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Hi everybody, my name's Mike and this is the Let's Speak Italian podcast. So you've listened to a few sample lessons, and hopefully you're learning how to speak Italian.

Well with the first 100 lessons completed, I wanted to release the first few lessons for free as a little teaser so that you can see just how easy it is to learn to speak Italian. Now, by going to the website, you can buy the first 100 lessons for only $15.00. That includes 100 lessons, plus 20 review lessons as well, for a total of 120 lessons in all. That's 24 weeks of lessons, for only $15.00.  It's over 13 hours of Italian lessons, for the price of what you might pay for one music CD.

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un = precedes all masculine nouns, even those that begin with vowels. The exception is those masculine nouns beginning with ps, gn, z, or s and a consonant.

un bambino = a baby

un orologio = a clock

uno = precedes masculine nouns beginning with ps, gn, z, or s and a consonant.

uno specchio = a mirror

uno psicologo = a psychologist

una = precedes all feminine nouns beginning with a consonant.

una scrivania = a desk

una fragola = a strawberry

un' = precedes all feminine nouns that begin with a vowel.

un'ora = an hour

un'arancia = an orange

Essere = to be

io sono = I am

tu sei = you are (informal)

Lei e' = you are (formal)

lui/lei e` = he/she is

noi siamo = we are

voi siete = you are (plural)

loro sono = they are

C'e' = There is OR Is there?

Ci sono = There are OR Are there?

C'e' un insegnate qui? = Is there a teacher here?

C'e' una mela per l'insegnante? = Is there an apple for the teacher?

Ci sono due pere. = There are two pears.

Ci sono tre belle donne. = There are three pretty women.

Quanti cani ci sono? = How many dogs are there?

Ci sono molti cani. = There are many dogs.

Quante banane ci sono? = How many bananas are there?

Ci sono molte banane. = There are many bananas.

cravatta = tie

camicia = shirt

abito = suit

vestito = dress

scarpe = shoes

calzini = socks

pantaloni = pants

letto = bed

doccia = shower

armadio = closet

lavandino = sink

spazzolino = toothbrush

dentifricio = toothpaste

sapone = soap

asciugamano = towel

pettine = comb

rasoio = razor

schiuma da barba = shaving cream

shampoo = shampoo

bigodini = curlers

These colors must match the number and the gender of the noun which they modify:

bianco = white

nero = black

rosso = red

giallo = yellow

grigio = gray

camicia bianca = white shirt

pantaloni bianchi = white pants

vestito bianco = white dress

scarpe bianche = white shoes

These colors must match the number only of the noun which they modify:

verde = green

marrone = brown

celeste = sky blue

arancione = orange

abito marrone = brown suit

cravatta marrone = brown tie

pantaloni marroni = brown pants

scarpe marroni = brown shoes

These colors will never change:

blu' = blue

rosa = pink

viola = purple

vestito blu' = blue dress

scarpe blu' = blue shoes

vestito viola = purple dress

scarpe rosa = pink shoes

Di che colore e' _____? = What color is _____?

Di che colore sono _____? = What color are _____?

Di che colore e' il limone? = What color is the lemon?

Il limone e' giallo. = The lemon is yellow.

Di che colore sono le fragole? = What color are the strawberries?

Le fragole sono rosse. = The strawberries are red.

Di che colore e' l'arancia? = What color is the orange?

L'arancia e' arancione. = The orange is orange.

Di che colore sono le porte? = What color are the doors?

Le porte sono blu'. = The doors are blue.

Di che colore e' l'asciugamano? = What color is the towel?

L'asciugamano e' bianco. = The towel is white.

Di che colore e' lo spazzolino? = What color is the toothbrush?

Lo spazzolino e' viola. = The toothbrush is purple.

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dormire = to sleep

partire = to leave

aprire = to open

Then to conjugate these infinitives, you will drop the 'ire' and add the following endings:

io = add 'o'

tu = add 'i'

Lei/lui/lei = add 'e'

noi = add 'iamo'

voi = add 'ite'

loro = add 'ono'

So to conjugate the verb 'dormire':

io dormo

tu dormi

Lei/lui/lei dorme

noi dormiamo

voi dormite

loro dormono

Il mio amico dorme sempre in classe. = My friend always sleeps in class.

Tu apri la finestra. = You open the window.

Noi partiamo oggi. = We leave today.

