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- personal pronouns
- present of ESSERE
- negative form
- introductions
- omission of subject
Expression: Mamma mia!
- gendered adjectives and nouns
- present indicative of STARE
- Lei/tu
- interrogative form
Expression: Non capire un'acca
- indefinite articles
- c’è/ci sono
- numbers and idiomatic expressions
- avere
- idiomatic expressions with avere
- ce l’ho and dov’è
Expression: In bocca al lupo
- verbs in the first conjugation
- definite articles
- alphabet
Expression: Assolutamente
- verbs in the second conjugation
- present indicative of fare and sapere
- sounds /k/, /g/, /tf/, /dz/
Expresson: Fare bella e brutta figura
- verbs in the third conjugation
- questo/quello
- molto
- diphthongs
- vowels
Expression: Il dolce far niente
- possessives
- direct object pronouns (mi, ti, lo, la, ci, vi, li, le)
- present indicative of andare and potere
- colors
- double consonants
Idiomatic Expressions with Colors
- preposizioni articolate
- present indicative of venire and dire
- capitalization
- time
Expression: Non vedere l’ora
- reflexive verbs
- modal verbs
- personal pronouns with prepositions (con me, per te, a lui/lei, con noi, per voi, con loro)
Expression: Volere è potere
- il partitivo
- prepositional phrases
- seasons
- date (month, year, day, etc.)
Expression: Alle calende greche
- adverbs of frequency (tutti i giorni, sempre, spesso, qualche volta, raramente, mai)
- vorrei
- irregular nouns
Food and idiomatic expressions - Part I
- il passato prossimo (ausiliare essere e avere, participi regolari)
- accordo del participio col soggetto
- avverbi di tempo (la settimana scorsa, due giorni fa, ieri, oggi, domani, fra due giorni, la prossima settimana)
Food and idiomatic expressions - Part II
- irregular participles in the passato prossimo
- reflexive verbs in the passato prossimo
- rooms in a house
Expression: Prendere il toro per le corna
- direct object pronouns and passato prossimo
- preposizioni da
- conoscere vs. sapere
Expression: L’arte di arrangiarsi
- the imperfect
- the imperfect of essere, fare, and stare
- special suffixes
Expression 1: Buona notte al secchio
Expression 2: Capitare a fagiolo
- indirect object pronouns (mi, ti, le, gli, ci, vi, gli)
- personal pronouns and the verb Piacere
Everyday idiomatic expressions: Dai, Meno male, Da morire.
- the gerund
- ci (di luogo)
- chiedere and domandare
An Italian Tradition: l’aperitivo
- the passato prossimo and the imperfetto together
- Modal Verbs in the passato prossimo and the imperfetto
- Si impersonale
Expression: Spada di Damocle
- The Future
- Irregular Verbs in the Future
- Idiomatic Phrases Expressing Need
Expression: Mosca bianca
- Ne
- The futuro anteriore
- Adverbs: già and non...ancora
Expression: A gonfie vele
- Personal Pronouns: The Combined Forms
- Relative Pronouns: che, cui, il cui, etc.
- Conjunctions: perché, siccome, perciò
Expression: Turismo ecosostenibile

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The plot of the play is simple. Silvia, our Italian tutor, gives one-on-one lessons to a beginner student, Connor. Silvia has three rules for her student:

1. Complete the assigned lesson on the website and memorize new vocabulary on the flashcards before coming in for one-on-one studies.

2. You can talk about anything, as long as you employ grammar introduced in the lesson.

3. Don't be afraid to switch to English if you don’t know how to say something in Italian - but switch back to Italian as soon as you can!

Follow our heroes from Act 1, with conversation mostly in English, to Act 22, where they speak mostly Italian!

Together with Silvia's student, you will learn the fundamentals of Italian grammar and expressions. Your vocabulary will expand rapidly and naturally, and your comprehension skills will improve dramatically.

Enjoy the characters, their secrets, desires, and motivations to learn Italian! Follow the 3 Silvia’s rules and learn with our student, Connor! Buon viaggio!

Act #22
In bocca al lupo, Connor!

Narrator Opening

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Ciao amici! Benvenuti all’ultima puntata del nostro teatro linguistico! Oggi Connor ci racconterà com’è andata la sua festa. I’m sure everything went well. As you know, Connor played his ace card. Delicious homemade Italian cuisine! Well, actually he had two aces up his sleeve: great food and the building’s patio, a cozy backyard with terracotta floor tiles, a glass canopy and lots of potted plants.

Well, I’m sure you want to hear more of Connor’s stories, so I won’t keep you waiting any longer. I hope you took the time to study our new grammar lesson and did the exercises on our website. Today, as you know, we’ll explore the realm of pronouns. Also, don’t forget to take advantage of all the tools available on our website, including the flashcard and the pronunciation guide. OK, I think we’re all set. Let’s welcome Silvia and Connor!

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Silvia: Che bella festa, Connor! Purtroppo mi sono persa il concerto degli Almagro, ma la jam session che hanno fatto dopo con il tuo amico chitarrista è stata fantastica!
Connor: Sì! Incredible, vero?
Silvia: Il tuo amico, quello che ha suonato la chitarra acustica alla festa, è un musicista professionista?
Connor: No, è un giornalista.
Silvia: Oh, wow! È un personaggio poliedrico il tuo amico, allora!
Connor: Sì, l’ho conosciuto in Puglia. È il produttore discografico degli Almagro.

Let's practice pronunciation on few short phrases from today's episode. Listen carefully how the native speaker pronounces each sentence. Follow the intonations in each sentence. When you are ready, record one paragraph at a time with your own voice and then compare your pronunciation and intonations to the native speaker's:

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Mouse-over Italian text fragments in red to see English translation
All right, my dear friends, it’s time for us to say goodbye! We’ve come to the end of the final installment of our show. No reason to lose heart, though! Actually, quite the opposite! I think you’re ready to switch to our intermediate-level learning program, News In Slow Italian. Plus, don’t forget, our website offers an extensive array of learning tools designed to help you explore the Italian language.

As for Connor, he is very much into sustainable tourism these days. “Voglio offrire ai miei clienti un modo di viaggiare ecologico… a contatto con l’ambiente, le comunità locali e la loro cultura”, he tells Silvia. Well, that’s great! We wish him the best of luck with his endeavor! In bocca al lupo, Connor!