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Intro

Consuelo:
Buongiorno a tutti!
Marco:
Marco, here. Absolute Beginner Season 1 Lesson 1: Greeting Your New Friends with Perfect Italian.
Consuelo:
Hello, everyone. I'm Consuelo and welcome to ItalianPod101.com.
Marco:
With us, you'll learn to speak Italian with fun and effective lessons.
Consuelo:
We also provide you with cultural insights.
Marco:
And tips you won't find in a textbook. In today's class, we will focus on Italian greetings.
Consuelo:
This conservation takes place at the bus stop.
Marco:
The conversation is between Melissa Cox and Alessio Martini.
Consuelo:
In the first conversation, they will be speaking informal Italian. In the second conversation, the Italian is very formal.

Lesson conversation

Marco:
Let's listen to the conversation.
Marco:
Informal.
Melissa:
Ciao, mi chiamo Melissa e tu?
Alessio:
Ciao, piacere. Io mi chiamo Alessio.
Melissa:
Piacere Alessio.
Marco:
Formal.
Melissa:
Buon giorno, mi chiamo Melissa Cox. E lei? Come si chiama?
Alessio:
Buon giorno. Alessio, Alessio Martini. Piacere di conoscerla.
Melissa:
Molto lieta.
Marco:
Let's hear it slowly now.
Consuelo:
Ancora una volta, lentamente.
Melissa:
Ciao, mi chiamo Melissa e tu?
Alessio:
Ciao, piacere. Io mi chiamo Alessio.
Melissa:
Piacere Alessio.
Melissa:
Buon giorno, mi chiamo Melissa Cox. E lei? Come si chiama?
Alessio:
Buon giorno. Alessio, Alessio Martini. Piacere di conoscerla.
Melissa:
Molto lieta.
Marco:
And now with the translation.
Consuelo:
Questa volta con la traduzione.
Consuelo:
Ciao, mi chiamo Melissa e tu? / Hi, my name is Melissa. And you?
Marco:
Ciao, piacere. Io mi chiamo Alessio. / Hi. Nice to meet you. My name is Alessio.
Consuelo:
Piacere Alessio. / Nice to meet you Alessio. / Buon giorno, mi chiamo Melissa Cox. E lei? Come si chiama?/ Good morning. My name is Melissa Cox, and you, sir, what is your name?
Marco:
Buon giorno. Alessio, Alessio Martini. Piacere di conoscerla. / Good morning. Alessio, Alessio Martini. Nice to meet you.
Consuelo:
Molto lieta. / Very pleased to meet you.
POST CONVERSATION BANTER
Marco:
Hey, Consuelo. Italians commonly greet each other by shaking hands, right?
Consuelo:
Sure, and the handshake must be quite strong. And you know, Marco, what friends do when they meet?
Marco:
Oh, yes. I saw them in Italy. They kiss each other on both cheeks.
Consuelo:
Exactly. We do it when we meet, but also when we leave.
VOCABULARY AND PHRASES
Marco:
Let's take a look at the vocabulary for this lesson.
Consuelo:
buon giorno
Marco:
Good morning. Good day. Good afternoon.
Consuelo:
buon giorno
Marco:
And the next word is…
Consuelo:
ciao
Marco:
Hello. Hi. Bye.
Consuelo:
ciao
Marco:
And today's last word is…
Consuelo:
e
Marco:
And.
Consuelo:
e
KEY VOCABULARY AND PHRASES
Marco:
So, Consuelo, what expression are we studying today?
Consuelo:
That's the Italian expression “Piacere di conoscerla”.
Marco:
Nice to meet you.
Consuelo:
“Piacere di conoscerla” is a very formal greeting as we are talking to the other person using “Lei”.
Marco:
Yes, the third singular person "she" used as courtesy form in Italian.
Consuelo:
Italians generally use the formal “Lei” with everyone except family members, close friends, classmates and children. For informal occasions, we always use “tu”.
Marco:
You, the “tu” form denotes familiarity. It can also be used to express group solidarity such as among university colleagues or women.
Consuelo:
So, Marco, in case you want to say, "Nice to meet you," using “tu”, what would you say?
Marco:
Ah, that's different. It should be “Piacere di conoscerti”.
Consuelo:
Yes, but you can also simply say, “Piacere”.
Marco:
That's excellent.

Lesson focus

Consuelo:
Let us look at today's Grammar Point.
Marco:
The focus of this lesson is on Italian greetings.
Consuelo:
Let's start with “Ciao”. “Ciao” is the easiest and the most common Italian form of greeting. People use to say, "Hi," "Hello," or "Goodbye."
Marco:
But be careful. We should only use this greeting with people whom we are well-acquainted with such as friends or relatives.
Consuelo:
On the other hand, we may use “Buongiorno” with anybody, even people we meet for the first time.
Marco:
Literally, “Buongiorno” means "Good day." However, we may also interpret it as "Good morning," or "Good afternoon."
Consuelo:
As a rule of thumb, we can use “Buongiorno” only during daytime, from morning until evening or from before daybreak to before dusk.
Marco:
And when we want to say "Good afternoon," we can use…
Consuelo:
“Buon pomeriggio”

Outro

Marco:
That’s just about does it for today. Before we go, we want to tell you about a way to drastically improve your pronunciation.
Consuelo:
The voice recording tool.
Marco:
Yes, the voice recording tool in the Premium Learning Center.
Consuelo:
Record your voice with a click of a button.
Marco:
And then, play it back just as easily.
Consuelo:
So, you record your voice and then listen to it.
Marco:
Compare it to the native speakers.
Consuelo:
And adjust your pronunciation.
Marco:
This will help you improve your pronunciation fast. Arrivederci!
Consuelo:
A presto! Ciao!

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Ciao, il mio italiano amica. Piacere a tutti. Am I saying it right?