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Intro

Consuelo: Buongiorno a tutti!
Marco: Marco, here. Absolute Beginner Season 1 Lesson 1: Greeting Your New Friends with Perfect Italian.
Consuelo: Hello, everyone. I'm Consuelo and welcome to ItalianPod101.com.
Marco: With us, you'll learn to speak Italian with fun and effective lessons.
Consuelo: We also provide you with cultural insights.
Marco: And tips you won't find in a textbook. In today's class, we will focus on Italian greetings.
Consuelo: This conservation takes place at the bus stop.
Marco: The conversation is between Melissa Cox and Alessio Martini.
Consuelo: In the first conversation, they will be speaking informal Italian. In the second conversation, the Italian is very formal.

Lesson conversation

Marco: Let's listen to the conversation.
Marco: Informal.
Melissa: Ciao, mi chiamo Melissa e tu?
Alessio: Ciao, piacere. Io mi chiamo Alessio.
Melissa: Piacere Alessio.
Marco: Formal.
Melissa: Buon giorno, mi chiamo Melissa Cox. E lei? Come si chiama?
Alessio: Buon giorno. Alessio, Alessio Martini. Piacere di conoscerla.
Melissa: Molto lieta.
Marco: Let's hear it slowly now.
Consuelo: Ancora una volta, lentamente.
Melissa: Ciao, mi chiamo Melissa e tu?
Alessio: Ciao, piacere. Io mi chiamo Alessio.
Melissa: Piacere Alessio.
Melissa: Buon giorno, mi chiamo Melissa Cox. E lei? Come si chiama?
Alessio: Buon giorno. Alessio, Alessio Martini. Piacere di conoscerla.
Melissa: Molto lieta.
Marco: And now with the translation.
Consuelo: Questa volta con la traduzione.
Consuelo: Ciao, mi chiamo Melissa e tu? / Hi, my name is Melissa. And you?
Marco: Ciao, piacere. Io mi chiamo Alessio. / Hi. Nice to meet you. My name is Alessio.
Consuelo: Piacere Alessio. / Nice to meet you Alessio. / Buon giorno, mi chiamo Melissa Cox. E lei? Come si chiama?/ Good morning. My name is Melissa Cox, and you, sir, what is your name?
Marco: Buon giorno. Alessio, Alessio Martini. Piacere di conoscerla. / Good morning. Alessio, Alessio Martini. Nice to meet you.
Consuelo: Molto lieta. / Very pleased to meet you.
POST CONVERSATION BANTER
Marco: Hey, Consuelo. Italians commonly greet each other by shaking hands, right?
Consuelo: Sure, and the handshake must be quite strong. And you know, Marco, what friends do when they meet?
Marco: Oh, yes. I saw them in Italy. They kiss each other on both cheeks.
Consuelo: Exactly. We do it when we meet, but also when we leave.
VOCABULARY AND PHRASES
Marco: Let's take a look at the vocabulary for this lesson.
Consuelo: buon giorno
Marco: Good morning. Good day. Good afternoon.
Consuelo: buon giorno
Marco: And the next word is…
Consuelo: ciao
Marco: Hello. Hi. Bye.
Consuelo: ciao
Marco: And today's last word is…
Consuelo: e
Marco: And.
Consuelo: e
KEY VOCABULARY AND PHRASES
Marco: So, Consuelo, what expression are we studying today?
Consuelo: That's the Italian expression “Piacere di conoscerla”.
Marco: Nice to meet you.
Consuelo: “Piacere di conoscerla” is a very formal greeting as we are talking to the other person using “Lei”.
Marco: Yes, the third singular person "she" used as courtesy form in Italian.
Consuelo: Italians generally use the formal “Lei” with everyone except family members, close friends, classmates and children. For informal occasions, we always use “tu”.
Marco: You, the “tu” form denotes familiarity. It can also be used to express group solidarity such as among university colleagues or women.
Consuelo: So, Marco, in case you want to say, "Nice to meet you," using “tu”, what would you say?
Marco: Ah, that's different. It should be “Piacere di conoscerti”.
Consuelo: Yes, but you can also simply say, “Piacere”.
Marco: That's excellent.

Lesson focus

Consuelo: Let us look at today's Grammar Point.
Marco: The focus of this lesson is on Italian greetings.
Consuelo: Let's start with “Ciao”. “Ciao” is the easiest and the most common Italian form of greeting. People use to say, "Hi," "Hello," or "Goodbye."
Marco: But be careful. We should only use this greeting with people whom we are well-acquainted with such as friends or relatives.
Consuelo: On the other hand, we may use “Buongiorno” with anybody, even people we meet for the first time.
Marco: Literally, “Buongiorno” means "Good day." However, we may also interpret it as "Good morning," or "Good afternoon."
Consuelo: As a rule of thumb, we can use “Buongiorno” only during daytime, from morning until evening or from before daybreak to before dusk.
Marco: And when we want to say "Good afternoon," we can use…
Consuelo: “Buon pomeriggio”

Outro

Marco: That’s just about does it for today. Before we go, we want to tell you about a way to drastically improve your pronunciation.
Consuelo: The voice recording tool.
Marco: Yes, the voice recording tool in the Premium Learning Center.
Consuelo: Record your voice with a click of a button.
Marco: And then, play it back just as easily.
Consuelo: So, you record your voice and then listen to it.
Marco: Compare it to the native speakers.
Consuelo: And adjust your pronunciation.
Marco: This will help you improve your pronunciation fast. Arrivederci!
Consuelo: A presto! Ciao!

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