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Your daily Italian language podcast where you will learn to speak Italian in just minutes a day. We start from the very beginning and learn popular phrases, grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation, all in easy to digest lessons never more than 5 minutes in length, 5 days a week. Subscribe, download, listen, and LET'S SPEAK ITALIAN!

    Week #010 Review, Friday

    Week #010 Review, Friday

    fratello = brother
    sorella = sister
    padre = father
    madre = mother
    cappotto = coat
    giacca = jacket
    cintura = belt
    calze = nylons, panty hose
    gonna = skirt
    camicetta = blouse
    problema = problem
    dizionario = dictionary
    macchina = car
    aiuto = help
    cavallo = horse
    comprare = to buy, compro, compri, compra, compriamo, comprate, comprano
    imparare = to learn, imparo, impari, impara, impariamo, imparate, imparano
    bere (bevere) = to drink, bevo, bevi, beve, beviamo, bevete, bevono
    vivere = to live, vivo, vivi, vive, viviamo, vivete, vivono
    You make a sentence negative by placing 'non' directly before the verb, and when responding negatively to a question, you must say 'no' as well as placing 'non' before the verb.
    Cantiamo bene in italiano. = We sing well in Italian.
    Non cantiamo bene in italiano = We do not sing well in Italian.
    Signor Gianni scrive una lettera. = Mr. Gianni writes a letter.
    Signor Gianni non scrive una lettera. = Mr. Gianni does not write a letter.
    Tommaso e' italiano? = Is Thomas Italian?
    No, Tommaso non e' italiano. = No, Thomas is not Italian.
    Parlate inglese alla mensa? = Do you speak English at the cafeteria?
    No, non parliamo inglese alla mensa. = No, we do not speak English at the cafeteria.
    For c'e' and ci sono put the 'non' in front of the c'e' or the ci.
    Ci sono molte ragazze in questa classe? = Are there many girls in this class?
    No, non ci sono molte ragazze in questa classe. = No, there are not many girls in this class.
    Avere = to have
    io ho = I have
    tu hai = you have (informal)
    Lei ha = you have (formal)
    lui/lei ha = he/she has
    noi abbiamo = we have
    voi avete = you have (plural)
    loro hanno = they have
    Avere bisogno di = To have need of, or to need.
    Then you just conjugate the verb 'avere' depending on the subject of the sentence.
    Noi abbiamo bisogno di aiuto. = We need help.
    Io ho bisogno di un dizionario. = I need a dictionary.
    Gli italiani hanno bisogno di imparare inglese. = The Italians need to learn English.
    Avete bisogno di una penna? = Do you need a pen?
    Si, abbiamo bisogno di una penna. = Yes, we need a pen.
    Tu hai bisogno di un dottore? = Do you need a doctor?
    No, non ho bisogno di un dottore. = No, I do not need a doctor.
    tavola = table
    bicchiere = drinking glass
    piatto = plate
    coltello = knife
    forchetta = fork
    cucchiaio = spoon
    tovagliolo = napkin
    vassoio = tray
    carne = meat
    latte = milk
    frutta = fruit
    sale = salt
    pepe = pepper
    burro = butter
    aranciata = orange soda pop
    ghiaccio = ice
    piselli = peas
    carote = carrots
    fagioli = beans
    zuppa = soup
    Che fila lunga! = What a long line!
    Ho fame. = I'm hungry. (I have hunger)
    Buon appetito! = Enjoy your meal! (Good appetite)
    Grazie, altrettanto. = Thanks, same to you.
    Basta, grazie. = That's enough, thank you.
    Sono sazio(a) = I'm full.
    Ho ancora fame. = I'm still hungry. (I have more hunger)
    Mi passa il sale, per favore? = Will you pass me the salt please? (formal)
    Mi passi il pepe, per favore? = Will you pass me the pepper please? (informal)
    Com'e' il cibo? = How is the food?
    Il cibo e' delizioso. = The food is delicious.
    Mi piace la zuppa. = I like the soup. (The soup pleases me)
    Non mi piace il latte. = I do not like the milk. (The milk does not please me)
    Mi piacciono i fagioli. = I like the beans. (The beans please me)
    Non mi piacciono i piselli. = I do not like the peas. (The peas do not please me)

