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. Looks like we’re all set. Let’s find out what this new installment holds for us! Today Silvia, our Italian teacher, and her new student Connor are talking about movies. Yes, Connor is telling Silvia how much he loves old Italian movies. His favorite director? Federico Fellini. “He makes me dream about Italy”, says Connor. Can you guess now what his favorite Italian movie is? I know, there’s so many to choose from… so, why don’t we listen to the play and find out? Enjoy the show!
|Silvia:||Sono felice di riverderti.|
|Connor:||Are we speaking in Italiano today?|
|Silvia:||Yes, but just a little.|
|Silvia:||Sono contenta di sentire some Italian words.|
|Connor:||I can’t wait to start! How do you say … Our first Italian lesson Silvia?|
|Silvia:||Our first...prima lezione di italiano.|
|Connor:||Sì! Our prima lezione di italiano. I have studied...molto. Sylvia, may I tell you about a passion of mine?|
|Silvia:||Benissimo. Go ahead Connor, I want to hear about your … passione.|
|Connor:||It is simple. I love Italian movies!|
|Silvia:||Veramente? You…piace molto the Italian movies… I film italiani.|
|Silvia:||In italiano we use the word film to refer to a movie ...so, your passione sono the film italiani.|
|Silvia:||Can you say that in italiano Connor?|
|Connor:||Io sono Connor, io sono americano, io... love... mi piace... i film italiani.|
|Silvia:||Bravissimo Connor! Come si chiamano i film that you like?|
|Connor:||I am not sure I understand the word…chiamano.|
|Silvia:||Do you remember we talked about “chiamarsi”?|
|Connor:||Yes, tu ti chiami Silvia.|
|Silvia:||E i film come si chiamano?|
|Connor:||Film... the film si chiama La Dolce Vita.|
|Silvia:||The film si chiama La Dolce Vita... any other movies?|
|Connor:||I like other movies…but La Dolce Vita is my favorite.|
|Silvia:||Come si chiama the regista… the film maker?|
|Connor:||Si chiama Federico Fellini!|
|Silvia:||Federico Fellini is a famous…famoso regista.|
|Connor:||Federico Fellini makes me dream about Italia.|
|Silvia:||Were you able to catch some words from the movie?|
|Connor:||Just a few words. The actors speak too fast though...|
|Silvia:||Yes, the actors speak fast, non è like our lezione di italiano.|
|Connor:||Too fast for a beginner like myself.|
|Silvia:||Did you watch the film with the sottotitoli in italiano?|
|Connor:||Subtitles? Sì, I watched La Dolce Vita with sottotitoli in italiano! Subtitles?|
|Silvia:||Molto bene! This is something I always advise my students to do.|
|Connor:||Watching movies with subtitles?|
|Silvia:||Esattamente! Sei un bravo studente, Connor!|
|Silvia:||Did you catch some examples of the verbo essere as the characters spoke their lines?|
|Connor:||Sì! And I wrote down one sentence in italiano.|
|Silvia:||Fantastico! Read it to me.|
|Connor:||Here we go... "Tu sei tutto, Sylvia! Ma lo sai che sei tutto? You are everything, everything! Tu sei la... la... pr...|
|Silvia:||Let me help you... la prima donna del primo giorno della creazione, sei la madre, la sorella, l'amante, l'amica, l'angelo, il diavolo, la terra, la casa..."|
|Silvia:||Io mi chiamo Silvia, like the character in the film...|
|Connor:||What a coincidence!|
|Silvia:||Tu sei Marcello?|
|Connor:||No, io sono Connor!|
|Silvia:||Let's begin our lezione di italiano, Connor, your sentence will help us a lot today!|
|Connor:||Ahhhh La Dolce Vita...|
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: