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Introduction
Becky: Welcome to ItalianPod101.com. This is 3-Minute Italian Season 1, Lesson 6 - Refusing Politely. In this lesson, you’ll learn how to politely refuse an invitation in Italian.
Body
Becky: Here's the informal way to say 'No, thank you.' in Italian.
Ofelia: [Normal] No, ti ringrazio.
Becky: First is the word meaning 'no'
Ofelia: [Normal] no [Slow] no
Becky: Next is the word meaning 'you'
Ofelia: [Normal] ti [Slow] ti
Becky: Last is the word meaning 'I thank'
Ofelia: [Normal] ringrazio [Slow] ringrazio
Becky: Listen again to the informal phrase meaning 'No, thank you.'
Ofelia: [Slow] No, ti ringrazio. [Normal] No, ti ringrazio.
Becky: Ok, now let's see the formal way to say 'No, thank you.'
Ofelia: [Normal] No, La ringrazio.
Becky: First is a word meaning 'no'
Ofelia: [Normal] no [Slow] no
Becky: Next is the word meaning 'you (polite)'
Ofelia: [Normal] La [Slow] La
Becky: Last is the word meaning 'I thank'
Ofelia: [Normal] ringrazio [Slow] ringrazio
Becky: Listen again to the formal phrase meaning 'No, thank you.'
Ofelia: [Slow] No, La ringrazio. [Normal] No, La ringrazio.
Becky: Next, let’s hear the informal way to say 'Sorry, but I already have a commitment.'
Ofelia: [Normal] Scusa, ma ho già un impegno.
Becky: First is a word meaning 'you excuse'
Ofelia: [Normal] scusa [Slow] scusa
Becky: Next is the word meaning 'but'
Ofelia: [Normal] ma [Slow] ma
Becky: Next is the word meaning 'I have'
Ofelia: [Normal] ho [Slow] ho
Becky: Next is the word meaning 'already'
Ofelia: [Normal] già [Slow] già
Becky: Last is the phrase meaning 'a commitment'
Ofelia: [Normal] un impegno [Slow] un impegno
Becky: Listen again to the informal phrase meaning 'Sorry, but I already have a commitment.'
Ofelia: [Slow] Scusa, ma ho già un impegno. [Normal] Scusa, ma ho già un impegno.
Becky: Finally here’s an formal way to say 'Sorry, but I already have a commitment.'
Ofelia: [Normal] Scusi, ma ho già un impegno.
Becky: First is a word meaning 'you excuse (polite)'
Ofelia: [Normal] scusi [Slow] scusi
Becky: Next is the word meaning 'but'
Ofelia: [Normal] ma [Slow] ma
Becky: Next is the word meaning 'I have'
Ofelia: [Normal] ho [Slow] ho
Becky: Next is the word meaning 'already'
Ofelia: [Normal] già [Slow] già
Becky: Last is the phrase meaning 'a commitment'
Ofelia: [Normal] un impegno [Slow] un impegno
Becky: Listen again to the formal phrase meaning 'Sorry, but I already have a commitment.'
Ofelia: [Slow] Scusi, ma ho già un impegno. [Normal] Scusi, ma ho già un impegno.
Cultural Insight
Becky: Now it's time for a quick cultural insight.
Ofelia: If you are invited to a meal by an Italian, please try not to refuse, unless you really have some extreme reason that doesn't depend on you. Eating and talking together is considered the most natural way to get along.

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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Hey Listeners! How would you refuse an invitation? Let's practice.

ItalianPod101.com
Thursday at 02:05 AM
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Hi Craig,

don't confuse the present indicative with the imperative.

Indicative present:

io scuso = I excuse

tu scusi = you excuse

lui scusa = he excuses


Imperative:

(tu) scusa = (you) excuse

(Lei) scusi = (polite you) excuse


Hope this helps!


Valentina

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Craig
Wednesday at 11:00 AM
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Is there a mistake in this lession? It says the formal form of scusare is scusi (familiar 2nd person), not scusa (the formal third person? Am I missing something?

ItalianPod101.com
Sunday at 08:54 PM
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Hi Barbara,


Thank you for your positive feedback!


Let us know if you have any questions.


Sincerely,

Cristiane

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Barbara
Friday at 07:08 AM
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As usual, fully comprehensive. Excellent! Thank you.

ItalianPod101.com
Thursday at 12:16 PM
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Hi Neelam,


Thank you for posting.

You can find some useful phrases here: Common Ways to Say Thank You!

I hope this helps!


Ofelia

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Neelam
Monday at 02:11 AM
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Hi, enjoying the short crisp lessons. I wish I could save the phrases in the flash cards rather than individual words.