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Introduction
Becky: Welcome to 3-Minute Italian Season 1, Lesson 22 - Ordering at a restaurant. In this lesson, you’ll learn how to order at a restaurant or coffee shop in Italian.
Body
Becky: Here's the way to say 'Can I see the menu?' in Italian.
Ofelia: [Normal] Posso vedere il menù?
Becky: First is a word meaning 'I can'
Ofelia: [Normal] posso [Slow] posso
Becky: Next is the word meaning 'to see'
Ofelia: [Normal] vedere [Slow] vedere
Becky: Next is the word meaning 'the'
Ofelia: [Normal] il [Slow] il
Becky: Last is the word meaning 'menu'
Ofelia: [Normal] menù [Slow] menù
Becky: Listen again to the phrase meaning 'Can I see the menu?'
Ofelia: [Slow] Posso vedere il menù? [Normal] Posso vedere il menù?
Becky: Ok, now let's see the way to say 'What do you recommend?'
Ofelia: [Normal] Cosa consiglia?
Becky: First is a word meaning 'what'
Ofelia: [Normal] cosa [Slow] cosa
Becky: Last is the word meaning 'you recommend (polite)'
Ofelia: [Normal] consiglia [Slow] consiglia
Becky: Listen again to the phrase meaning 'What do you recommend?'
Ofelia: [Slow] Cosa consiglia? [Normal] Cosa consiglia?
Becky: Next up is the way to say 'A coffee for me.'
Ofelia: [Normal] Per me un caffè.
Becky: First is a word meaning 'for'
Ofelia: [Normal] per [Slow] per
Becky: Next is the word meaning 'me'
Ofelia: [Normal] me [Slow] me
Becky: Next is the word meaning 'a'
Ofelia: [Normal] un [Slow] un
Becky: Last is the word meaning 'coffee'
Ofelia: [Normal] caffè [Slow] caffè
Becky: Listen again to the phrase meaning 'A coffee for me.'
Ofelia: [Slow] Per me un caffè. [Normal] Per me un caffè.
Becky: Finally, here is a way to say 'I would like a coffee.'
Ofelia: [Normal] Vorrei un caffè.
Becky: First is a word meaning 'I would like'
Ofelia: [Normal] vorrei [Slow] vorrei
Becky: Next is the word meaning 'a'
Ofelia: [Normal] un [Slow] un
Becky: Last is the word meaning 'coffee'
Ofelia: [Normal] caffè [Slow] caffè
Becky: Listen again to the phrase meaning 'I would like a coffee.'
Ofelia: [Slow] Vorrei un caffè. [Normal] Vorrei un caffè.
Cultural Insight
Becky: Now it's time for a quick cultural insight.
Ofelia: Please remember that when you say caffè, in Italy everyone will think of espresso, so if you want a different type of coffee be sure to make it clear, for example by saying caffè americano!

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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Hi Listeners, what would you like to order?

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Thursday at 09:50 PM
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Ciao Mummu,

grazie per il commento!


red lentils -> lenticchie rosse


Birds build nests on trees and on branches -> Gli uccelli costruiscono nidi sugli alberi e sui rami.


:)

Valentina

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Mummu
Tuesday at 03:12 PM
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Is it correct ?

Il mio cibo non contiene mai l'aglio, i funghi, le cipolle or lentil rosso (My food never contains garlic, mushrooms, onions or red lentils)

How is "Birds build nests on trees and on branches" translated in italian ?

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Tuesday at 10:15 PM
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Hi Mumtaj *,


1 -> Mi piacciono i broccoli e i cavoletti di Bruxelles

2 -> Questo stufato di verdure contiene [or also "in questo stufato di verdure ci sono", that is less literal but more used] broccoli, cavoletti di Bruxelles, carote, cavolfiore, sale, pepe, peperoncino rosso in polvere, coriandolo in polvere, curcuma in polvere, peperoni, piselli, olio, burro chiarificato e spinaci.


Make sure you check our Vocabulary, you'll find many of these words 😉


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Mumtaj *
Tuesday at 11:10 AM
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How is the following translated ?

1) I like broccoli and brussel sprouts.


2) This vegetable stew contains broccoli, brussel sprouts, carrots, cauliflower, salt, pepper, red chili powder, coriander powder, turmeric powder, bell peppers, green peas,oil, clarified butter and spinach.

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Friday at 01:04 AM
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Hi Evan Dillon,

thanks for your questions.


"per me un caffè" and "un caffè per me" mean exactly the same thing, you can use whichever you prefer 😉


As for "me" and "mi", you should check out our grammar bank because the explanation would be too long to write here.

To keep things extremely simple, use "me" with prepositions, use "mi" when there are no prepositions.

A me = to me

Con me = with me

Per me = for me


Mi senti? = Do you hear me?

Sara mi ha comprato questo = Sara bought me this


I hope this helps!

Valentina

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Evan Dillon
Thursday at 03:00 AM
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And what is the difference between mi and me? When to use each of them?

Evan Dillon
Thursday at 02:57 AM
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Is it okay to change the sentence "per me un caffè" to "un caffè per me"?

Or does it change the meaning?

Thank you

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Wednesday at 10:35 AM
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Hi Patricia,


It depends on the context.

If you are in a "bar" then "caffè" and "espresso" are synonyms, because they mostly only serve "espresso."

If you are somewhere else, for example at someone's home, then "caffè" indicates the coffee made with a moka pot and "espresso" indicates the coffee made with an espresso machine ?

I hope this helps!


Thank you,

Ofelia

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Patricia
Monday at 06:15 AM
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- Would saying un espresso mean exactly the the same thing to an Italian as saying un caffe’.

Grazie

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Tuesday at 03:56 PM
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Ciao Kílvia,


Good choice! Ottima scelta!

Please be careful to the spelling for "espresso"!:thumbsup:


A presto!

Ofelia

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