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!
Connor has been meeting with the building’s current owner, Mr. Mark, who wants to sell the property and go sailing around the world. Well, that’s a nice plan, I can’t blame him!
So… did you study our new grammar lesson? Today we’ll be focusing on two key topics: regular verbs in the first conjugation and Italian definite articles. Have you memorized all the words on the flashcard? I’m sure you know all about the expression Silvia and Connor are exploring today. Assolutamente sì? OK, let’s dive in, then! Enjoy Act 5!
|Silvia:||Sei un po’ in ritardo oggi.|
|Connor:||I’m sorry, Silvia... This morning ho tanto sonno. I actually had to run to get here!|
|Silvia:||Were you up late last night?|
|Connor:||Well, I had my secondo appuntamento with Mr. Mark!|
|Silvia:||That’s great! So, how did the meeting go?|
|Connor:||Great! I think we get along well!|
|Silvia:||Describe Mr. Mark for me.|
|Connor:||Lui ha 62 anni. Ha voglia di una nuova adventure! He wants to go sailing around the world. This is why ha fretta di sell the cinema!|
|Silvia:||I see... I imagine that lui ha bisogno di soldi, ho ragione?|
|Connor:||Hai ragione! Now, io ho bisogno di investors…|
|Silvia:||E ci sono these people, right?|
|Connor:||Well, sì e no. Loro sono in Italia. They like the idea, but they are far away.|
|Silvia:||Who are they? Chi sono?|
|Connor:||A couple members of the famiglia. I still haven't met in person…|
|Silvia:||You mean famiglia in Italia?|
|Silvia:||Are you planning to go to Italia soon... presto?|
|Connor:||Sì, molto presto!|
|Silvia:||Hai already the biglietto to travel to Italia?|
|Connor:||Sì, ce l’ho.|
|Silvia:||Hai the dates?|
|Connor:||Sì, ce le ho.|
|Silvia:||Quando are you leaving?|
|Connor:||I’m going there in due months!|
|Silvia:||Due mesi! Allora, abbiamo bisogno di parlare in italiano più spesso!|
|Connor:||Hai ragione, Silvia. Io sono... worried!|
|Connor:||Sì, I want to go there and be able to speak Italian!|
|Silvia:||OK, let me set up a few rules. You study the lezione di grammatica e fill in the quizzes before coming here. Also, I would like you to read carefully the lezione on the espressione idiomatica. When we meet up, we can talk about anything we want… on una condizione. Each week, I will expect you to focus on the topic explored in the lezione di grammatica. And I would like the same to happen during our conversation involving the espressione idiomatica.|
|Connor:||Well then, I’d say we have a deal!|
|Silvia:||I’m glad, sono contenta, you like my idea.|
|Connor:||Silvia, I am hungry! I forgot how to say that in Italian…|
|Silvia:||Ho fame. Did you eat this morning?|
|Connor:||No, this is why ho fame.|
|Silvia:||Right, right! You had to rush out...|
|Connor:||Ho also sete. I like fresh pressed orange juice.|
|Silvia:||Ho sete anch’io... so do I. I, too, love fresh pressed orange juice.|
|Connor:||Ho tanta voglia to go to Italy and when I think about all the amazing food there, ho also tanta fame!|
|Silvia:||Mia zia è una fantastica cuoca, an amazing cook!|
|Connor:||Come nonna Carmela!|
|Silvia:||Where, dove sono your relatives? The ones who will invest in your idea?|
|Connor:||Somewhere in the South, non sono sicuro.|
|Silvia:||Well, wherever they are, you need to be able to parlare with them.|
|Connor:||I totally agree!|
|Silvia:||To parlare we need to study the rules of some verbi italiani... Are you ready? Sei pronto?|
|Connor:||Sono pronto, Silvia!|