Loro partono domani. = They leave tomorrow

Voi partite dopodomani. = You (plural) leave day after tomorrow.

capire = to understand

finire = to finish, to end

preferire = to prefer

To conjugate these types of verbs, you will drop the 'ire' and:

io = add 'isco'

tu = add 'isci'

Lei/lui/lei = add 'isce'

noi = add 'iamo'

voi = add 'ite'

loro = add 'iscono'

Then to conjugate the verb 'capire':

io capisco

tu capisci

Lei/lui/lei capisce

noi capiamo

voi capite

loro capiscono

Il ragazzo capisce la linga l'italiana. = The boy understands the Italian language.

Noi preferiamo dormire. = We prefer to sleep.

Tu preferisci mangiare? = Do you prefer to eat?

Io finisco il discorso. = I finish the speech.

Le ragazze capiscono l'insegnante. = The girls understand the teacher.

Il presidente dorme in chiesa? = Does the president sleep in church?

(Voi) Partite per l'italia domani? = Do you leave for Italy tomorrow?

(Tu) Apri la finestra. = You open the window.

(Noi) Apriamo la lettera. = We open the letter.

(Io) Parto domani. = I leave tomorrow.

Il professore apre la porta. = The professor opens the door.

(Voi) Dormite sempre in classe. = You (plural) always sleep in class.

(Voi) Finite la lezione oggi. = You (plural) finish the lesson today.

Il presidente capisce la lingua. = The president understands the language.

(Lei) Preferisce l'inglese? = Do you (formal) prefer English?

I ragazzi capiscono l'insegnante = The boys understand the teacher.

L'insegnante finisce la lezione. = The teacher finishes the lesson.

(Io) Capisco lo spagnolo. = I understand Spanish.

(Voi) Preferite mangiare? = Do you (plural) prefer to eat?

(Noi) Finiamo il libro. = We finish the book.

I bambini preferiscono gli spaghetti. = The babies prefer spaghetti.

(Io) Preferisco dormire. = I prefer to sleep.

ricevere = to receive

vivere = to live

chiedere = to ask

sentire = to hear, to feel (1st form of 'ire' verbs)

servire = to serve (1st form of 'ire' verbs)

spedire = to send (2nd form of 'ire' verbs)

 

STOP THE PODCAST - conjugate each of these verbs out loud. Then start the podcast again and I'll give you the answers.

 

Io ricevo

Tu ricevi

Lei/lui/lei riceve

Noi riceviamo

Voi ricevete

Loro ricevono

 

Io vivo

Tu vivi

Lei/lui/lei vive

Noi viviamo

Voi vivete

Loro vivono

 

Io chiedo

Tu chiedi

Lei/lui/lei chiede

Noi chiediamo

Voi chiedete

Loro chiedono

 

Io sento

Tu senti

Lei/lui/lei sente

Noi sentiamo

Voi sentite

Loro sentono

 

Io servo

Tu servi

Lei/lui/lei serve

Noi serviamo

Voi servite

Loro servono

 

Io spedisco

Tu spedisci

Lei/lui/lei spedisce

Noi spediamo

Voi spedite

Loro spediscono

uovo = egg

pomodoro = tomato

fragola = strawberry

banana = banana

mela = apple

pera = pear

arancia = orange

limone = lemon

bello = handsome, beautiful (bella for feminine words)

buono = good (buona for feminine words)

bravo = good, used for people (brava for females)

ricco = rich (ricca for femine words)

qui = here

quanti = how many

molti = many

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The seven ways to say 'the' are il, lo, l', la, i, gli, and le. Now here are the rules for deciding which of these forms to use.

il = will precede masculine singular nouns that begin with a consonant, except words beginning with ps, pn, gn, z and s followed by a consonant.

il libro = the book

il ragazzo = the boy

lo = will precede masculine singular nouns that begin with ps, pn, gn, z and s followed by a consonant.

lo specchio = the mirror

lo studente = the student

l' = will precede all masculine and feminine singular nouns beginning with a vowel.

l'amico = the friend

l'acqua = the water

la = will precede all feminine singular nouns beginning with a consonant.

la donna = the woman

la ragazza = the girl

i = is the plural form of il.

i libri = the books

i ragazzi = the boys

gli = is the plural form of lo and l' for masculine plural nouns.

gli specchi = the mirrors

gli amici = the friends

le = is the plural form of both la and l' for feminine plural nouns.

