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Learn Italian with LearnItalianPod! In this episode we’ll talk about how to do grocery shopping in Italy! Grocery shopping in Italy is often considered as a pleasant activity, and as part of the so called “good Italian life”. Cozy little shops full of great Italian products, the small talk with the merchants, meeting other people… that’s what we ca…
 
Learn Intermediate level Italian with LearnItalianPod! In today’s episode we will talk about doctor’s visits, flu and grandmother’s remedies. One of our subscribers, Emanuela from Montreal, is back from Italy. At some point during her trip she caught a bad flu and went to see a doctor. Doctor Ricci was great, and she was back on track in no time, t…
 
In today’s episode we will talk about train trips and reserved seats. Kyle, one of LearnItalianPod subscribers, sent us a very nice email. He writes: “I have been on the train when Italians are in my reserved seat, and I would like to be able to speak to them politely and intelligently about this problem.” Kyle, we know what you are talking about! …
 
In today’s episode we will talk about “fare due salti in discoteca” (literally: “to do two jumps in the disco”), a very common Italian expression that means to go dancing. We’ll listen to a conversation between two friends, Angela and Fabio – and we will learn useful words and expressions about “discoteche italiane” (Italian disco clubs), “andare a…
 
Learn intermediate level Italian with LearnItalianPod! In today’s episode we will talk about… music, concerts and Italian singers. We’ll listen to a phone conversation beetwen two friends, Maria and Antonio. Maria says one of her favorite artists, Andrea Bocelli, is holding a concert in Milan, and she wants to go! Antonio loves Bocelli too – so he’…
 
Our dear friend Maria from New York asks: “Is it true that in Italy all shops close during lunch break?” – “And is it true that during the afternoon break Italians love to take a nice nap?” — Dear Maria, the answer to both questions is yes! On this episode we’ll talk about one of Italians favorite activities: “il riposino pomeridiano” (the afternoo…
 
“Tell me the way you take your coffee and I’ll tell you who you are” – that’s what Jane’s grandmother used to say to her. In today’s episode we’ll talk about Italian coffee, and more precisely about all the different ways Italians have to enjoy their coffee. You will hear words like “caffe’ macchiato”, “caffe’ corretto”, and many more. After this l…
 
In today’s episode we’ll talk about Italian food and restaurants! Italy is not only famous for its history and its artistic masterpieces, but also and most of all for its food: first class dishes and delicious desserts make Italian cuisine one of the best cuisines in the world. We are going to show a classic Italian four course meal – take it as re…
 
Most likely, the very first thing you will see when visiting Italy is the airport you are arriving to – In today’s episode we’ll talk about “viaggiare” (to travel), “aeroporti” (airports), e “aerei” (airplanes). We’ll hear an announcement over a PA system and we’ll learn some useful vocabulary terms you may want to remember and use if you ever find…
 
One of Italian people’s favorite ways to relax and unwind after a long day at work is to have dinner with friends. Jane invited Massimo over for dinner the other night: she cooked a great meal and made first-class tiramisu for dessert. He brought some excellent Pinot Grigio, and they had a great time. Let’s talk about food, wine, and having a good …
 
Our two friends and listeners Debbie and Antonio are back from Italy. They say: “We loved our trip and everything was great – except for when we had to… park our car! Is it really that difficult to find a parking space in Italy?” — Truth to be told, it can be quite an adventure, but fear no more, LearnItalianPod is here to help! Let’s learn a few t…
 
One of the most convenient ways to travel throughout Italy is by train – In today’s episode we’re going to hear a conversation that takes place on a train in Italy between a foreign tourist and a ticket controller, and we’ll learn a thing or two about travelling by train, tickets, and what you need to do prior to boarding the train. While doing so,…
 
Today’s episode is about… how to deal with emergencies. Inspired by yet another feedback from one of our listeners — this time is Maria from England, today’s episode will show you how to ask for help in a emergency situation. This episode will complement and expand lesson 38 beginner level that was also dealing with emergencies. As we said already …
 
