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Introduction
Becky: Welcome to ItalianPod101.com. This is 3-Minute Italian Season 1, Lesson 7 - Do you speak English? In this lesson, you’ll learn how to ask and answer the question ‘Do you speak English?’ in Italian.
Body
Becky: Here's the informal way to ask 'Do you speak English?' in Italian.
Ofelia: [Normal] Parli inglese?
Becky: First is a word meaning, "you speak."
Ofelia: [Normal] Parli [Slowly] Parli
Becky: Next is the word meaning, “English.”
Ofelia: [Normal] inglese [Slowly] inglese
Becky: Note the rising intonation. Listen again to the informal question meaning, "Do you speak English?"
Ofelia: [Slowly] Parli inglese? [Normal] Parli inglese?
Becky: Now, imagine you're speaking to a stranger. Here's the formal way to ask, "Do you speak English?"
Ofelia: [Normal] Parla inglese?
Becky: First is a polite word meaning, "You speak."
Ofelia: [Normal] Parla [Slowly] Parla
Becky: Next is the word for “English.”
Ofelia: [Normal] inglese [Slowly] inglese
Becky: Note the rising intonation again here. Listen again to the formal question meaning, "Do you speak English?"
Ofelia: [Slowly] Parla inglese? [Normal] Parla inglese?
Becky: Here's a response meaning 'Yes, I speak English.'
Ofelia: [Normal] Sì, parlo inglese.
Becky: The first word in this expression means 'Yes'
Ofelia: [Normal] sì [Slow] sì
Becky: Last is the phrase meaning 'I speak English'
Ofelia: [Normal] parlo inglese [Slow] parlo inglese
Becky: Listen again to the response, 'Yes, I speak English.'
Ofelia: [Slow] Sì, parlo inglese. [Normal] Sì, parlo inglese.
Becky: Here's a response meaning, “No, I don't speak English.”
Ofelia: [Normal] No, non parlo inglese.
Becky: First is the word for “no.”
Ofelia: [Normal] No [Slowly] No
Becky: Next is a word meaning, “don’t, not”
Ofelia: [Normal] non [Slowly] non
Becky: Last is a phrase meaning, “I speak English.”
Ofelia: [Normal] parlo inglese. [Slowly] parlo inglese.
Becky: Listen again to the response, "No, I don't speak English."
Ofelia: [Slowly] No, non parlo inglese. [Normal] No, non parlo inglese.
Cultural Insight
Becky: Now it's time for a quick cultural insight.
Ofelia: When you’re in Italy, if you can’t find someone who speaks English, don’t worry! Remember that Italians love gestures, and you can always express yourself with your body and hands!

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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Try to use this phrase to ask about a different language!

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Friday at 11:22 AM
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Buongiorno Anirudh,


Thank you for posting!

You can say: "Parlo arabo." ??


A presto!

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Anirudh
Wednesday at 01:10 AM
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Buongiorno ? ,


How do we say " I speak Arabic" in italian ?

Grazie mille ?

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Friday at 09:14 AM
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Buongiorno Anirudh,


Well done! ?

Please check the articles and the spelling for "LINGUA":

LO spagnolo è la mia lingua madre.

L'inglese non è la mia lingua madre.(English is not my mother tongue)

L'italiano è la mia lingua madre.


Keep up the good work!?

Ofelia

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Anirudh
Wednesday at 03:46 PM
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Buongiorno ? ,


Are the following sentences correct ?

Il tedesco è la mia lengua madre.

Il francese è la mia lengua madre.

Il spagnolo è la mia lengua madre.

Il inglese non è la mia lengua madre.(English is not my mother tongue)

Il italiano è la mia lengua madre.

Grazie mille ?

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Tuesday at 03:28 PM
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Hi Ani,


Yes that is correct, but if Polish is your mother tongue, you should say:

"Io sono madrelingua polacco."

or

"Il polacco è la mia lingua madre."


Keep up the great work!

Ofelia

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Ani
Friday at 09:09 PM
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Buongiorno ,


Io parlo polacco fluentemente.

(Is the above sentence correct ? ?)

Grazie mille ?

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Friday at 11:41 AM
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Hi Ani,


Anch'io parlo inglese.

I also speak English.

Grazie per il commento! Thank you for posting!


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Ani
Friday at 11:55 PM
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Buongiorno ,


Io parlo inglese .

Parla inglese ??