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Introduction
Becky: Welcome to 3-Minute Italian Season 1, Lesson 17 - Why? In this lesson, you’ll learn how to ask and answer the question ‘why?’ in Italian.
Body
Becky: Here's the informal way to ask 'Why are you late?' in Italian.
Ofelia: [Normal] Perché sei in ritardo?
Becky: First is a word meaning 'why'
Ofelia: [Normal] perché [Slow] perché
Becky: Next is the word meaning 'you are'
Ofelia: [Normal] sei [Slow] sei
Becky: Last is the phrase meaning 'late'
Ofelia: [Normal] in ritardo [Slow] in ritardo
Becky: Note the rising intonation. Listen again to the question meaning 'Why are you late?'
Ofelia: [Slow] Perché sei in ritardo? [Normal] Perché sei in ritardo?
Becky: Here's the way to answer, 'Because I missed the train.'
Ofelia: [Normal] Perché ho perso il treno.
Becky: First is a word meaning 'because'
Ofelia: [Normal] perché [Slow] perché
Becky: Next is the phrase meaning 'I missed'
Ofelia: [Normal] ho perso [Slow] ho perso
Becky: Next is the word meaning 'the'
Ofelia: [Normal] il [Slow] il
Becky: Last is the word meaning 'train'
Ofelia: [Normal] treno [Slow] treno
Becky: Listen again to the answer meaning 'Because I missed the train.'
Ofelia: [Slow] Perché ho perso il treno. [Normal] Perché ho perso il treno.
Becky: Here's a way to informally ask 'Why do you leave so early?'
Ofelia: [Normal] Perché vai via così presto?
Becky: First is a word meaning 'why'
Ofelia: [Normal] perché [Slow] perché
Becky: Next is the word meaning 'you go away'
Ofelia: [Normal] vai via [Slow] vai via
Becky: Next is the word meaning 'so'
Ofelia: [Normal] così [Slow] così
Becky: Last is the word meaning 'early'
Ofelia: [Normal] presto [Slow] presto
Becky: Listen again to the question meaning 'Why do you leave so early?'
Ofelia: [Slow] Perché vai via così presto? [Normal] Perché vai via così presto?
Becky: Here's a response meaning, 'Not to miss the train.'
Ofelia: [Normal] Per non perdere il treno.
Becky: First is a word meaning 'to, for'
Ofelia: [Normal] per [Slow] per
Becky: Next is the word meaning 'not'
Ofelia: [Normal] non [Slow] non
Becky: Next is the word meaning 'to miss'
Ofelia: [Normal] perdere [Slow] perdere
Becky: Next is the word meaning 'the '
Ofelia: [Normal] il [Slow] il
Becky: Last is the word meaning 'train'
Ofelia: [Normal] treno [Slow] treno
Becky: Listen again to the response meaning 'Not to miss the train.'
Ofelia: [Slow] Per non perdere il treno. [Normal] Per non perdere il treno.
Cultural Insight
Becky: Now it's time for a quick cultural insight.
Ofelia: When in Italy you will probably be surprised by your friends' lateness. It's common to arrive at an appointment with ten or fifteen minutes delay, but please remember to always be on time for a business appointment!

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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Listeners! Why are you studying Italian?

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Wednesday at 03:50 AM
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Ciao Bill,

both are correct, use "scusi" if you want to talk formally, use "scusa" if you want to talk informally.


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Bill
Friday at 07:16 PM
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Uh oh! I think I should have written "Scusa?" not "Scusi?".

Bill
Wednesday at 08:13 PM
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Perché stai studiando italiano?

Perché vorrei parlare e scrivere italiano.

E vorrei viaggiare in Italia.

Perché hai studiato tedesco?

Perché ho abitato in Austria.

Scusi?

Perché ho abitato a Vienna in Austria.

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Tuesday at 07:58 AM
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Ciao E,

ottima risposta 😎


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E
Monday at 08:32 PM
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Perché voglio parlare italiano.

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Saturday at 01:31 AM
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Hi Thiciane Araújo,


That's great! La tua frase è perfetta, ottimo lavoro.

Just remember that we write "portoghese" with an H 😉


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Thiciane Araújo
Tuesday at 05:00 AM
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Sto studiando l'italiano perché voglio essere traduttrice e interprete di Italiano, Portoguese e Inglese.

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Thursday at 08:40 AM
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Hi Julie,


That is a great reason!

Please use this sentence: "Perché vorrei ritornare in Italia nel 2019."


A presto,

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Julie Veronick
Monday at 06:27 AM
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Perché vorrei ritorno all'Italia nel 2019.

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Wednesday at 03:01 PM
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Ciao Al Agin,


Thank you for posting!

"Vacanzare" doesn't exist in Italian. You should say "andare in vacanza" or "fare una vacanza" :thumbsup:

"Vorrei" should be followed by an infinitive.

So you can say:

"Perché vorrei andare in vacanza in Italia per diversi mesi nel 2018."


Keep up the good work!

Ofelia

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