le donne = the women

le acque = the waters

parlare = to speak

cantare = to sing

mangiare = to eat

studiare = to study

giocare = to play

pensare = to think

comprare = to buy

imparare = to learn

amare = to love

Then to conjugate the infinitive, you will drop the 'are' and add the following endings:

io = add 'o'

tu = add 'i'

Lei/lui/lei = add 'a'

noi = add 'iamo'

voi = add 'ate'

loro = add 'ano'

So, for example, here is how to conjugate the verb 'cantare.'

cantare = to sing

io canto = I sing

tu canti = you sing

Lei/lui/lei canta = you/he/she sings

noi cantiamo = we sing

voi cantate = you sing

loro cantano = they sing

Lui mangia la pizza. = He eats the pizza.

Noi mangiamo la pasta. = We eat the pasta.

Loro mangiano gli spaghetti. = They eat the spaghetti.

Io studio il libro. = I study the book.

Lei studia l'italiano. = She studies Italian.

Antonio ama Claudia. = Antonio loves Claudia.

Gli amici giocano il calcio. = The friends play soccer.

To ask a question in Italian, you just say the sentence with a questioning inflection at the end of the sentence.

Tu parli l'italiano. = You speak Italian

Tu parli l'italiano? = Do you speak Italian?

Another short cut you can do in Italian, is you can drop the pronoun entirely because the verb changes for every pronoun. For example, you can say

Io compro il pane. = I buy the bread

Or you can drop the 'io' and just say

Compro il pane. = I buy the bread. Because the word 'compro' is only used with 'io,' you can drop the 'io' and it is apparent that you mean 'I buy.'

lettera = letter

discorso = speech

stanza = room

lezione = lesson

giornale = newspaper

lingua = language, tongue

ogni = every

sempre = always

oggi = today

ieri = yesterday

domani = tomorrow

dopodomani = day after tomorrow

per = for

se = if

scrivere = to write

leggere = to read

credere = to believe

vedere = to see

Then to conjugate these infinitives, you will drop the 'ere' and add the following endings:

io = add 'o'

tu = add 'i'

Lei/lui/lei = add 'e'

noi = add 'iamo'

voi = add 'ete'

loro = add 'ono'

So to conjugate the verb 'scrivere':

io scrivo

tu scrivi

Lei/lui/lei scrive

noi scriviamo

voi scrivete

loro scrivono

Noi leggiamo il discorso. = We read the speech.

Io leggo il giornale. = I read the newspaper.

Susana vede la casa. = Susana saw the house.

Loro credono la lezione = They believed the lesson.

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camera = bedroom

mensa = cafeteria

libreria = bookstore

bagno = bathroom

a = to, at

si' = yes

no = no

dove = where

dov'e' = where is

quando = when

adesso = now

cibo = food

ma = but

grazie = thank you

prego = you're welcome

forse = maybe, perhaps

pronto = ready, but it's also what you say when you answer the telephone instead of saying 'hello.'

Sono stanco = I am tired (male)

Sono stanca = I am tired (female)

Ho fame = I am hungry

Non lo so = I don't know

Sei pronto? = Are you ready? (male)

Sei pronta? = Are you ready? (female)

Sono pronto = I am ready (male)

Sono pronta = I am ready (female)

colazione = breakfast

pranzo = lunch

cena = dinner, supper

mattina = morning

pomeriggio = afternoon

sera = evening

notte = night

giorno = day

settimana = week

mese = month

anno = year

minuto = minute

ora = hour

fa = ago

orologio = clock, watch

mezzogiorno = noon

mezzanotte = midnight

Che ore sono? = What time is it?

E' l'una = It's one o'clock

Sono le due = It's two o'clock

E' mezzogiorno = It's noon

E' mezzonotte = It's midnight

When the time is after the hour, add the word 'e' and the appropriate number of minutes. To indicate the half hour, use the phrase 'e mezza.' To indicate the quarter of the hour, use the phrase 'e un quarto.'

e = and

e mezza = and half

e un quarto = and a quarter

E' l'una e venticinque = It's 1:25

Sono le tre e dieci = It's 3:10

E' l'una e mezza = It's 1:30

Sono le quattro e mezza = It's 4:30

E' l'una e un quarto = It's 1:15

Sono le dieci e un quarto = It's 10:15

When the time is before the hour, use the word 'meno' and the appropriate number of minutes.

meno = minus

E' l'una meno cinque = It's five 'til one or 12:55

Sono le otto meno venti = It's twenty 'til eight or 7:40

E' l'una meno un quarto = It's fifteen 'til one or 12:45

Sono le sette meno un quarto = It's fifteen 'til seven or 6:45

ragazzo = boy

ragazza = girl

bambino = baby

uomo = man

donna = woman

cane = dog

gatto = cat

acqua = water

specchio = mirror

pasta = pasta

pane = bread

verdure = vegetables

gnocchi = Italian dumplings

zucchero = sugar

insalata = salad

spaghetti = spaghetti

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Che fila lunga! = What a long line!

Ho fame. = I'm hungry. (I have hunger)

Buon appetito! = Enjoy your meal! (Good appetite)

Grazie, altrettanto. = Thanks, same to you.

Basta, grazie. = That's enough, thank you.

Sono sazio(a) = I'm full.

Ho ancora fame. = I'm still hungry. (I have more hunger)

Mi passa il sale, per favore? = Will you pass me the salt please? (formal)

Mi passi il pepe, per favore? = Will you pass me the pepper please? (informal)

Com'e' il cibo? = How is the food?

Il cibo e' delizioso. = The food is delicious.

Mi piace la zuppa. = I like the soup. (The soup pleases me)

Non mi piace il latte. = I do not like the milk. (The milk does not please me)

Mi piacciono i fagioli. = I like the beans. (The beans please me)

Non mi piacciono i piselli. = I do not like the peas. (The peas do not please me)

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tavola = table

bicchiere = drinking glass

piatto = plate

coltello = knife

forchetta = fork

cucchiaio = spoon

tovagliolo = napkin

vassoio = tray

carne = meat

latte = milk

frutta = fruit

sale = salt

pepe = pepper

burro = butter

aranciata = orange soda pop

ghiaccio = ice

piselli = peas

carote = carrots

fagioli = beans

zuppa = soup

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Avere = to have

io ho = I have

tu hai = you have (informal)

Lei ha = you have (formal)

lui/lei ha = he/she has

noi abbiamo = we have

voi avete = you have (plural)

loro hanno = they have

Avere bisogno di = To have need of, or to need.

Then you just conjugate the verb 'avere' depending on the subject of the sentence.

Noi abbiamo bisogno di aiuto. = We need help.

Io ho bisogno di un dizionario. = I need a dictionary.

Gli italiani hanno bisogno di imparare inglese. = The Italians need to learn English.

Avete bisogno di una penna? = Do you need a pen?

Si, abbiamo bisogno di una penna. = Yes, we need a pen.

Tu hai bisogno di un dottore? = Do you need a doctor?

No, non ho bisogno di un dottore. = No, I do not need a doctor.

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You make a sentence negative by placing 'non' directly before the verb, and when responding negatively to a question, you must say 'no' as well as placing 'non' before the verb.

Cantiamo bene in italiano. = We sing well in Italian.

Non cantiamo bene in italiano = We do not sing well in Italian.

Signor Gianni scrive una lettera. = Mr. Gianni writes a letter.

Signor Gianni non scrive una lettera. = Mr. Gianni does not write a letter.

Tommaso e' italiano? = Is Thomas Italian?

No, Tommaso non e' italiano. = No, Thomas is not Italian.

Parlate inglese alla mensa? = Do you speak English at the cafeteria?

No, non parliamo inglese alla mensa. = No, we do not speak English at the cafeteria.

For c'e' and ci sono put the 'non' in front of the c'e' or the ci.

Ci sono molte ragazze in questa classe? = Are there many girls in this class?

No, non ci sono molte ragazze in questa classe. = No, there are not many girls in this class.

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fratello = brother

sorella = sister

padre = father

madre = mother

cappotto = coat

giacca = jacket

cintura = belt

calze = nylons, panty hose

gonna = skirt

camicetta = blouse

problema = problem

dizionario = dictionary

macchina = car

aiuto = help

cavallo = horse

comprare = to buy, compro, compri, compra, compriamo, comprate, comprano

imparare = to learn, imparo, impari, impara, impariamo, imparate, imparano

bere (bevere) = to drink, bevo, bevi, beve, beviamo, bevete, bevono

vivere = to live, vivo, vivi, vive, viviamo, vivete, vivono

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