    • 14 min
    Week #009 Review, Thursday

    Week #009 Review, Thursday

    un = precedes all masculine nouns, even those that begin with vowels. The exception is those masculine nouns beginning with ps, gn, z, or s and a consonant.
    un bambino = a baby
    un orologio = a clock
    uno = precedes masculine nouns beginning with ps, gn, z, or s and a consonant.
    uno specchio = a mirror
    uno psicologo = a psychologist
    una = precedes all feminine nouns beginning with a consonant.
    una scrivania = a desk
    una fragola = a strawberry
    un' = precedes all feminine nouns that begin with a vowel.
    un'ora = an hour
    un'arancia = an orange
    Essere = to be
    io sono = I am
    tu sei = you are (informal)
    Lei e' = you are (formal)
    lui/lei e` = he/she is
    noi siamo = we are
    voi siete = you are (plural)
    loro sono = they are
    C'e' = There is OR Is there?
    Ci sono = There are OR Are there?
    C'e' un insegnate qui? = Is there a teacher here?
    C'e' una mela per l'insegnante? = Is there an apple for the teacher?
    Ci sono due pere. = There are two pears.
    Ci sono tre belle donne. = There are three pretty women.
    Quanti cani ci sono? = How many dogs are there?
    Ci sono molti cani. = There are many dogs.
    Quante banane ci sono? = How many bananas are there?
    Ci sono molte banane. = There are many bananas.
    cravatta = tie
    camicia = shirt
    abito = suit
    vestito = dress
    scarpe = shoes
    calzini = socks
    pantaloni = pants
    letto = bed
    doccia = shower
    armadio = closet
    lavandino = sink
    spazzolino = toothbrush
    dentifricio = toothpaste
    sapone = soap
    asciugamano = towel
    pettine = comb
    rasoio = razor
    schiuma da barba = shaving cream
    shampoo = shampoo
    bigodini = curlers
    These colors must match the number and the gender of the noun which they modify:
    bianco = white
    nero = black
    rosso = red
    giallo = yellow
    grigio = gray
    camicia bianca = white shirt
    pantaloni bianchi = white pants
    vestito bianco = white dress
    scarpe bianche = white shoes
    These colors must match the number only of the noun which they modify:
    verde = green
    marrone = brown
    celeste = sky blue
    arancione = orange
    abito marrone = brown suit
    cravatta marrone = brown tie
    pantaloni marroni = brown pants
    scarpe marroni = brown shoes
    These colors will never change:
    blu' = blue
    rosa = pink
    viola = purple
    vestito blu' = blue dress
    scarpe blu' = blue shoes
    vestito viola = purple dress
    scarpe rosa = pink shoes
    Di che colore e' _____? = What color is _____?
    Di che colore sono _____? = What color are _____?
    Di che colore e' il limone? = What color is the lemon?
    Il limone e' giallo. = The lemon is yellow.
    Di che colore sono le fragole? = What color are the strawberries?
    Le fragole sono rosse. = The strawberries are red.
    Di che colore e' l'arancia? = What color is the orange?
    L'arancia e' arancione. = The orange is orange.
    Di che colore sono le porte? = What color are the doors?
    Le porte sono blu'. = The doors are blue.
    Di che colore e' l'asciugamano? = What color is the towel?
    L'asciugamano e' bianco. = The towel is white.
    Di che colore e' lo spazzolino? = What color is the toothbrush?
    Lo spazzolino e' viola. = The toothbrush is purple.

    • 16 min
    Week #008 Review, Wednesday

    Week #008 Review, Wednesday

    dormire = to sleep
    partire = to leave
    aprire = to open
    Then to conjugate these infinitives, you will drop the 'ire' and add the following endings:
    io = add 'o'
    tu = add 'i'
    Lei/lui/lei = add 'e'
    noi = add 'iamo'
    voi = add 'ite'
    loro = add 'ono'
    So to conjugate the verb 'dormire':
    io dormo
    tu dormi
    Lei/lui/lei dorme
    noi dormiamo
    voi dormite
    loro dormono
    Il mio amico dorme sempre in classe. = My friend always sleeps in class.
    Tu apri la finestra. = You open the window.
    Noi partiamo oggi. = We leave today.
    Loro partono domani. = They leave tomorrow
    Voi partite dopodomani. = You (plural) leave day after tomorrow.
    capire = to understand
    finire = to finish, to end
    preferire = to prefer
    To conjugate these types of verbs, you will drop the 'ire' and:
    io = add 'isco'
    tu = add 'isci'
    Lei/lui/lei = add 'isce'
    noi = add 'iamo'
    voi = add 'ite'
    loro = add 'iscono'
    Then to conjugate the verb 'capire':
    io capisco
    tu capisci
    Lei/lui/lei capisce
    noi capiamo
    voi capite
    loro capiscono
    Il ragazzo capisce la linga l'italiana. = The boy understands the Italian language.
    Noi preferiamo dormire. = We prefer to sleep.
    Tu preferisci mangiare? = Do you prefer to eat?
    Io finisco il discorso. = I finish the speech.
    Le ragazze capiscono l'insegnante. = The girls understand the teacher.
    Il presidente dorme in chiesa? = Does the president sleep in church?
    (Voi) Partite per l'italia domani? = Do you leave for Italy tomorrow?
    (Tu) Apri la finestra. = You open the window.
    (Noi) Apriamo la lettera. = We open the letter.
    (Io) Parto domani. = I leave tomorrow.
    Il professore apre la porta. = The professor opens the door.
    (Voi) Dormite sempre in classe. = You (plural) always sleep in class.
    (Voi) Finite la lezione oggi. = You (plural) finish the lesson today.
    Il presidente capisce la lingua. = The president understands the language.
    (Lei) Preferisce l'inglese? = Do you (formal) prefer English?
    I ragazzi capiscono l'insegnante = The boys understand the teacher.
    L'insegnante finisce la lezione. = The teacher finishes the lesson.
    (Io) Capisco lo spagnolo. = I understand Spanish.
    (Voi) Preferite mangiare? = Do you (plural) prefer to eat?
    (Noi) Finiamo il libro. = We finish the book.
    I bambini preferiscono gli spaghetti. = The babies prefer spaghetti.
    (Io) Preferisco dormire. = I prefer to sleep.
    ricevere = to receive
    vivere = to live
    chiedere = to ask
    sentire = to hear, to feel (1st form of 'ire' verbs)
    servire = to serve (1st form of 'ire' verbs)
    spedire = to send (2nd form of 'ire' verbs)
     
    STOP THE PODCAST - conjugate each of these verbs out loud. Then start the podcast again and I'll give you the answers.
     
    Io ricevo
    Tu ricevi
    Lei/lui/lei riceve
    Noi riceviamo
    Voi ricevete
    Loro ricevono
     
    Io vivo
    Tu vivi
    Lei/lui/lei vive
    Noi viviamo
    Voi vivete
    Loro vivono
     
    Io chiedo
    Tu chiedi
    Lei/lui/lei chiede
    Noi chiediamo
    Voi chiedete
    Loro chiedono
     
    Io sento
    Tu senti
    Lei/lui/lei sente
    Noi sentiamo
    Voi sentite
    Loro sentono
     
    Io servo
    Tu servi
    Lei/lui/lei serve
    Noi serviamo
    Voi servite
    Loro servono
     
    Io spedisco
    Tu spedisci
    Lei/lui/lei spedisce
    Noi spediamo
    Voi spedite
    Loro spediscono
    uovo = egg
    pomodoro = tomato
    fragola = strawberry
    banana = banana
    mela = apple
    pera = pear
    arancia = orange
    limone = lemon
    bello = handsome, beautiful (bella for feminine words)
    buono = good (buona for feminine words)
    bravo = good, used for people (brava for females)
    ricco = rich (ricca for femine words)
    qui = here
    quanti = how many
    molti = many

