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Introduction
Becky: Welcome to ItalianPod101.com. This is 3-Minute Italian Season 1, Lesson 10 - Asking How Much Something Costs. In this lesson, you’ll learn how to ask how much something costs in Italian.
Body
Becky: Here's the way to ask 'How much does it cost?' in Italian.
Ofelia: [Normal] Quanto costa?
Becky: First is a word meaning 'how much'
Ofelia: [Normal] quanto [Slow] quanto
Becky: Last is the word meaning 'costs'
Ofelia: [Normal] costa [Slow] costa
Becky: Note the rising intonation. Listen again to the question meaning 'How much does it cost?'
Ofelia: [Slow] Quanto costa? [Normal] Quanto costa?
Becky: Here's the way to ask, 'How much does this cost?'
Ofelia: [Normal] Quanto costa questo?
Becky: First is a word meaning 'how much'
Ofelia: [Normal] quanto [Slow] quanto
Becky: Next is the word meaning 'costs'
Ofelia: [Normal] costa [Slow] costa
Becky: Last is the word meaning 'this'
Ofelia: [Normal] questo [Slow] questo
Becky: Note the rising intonation again here. Listen again to the question meaning 'How much does this cost?'
Ofelia: [Slow] Quanto costa questo? [Normal] Quanto costa questo?
Becky: Here's a response meaning 'OK, I'll take it.'
Ofelia: [Normal] Va bene, lo prendo.
Becky: First is a phrase meaning 'OK'
Ofelia: [Normal] va bene [Slow] va bene
Becky: Next is the word meaning 'it'
Ofelia: [Normal] lo [Slow] lo
Becky: Last is the word meaning 'I take'
Ofelia: [Normal] prendo [Slow] prendo
Becky: Listen again to the response, 'OK, I'll take it.'
Ofelia: [Slow] Va bene, lo prendo. [Normal] Va bene, lo prendo.
Becky: Here's a response meaning, 'It's a little expensive.'
Ofelia: [Normal] È un po' caro.
Becky: First is a word meaning 'is'
Ofelia: [Normal] è [Slow] è
Becky: Next is a phrase meaning 'a little'
Ofelia: [Normal] un po' [Slow] un po'
Becky: Last is the word meaning 'expensive'
Ofelia: [Normal] caro [Slow] caro
Becky: Listen again to the response, 'It's a little expensive.'
Ofelia: [Slow] È un po' caro. [Normal] È un po' caro.
Cultural Insight
Becky: Now it's time for a quick cultural insight.
Ofelia: Haggling in Italy is less common than you may think, but if you really want to try, please keep in mind that street markets and small shops are better places to try it!

Outro

Becky: And that’s all for this lesson. Don’t forget to check out the lesson notes, and we’ll see you in the next lesson!
Ofelia: Ciao!

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Monday at 06:30 PM
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Let's practice asking prices here!

ItalianPod101.com
Thursday at 12:14 AM
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Hi metyus,


Thanks for your comment. 😊

Remember that it's "quanto" both when asking about something singular and plural (quanto costa / quanto costano).


Keep up the good work!

Valentina

Team ItalianPod101.com

metyus
Sunday at 12:44 AM
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quanti costano le penne