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INTRODUCTION
Consuelo: Ciao
Marco: Marco here. Absolute Beginner Season 1 Lesson 12: Why Don’t We Do This, That and the Other in Italy? Hello and welcome to the Absolute Beginner Season 1 at ItalianPod101.com where we study modern Italian in a fun, education format.
Consuelo: So brush up on the Italian that you started learning long ago or start learning today.
Marco: Thanks for being here with us for this lesson. Consuelo, what are we looking at in this lesson?
Consuelo: In today’s class, we will focus on the singular forms of the adjective Quel, meaning “that.”
Marco: This conversation takes place on the street.
Consuelo: And it’s between Melissa and Alessio.
Marco: The speakers are friends. Therefore, they will be speaking informally. Let’s listen to the conversation.

Lesson conversation

Melissa: Mamma mia, muoio di fame!
Alessio: Eh sì, è già ora di pranzo.
Melissa: Dove andiamo a mangiare?
Alessio: Perchè non andiamo in quel ristorante in Via De' Neri?
Melissa: Oh no, andiamo in quella pizzeria!
Alessio: Ma non vedi quante persone aspettano fuori?
Melissa: Sì, quindi la pizza là è sicuramente deliziosa. Proviamo!
Alessio: D'accordo.
Marco: Let’s hear it slowly now.
Melissa: Mamma mia, muoio di fame!
Alessio: Eh sì, è già ora di pranzo.
Melissa: Dove andiamo a mangiare?
Alessio: Perchè non andiamo in quel ristorante in Via De' Neri?
Melissa: Oh no, andiamo in quella pizzeria!
Alessio: Ma non vedi quante persone aspettano fuori?
Melissa: Sì, quindi la pizza là è sicuramente deliziosa. Proviamo!
Alessio: D'accordo.
Marco: And now with the translation.
Melissa Mamma mia, muoio di fame!
Marco My goodness, I'm starving!
Alessio Eh sì, è già ora di pranzo.
Marco Oh yes, it's already lunch time.
Melissa Dove andiamo a mangiare?
Marco Where can we go eat?
Alessio Perchè non andiamo in quel ristorante in Via De' Neri?
Marco Why don't we go to that restaurant on De' Neri Street?
Melissa Oh no, andiamo in quella pizzeria!
Marco Oh no, let's go to that pizzeria!
Alessio Ma non vedi quante persone aspettano fuori?
Marco Don't you see how many people are waiting outside?
Melissa Sì, quindi la pizza là è sicuramente deliziosa. Proviamo!
Marco Yes, so pizza is definitely delicious there. Let's try!
Alessio D'accordo.
Marco Okay.
POST CONVERSATION BANTER
Consuelo: Hey, Marco, can you read a map of the city in Italian?
Marco: Oh yes, I think I can.
Consuelo: So you know all the types of roads you can find in Italy…
Marco: What do you mean?
Consuelo: "Via" is the standard name for "street," as we've seen in the dialogue, whereas "viale" means something slightly different. Do you know what it means?
Marco: Ah, a "viale" is "an avenue" or "a boulevard."
Consuelo: Okay, and what is a "piazza?"
Marco: "Piazza" is a "square."
Consuelo: Good, so you also know what a "piazzale" is...
Marco: A "piazzale…"
Consuelo: A "piazzale" is a "large square" whose main entrance road is called a "corso."
Marco: Oh, I don't know this word. What does it stand for?
Consuelo: A "corso" is a "main street" of towns and cities.
Marco: Ah okay, that should help our listeners not get lost now! Let’s take a look at the vocabulary for this lesson. The first word we shall see is.
VOCAB LIST
Marco Let's take a look at the vocabulary for this lesson.
The first word we shall see is:
Consuelo ora [natural native speed]
Marco time, hour
Consuelo ora [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Consuelo ora [natural native speed]
Next:
Consuelo pranzo [natural native speed]
Marco lunch
Consuelo pranzo [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Consuelo pranzo [natural native speed]
Next:
Consuelo fuori [natural native speed]
Marco out, outside
Consuelo fuori [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Consuelo fuori [natural native speed]
Next:
Consuelo sicuramente [natural native speed]
Marco definitely, surely, certainly
Consuelo sicuramente [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Consuelo sicuramente [natural native speed]
Next:
Consuelo delizioso [natural native speed]
Marco delightful, delicious
Consuelo delizioso [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Consuelo delizioso [natural native speed]
Next:
Consuelo provare [natural native speed]
Marco to try, try on, try out
Consuelo provare [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Consuelo provare [natural native speed]
KEY VOCABULARY AND PHRASES
Marco: Consuelo, what expression are we studying today?
Consuelo: The Italian expression "morire di fame."
Marco: "To starve."
Consuelo: In Italian, "morire" means "to die" and "fame" means "hunger."
Marco: So "muoio di fame" means one's "very hungry," eh?
Consuelo: Oh yes, but you know, Marco, you can also say "morire di sete!"
Marco: Hey, wait a minute, what's "sete?"
Consuelo: "Sete" means "thirst."
Marco: Ah, I see… "Morire di sete" should mean "I'm very, very thirsty," am I right?
Consuelo: Exactly!

