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Introduction
Becky: Welcome to ItalianPod101.com. This is 3-Minute Italian Season 1, Lesson 8 - Talking about your age. In this lesson, you’ll learn how to ask someone's age and to say yours in Italian.
Body
Becky: Here's the informal way to ask 'How old are you?' in Italian.
Ofelia: [Normal] Quanti anni hai?
Becky: First is a word meaning 'how many'
Ofelia: [Normal] quanti [Slow] quanti
Becky: Next is the word meaning 'years'
Ofelia: [Normal] anni [Slow] anni
Becky: Last is the word meaning 'you have'
Ofelia: [Normal] hai [Slow] hai
Becky: Note the rising intonation. Listen again to the informal question meaning 'How old are you?'
Ofelia: [Slow] Quanti anni hai? [Normal] Quanti anni hai?
Becky: Now, imagine you're speaking to someone you don’t know well. Here's the formal way to ask, 'How old are you?'
Ofelia: [Normal] Quanti anni ha?
Becky: First is a word meaning 'how many'
Ofelia: [Normal] quanti [Slow] quanti
Becky: Next is the word meaning 'years'
Ofelia: [Normal] anni [Slow] anni
Becky: Last is the word meaning 'you have (polite)'
Ofelia: [Normal] ha [Slow] ha
Becky: Note the rising intonation again here. Listen again to the formal question meaning 'How old are you?'
Ofelia: [Slow] Quanti anni ha? [Normal] Quanti anni ha?
Becky: Here's a response meaning 'I am 17.'
Ofelia: [Normal] Ho 17 anni.
Becky: First is a word meaning 'I have'
Ofelia: [Normal] ho [Slow] ho
Becky: Last is a phrase meaning 'seventeen years'
Ofelia: [Normal] diciasette anni [Slow] diciasette anni
Becky: Listen again to the response, 'I am 17.'
Ofelia: [Slow] Ho 17 anni. [Normal] Ho 17 anni.
Becky: Here's a response meaning, 'I prefer not to say.'
Ofelia: [Normal] Preferisco non dirlo.
Becky: First is a word meaning 'I prefer'
Ofelia: [Normal] preferisco [Slow] preferisco
Becky: Last is the phrase meaning 'not to say that'
Ofelia: [Normal] non dirlo [Slow] non dirlo
Becky: Listen again to the response, 'I prefer not to say.'
Ofelia: [Slow] Preferisco non dirlo. [Normal] Preferisco non dirlo.
Cultural Insight
Becky: Now it's time for a quick cultural insight.
Ofelia: Unless you’re asking a very young person, in general it's better not to ask this question. The only time it’s really okay is if you have become intimate with the other person or it's necessary for some reason outside of your control.

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! How old are you?

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Wednesday at 05:43 AM
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Hi su,

perfect, thanks for posting!


Let us know if you have any questions.


Cheers,

Valentina

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su
Wednesday at 06:17 PM
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Ho diciasette anni.

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Thursday at 12:09 AM
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Hi metyus,


Thank you for your message!


Your sentence is correct, just remember to use the accented "è" for the verb.

Other than that, great job! 😉


Valentina

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metyus
Saturday at 11:22 PM
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Ciao Vera

ho trentadue anni. il mio compleanno e a maggio

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Monday at 12:34 PM
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Hi Vera,


Thank you for your message 😎

Instead of "data", please use "età": "Scusi preferisco non dire l'età esatta!" 😉


Keep up the good work!

Ofelia

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Vera
Wednesday at 08:34 PM
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Quanti anni ho? Io ho circa cinquanta anni. Scusi, preferisco non dire la data essata. :-) Ciao! A presto!

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Wednesday at 03:22 PM
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Hi Hal Pap,


Thank you for posting!

Your sentences are perfect!:thumbsup:

Keep up the good work:smile:


A presto,

Ofelia

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Hal Pap
Tuesday at 05:25 PM
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Io ho sessantatre anni. Il mio compleanno è a marzo.

I am 63 years old. My birthday is in March.