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Consuelo: Buongiorno a tutti.
Marco: Marco here. Absolute Beginner Season 1 Lesson 9: If It’s Made in Italy, It’s Gotta be Good. Hello and welcome to the Absolute Beginner Season 1 at ItalianPod101.com where we study modern Italian in a fun educational 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 present indicative of verbs ending in –ere.
Marco: This conversation takes place in a shop.
Consuelo: This conversation is between Melissa and Alessio.
Marco: The speakers are friends, therefore, they will be speaking informally. Let’s listen to the conversation.

Lesson conversation

Alessio: Cosa leggi?
Melissa: Leggo l'etichetta di questa maglia.
Alessio: Perché?
Melissa: Perché per me è importante sapere se è fatta in Italia.
Alessio: Ah, è vero. Hai ragione!
Marco: Let’s here it slowly now.
Consuelo: Ciao
Alessio: Cosa leggi?
Melissa: Leggo l'etichetta di questa maglia.
Alessio: Perché?
Melissa: Perché per me è importante sapere se è fatta in Italia.
Alessio: Ah, è vero. Hai ragione!
Marco: And now, with a translation.
Alessio Cosa leggi?
Marco What are you reading?
Melissa Leggo l'etichetta di questa maglia.
Marco I'm reading the label of this shirt.
Alessio Perché?
Marco Why?
Melissa Perché per me è importante sapere se è fatta in Italia.
Marco Because for me it's important to know whether it is made in Italy.
Alessio Ah, è vero. Hai ragione!
Marco Ah, that's true. You're right!
Marco: Consuelo, do you usually check labels of a piece of clothing before buying it?
Consuelo: I have to confess, I don’t. But I think it’s a good way to recognize goods of a certain quality.
Marco: Made in Italy is always a guarantee of excellent products, don’t you think?
Consuelo: Of course, but you know Marco even if you read “Made in Italy,” it doesn’t necessarily mean that it is 100 percent made in Italy.
Marco: What do you mean?
Consuelo: Some goods, they are developed and assembled by an Italian business company can legally earn the label, “Made in Italy.”
Marco: Ah, that’s interesting. Thank you, Consuelo.
Consuelo: Yes. If more than a certain percentage of a product’s material and manufactory is done in Italy, it can use “Made in Italy” on its label.
Marco: Let’s take a look at the vocabulary for this lesson. The first word we shall see is?
Consuelo leggere [natural native speed]
Marco to read
Consuelo leggere [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Consuelo leggere [natural native speed]
Consuelo etichetta [natural native speed]
Marco label
Consuelo etichetta [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Consuelo etichetta [natural native speed]
Consuelo maglia [natural native speed]
Marco shirt
Consuelo maglia [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Consuelo maglia [natural native speed]
Consuelo perché [natural native speed]
Marco why
Consuelo perché [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Consuelo perché [natural native speed]
Consuelo importante [natural native speed]
Marco important
Consuelo importante [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Consuelo importante [natural native speed]
Consuelo sapere [natural native speed]
Marco to know
Consuelo sapere [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Consuelo sapere [natural native speed]
Marco: Consuelo, what word are we studying today?
Consuelo: That's the Italian word "perché."
Marco: Meaning "why" or "because."
Consuelo: Yes, Marco, you can use "perché" in asking a question but also when you are answering one. For example: "perché non mangi il gelato?" "Why don't you eat ice cream?"
Marco: "Perché non mi piace," meaning "because I don't like it."
Consuelo: "Perché" is sometimes substituted by the phrase "come mai," which can be translated as "how come" in English. Therefore "il perché" means "the reason why."
Marco: And there is also the Italian equivalent for "why not!"…
Consuelo: "Perché no!"
Marco: Hey, Consuelo, "mangiamo un gelato?" meaning "Shall we eat an ice cream?"
Consuelo: "Perché no!"

