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INTRODUCTION
Consuelo: Ciao
Marco: Marco here. Absolute Beginner Season 1 Lesson 13: How Can You be on a Diet in Italy?
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 the plural forms of the demonstrative adjective [*].
Consuelo: This conversation takes place in a pizzeria.
Marco: It’s between Melissa and Alessio.
Consuelo: The speakers are friends. Therefore, they will be speaking informally.
Marco: Let’s listen to the conversation.

Lesson conversation

Alessio: Finalmente un tavolo per noi!
Melissa: Eh sì, ordiniamo o no?
Alessio: Questi prezzi non sono così male.
Melissa: E queste pizze sembrano tutte buonissime. Tu cosa prendi?
Alessio: Io prendo una semplice marinara.
Melissa: Ah no, io prendo questa pizza con i capperi, le olive, i funghi, il prosciutto, la rucola...
Alessio: Hey Melissa, tu non sei a dieta eh?
Melissa: Come?!
Alessio: Ah ah ah!
Marco: Let’s hear it slowly now.
Alessio: Finalmente un tavolo per noi!
Melissa: Eh sì, ordiniamo o no?
Alessio: Questi prezzi non sono così male.
Melissa: E queste pizze sembrano tutte buonissime. Tu cosa prendi?
Alessio: Io prendo una semplice marinara.
Melissa: Ah no, io prendo questa pizza con i capperi, le olive, i funghi, il prosciutto, la rucola...
Alessio: Hey Melissa, tu non sei a dieta eh?
Melissa: Come?!
Alessio: Ah ah ah!
Marco: And now with the translation.
Alessio Finalmente un tavolo per noi!
Marco Finally a table for us!
Melissa Eh sì, ordiniamo o no?
Marco Oh yes, do we order or not?
Alessio Questi prezzi non sono così male.
Marco These prices are not so bad.
Melissa E queste pizze sembrano tutte buonissime. Tu cosa prendi?
Marco And all these pizzas look very good. What do you take?
Alessio Io prendo una semplice marinara.
Marco I take a simple marinara.
Melissa Ah no, io prendo questa pizza con i capperi, le olive, i funghi, il prosciutto, la rucola...
Marco Oh no, I take this pizza with capers, olives, mushrooms, ham, rocket…..
Alessio Hey Melissa, tu non sei a dieta eh?
Marco Hey Melissa, you're not on a diet, eh?
Melissa Come?!
Marco What?!
Alessio Ah ah ah!
Marco Ha ha ha.
POST CONVERSATION BANTER
Consuelo: Hey, Marco, did you know that in Italy, restaurants and pizzerias make you pay a "coperto?"
Marco: Ah, you mean the "cover charge." Yes, I know…
Consuelo: It is meant to pay the usage of the tablecloth and for the bread.
Marco: How much is a "coperto" usually?
Consuelo: It depends. In normal restaurants like a "trattoria" or a "pizzeria," it should be around two euros and fifty cents, but sometimes it can be even more…
Marco: Ah okay, it can be said that the price of "coperto" helps you to understand how expensive that restaurant can be…
Consuelo: Yes, Marco, usually luxury restaurants have a higher cover charge in Italy.
VOCAB LIST
Marco: Let’s take a look at the vocabulary for this lesson. The first word we shall see is.
Consuelo finalmente [natural native speed]
Marco at last, finally
Consuelo finalmente [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Consuelo finalmente [natural native speed]
Next:
Consuelo ordinare [natural native speed]
Marco to order
Consuelo ordinare [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Consuelo ordinare [natural native speed]
Next:
Consuelo sembrare [natural native speed]
Marco to seem, look, look like
Consuelo sembrare [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Consuelo sembrare [natural native speed]
Next:
Consuelo cappero [natural native speed]
Marco caper
Consuelo cappero [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Consuelo cappero [natural native speed]
Next:
Consuelo prosciutto [natural native speed]
Marco ham
Consuelo prosciutto [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Consuelo prosciutto [natural native speed]
Next:
Consuelo dieta [natural native speed]
Marco diet
Consuelo dieta [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Consuelo dieta [natural native speed]
KEY VOCABULARY AND PHRASES
Marco: Consuelo, what expression are we studying today?
Consuelo: The Italian expression "essere a dieta."
Marco: "to be on a diet"
Consuelo: So "I am on a diet" in Italian should be…
Marco: "Sono a dieta."
Consuelo: With "dieta," we can also use other verbs like "fare," meaning "to do," or "stare," meaning "to stay."
Marco: Ah, with "fare" it becomes "faccio la dieta," literally meaning, "I do a diet," which has actually no meaning in English.
Consuelo: Yes, Marco, but when I say "sto a dieta," this means "I am on a diet" in the sense of continuing a diet.
Marco: Okay, so Consuelo, "sei a dieta?" "Are you on a diet?"
Consuelo: "No, non sono a dieta."
Marco: Oh, "you're not on a diet."
Consuelo: And you Marco? "Sei a dieta?"
Marco: No...should I be?

Lesson focus

Consuelo: Let's take a look at today's grammar point.
Marco: In today's lesson, we'll learn how to use the plural forms of the demonstrative adjective "questo," meaning "this."
Consuelo: Considering that adjectives have to be modified according to the noun they refer to in both gender and number…
Marco: We are now looking at "questo" and…
Consuelo: "Questi" and "queste," the plural forms.
Marco: Meaning "these."
Consuelo: When changing "questo" into its plural forms, please remember the following rules.
Marco: Use "questi" before any masculine plural noun either starting with a consonant or a vowel. For instance…
Consuelo: "Questi prezzi," meaning
Marco: "these prices."
Consuelo: "Questi divani," meaning
Marco: "these sofas."
Consuelo: "Questi orologi," meaning
Marco: "these watches."
Consuelo: "Questi abiti," meaning
Marco: "these dresses." And…
Consuelo: "questi ombrelli" meaning
Marco: "these umbrellas." Now let's take a look at the second and also last rule. Please use…
Consuelo: "queste"
Marco: before any feminine plural noun either starting with a consonant or a vowel. For example…
Consuelo: "queste pizze," meaning
Marco: "these pizzas."
Consuelo: "Queste macchine," meaning
Marco: "these cars."
Consuelo: "Queste acciughe," meaning
Marco: "these anchovies." And…
Consuelo: "Queste amiche," meaning
Marco: "these girlfriends." That just about Italian 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 the memorization.
Marco: You can get the flashcards for this lesson at…
Consuelo: ItalianPod101.com.

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Sunday at 06:59 PM
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Ciao Judy L Wilson,


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Judy L Wilson
Tuesday at 11:33 PM
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Hi Mario,

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Mario
Monday at 01:10 AM
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queste pizze sembrano tutte buonissime😜

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Wednesday at 10:18 PM
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Hi Adrianne,

"rocket" is actually another name for "arugula" 😉


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Adrianne
Saturday at 01:54 AM
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the 'rucolo' is supposed to stand for arugula, not 'rocket' correct?

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"come" can mean "what" only when it's an expression of shock.

Come?! -> What?!

Come dici?! -> What did you say?!


Usually, It means "how".

Come stai? = How are you

Come arriviamo là? = How do we get there?


I hope this helps.


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Aki
Monday at 09:45 PM
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What’s the difference between “come” and “cosa” as “come” is translated as what in this lesson.

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Ciao, José Henrique Dias dos Santos!

Thanks for posting, let us know in the comments if you have any questions 😉


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José Henrique Dias dos Santos
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Ciao a tutti!😎😎