinomino:

  • Sennò/Se no - If not; This is used more often in spoken Italian and can only be substituted with “altrimenti” to mean “if not” or “or else”.
  • Altrimenti detto - Also known as
  • Fare altrimenti - To do otherwise

 

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In episode 208 of the 30 Minute Italian Podcast, Rachel and I talk about what Christmas holiday is coming up in Florence and the reality of being a foreigner - an American - in Italy.

We answer questions like - What’s it like to...

  • Pay bills in Italy?
  • Be far away from friends in Italy?
  • Make Italian friends?
  • Buy a house in Italy?

Vocabulary Mentioned:

  • L'Immacolata Concezione - Immaculate Conception
  • Il vin brûlé - Mulled wine
  • Mercatini di Natale - Christmas markets

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1 ) Mamma mia, questa (schiacciata) è puro piacere!!! - My goodness, this (schiacciata) is pure pleasure!!!

2) Giulia: Sentirai che bontà… - You’ll see how good it is!

You: Olio nuovo? Non l’ho mai sentito dire… – New oil? I’ve never tried it/heard of it.

3) Adoro il sapore dell’olio appena spremuto, mi ricorda l’infanz ia! – I love the freshly pressed oil taste, it reminds me of childhood!

4)  Mmm…è buono. – Mmm…it’s good.

5) La tua cucina è davvero buona. – Your cooking is really good.

6) Cucini davvero bene. – You cook really good.

7) È buonissimo.

EH bwuon-EES-see-moh

It’s so good!

  • ‘buono’ is an adjective (aggettivo) which says something about a noun;
  • ‘bene’ is an adverb (avverbio) which says something about a verb. Both ‘avverbio’ and ‘adverb’ come from the Latin ‘adverbium’ which literally means ‘in relation to the verb’.

Regina Coeli?

La torta - The cake -->  È buonissima!

Il sushi - The sushi --> È buonissimo!

I frutti di mare - The seafood --> Sono buonissimi!

Le lasagne - The lasagna --> Sono buonissime!

-- Ho mangiato bene.

-- Si mangia davvero bene.

8) È squisito.

EH sqwee-ZEE-toh

It’s exquisite!

9) È assolutamente da provare.

Il risotto è assolutamente da provare

Quel piatto…

10) Tutto perfetto / tutto ottimo

Ottimo per una cena romantica

Ottimo per una cena fra amici

 

TWO BONUS PHRASES -

Parla come mangi. - Speak like you at. Keep it simple.

Bevilo tutto - L’acqua fa male e il vino fa cantare*

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Antico vinaio - via de neri

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I don’t know about you, but recently I have been feeling pretty filled to the brim with tasks to do, and that reminded me of all of the things I say in Italian to tell others that I have a lot on my plate.

I’m sure many of you are in the same boat, and so I thought I would share my favorite expressions with you.

1) Ho una miriade di cose da fare. - I have a lot of things to do.

2) Ho una marea di lavoro da svolgere. - I have a tide (a load) of work to carry out.

3) Ho un sacco di cose da fare. - I have a sack of things to do./I have a lot on my plate.

4) Sono impegnato/a - impegnatissimo/a. - I’m really busy.

5) Sono sommerso/a dal lavoro! - I’m overwhelmed by work!

6) Sono in ritardo! - I’m late!

7) Scusi, possiamo parlare dopo? Sono di fretta. - Sorry, can we chat later? I’m in a rush.

8) Vado di fretta. - I’m in a rush.

9) Il tempo è volato! Scusi, devo scappare o farò tardi! - The time flew by! Sorry, I gotta’ run or I’ll be late!

If you’re saying this to a friend, use “scusami - sorry” instead of the formal “scusi.”

10) Sto per perdere (il treno)! - I’m about to miss the train!

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If I had to choose a few words that I’m asked about all the time in Italian, ones like “proprio” and “magari” would surely be up there, but the one I hear about being difficult constantly is “mica”.

In fact, it’s such a difficult word that I was still fuzzy on how to use it as I wrote this lesson. I had to get lots of help from our lovely in-house native Italian editor, Carlotta.

Despite that, we’ve done our best to drill “mica” -- a word that’s used informally in everyday spoken conversation -- down to its simplest usages.

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Definitions:

  • Not at all/not one bit
  • Surely
  • Not even
  • Not in the least
  • By any chance

Overall, know that it's used in order to strengthen the negative meaning of a sentence.

POPULAR EXPRESSION #1: Mica Male

“Mica male” can best be translated as “not bad”, as in:

  • Questo gelato non è mica male! - This gelato is not bad at all! (in the sense of, “this gelato is quite good”.)
  • Mica male quella ragazza! - Look at that girl, not bad, right?
  • Mica male questo libro. - This book isn't bad at all.