Lesson focus

Consuelo: Let's take a look at today's grammar point.
Marco: In this lesson, we'll see the present indicative of verbs whose infinitive ends in -ere.
Consuelo: To conjugate "-ere" verbs at the "presente indicativo" tense, we should follow the same process as with "-are" verbs.
Marco: That is, take the infinitive form of the verb, for example "leggere," and drop the ending "-ere." Then you are left with "legg-."
Consuelo: Take "legg-" and add the appropriate endings. These are different for each person. "Io" takes "-o," "tu" takes "-i," "lui/lei" takes "-e," "noi" takes "-iamo," "voi" takes "-ete," and "loro" takes "-ono."
Marco: Let's now see the conjugation of the regular verb "leggere," meaning "to read."
Consuelo: "Io leggo."
Marco: "I read."
Consuelo: "Tu leggi."
Marco: "You read."
Consuelo: "Lui/lei legge."
Marco: "He/she reads."
Consuelo: "Noi leggiamo."
Marco: "We read."
Consuelo: "Voi leggete."
Marco: "You read."
Consuelo: "Loro leggono."
Marco: "They read."
Consuelo: In the conjugation of the verb "leggere," please note the alternation between the soft and hard "g."
Marco: This happens because "-g" before the vowels "-a", "-o" and "-u" has a sound like the "-g" in "good"; when "-g" is before "-e" and "-i," it has a sound like the "-g" in "general."
Consuelo: Some other "-ere" verbs conjugated like "leggere" are "chiudere"
Marco: "to close,"
Consuelo: "spendere"
Marco: "to spend,"
Consuelo: "scrivere"
Marco: "to write," and
Consuelo "ricevere"
Marco: "to receive"
Consuelo: It is important to notice that a considerable number of verbs belonging to the second conjugation are irregular.
Marco: This means that they do not follow the standard rules. So we have to learn them by heart!
Consuelo: Yes as they can either change the stem or the ending, but rarely both.
Marco: So much to study!
Consuelo: Don't be a cry-baby.
Marco: Okay, okay. Some "-ere" verbs like "lèggere" have the stress on the first "-e" of the infinitive, but others have the stress on the second syllable, such as "vedére." In this case, the stress changes.
Consuelo: When in doubt, check in a dictionary to see where the stress should fall.
Marco: Or just try to listen and repeat the pronunciation other Italians are using! 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.


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ItalianPod101.com Verified
Thursday at 02:33 AM
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Hi Cezar Ayres Gasparin,

thanks for your question.

No, you don't need to write the accent. That's just shown in this lesson to let you know where to put the stress.

Only when the stress is on the final vowel, you need to actually write the accent. For example, the future tense: io comprerò (I will buy), lui comprerà (he will buy).


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Cezar Ayres Gasparin
Tuesday at 08:40 PM
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A doubt: I must write the verb leggere in the first person plural with a severe accent in a (noi compriàmo) like this in the lesson on verbs ending in "are"

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Thursday at 01:58 AM
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Hi Johann Vento,

"sapere" is irregular. The conjugation is:

io so

tu sai

lui/lei sa

noi sappiamo

voi sapete

loro sanno

A presto!


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Johann Vento
Friday at 07:46 AM
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While I already knew how to conjugate regular -ere verbs, I needed to learn how to conjugate sapere. Very helpful.

ItalianPod101.com Verified
Thursday at 03:28 AM
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Buongiorno Delia,

thanks for your question!

That is certainly common, especially when there are two identical vowels.

For example, if I want to say "light blue T-shirt", I'd say "maglietta azzurra", but you would probably hear "magliettazzurra".

Let us know if you have any other questions!


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Monday at 10:45 AM
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Buon Giorno,

When I listen to "Perché per me è importante sapere se è fatta in Italia." it sounds like only "se" is spoken, and "è" is excluded. Is it common for è to blend into the previous word?

ItalianPod101.com Verified
Tuesday at 02:33 AM
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Ciao Bill,

here are my corrections:

inglesi -> inglese

posso la scrivere -> la posso scrivere [the pronoun goes in front of the verbs]

i fiabe -> le fiabe

la notizia nei giornali -> le notizie

Keep up the great job! 👍👍


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Saturday at 07:32 PM
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Ti piace scrivere in italiano?

Sì, mi piace. Perché lo chiedi?

Voglio scrivere una lettera in italiano, ma non scrivo bene.

Puoi scrivere la lettera in inglesi?

Sì, posso la scrivere in inglesi.

Bene! Posso leggere la lettera in inglesi e scrivere il testo in italiano.

Grazie tanto!


Leggo spesso libri. Tu leggi spesso i giornali. Mia sorella legge i fiabe.

Noi leggiamo la notizia nei giornali. Voi leggete storie d’amore. Loro leggono i fiabe nei giornali.

Grazie molto in anticipo!

ItalianPod101.com Verified
Thursday at 12:17 AM
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Hi Emin,

it's not unusual that English and Italian use different verbs in certain expressions. There is no rule, the best thing you can do is getting used to native expressions and phrases without translating too much into English.

Here are some examples of different uses of "essere" and "avere":

ho 30 anni - I'm 30

ho paura - I'm afraid

ho fame - I'm hungry

ho sete - I'm thirsty

ho sonno - I'm sleepy

ho ragione - I'm right

ho torto - I'm wrong

ho caldo - I'm hot

ho freddo - I'm cold

These are the main ones, but keep in mind this happens with other verbs as well, not just with "to be" VS "to have " (for example "it makes sense" = "ha senso", NOT "fa senso", which means "it's gross").

I hope this helps!


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Monday at 08:36 AM
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hi, why in the dialogue it is said hai ragione? why didn't we use sei ragione? if there is a certain rule when do we use essere and when we use avere? Thank you!