Lesson focus

Consuelo: Let's take a look at today's grammar point.
Marco: Today we're studying the masculine and the feminine singular forms of...
Consuelo: "Quel," which indicates things far from the speaker.
Marco: The Italian equivalent of "that."
Consuelo: As we already said, the demonstrative adjectives have to agree with the nouns they refer to in both gender and number.
Marco: So please remember the following rules…
Consuelo: The adjective "quell" with a double "-l" and the apostrophe mark is used before a singular feminine or masculine noun starting with a vowel.
Marco: For example…
Consuelo: "quell'osso"
Marco: "that bone" and
Consuelo: "quell' università"
Marco: "that university."
Consuelo: "quella" precedes any singular feminine noun starting with a consonant.
Marco: For example...
Consuelo:"quella stanza"
Marco: "that room,"
Consuelo: "quella biblioteca"
Marco: "that library," and
Consuelo: "quella forchetta"
Marco: "that fork." Let's continue with "quel"…
Consuelo: We should use it before a masculine singular noun starting with a consonant.
Marco: For instance…
Consuelo: "quel teatro"
Marco: "that theater" and
Consuelo: "quel mestiere"
Marco: "that job." Finally, for singular nouns starting with "y-," "z-," "x-," "ps-," "gn-," or "s-" + a consonant, please remember to use...
Consuelo: "quello"
Marco: Instead of "quel." For example….
Consuelo: "quello specchio"
Marco: "that mirror,"
Consuelo: "quello yogurt"
Marco: "that yogurt,"
Consuelo: "quello scandalo"
Marco: "that scandal," and
Consuelo: "quello psicopatico"
Marco: "that psychopath." That’s just about does it for today.
Consuelo: Ready to test what you just learned.
Marco: Make this lesson’s vocabulary stick by using lesson-specific flashcards in the learning center.
Consuelo: There is a reason everyone uses flashcards.
Marco: They work.
Consuelo: They really do help in memorization.
Marco: You can get the flashcards for this lesson at…
Consuelo: ItalianPod101.com.

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Wednesday at 03:49 AM
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Hi Nico, thanks for your question!

It's actually very simple:

use NO when replying to a yes/no question, or for exclamations (oh no!)

Ti piace il caffè?

No.


use NON when you need to negate something ('non' is always followed by something)

Non mi piace il caffè. (I don't like coffee)

Non so parlare inglese. (I can't speak English)


Mangio -> non mangio

I eat -> I don't eat


Dormo -> non dormo

I sleep -> I don't sleep


Hope this helps!


Valentina

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Nico
Sunday at 12:44 AM
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hello i am enjoying the italian clases very much but I have a question, when do you use no and when do you use non?

ItalianPod101.com Verified
Saturday at 02:20 AM
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Ciao Navpreet sohal,

thanks for your question!


'Quello / quella' mean 'that' (= something away from the speaker). You can use it alone or before a noun. If it's before a noun, it needs to agree with the noun (singular/plural, masculine/feminine)


Example: your friend is holding something. You want to know what it is. You ask:

Cos'è QUELLO? What is THAT?


Example 2: you want to show your friend a car on the other side of the street. You say:

Mi piace quella macchina! I like THAT car.


'macchina' (car) is feminine, so you'll need to use 'quella'.


I hope this helps!


Valentina

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Saturday at 02:11 AM
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Hi Jon Padia,

when you don't know the grammatical gender of something, you can just go with "quello" (the masculine form).

Cos'è quello?

È una cintura. (belt -> feminine)


Hope this helps!


Valentina

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Navpreet sohal
Saturday at 12:19 AM
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Caio

Can you please explain the whole terms of Quale in a easier way ??

As I didn't get them.

Jon Padia
Thursday at 07:20 AM
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Ciao!

What form of "that" do I use if I don't know what that object is and don't know if it's masculine or feminine? For example, I'm asking "what is that?".


Grazie mille!

Jon

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Thursday at 09:16 PM
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Hi Andrew,


Thank you for leaving the comment.

The Premium Learning Center is the lesson page. This has various sections such as lesson audio, dialog, vocabulary, Lesson Notes, Lesson Transcript, etc.


If you have any questions, please let us know.😄

Cheers,

Lena

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Andrew
Friday at 09:23 AM
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Where is the learning center?

ItalianPod101.com Verified
Monday at 11:46 PM
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Hi Mario,

thanks for posting.


Don't hesitate to ask if you have any questions!


Valentina

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Mario
Sunday at 08:45 AM
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dove andiamo a mangiare????