POPULAR EXPRESSION #2: Mica tanto

“Mica tanto” can best be used to mean “not really” or “not much”.

A: Ti è piaciuto il film “Superman vs. Batman”? - Did you like the movie “Superman vs. Batman”?

B: Mica tanto! - Not really!

Mica costano poi (così) tanto/Non costano mica tanto, prendile! - They are not that expensive after all./ They are not that expensive, go and get them!

DEFINITION: Not at all/not one bit

  • Non sembri mica interessato/a. - You don’t seem interested at all.
  • Non è mica vero. - It’s not true at all!
  • Non ha mica capito. - He didn’t understand at all.

DEFINITION: By chance/happen to

  • Hai mica visto la mia borsa? - Have you by chance seen my purse?
  • Hai mica una penna? - Do you happen to have a pen?
  • Non sai mica dov’è? / Mica sai dov’è? - You don't happen to know where he is, do you?
  • Non sei mica la sorellina di Giulia?/Mica sei la sorellina di Giulia? - You wouldn’t happen to be Giulia’s little sister?

DEFINITION: Surely

  • Non glielo dico mica, stai tranquilla! - I’m surely not going to tell him, don’t worry!
  • Se lui è là, io mica vado alla festa. - If he is there, I am surely not going to the party.

DEFINITION: It’s not like...

  • Mica ci vuole un'ora per bere una tazza di caffè. - It's not like it takes an hour to drink a cup of coffee.
  • Mica sono scemo! - It’s not like I’m stupid.

Non sono mica nato/a ieri! - It’s not like I was born yesterday!

 

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Rachel and I talk about what others have been talking about from the news a lot in Italy, what holiday just passed in Florence, and what it's like to be pregnant in Italy.

We answer questions like 'What's the difference in Italy and America between':

  • Maternity leave?
  • Preferential treatment?
  • Doctor's appointments?
  • Parties/planned events?
  • Gifts?

Vocabulary Mentioned:

  • Fare il ponte - Make a long weekend (Literally: Make a bridge)
    • Ho fatto il ponte. - I made a long weekend with the holiday.
  • L'ecografia - Sonogram
  • La portafortuna - A good luck charm in reference to the first nightie the baby will wear usually made of silk/cotton.

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We snaked our way through the streets of Florence as we made our way to il mercato di Sant'Ambrogio. I turned toward Mary, “Com’è andata la tua lezione? - How’d your lesson go?”

She responded, raising her voice slightly so I could hear her above the clamor, “È andata benissimo, Beatrice è un’insegnante fantastica. - It went well, Beatrice is a fantastic teacher.”

These natural walking conversations had become such an integral part of the immersion retreat experience that Rachel & I decided to build more structure around them so students could get more of out of them.

Now, every participant who comes on the trip receives a situation-specific workbook that gives them phrases and vocabulary to study before coming on the trip to help them prepare for these spontaneous conversations.

I thought it might be cool to give you all a sample of what’s included in this workbook, too. :) Below you’ll see vocabulary and phrases for talking about Italian lessons.

And if you’re interested in coming on one of our trips, read more details and apply for one of the six spots here.

How to Talk About Your Lessons:

Verbs

-- Dovere - To have to / must
-- Imparare - To learn
-- Insegnare - To teach
-- Sentire - To listen / to hear
-- Dire - To tell / to say
-- Dimenticare - To forget
-- Migliorare - To improve
-- Consigliare / Suggerire - To suggest / advise
-- Fare errori - To make mistakes
-- Sbagliare - To be wrong
-- Ripassare - To review

Vocabulary

-- L’imperfetto - Imperfect tense
-- Il passato prossimo - Past tense
-- Il congiuntivo - Subjunctive mood
-- Il condizionale - Conditional tense
-- Le preposizioni - Prepositions
-- I pronomi - Pronouns
-- Test di ascolto - Listening test
-- I compiti - Homework

Phrases

-- Cos’ hai imparato oggi? - What did you learn today?
-- Abbiamo fatto pratica con il congiuntivo. - We practiced using the subjunctive mood.
-- Hai finito i tuoi compiti? - Did you finish your homework?
-- Beatrice mi ha detto che devo esercitarmi con l’imperfetto. - Beatrice told me that I need to practice using the imperfect tense.
-- Roberta mi ha consigliato di ascoltare dei podcast in Italiano. - Roberta suggested that I listen to some podcasts in Italian.
-- Ho continuato a dimenticare come usare correttamente il passato prossimo. - I kept forgetting how to use the past tense!
-- Continuo a sbagliare / continuo a fare errori il congiuntivo. - I kept making mistakes with the subjunctive mood!
-- Abbiamo ripassato le preposizioni semplici. - We reviewed simple prepositions.
-- Devo imparare più vocaboli per descrivere il mio lavoro. - I need to learn more vocabulary around (my job).
-- Devo migliorare l’ascolto. - I need to improve my listening skills.
-- Roberta era fantastica! Mi piace tantissimo il suo metodo di insegnamento. - Roberta was fantastic! I really like the way she teaches.
-- Beatrice mi ha aiutato tantissimo. - Beatrice was really helpful.

Sample Conversation

Cher: Che cosa hai imparato oggi? - What did you learn today?


Mary: Abbiamo ripassato l’imperfetto e il passato prossimo. - We reviewed the imperfect and the past tense.

Cher: È difficilissimo! Faccio ancora degli errori… uso spesso l’imperfetto quando dovrei usare il passato prossimo. - It’s really difficult. I still make mistakes… I often use the imperfect when I should use the past tense.

Mary: Anche io!! - Me too!!

Cher: Ma ora la differenza è più chiara? - But is the difference clear now?

Mary: Sì, però penso che io abbia bisogno di più pratica. - Yeah, but I think I need more practice.

Cher: Piano, piano. Hai dei compiti? - Slowly you’ll get it. Do you have homework?

Mary: Sì, Beatrice mi ha dato un test di ascolto. Lei vuole capire meglio il mio livello. - Yes, Beatrice gave me a listening test. She wants to understand better what level I’m at.

Cher: Ahh, interessante! - Ah, interesting!

EXERCISE: FILL-IN-THE-BLANK

1) Cos’ hai ___________ oggi? - What did you learn today?

2) Abbiamo ___________ pratica con il congiuntivo. - We practiced using the subjunctive mood.

3) Hai finito i tuoi ___________? - Did you finish your homework?

4) Beatrice mi ha detto che devo ___________ con l’imperfetto. - Beatrice told me that I need to practice using the imperfect tense.

5) Roberta mi ha ___________ di ascoltare dei podcast in Italiano. - Roberta suggested that I listen to some podcasts in Italian.

6) Ho ___________ a dimenticare come usare correttamente il passato prossimo. - I kept forgetting how to use the past tense!

7) Continuo a sbagliare / continuo a fare ___________ il congiuntivo. - I kept making mistakes with the subjunctive mood!

8) Abbiamo ___________ le preposizioni semplici. - We reviewed simple prepositions.

9) Devo imparare più ___________ per descrivere il mio lavoro. - I need to learn more vocabulary around (my job).

10) ___________ migliorare l’ascolto. - I need to improve my listening skills.

11) Roberta era fantastica! Mi piace tantissimo il suo ___________ di insegnamento. - Roberta was fantastic! I really like the way she teaches.

12) Beatrice mi ha ___________ tantissimo. - Beatrice was really helpful

To download this worksheet in PDF, click here.

 

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“Where are you from? - Di dove sei?”

It has to be one of the top ten most frequently asked questions when you meet somebody while abroad in Italy.

And while you could just simply say, “Colorado” or “Gli Stati Uniti” and end the conversation, what else could you say to describe where you’re from AND get more language practice in?

Let’s pretend that someone asks me, “Com’è Coeur d’Alene? - What is Coeur d’Alene like?”

I might say: La città è bellissima! È una destinazione turistica e molte persone famose vivono qua durante l’estate. Abbiamo una lago… che si chiama il lago Coeur d’Alene...  hahah… molto creativo / fantasioso come nome, lo so. E poi, che altro? È molto verde, una cosa fantastica perché io sono ossessionata dagli alberi. Oh e ci sono molti sentieri per fare trekking. Vivere là durante l’inverno non è facile, però a me non importa tantissimo. - it’s a beautiful city! It’s a tourist destination and lots of famous people live here during the summer. We have a lake that’s called Lake Coeur d’Alene… ahaha… a really creative name, I know. And then, what else is there? It’s really green, which is great for me because I’m obsessed with trees. Oh and there are lots of hiking trails. Living there during the winter isn’t easy but I don’t mind very much.

I would say a lot because I LOVE where I live, haha.

But, enough about me, the real question is about what YOU would say, and while I can’t give you all of the vocabulary words you might need, I’ll do my best.

Useful Phrases

È vicino (allo stato di Washington) e (Oregon). - It’s near (Washington state) and (Oregon).

È nel (nord-ovest). - It’s in the northwest.

...l’ovest - west

...il sud - south

...l’est - east

...mid-ovest - midwest

-- Devi fare un giro durante... - You should visit during...

….l’estate - summer

...la primavera - spring

...l’autunno - autumn

….l’inverno - winter

-- È molto… - It’s really...

