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!
All right. Time to walk away from the Olivetti store! Many more surprises lie ahead of us and I don’t want to keep waiting any longer. On the show today we’ll also talk about the fabulous life of Marquise Luisa Casati, the muse of countless artists and an artist herself. And then we’ll hear the story of Ca’ Dario, a haunted palazzo that casts its spooky shadow across the Canal Grande.
|Silvia:||Ciao, Connor! Che cosa hai in quella valigetta?|
|Connor:||La mia nuova “rossa portatile”, Silvia, una Olivetti Valentine del 1969.|
|Silvia:||È bellissima! Sei un collezionista di macchine da scrivere d’epoca?|
|Connor:||No… magari! Ma sono sempre stato un ammiratore della Valentine, e di Ettore Sottsass, l’architetto e designer che l’ha progettata. Questa… l’ho comprata per arredare il mio ufficio.|
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, grammar-wise, too, today’s episode was a challenging one! That’s for sure! Today we’ve learned that the passato prossimo and the imperfetto are often used together in Italian to express nuanced past actions. We’ve also made great progress in the realm of modal verbs. As we know now, dovere, potere, and volere change their meaning depending on whether they are used in the imperfetto or the passato prossimo.
All right my friends, that’s it for today. You know the rules of the game! Make time to study the material in advance. Listen to the dialogs over and over again. This way you’ll be able to improve your listening comprehension skills. Io vi saluto e vi do appuntamento alla prossima puntata!