Learn Italian with Podcasts. Today’s episode is inspired by an email that we recently got from one of our listeners — that’s Gary from New York, grazie Gary! — in the email, Gary suggested us to create a story that explains when and why the verb “stare”, “to stay” is used versus the verb “essere”, “to be”. — Ottima idea, Gary! Oggi vedremo la diffe…
 
Learn Intermediate Italian. Today’s episode is about… “il Pesce d’Aprile” (April Fool’s Day). Jane has prepared a practical joke for Massimo: will the good old “piece of paper cut in the shape of a fish onto his back” work one more time? Let’s find out while reviewing and practicing indirect object pronouns and quite a few more useful expressions. …
 
Today’s episode is about… flooding! Let’s just picture this: you’re happily living in Italy in a great apartment located right in the center of Florence… life couldn’t be better, right? That’s right until the morning when you wake up and… ouch! – a pipe from the kitchen sink is leaking, and on top of that the toilet is plugged! It’s definitely time…
 
Jennifer, a student of Italian coming from Australia, has the opportunity to practice her Italian with Giovanni, a nice young gentleman that is trying to help her out. Today Professor Frison (aka Jane) will explain the grammar rule that in English is called “present perfect continuous”, the one we use to show that something started in the past and …
 
Let’s see what our Italian class is up to: today Professor Frison is going to introduce something new, the passive form. “No, no, passive form is too difficult!” says one student. Not so, says Professor Frison (aka Jane). She has a secret trick to make grammar rules stick: “When you want to learn something not so inviting like grammar” – she says –…
 
Today we are going to find out why our foreign student of Italian did not show up in class for the past few days and in doing so we are going to practice some useful prepositions, like “a” (to), “da” (to), and “in” (in). We’ll also get the chance to learn some colloquial Italian expressions like “fare dei giri” (to run some errands) and “e’ un pezz…
 
This time, let’s practice a lot of useful, ready-to-use Italian words and expressions that you can use in many different occasions when dealing with everything related to money. Enjoy! Intermediate Level – Lesson Nr. 31 The post 31. Show Me The Money (Intermediate) appeared first on LearnItalianPod.Por Intermediate – LearnItalianPod
 
Learn Intermediate Italian with Podcasts! This is usually a time when people make resolutions and think about the changes they plan for the year ahead. Let’s say that you’ve decided to take your Italian to the next level by becoming a LearnItalianPod subscriber, then by planning to go to Italy and register for an Italian class… great! If this is th…
 
Learn Italian Language with Podcasts! Today let’s see what our hero Renzo is up to. After a romantic weekend in Rome, Renzo decides to drive his car a good six hours from Milano to Napoli to surprise Lucia. The surprise is great, except that Lucia is not very happy about Renzo’s car: she thinks it’s a “catorcio” (a lemon)… Let’s see what happens, a…
 
Learn Italian Language with Podcasts! Today we are going to listen to a dialogue between Renzo e Lucia while in Rome, inside “la famosa Cappella Sistina” (the famous Sistine Chapel). Thanks to Renzo, who thinks “Il Giudizio Universale” (The Last Judgement) is… a sculpture (ouch!), we’ll learn the popular Italian expression “fare una figuraccia” (to…
 
Renzo & Lucia, two of Jane’s friends, met and fell in love last summer in Rimini, a well-known seaside location. Now they’re planning to meet in Rome to spend a romantic weekend. Let’s review and practice how to describe people and actions, and how to use not-so-easy to grasp sentences like “si sono conosciuti” (they met each other) and “si sono in…
 
Learn Italian Language with Podcasts! Today we are going to finish what we have started a couple of weeks ago. Then, we have introduced the expression “se io fossi” (if I were); today, we are going to learn more about hypothetical sentences, and how to use the subjunctive and the conditional together. It’s not easy, be warned! While doing so, Jane …
 
Learn Italian Language with Podcasts! Here’s Massimo on a typical case of “Sunday night blues”. He doesn’t feel like going to work tomorrow, he whines a little, and says “Se fossi ricco…” (If I were rich…). Even if you love what you’re doing, as Massimo does, don’t tell us you never had a “Sunday night blues” episode. We will not believe you. Let’s…
 
