What is Italian for Beginners Language Theatre? Is it a course or a play? It’s both! We proudly present a one-of-a kind educational program for beginners that includes vocabulary, grammar, exercises, dialogue, and much more in the form of a theatrical performance!
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!
You may be asking yourself, “What sort of journey is he talking about?”. Well, my friends, you are about to enjoy a charming theatrical performance, and, while doing so, you will learn to understand and, eventually, speak Italian. As the play unfolds, you’ll get a chance to see first hand how the language works. Plus, you will discover captivating nuances of Italian culture and experience the thrill of a theatrical performance in the language you are learning.
Now, let’s take a step back and devote a few words to the format of the show. An Italian teacher, Silvia, is about to meet Connor, her new student. Connor does not speak Italian. He only knows a couple words he learned as a kid from his maternal grandparents, who, as we’ll see, are both very proud of their Sicilian heritage. Connor is really keen to start learning Italian. Why? Well, he has a special dream he wants to accomplish!
The curtain is up now. Act 1 is about to begin. Here’s Silvia and Connor, sitting in a cozy room, sipping coffee. Many colorful books are lined up on a wooden bookcase. A map of Italy hangs from the wall. Looks like a language school. Well, let’s see what happens...
|Silvia:||Ciao Connor! I am glad to meet you! Benvenuto! Welcome to the course!|
|Connor:||Ciao Silvia! Thank you!|
|Silvia:||Piacere! But before I speak to you more about the course, tell me why you want to learn Italian.|
|Connor:||Well, because I think that the Italian language is so beautiful.|
|Silvia:||Si è vero! It’s true. Any other reason?|
|Connor:||I also love the Italian culture very much.|
|Silvia:||Benissimo. Do you know any words in Italian Connor?|
|Connor:||Well! I know the words…buongiorno…buonasera…ciao…|
|Silvia:||It’s a good start! Any other words…parole?|
|Connor:||Si! Let me think…pasta…pizza…bella and ragazza…|
|Silvia:||Hum! Very good! Molto bene! Those are very helpful words.|
|Connor:||My mother’s parents were Italian, you know. I often heard those words in my grandparents’ home when I was a kid.|
|Silvia:||Very interesting! Well Connor, I promise you that if you study well, by the end of our 22-lesson course you should be able to understand and speak Italian.|
|Silvia:||No doubt about it! Well, are you ready to start?|
|Silvia:||Mamma mia! I like your enthusiasm! Cominciamo !|
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: