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Introduction
Becky: Welcome to ItalianPod101.com. This is 3-Minute Italian Season 1, Lesson 4 - How are you? In this lesson, you’ll learn how to ask and answer the question How are you? in Italian.
Body
Becky: Here's the informal way to ask 'How are you?' in Italian.
Ofelia: [Normal] Come stai?
Becky: First is a word meaning 'how'
Ofelia: [Normal] come [Slow] come
Becky: Next is the word meaning 'you are'
Ofelia: [Normal] stai [Slow] stai
Becky: Note the rising intonation. Listen again to the informal question meaning 'How are you?'
Ofelia: [Slow] Come stai? [Normal] Come stai?
Becky: Now, imagine you're speaking to someone you don’t know well. Here's the formal way to ask, 'How are you?'
Ofelia: [Normal] Come sta?
Becky: First is a word meaning 'how'
Ofelia: [Normal] come [Slow] come
Becky: Last is the word meaning 'you are (polite)'
Ofelia: [Normal] sta [Slow] sta
Becky: Note the rising intonation again here. Listen again to the formal question meaning 'How are you?'
Ofelia: [Slow] Come sta? [Normal] Come sta?
Becky: Here's a response meaning 'I'm fine. Thank you.'
Ofelia: [Normal] Sto bene, grazie.
Becky: First is a word meaning 'I am'
Ofelia: [Normal] sto [Slow] sto
Becky: Next is the word meaning 'good, well'
Ofelia: [Normal] bene [Slow] bene
Becky: Last is the word meaning 'thank you'
Ofelia: [Normal] grazie [Slow] grazie
Becky: Listen again to the response, 'I'm fine. Thank you.'
Ofelia: [Slow] Sto bene, grazie. [Normal] Sto bene, grazie.
Becky: Here's a response meaning, 'Not so well.'
Ofelia: [Normal] Non tanto bene.
Becky: First is a word meaning 'not'
Ofelia: [Normal] non [Slow] non
Becky: Last is the phrase meaning 'so well'
Ofelia: [Normal] tanto bene [Slow] tanto bene
Becky: Listen again to the response, 'Not so well.'
Ofelia: [Slow] Non tanto bene. [Normal] Non tanto bene.
Cultural Insight
Becky: Now it's time for a quick cultural insight.
Ofelia: Please use this question only when you meet someone after a while, for example, after more than one week. A more casual way to ask to someone you meet often would be come va? instead. Come va? is easy and it works in both formal and informal situations.

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! How are you? Try to answer this question in Italian.

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Sunday at 12:40 AM
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Hi Noor,

good job, thanks for your comment!


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Noor
Sunday at 11:52 PM
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Tanto bene, grazie! E lei?

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Wednesday at 05:48 AM
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Ciao E,

glad to hear! 👍


Grazie per il tuo commento (thanks for your comment).


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E
Thursday at 07:54 PM
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Io sto tanto bene!


Grazie

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Friday at 02:26 AM
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Ciao Karl,

Maybe you meant "sto bene" 😉

Thank you for your positive feedback! I'm glad you're having fun, that's the key to learning.


Cheers,

Valentina

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Karl
Tuesday at 04:08 AM
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Sto tanto! Domani io arrivero in Roma.

Vorrei parlare con le madrelingue!


I really appreciate this site and all the podcasts/videos. It makes learning a language so fun, I could do this all day, every day.

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Hi Chris,


Thank you for the positive feedback.

Grazie mille!


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Chris
Wednesday at 08:52 PM
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That was a very useful lesson especially for an absolute beginner like me, as it put words into context, both grammatically and culturally. None of the other sites/apps I use do that. Grazie!

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Hi d s,


Thank you for the cute post!


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