Learn Italian Language with Podcasts! Somebody once said: “Wine makes every meal an occasion, every table more elegant, every day more civilized.” Tonight she’s cooking, and she invited him over for dinner. He’s bringing wine, white Verdicchio because she likes it, and red Barolo because it goes with the meat. The evening sounds promising: let’s op…
 
So, you really like her, don’t you? You’ve been thinking of asking her out, and waited for the right moment… There she is, a classic Italian beauty, and she’s talking to you. You nervous? What if she turns you down? What if you forget what to say? Relax! Play it cool, and tell her about that nice “posticino dove si mangia molto bene” (little place …
 
Let’s take our Italian to the next level by introducing object pronouns. What’s that? It’s knowing when and how to substitute, on a sentence, a noun with the appropriate pronoun – and by mastering that, our Italian language is really going to start sounding good. So, let’s practice! Intermediate Level – Lesson Nr. 22 The post 22. How Careless! (Int…
 
Imagine this: you are in Italy, and you want to use a computer. We mean a local computer… so you turn it on to check your e-mail and everything pops up in Italian. “Niente panico” (do not panic), after this episode you’ll be a master of the Italian computer lingo! Intermediate Level – Lesson Nr. 21 The post 21. Let’s Talk Computers (Intermediate) a…
 
Today we are going to learn how to use the subjunctive tense – and be warned: even Italians say it’s not easy to learn! We’ll learn that we’ll need to use the subjunctive, present or past tense, when in the presence of specific sentences such as “spero che…” (I hope that…), “penso che…” (I think that…), or “voglio che…” (I want that…). Intermediate…
 
Today we’ll read you a letter that we just received from Jane (she’s coming back!). In this short letter we are going to learn some useful expressions you can use when writing to a friend, like “mi sei mancato” (I missed you), “non vedo l’ora di vederti” (I can’t wait to see you), or “a presto” (see you soon). Intermediate Level – Lesson Nr. 19 The…
 
Here’s a true, funny story that happened to one of Jane’s friends some time ago at the beach. In this episode we’ll use some long sentences: we’ll learn and practice some useful words, like “quando” (when), “cosi'” (so), “mentre” (while), “dopo” (after), “prima” (before), that we can use to connect short sentences and build longer ones. Intermediat…
 
This time we are going to talk about Italy’s national sport, soccer (that’s “calcio” in Italian), and in particular about the World Cup. Enjoy the games, and… “Forza Azzurri!” Intermediate Level – Lesson Nr. 17 The post 17. The World Cup (Intermediate) appeared first on LearnItalianPod.Por Intermediate – LearnItalianPod
 
Today we are taking you up The Leaning Tower of Pisa, one of several architectural wonders gracing Pisa’s famed Field of Miracles. We will get the chance to practice some useful words and expression by using the grammar that we have learned so far. Let’s get up the tower! Intermediate Level – Lesson Nr. 16 The post 16. Up The Leaning Tower (Interme…
 
Today we are going to hear a dialogue about two friends making plans for the weekend, and we will learn how to use the conditional tense. By the way, you have any plans for the weekend? Whatever you decide to do, don’t forget to enjoy life, and… to practice Italian! Intermediate Level – Lesson Nr. 15 The post 15. A Weekend With Friends (Intermediat…
 
In today’s episode, we are going to hear a story about a very hectic day – one of those days with so many things to do in so little time… We’ll learn and practice some verbs that express action, like for instance “prendere” (to take), “portare” (to bring), and “accompagnare” (to accompany). Intermediate Level – Lesson Nr. 14 The post 14. What A Hec…
 
Some say it’s Rome, some say it’s Florence, some other says it’s Venice… so, what’s the most beautiful Italian city? And do you think big cities are more interesting than small ones? Let’s talk about it, while learning how to use comparative adjectives, like “piu’… di…” (more… than…), and other useful sentences. Intermediate Level – Lesson Nr. 13 T…
 
