30 Minute Italian









December 2014
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When and how to use the Italian verbs bastare, mancare and piacere.

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Expressions to use if you're not sure what to say during an Italian conversation.

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[IN ITALIAN] In this quick clip, Carmine Caruso tells how Italians typically celebrate Christmas.

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How to be enthusiastic in a more Italian way and grow your vocabulary with 15 ways to express your excitement in Italian.

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Once you visit southern Italy, you feel like you've seen an entirely different world while in the same country, which is what I imagine Cherrye Moore experienced upon moving to Calabria with her native Italian husband.

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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The way you think about yourself as a language learner can get in the way of how well you learn the language. Here's how to put your doubts about yourself to sleep.

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Learn how to say descriptions for hair color, eye color, height, weight, and nationality in Italian.

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How to talk about your family in Italian so you can make small talk.

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An interview with Emanuele Venditti in which you'll learn why pronunciation is more imporant than grammar, three new sayings to use with friends and in stories and common mistakes made with the subjunctive tense. You'll also hear about his vision for an online platform with which you can learn and speak Italian with natives on a weekly basis.

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Learn how Tiffany Parks ended up as an expat in Rome, Italy and how she used her love of opera to connect with the Italian language. You'll also learn her four methods for learning the language, two tips for avoiding dangerous situations in Italy and how she got the ball rolling on her move to a new country.

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Learn the differences between the verbs "potere" and "riuscire" in Italian.

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Using the imperative in Italian to give a command, offer an invitation or suggest advice.

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Using the present subjunctive mood to express doubts, wishes and uncertainties and using the the present indicative to express a certainty or fact in Italian.

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Some motivation for those days that you just don't feel like learning a new grammar tense or vocabulary words. Forza!

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Learn some words in Italian that come from English, like nerd, cupcake, and whiskey.

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Alexandra Lawrence tells you exactly what it takes to make it as an expat while learning the culture through the language.

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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 to write a birthday card in Italian to a friend, your significant other, family, or on Twitter.

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Learn how Linda and Steve started The Beehive Hotel/Hostel in Rome, Italy.

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Learn the various ways you can use the words "ne" and "ci" in Italian.

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Learn how to tell a story in Italian with twenty phrases.

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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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Sentence structure is incredibly important to sounding natural in Italian. Here is how you structure basic sentences in Italian.

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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 to use the words appena, addirittura, comunque and quindi in Italian.

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See examples of what it means when a verb is regular or irregular in Italian and how -are, -ire, and -ere verbs are conjugated in Italian in the present tense.

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Learn how to use relative and absolute superlatives in the Italian language along with examples.

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Learn a few of the methods Luca has used to learn twelve languages on his own along with how to hone your Italian accent.

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Learn how to make your verbs, adjectives, and objects agree in Italian between masculine/feminine and singular/plural with examples.

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Meet Rosangela, a native Italian speaker, who draws to help other learn Italian vocabulary and phrases. This interview is entirely in Italian and transcripts can be found in the show notes.

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Learn about what the Veneto region was like while Monica Cesarato grew up, how it is now, and the beautiful (& sometimes scary) history it has.

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Learn why you keep making mistakes with prepositions in Italian and how you can make less mistakes in the future.

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Learn where a native Italian from the south of Italy suggests you should visit, what you should definitely eat, and her favorite idiomatic words and phrases.

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Learn what you can do to practice your Italian while you're traveling to Italy as an Italian language learner.

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If you've hit a wall with Italian, you'll love this episode. Learn why your Italian doesn't sound like a natural or native Italian and how you can work on sounding more native.

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Learn how to understand and use the words tale, eccome and semmai in Italian.

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Learn how to improve your pronunciation in Italian as well as memorize hundreds of vocabulary words within 4-6 months.

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Learn how to use the gerund tense in Italian or the tense that talks about what is happening in the moment.

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Learn how to understand and use the words anzi, dunque and piuttosto in Italian.

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Learn 23 mantras for increasing your motivation to study Italian, nine small fixes for studying Italian more and how to use these mantras every single day.

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In this episode, I chat with Gail Mencini, author of the fictional novel To Tuscany with Love, about experiencing an authentic Italy and telling your story.

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Learn how to form and use articulated prepositions in Italian. (al, sul, nell', dall', etc.)

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Learn about authentic Italian cooking, learning Italian and raising an organic garden in Tuscany, Italy with Simonetta and Paola from Toscana Mia.

You'll learn:

  • Which one mistake most Americans make when cooking pasta
  • How they are able to grow organic vegetables (and some tips for dealing with pests that include beer)
  • One simple pasta recipe that you can make today
  • How to know what good olive oil really is and how much it should cost
  • How to find good olive oil in America
  • How Italians learn Italian growing up
  • Two tips for foreigners learning Italian that makes grammar muc
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Simple Prepositions in Italian {or why the smallest words hurt the most}

Click play on the player at the bottom to listen to this podcast or listen to it on Stitcher or iTunes.

All on their own, prepositions can be a pain in the butt.

This is especially when you're at an upper intermediate level, and you think you're getting the hang of Italian and THE ONLY THING THAT KEEPS MESSING YOU UP IS PREPOSITIONS.

{No personal experience or anything. No. I'm not yelling.}

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Learn how to research your Italian ancestry and genealogy with Mary Tedesco from Origins Italy.

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