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!
Today Silvia will tell Connor a funny story involving pork fat. That’s right, you heard me correctly. Pork fat. On the spotlight today is the world-famous Lardo di Colonnata!
As for our exploration of Italian grammar, my friends, I’m sure you remember we have already explored the Italian prepositions di, a, da, in, con, su, per and tra/fra in a previous lesson. Well, today we’ll see how we can combine some of these prepositions with others to create prepositional phrases. Moreover, we’ll get a chance to look closely at some partitive constructions.
So, are you ready to join Silvia and Connor? You are? All right then, let’s enjoy the show!
|Silvia:||Bentornato, Connor! Come stai oggi?|
|Connor:||Ciao Silvia! Sto bene, grazie!|
|Silvia:||Come mai hai un cerotto sul viso?|
|Connor:||I cut myself while shaving.|
|Silvia:||To cut oneself si dice tagliarsi, in italiano.|
|Connor:||Connor si taglia il viso mentre si fa la barba.|
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:
Well, even so, Connor seems very upbeat. He’s bursting with energy and ready to work hard to fulfil his dreams. He certainly doesn’t want to put off the renovation indefinitely, he says. Actually, he said alle calende greche. You see? He’s putting today’s idiomatic expression to good use! What about you, amici miei? Are you keeping pace with Connor? Are you studying our grammar lessons and doing your exercises? Sì? Benissimo, I’ll see you next time then. A presto!