    • 20 min
    Week #007 Review, Tuesday

    Week #007 Review, Tuesday

    The seven ways to say 'the' are il, lo, l', la, i, gli, and le. Now here are the rules for deciding which of these forms to use.
    il = will precede masculine singular nouns that begin with a consonant, except words beginning with ps, pn, gn, z and s followed by a consonant.
    il libro = the book
    il ragazzo = the boy
    lo = will precede masculine singular nouns that begin with ps, pn, gn, z and s followed by a consonant.
    lo specchio = the mirror
    lo studente = the student
    l' = will precede all masculine and feminine singular nouns beginning with a vowel.
    l'amico = the friend
    l'acqua = the water
    la = will precede all feminine singular nouns beginning with a consonant.
    la donna = the woman
    la ragazza = the girl
    i = is the plural form of il.
    i libri = the books
    i ragazzi = the boys
    gli = is the plural form of lo and l' for masculine plural nouns.
    gli specchi = the mirrors
    gli amici = the friends
    le = is the plural form of both la and l' for feminine plural nouns.
    le donne = the women
    le acque = the waters
    parlare = to speak
    cantare = to sing
    mangiare = to eat
    studiare = to study
    giocare = to play
    pensare = to think
    comprare = to buy
    imparare = to learn
    amare = to love
    Then to conjugate the infinitive, you will drop the 'are' and add the following endings:
    io = add 'o'
    tu = add 'i'
    Lei/lui/lei = add 'a'
    noi = add 'iamo'
    voi = add 'ate'
    loro = add 'ano'
    So, for example, here is how to conjugate the verb 'cantare.'
    cantare = to sing
    io canto = I sing
    tu canti = you sing
    Lei/lui/lei canta = you/he/she sings
    noi cantiamo = we sing
    voi cantate = you sing
    loro cantano = they sing
    Lui mangia la pizza. = He eats the pizza.
    Noi mangiamo la pasta. = We eat the pasta.
    Loro mangiano gli spaghetti. = They eat the spaghetti.
    Io studio il libro. = I study the book.
    Lei studia l'italiano. = She studies Italian.
    Antonio ama Claudia. = Antonio loves Claudia.
    Gli amici giocano il calcio. = The friends play soccer.
    To ask a question in Italian, you just say the sentence with a questioning inflection at the end of the sentence.
    Tu parli l'italiano. = You speak Italian
    Tu parli l'italiano? = Do you speak Italian?
    Another short cut you can do in Italian, is you can drop the pronoun entirely because the verb changes for every pronoun. For example, you can say
    Io compro il pane. = I buy the bread
    Or you can drop the 'io' and just say
    Compro il pane. = I buy the bread. Because the word 'compro' is only used with 'io,' you can drop the 'io' and it is apparent that you mean 'I buy.'
    lettera = letter
    discorso = speech
    stanza = room
    lezione = lesson
    giornale = newspaper
    lingua = language, tongue
    ogni = every
    sempre = always
    oggi = today
    ieri = yesterday
    domani = tomorrow
    dopodomani = day after tomorrow
    per = for
    se = if
    scrivere = to write
    leggere = to read
    credere = to believe
    vedere = to see
    Then to conjugate these infinitives, you will drop the 'ere' and add the following endings:
    io = add 'o'
    tu = add 'i'
    Lei/lui/lei = add 'e'
    noi = add 'iamo'
    voi = add 'ete'
    loro = add 'ono'
    So to conjugate the verb 'scrivere':
    io scrivo
    tu scrivi
    Lei/lui/lei scrive
    noi scriviamo
    voi scrivete
    loro scrivono
    Noi leggiamo il discorso. = We read the speech.
    Io leggo il giornale. = I read the newspaper.
    Susana vede la casa. = Susana saw the house.
    Loro credono la lezione = They believed the lesson.

    • 19 min
    Week #006 Review, Monday

    Week #006 Review, Monday

    camera = bedroom
    mensa = cafeteria
    libreria = bookstore
    bagno = bathroom
    a = to, at
    si' = yes
    no = no
    dove = where
    dov'e' = where is
    quando = when
    adesso = now
    cibo = food
    ma = but
    grazie = thank you
    prego = you're welcome
    forse = maybe, perhaps
    pronto = ready, but it's also what you say when you answer the telephone instead of saying 'hello.'
    Sono stanco = I am tired (male)
    Sono stanca = I am tired (female)
    Ho fame = I am hungry
    Non lo so = I don't know
    Sei pronto? = Are you ready? (male)
    Sei pronta? = Are you ready? (female)
    Sono pronto = I am ready (male)
    Sono pronta = I am ready (female)
    colazione = breakfast
    pranzo = lunch
    cena = dinner, supper
    mattina = morning
    pomeriggio = afternoon
    sera = evening
    notte = night
    giorno = day
    settimana = week
    mese = month
    anno = year
    minuto = minute
    ora = hour
    fa = ago
    orologio = clock, watch
    mezzogiorno = noon
    mezzanotte = midnight
    Che ore sono? = What time is it?
    E' l'una = It's one o'clock
    Sono le due = It's two o'clock
    E' mezzogiorno = It's noon
    E' mezzonotte = It's midnight
    When the time is after the hour, add the word 'e' and the appropriate number of minutes. To indicate the half hour, use the phrase 'e mezza.' To indicate the quarter of the hour, use the phrase 'e un quarto.'
    e = and
    e mezza = and half
    e un quarto = and a quarter
    E' l'una e venticinque = It's 1:25
    Sono le tre e dieci = It's 3:10
    E' l'una e mezza = It's 1:30
    Sono le quattro e mezza = It's 4:30
    E' l'una e un quarto = It's 1:15
    Sono le dieci e un quarto = It's 10:15
    When the time is before the hour, use the word 'meno' and the appropriate number of minutes.
    meno = minus
    E' l'una meno cinque = It's five 'til one or 12:55
    Sono le otto meno venti = It's twenty 'til eight or 7:40
    E' l'una meno un quarto = It's fifteen 'til one or 12:45
    Sono le sette meno un quarto = It's fifteen 'til seven or 6:45
    ragazzo = boy
    ragazza = girl
    bambino = baby
    uomo = man
    donna = woman
    cane = dog
    gatto = cat
    acqua = water
    specchio = mirror
    pasta = pasta
    pane = bread
    verdure = vegetables
    gnocchi = Italian dumplings
    zucchero = sugar
    insalata = salad
    spaghetti = spaghetti

    • 10 min
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    Download Seasons One and Two Today - All 100 Lessons

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