... verde - green

… secco - dry

… noioso - boring

... piccolo - small

...particolare - peculiar / interesting

-- È un paesino. - It’s a tiny town.

-- È una città grande. - It’s a big city.

-- Non mi trasferirei  mai. - I would never move.

-- Voglio trasferirmi! - I want to move.

-- Non c’è niente da fare. - There’s nothing to do.

-- Ci sono molte cose da fare! - There are so many things to do.

-- In generale, la gente ha una mentalità ... - In general, the people have a …. mentality

...chiusa - closed

...aperta - open

-- La mia cosa preferita (nella mia città) da fare è andare in spiaggia. - My favorite thing to do in my city is go to the beach.

-- Abbiamo una gelateria BUONISSIMA. Devi per forza assaggiare il gusto al / di mirtillo. - We have a REALLY DELICIOUS ice cream shop. You have got to try the huckleberry flavor.

-- In questa stagione tutti vanno  in montagna per sciare. - In this season everyone goes to the mountains to ski.

-- Il posto migliore per ….è… - The best place to…. Is…

E.g. il posto migliore per fare trekking è il Glacier National Park. - The best place to go hiking is Glacier National Park.

-- Si mangia davvero bene a Beverly’s. - You’ll eat really well at Beverly’s.

Hopefully those phrases help keep your conversation going and give you plenty to work with so you can describe where you live. :)

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14 Ways to Say Thank You

 

1) Grazie. - Thank you.

2) Ti ringrazio (informal) /La ringrazio (formal). - Thank you.

  • I miei ringraziamenti - All my gratitude
  • Porgo i miei più sinceri ringraziamenti.- I offer you my sincerest thanks.

3) Grazie mille / mille grazie. - Thanks a million.

4) Grazie tante. - Thanks a lot.

5) Molte grazie. - Many thanks.

6) Grazie di tutto. - Thanks for everything.

7.) Lo apprezzo tanto. - I really appreciate it.

8) Grazie di cuore. - Thanks from the heart.

9) Grazie dal più profondo del cuore. - Thanks from the depth of my heart.

10) Grazie infinite. - Infinite thanks.

11) Grazie di nuovo. - Thanks again.

12) Grazie ancora. - Thanks again.

13) Le/Ti sono grata/o. - I’m grateful to you.

14) Non ho parole per ringraziarti/ringraziarla. - I don’t have words to thank you.

 

5 Ways to Say You’re Welcome

 

1) E di che. - It was no big deal.

  • Grazie per il cappuccino!
  • E di che? 

2) Figurati - Don’t mention it.

  • Grazie per avermi aiutato con questo compito difficile.
  • Figurati.

3) Di Niente - It’s nothing.

4) Non c’è di che. - You’re welcome/Nothing.

5) Di nulla. - It’s nothing.

 

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Learn 11 phrases to say goodbye in Italian. PSSSST. This is also the LAST episode of the podcast, so you'll want to listen in to hear about what's next and why I've decided to end it.

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Il primo episodio tutto in italiano! 

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Rachel Vermiglio Smith, managing editor at The Iceberg Project, discusses her love for Italian and what it was like to move to Florence.

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Italian vocabulary for making pasta with a pasta cacio e pepe recipe from Lo Spicchio d'Aglio.

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Vocabulary for making dessert in Italian. This episode focuses on a torta di mele recipe from the website Lo Spicchio d'Aglio.

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25 Romantic Italian Phrases that will absolutely melt the heart of the one you love, or want to love!

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Focusing on being fluent can get in the way of your actual learning of Italian.

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Learn how to count and more importantly eat when in Italy.

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This article has to do less with the Italian language and more about how you learn the Italian language.

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"Head, shoulders, knees and toes!" Learn to talk about parts of the body in Italian

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Learn effective strategies for increasing your fluency and learning vocabulary in Italian with trip planner Madeline Jhawar.

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Need practice choosing between the imperfect and the past tense in Italian? Take this quick 10-question quiz.

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How to talk about the rain, shine, snow, humid or any other weather in Italian. Great for making conversation if you can't think of anything else to say!

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Cherrye's story, like many expats, is full of ups and downs with the language and the culture.

What I think is most special about our chat is her favorite parts of Italy, one of which makes you feel so at home even if you were never born there, which for many of us without any native Italian blood is one of the greatest gifts Italy has to give.

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Here are twelve phrases in Italian that are typically used with the subjunctive mood to express thoughts, opinions, desires, fear, etc.

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Learn how and why Toni DeBella, from Orvieto or Bust, moved to Orvieto, Italy and her experiences as an American expat.

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Learn three verbs that every beginner should master in Italian in the past tense, present tense, subjunctive tense, and future tense.

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Learn when to use niente and/or nulla in Italian.

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