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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
Act #20
L'oasi dei fenicotteri

Narrator Opening

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Benvenuti, cari amici! Welcome to Act 20. I know you can’t wait to hear what Connor has been up to lately. I’m looking forward to this new installment, too! So, as you’ll probably remember, last time Silvia and Connor had lunch together at Max, Silvia’s favorite Italian restaurant in town. It’s a small family-run sandwich shop which serves delicious home-made sandwiches. Connor had a grilled chicken panino. He absolutely loved it and now says he wants to try them all. Well, anyway… healthy Italian food is not the only charm of this joint! Max is gorgeous, with decor that features small wooden tables, a counter topped with pink marble, oak paneling and lots of pictures on the walls…

Cari ascoltatori, I hope you studied our grammar segment and did all the exercises on our website. As we have seen, it is quite common in Italian to use the present tense to describe future actions, especially when the action is imminent and paired with an expression conveying future time. Although, in case you were wondering, yes, there is also a formal future tense in Italian. But this is just one of the grammar topics we’ll be discussing today! So, in order to find out what else is coming up... you’ll have to listen to the show!

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Silvia: Ciao, Connor, come stai oggi?
Connor: Benissimo, Silvia! Tu?
Silvia: Molto bene, grazie. Allora, ti è piaciuto il tuo panino di pollo alla griglia?
Connor: It was delicious!
Silvia: Squisito.
Connor: The only thing that left me puzzled was its name… ruspante… che cosa significa?
Silvia: Si riferisce al metodo di allevamento del pollo. Pollo ruspante significa free-range chicken, ovvero un pollo allevato all'aperto.

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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Well, I can see why Connor is feeling inspired. A cultural oasis in Sardegna! A remodeled industrial space showcasing experimental music and site-specific installations. Just fig trees, pink flamingos, and the sound of waves on the sand. Away from traffic and city noise. “A contatto con il ritmo della natura”, as Connor says.

Benissimo, amici, we have learned a lot today! Even on a sociological level. I was really pleased to learn that many cities across Italy are teaming up with environmental groups and non-profit organizations to promote a more sustainable approach to food consumption!

My friends, I’m sure you have noticed that our dialogs are becoming more and more complex, so, as I always say, make sure you keep in step with the grammar by studying each new topic and exploring all the learning tools available on our website. All right then, it’s time for us to say goodbye! I’ll see you soon. A presto!