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Week #003 Review, Wednesday

Ascoltate = Listen

Leggete = Read

Ripetete = Repeat

Rispondete = Answer

Scrivete = Write

Aprite i libri = Open your books

Chiudete i libri = Close your books

Fate l'esercizio = Do the exercise

Capite? = Do you understand?

Ancora una volta! = One more time!

Attenzione! = Be careful! or Pay attention!

Giusto! = Correct!

Benissimo! = Very good!

Sbagliato! = Wrong!

Tutti insieme! = All together!

Va bene = OK

Capisco = I understand

Non capisco = I don't understand

Come? = What? or How? or Say that again?

Come si dice...? = How do you say...?

Come si pronuncia...? = How do you pronounce...?

Come si scrive...? = How do you spell...?

Cosa vuol dire...? = What does...mean?

Ripeta, per favore = Please repeat

The Italians only really use 21 letters, but sometimes they do use the other 5 if the word is a non-Italian word containing one of those letters. The 5 letters that are not a part of the Italian alphabet are J, K, W, X, and Y.

A = a

B = bi

C = ci

D = di

E = e

F = effe

G = gi

H = acca

I = i

L = elle

M = emme

N = enne

O = o

P = pi

Q = cu

R = erre

S = esse

T = ti

U = u

V = vu

Z = zeta

J = i lunga

K = cappa

W = doppia vu

X = ics

Primavera = Spring

Estate = Summer

Autunno = Autumn

Inverno = Winter

Gennaio = January

Febbraio = February

Marzo = March

Aprile = April

Maggio = May

Giugno = June

Luglio = July

Agosto = August

Settembre = September

Ottobre = October

Novembre = November

Dicembre = December

Domenica = Sunday

Lunedi = Monday

Martedi = Tuesday

Mercoledi = Wednesday

Giovedi = Thursday

Venerdi = Friday

Sabato = Saturday

Jun 20, 2018
Week #002 Review, Tuesday

Di dove sei (tu)? = Where are you from? (informal)

Di dov'e' (Lei)? = Where are you from? (formal)

Sono di...= I am from...

Dov'e'...? = Where is...?

Ecco... = Here is...

And here are some famous cities and their Italian and English pronunciations.

Roma = Rome

Milano = Milan

Venezia = Venice

Firenze = Florence

Napoli = Naples

Italian Spelling = English Sound

a = ah

e = ay

i = ee

o = oh

u = oo

c (before e or i) = ch

c (before other vowels) = k

ch = k

g (before e or i) = j

g (before other vowels) = g (as in go)

gh = g (as in go)

gl = lli (as in million)

gn = ny (as in canyon)

h = always silent

r = r (a single r should lightly rolled or trilled; a double rr is strongly rolled or trilled)

s = s (but pronounced as a z when it comes between vowels)

sc (before e or i) = sh

sc (before other vowels) = sk

sch = sk

z (beginning of a word) = dz

z (within a word) = ts

zz = ts and sometimes dz

io = I

tu = you (informal)

Lei = you (formal)

lui = he

lei = she

noi = we

voi = you (plural, formal and informal)

loro = they

The subject pronoun io, unlike the English I, is not capitalized unless it begins a sentence.

Lei is the formal form for both masculine and feminine and is written with the capital L to distinguish it from lei (she).

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

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

0 = zero

1 = uno

2 = due

3 = tre

4 = quattro

5 = cinque

6 = sei

7 = sette

8 = otto

9 = nove

10 = dieci

11 = undici

12 = dodici

13 = tredici

14 = quattordici

15 = quindici

16 = sedici

17 = diciassette

18 = diciotto

19 = diciannove

20 = venti

Jun 19, 2018
Week #001 Review, Monday

Ciao = Hi, bye

Salve = Hello

Buongiorno = Good morning, good day

Buonasera = Good evening

(Tanto) Piacere = (So) Nice to meet you

Molto lieto/lieta = Very pleased to meet you

Scusa = Excuse me (informal)

Scusi = Excuse me (formal)

Come ti chiami? = What is your name? (informal)

Come si chiama? = What is your name? (formal)

Mi chiamo... = My name is...