Some say gossip is just a trivial pastime; some other think it is essential to psychological and even physical well-being. No matter what you believe, do not say you’ve never done it… we will not believe you! Let’s learn some useful expressions about love, marriage, money… it’s gossip time, signore e signori! Intermediate Level – Lesson Nr. 12 The …
 
When someone is taking a trip, one way to wish that person off is to say, “in bocca al lupo,” which means, “in the mouth of the wolf”. Let’s wish “in bocca al lupo” to Giovanna (aka Jane), who is taking a trip to… the kitchen, ready to cook dinner for everybody. Some say she cannot cook, she says everything’s under control. Dinner’s served! Interme…
 
What is the most talked about subject in the world – THE real conversation opener? That’s right, the weather! So let’s learn some handy expressions you can use when you desperately need to keep a conversation going, but you run out of ideas. “Nice weather tonight, huh?” Intermediate Level – Lesson #10 The post 10. What Is The Weather Like? (Interme…
 
In today’s episode, we are going to hear about a fun birthday party, and a lucky girl that received some very nice presents. We’ll learn and practice more verbs and useful expressions using the past tense. Intermediate Level – Lesson Nr. 9 The post 9. What A Party! (Intermediate) appeared first on LearnItalianPod.…
 
In today’s episode, we are going to learn how to describe something that used to happen in the past on a regular basis. We’ll study and practice the past tense of the verb “Essere” (To Be), and some very helpful expressions you can use when talking about the past. Intermediate Level – Lesson Nr. 8 The post 8. A Terrible Kid (Intermediate) appeared …
 
When in Rome, do as Romans do. That means, when you are somewhere that you are not familiar with, act like the people around you. That’s a golden rule. Let’s learn how to apply it “the Italian way” while practicing some useful expressions using the word “quando” (when). Intermediate Level – Lesson Nr. 7 The post 7. Do As Romans Do (Intermediate) ap…
 
Cold season hits its peak in February and everybody in the house is getting the flu! Let’s learn how to describe symptoms like “raffreddore” (cold), “tosse” (cough), and “febbre” (fever), while resting, taking medicines, and drinking some hot tea. Feeling better already? Intermediate Level – Lesson Nr. 6 The post 6. I’ve Got A Cold! (Intermediate) …
 
“I get by with a little help from my friends”… beautiful song, and very true meaning. Today we are talking about friendships. We do so by describing our friend Valentina, a very dynamic and energetic girl. Let’s learn how to describe people and actions, and how to use the adverbs “mai” (never), “spesso” (often), and “qualche volta” (sometimes). Int…
 
A whole city filled with beautiful masks, elaborate costumes, musicians, clowns, magicians, and colorful parades: people of all nationalities together for an extraordinary celebration of life. Get your mask ready, we’re taking you to “Il Carnevale di Venezia”! Intermediate Level – Lesson Nr. 4 The post 4. The Carnival In Venice (Intermediate) appea…
 
Today we are going to do… nothing. Uh? No walking, no movies, no activities. That’s “il dolce far niente”, an Italian phrase which means “sweet doing nothing”: just stop what you’re doing, let the world pass you by, and relax. Intermediate Level – Lesson Nr. 3 The post 3. Sweet Doing Nothing (Intermediate) appeared first on LearnItalianPod.…
 
Do you like watching movies? What’s your favorite one? This second intermediate level lesson talks about Italian movies and focuses on the use of the espression “Mi piace” (I like). See you at the movie theater, and don’t forget the popcorn! Intermediate Level – Lesson Nr. 2 The post 2. Talking Movies (Intermediate) appeared first on LearnItalianPo…
 
So, you took the whole day off yesterday and went to Florence with your friends… good for you! Now, back to reality, let’s take our Italian language up a step with this first intermediate level lesson. We’ll start off with some past tense verbs, so you’ll get the chance to tell us what you did yesterday in Florence. Enjoy! Intermediate Level – Less…
 
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