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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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http://icebergproject.co/italian

 

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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.

 

Get resources & learn more at...

http://icebergproject.co/italian

 

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