E tu? = And you? (informal)

E Lei? = And you? (formal)

Come stai? = How are you? (informal)

Come sta? = How are you? (formal)

Come va? = How's it going?

Sto bene = I'm fine

Sto benone = I'm terrific

Sto benissimo = I'm very well

Sto molto bene = I'm very well

Sto abbastanza bene = I'm quite well, or I'm well enough

Sto cosi' cosi' = I'm so-so

Sto male = I'm badly

Non sto bene = I'm not well

Non c'e' male = Not too bad

Bene, grazie, e tu? = Fine, thank you, and you? (informal)

Bene, grazie e Lei? = Fine, thank you, and you? (formal)

Signore = Mr.

Signora = Mrs.

Signorina = Miss

Avvocato = Lawyer

Ingegnere = Engineer

Professore = Masculine professor

Professoressa = Feminine professor

Dottore = Masculine doctor

Dottoressa = Feminine doctor

Insegnante = Teacher

On those masculine titles that end with 'ore'; the final 'e' is dropped before the person's last name:

Signor Bianchi = Mr. Bianchi

Professor Ricci = Professor Ricci

Feminine titles remain unchanged.

Ciao = Bye (also means Hi)

Arrivederci = Good-bye (informal)

ArriverderLa = Good-bye (formal)

A presto = See you soon

Alla prossima = Until next time

Ci vediamo = See you later

Addio = Farewell

Jun 18, 2018
Lesson #025, Friday

parlare = to speak

io parlo = I speak

tu parli = you speak (informal)

Lei parla = you speak (formal)

lui parla = he speaks

lei parla = she speaks

noi parliamo = we speak

voi parlate = you speak (plural)

loro parlano = they speak

Inglese = English

Francese = French

Spagnolo = Spanish

Tedesco = German

Russo = Russian

Giapponese = Japanese

Italiano = Italian

Parliamo Italiano = We speak Italian

Jun 15, 2018
Lesson #024, Thursday

libro = book

penna = pen

matita = pencil

carta = paper

quaderno = notebook or planner

sedia = chair

luce = light

finestra = window

scrivania = desk

pagina = page

porta = door

Jun 14, 2018
Lesson #023, Wednesday

Change the 'o' to an 'i' to make it plural:

amico = friend, amici = friends

Change the 'a' to an 'e' to make it plural:

chiesa = church, chiese = churches

Change the 'ca' to a 'che' to make it plural:

banca = bank, banche = banks

Change the 'e' to an 'i' to make it plural:

studente = student, studenti = students

Most masculine words ending in 'io' you drop the 'o' to make it plural:

negozio = store, negozi = stores

Nouns ending with an accented vowel or a consonant do not change in the plural:

caffe' = coffee shop, due caffe' = two coffee shops

foto = photo, due foto = two photos

Jun 13, 2018
Lesson #022, Tuesday

Nouns ending in 'o' are generally masculine:

amico = friend (male)

libro = book

Nouns ending in 'a' are generally feminine:

amica = friend (female)

casa = house

Nouns ending in 'e' can be both and simply must be memorized:

ristorante (m) = restaurant

pane (m) = bread

classe (f) = class

notte (f) = night

Words ending with a consonant are usually foreign words, and are usually masculine:

bar, autobus, film, sport

Jun 12, 2018
Lesson #021, Monday

ance = anza

importance = importanza

ence = enza

intelligence = intelligenza

ant = ante

important = importante

ent = ente

student = studente

ible = bile

possible = possibile

ist = ista

dentist = dentista

ly = mente

generally = generalmente

sion = sione

mission = missione

tion = zione

station = stazione

ty = ta'

society = societa'

Jun 11, 2018
Download Seasons One and Two Today - All 100 Lessons

Hi everybody, my name's Mike and this is the Let's Speak Italian podcast. So you've listened to a few sample lessons, and hopefully you're learning how to speak Italian.

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Grazie tanto, arrivederci.

Jun 08, 2018