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Boost your confidence in speaking Italian in 30 minutes or less with the 30 Minute Italian Podcast. We cover expressions, sometimes sexy grammar, and culture through personal travel stories and detailed examples.

30 Minute Italian Cher

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Boost your confidence in speaking Italian in 30 minutes or less with the 30 Minute Italian Podcast. We cover expressions, sometimes sexy grammar, and culture through personal travel stories and detailed examples.

    Dinner Conversation

    Dinner Conversation

    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 For more resources go to:
    http://icebergproject.co/italian
     
    Special thanks to The Creative Impostor Studios for producing this show.
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    • 18 min
    (Native Italian Recording) Making Plans

    (Native Italian Recording) Making Plans

    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.
     
    For more resources go to:
    http://icebergproject.co/italian
     
    Special thanks to The Creative Impostor Studios for producing this show.
    Like the podcast? Leave a review in Apple Podcasts! If you like the podcast, I would appreciate it a TON if you left a review. You can hit a star rating in your Podcasts app on your iPhone or go to the iTunes store and click Leave a Review on the show page.
     

    • 5 min
    Sexy Phrases to Seduce Your Italian Lover

    Sexy Phrases to Seduce Your Italian Lover

    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
     
    Special thanks to The Creative Impostor Studios for producing this show.
    Like the podcast? Leave a review in Apple Podcasts! If you like the podcast, I would appreciate it a TON if you left a review. You can hit a star rating in your Podcasts app on your iPhone or go to the iTunes store and click Leave a Review on the show page.
     

    • 11 min
    False Friends in Italian

    False Friends in Italian

    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
     
    For more Italian resources visit http://icebergproject.co/italian
     
    Special thanks to The Creative Impostors Studios for producing this show.
    Like the podcast? Leave a review in Apple Podcasts! If you like the podcast, I would appreciate it a TON if you left a review. You can hit a star rating in your Podcasts app on your iPhone or go to the iTunes store and click Leave a Review on the show page.
     

    • 10 min
    Italian Insults That Will Make You Laugh Out Loud

    Italian Insults That Will Make You Laugh Out Loud

    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
     
    Special thanks to The Creative Impostor Studios for producing this show.
    Like the podcast? Leave a review in Apple Podcasts! If you like the podcast, I would appreciate it a TON if you left a review. You can hit a star rating in your Podcasts app on your iPhone or go to the iTunes store and click Leave a Review on the show page.

    • 13 min
    How to Order Pizza and Gelato in Italian

    How to Order Pizza and Gelato in Italian

    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.
    NEED HELP PLANNING YOUR TRIP TO THE SOUTH OF ITALY? Whether you’ve been wanting to visit the tiny town where your Italian family is from or you’re tired of waiting for your friends/family to commit to a trip with you, you need to know Catherine and Nino Santoro. They run a small group tour company that specializes in trips to Sicily, and they’re all about helping you become immersed in the language and the culture. For more info to go on a small group tour with them or have them personalize a solo trip for you, visit their website here.
    Like the podcast? Leave a review in Apple Podcasts! If you like the podcast, I would appreciate it a TON if you left a review. You can hit a star rating in your Podcasts app on your iPhone or go to the iTunes store and click Leave a Review on the show page.
    http://icebergproject.co/italian

    • 20 min

Customer Reviews

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282 Ratings

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Great Italian language podcast

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