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Introduction
Becky: Welcome to 3-Minute Italian Season 1, Lesson 16 - Asking directions. In this lesson, you’ll learn how to ask and understand basic directions in Italian.
Body
Becky: Here's the way to ask 'Where is the station?' in Italian.
Ofelia: [Normal] Dov'è la stazione?
Becky: First is a phrase meaning 'Where is'
Ofelia: [Normal] Dov'è [Slow] Dov'è
Becky: Next is the word meaning 'the'
Ofelia: [Normal] la [Slow] la
Becky: Last is the word meaning 'station'
Ofelia: [Normal] stazione [Slow] stazione
Becky: Note the rising intonation. Listen again to the question meaning 'Where is the station?'
Ofelia: [Slow] Dov'è la stazione? [Normal] Dov'è la stazione?
Becky: Now, imagine you were asked by a stranger. Here's the way to answer, 'Go straight.'
Ofelia: [Normal] Vada dritto.
Becky: First is a word meaning 'you go (polite)'
Ofelia: [Normal] vada [Slow] vada
Becky: Last is the word meaning 'straight'
Ofelia: [Normal] dritto [Slow] dritto
Becky: Listen again to the answer meaning 'Go straight.'
Ofelia: [Slow] Vada dritto. [Normal] Vada dritto.
Becky: Here's a polite response meaning 'Turn right.'
Ofelia: [Normal] Giri a destra.
Becky: First is a word meaning 'you turn (polite)'
Ofelia: [Normal] giri [Slow] giri
Becky: Next is the word meaning 'towards'
Ofelia: [Normal] a [Slow] a
Becky: Last is the word meaning 'right'
Ofelia: [Normal] destra [Slow] destra
Becky: Listen again to the response meaning 'Turn right.'
Ofelia: [Slow] Giri a destra. [Normal] Giri a destra.
Becky: Here's a polite response meaning, 'Turn left.'
Ofelia: [Normal] Giri a sinistra.
Becky: First is a word meaning 'you turn (polite)'
Ofelia: [Normal] giri [Slow] giri
Becky: Next is the word meaning 'towards'
Ofelia: [Normal] a [Slow] a
Becky: Last is the word meaning 'left'
Ofelia: [Normal] sinistra [Slow] sinistra
Becky: Listen again to the response meaning 'Turn left.'
Ofelia: [Slow] Giri a sinistra. [Normal] Giri a sinistra.
Cultural Insight
Becky: Now it's time for a quick cultural insight.
Ofelia: Asking for directions is the best way to practice a language. Don’t shy away from asking people you meet on the street. In Italy, it is very common to ask for and to give street directions, even among Italian citizens.

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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ItalianPod101.comVerified
Monday at 6:30 pm
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Do you know any other phrases you can use to give directions? Write them in the comments!

ItalianPod101.com
Saturday at 1:29 am
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Hi Thiciane Araújo,


Yes, absolutely. "Svoltare" and "girare" have the same meaning. 👍


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Thiciane Araújo
Tuesday at 4:43 am
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Can I say "svolti a sinistra/destra" instead of "giri a sinistra/destra" ?

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Monday at 12:49 pm
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Hi Vera,


Very well! 👍

Just make sure not to mix formal and casual Italian.

"può aiutarmi?" is formal Italian, so the answer should be "Proceda dritto..., prenda..."


Anyway, well done! 😉


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Vera
Saturday at 2:45 am
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Mi sono persa, può aiutarmi? Come posso arrivare al museo? Procedi dritto lungo questa strada, prendi la sinistra al semaforo. Non è lontano da lì si troverà.