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 Connor seems a little stressed out. Last night, as he will tell Silvia, his grandparents had a rather noisy fight. No big deal, actually. Looks like grandma Carmela burnt her famous maccheroni in smoked sauce. A big disappointment to grandpa Giovanni, apparently… but I don’t want to disclose too much and spoil all the fun! What I will tell you, though, is that Silvia, to cheer poor Connor up, will take him on an imaginary stroll around Rome. Well, that sounds appealing, doesn’t it? Let’s join them!
|Silvia:||Buongiorno, Connor! Come stai?|
|Connor:||Meglio, Silvia, grazie.|
|Silvia:||Meglio than... when...?|
|Connor:||Better than yesterday.|
|Silvia:||Cosa è successo ieri, yesterday?|
|Connor:||My nonno Giovanni...|
|Silvia:||Lui non sta bene?|
|Connor:||Lui sta benissimo! But he had a fight with nonna Carmela...|
|Silvia:||E come sta adesso nonna Carmela?|
|Connor:||After the fight, molto male... now, sta meglio.|
|Silvia:||Tell me about the fight, the litigio.|
|Connor:||Well, it was a cosa strana, Silvia! Nonno Giovanni always says that nonna Carmela’s pasta è the best in the world! And ieri she decided to experiment with a new recipe. She called it “maccheroni con salsa fumè”.|
|Silvia:||Maccheroni with smoked sauce? Was it buona?|
|Connor:||Nonna always makes buone paste!|
|Silvia:||I bet she does! I bet she is a brava cuoca!|
|Connor:||Sì, but ieri... I don’t know what happened...|
|Silvia:||What do you mean?|
|Connor:||The pasta was completely burnt! Come you say that in italiano?|
|Connor:||And nonno Giovanni made such a scene! He was saying “Mamma mia, Carmela!”, che disastro! E nonna Carmela was saying “Non capisco, Giovanni”.|
|Silvia:||Do they speak italiano to each other?|
|Connor:||They do when they fight! And their voices get really loud!|
|Connor:||I never raise my voce, Silvia...|
|Silvia:||Sei un ragazzo tranquillo.|
|Connor:||Io sono molto tranquillo e calmo... Tu sei calma, Silvia?|
|Silvia:||Sì, most of the time, but I cannot eat pasta bruciata either...!|
|Connor:||I think that italiani sono everything but calmi!|
|Silvia:||È la passione of the lingua italiana!|
|Connor:||Maybe... but nonno Giovanni got really carried away by molta passione, ieri. Poor nonna Carmela...|
|Silvia:||How far away?|
|Connor:||He said “time to see a therapist, Carmela!”|
|Silvia:||The psicologo? Veramente? Because of the pasta?|
|Connor:||Veramente, Silvia! Io sto male when I think about it...|
|Silvia:||Sono sicura that they will calm down soon! È just a piccolo screzio.|
|Connor:||I hope so! All of a sudden they switched to this weird dialect italiano which I don’t understand and thought to myself… Non capisco un’acca!|
|Silvia:||Bravo, Connor... I can tell that you’ve been studying a lot!|
|Connor:||Grazie, Silvia, I actually did!|
|Silvia:||Bene, sono molto contenta. Anything else about nonno Giovanni?|
|Connor:||Sì, when I asked him whether this pasta incident had happened before, he said to me “Ehhh, Connor, è una lunga storia!”|
|Silvia:||Do you know what that means?|
|Connor:||Sì, it's a long story.|
|Silvia:||Esatto! Nonno Giovanni used an expression that fits in perfectly with today’s lezione di grammatica italiana!|
|Silvia:||Sì! Un bellissimo esempio. Let's start our lezione and you’ll see!|
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: