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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 #8
Spaghetti, calamari e… pastella!

Narrator Opening

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Ciao a tutti and welcome back, cari ascoltatori! I’m glad to be with you again and introduce Act 8. So let me bring you up to speed with what has been going on lately… Connor’s Italian relatives, as it seems, are having quite a hard time adjusting to American cuisine. We’ll see what happens one night, when Connor takes them out to dinner. Is this supposed to be a slice of pizza? Why do spaghetti with meatballs have to look so different on this side of the ocean? What a shock! Aunt Lucia can not make sense of the calamari on her plate! All right, let’s give them a couple more days to adapt to the new surroundings. In the meantime, we will learn a number of idiomatic expressions revolving around colors.

Actually… we won’t be doing just that. Right? We’ll make the most of all the learning tools available on our website. We will focus on some interesting grammar topics, such as, possessive adjectives and pronouns. A quick tip to spot them? They answer the question, “whose?”. Well, yes, we’ll also take a few grammar quizzes. This way, we’ll be able to fully enjoy the show!

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Silvia: Ciao, Connor! Come stai?
Connor: Ciao, Silvia! Sto bene, grazie.
Silvia: Come va con i tuoi parenti?
Connor: It is going bene, I guess...
Silvia: You guess?
Connor: It seems to go well, and then, e poi, all of a sudden…
Silvia: Che cosa succede? What is going on?
Connor: Coniughiamo il verbo to go? Penso che to go, well, to go è un verbo molto importante.
Silvia: Il verbo andare, to go, è un verbo irregolare e sono d’accordo con te, I agree with you, è un verbo importante che si usa molto spesso.

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, that was a lot of fun! I’m already looking forward to our next installment. Enjoy your week and don’t forget to make some time to practice all the verbs, nouns and adjectives you’ve been learning so far. Maybe you have a couple friends who are learning Italian, too? Try practicing with them! As for me, I’ll talk to you soon! A presto!