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INTRODUCTION
Marco: Hello, and welcome to 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?
Marco: In today's class, we will focus on plural indirect object pronouns.
Consuelo: This conversation takes place at a restaurant.
Marco: It's between Ilaria, Melissa, and Alessio.
Consuelo: In this conversation, they will be speaking informal Italian.
DIALOGUE
Ilaria: Shhh, ragazzi vi ho detto che stanno arrivando!
Voci di amici: Sorpresa! Auguri!
Ilaria: Ehi Melissa, puoi dire qualcosa!
Melissa: Sono senza parole, che fate tutti qui?
Alessio: Sono venuti per festeggiare il tuo compleanno.
Melissa: Oh davvero? Grazie mille, che bella sorpresa! Di chi è stata l'idea?
Alessio: Mia, ma tutti hanno aiutato ad organizzarla.
Ilaria: Ci hanno consigliato questa sala, ti piace?
Melissa: Sì, molto carina, che cosa c'è scritto sui palloncini?
English Host: Let’s hear the conversation one time slowly.
Ilaria: Shhh, ragazzi vi ho detto che stanno arrivando!
Voci di amici: Sorpresa! Auguri!
Ilaria: Ehi Melissa, puoi dire qualcosa!
Melissa: Sono senza parole, che fate tutti qui?
Alessio: Sono venuti per festeggiare il tuo compleanno.
Melissa: Oh davvero? Grazie mille, che bella sorpresa! Di chi è stata l'idea?
Alessio: Mia, ma tutti hanno aiutato ad organizzarla.
Ilaria: Ci hanno consigliato questa sala, ti piace?
Melissa: Sì, molto carina, che cosa c'è scritto sui palloncini?
English Host: Now let’s hear it with the English translation.
Ilaria: Shhh, ragazzi vi ho detto che stanno arrivando!
Marco: Shhh, guys, I told you that they're coming!
Voci di amici: Sorpresa! Auguri!
Marco: Surprise! Best wishes!
Ilaria: Ehi Melissa, puoi dire qualcosa!
Marco: Hey, Melissa, you can say something!
Melissa: Sono senza parole, che fate tutti qui?
Marco: I'm speechless; what are you all doing here?
Alessio: Sono venuti per festeggiare il tuo compleanno.
Marco: They came to celebrate your birthday.
Melissa: Oh davvero? Grazie mille, che bella sorpresa! Di chi è stata l'idea?
Marco: Oh, really? Thanks a lot; what a nice surprise! Whose idea was it?
Alessio: Mia, ma tutti hanno aiutato ad organizzarla.
Marco: Mine, but everybody helped organizing it.
Ilaria: Ci hanno consigliato questa sala, ti piace?
Marco: They recommended this room to us; do you like it?
Melissa: Sì, molto carina, che cosa c'è scritto sui palloncini?
Marco: Yes, it's very nice; what's written on the balloons?
POST CONVERSATION BANTER
Marco: The surprise party was nicely executed!
Consuelo: Yes, right. Melissa was really astonished and happy about that.
Marco: Their friends said "auguri" all together. This is what you say when wishing happy birthday, right?
Consuelo: Yes, "tanti auguri, buon compleanno!"
Marco: Consuelo, do you care about "saint’s day" in Italy?
Consuelo: I don't think so. Actually I'm not sure, but I think that in some parts of Italy people care more about "onomastico" than in other ones.
Marco: I see.
Consuelo: By the way, do you know when is "San Marco?"
Marco: Saint Marco? If I'm not wrong, it should be the twenty-fifth of April.
VOCAB LIST
Marco: Let's take a look at the vocabulary for this lesson.
The first word we shall see is:
Consuelo: auguri [natural native speed]
Marco: wishes
Consuelo: auguri [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Consuelo: auguri [natural native speed]
: Next:
Consuelo: qualcosa [natural native speed]
Marco: something
Consuelo: qualcosa [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Consuelo: qualcosa [natural native speed]
: Next:
Consuelo: parola [natural native speed]
Marco: word
Consuelo: parola [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Consuelo: parola [natural native speed]
: Next:
Consuelo: festeggiare [natural native speed]
Marco: to celebrate
Consuelo: festeggiare [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Consuelo: festeggiare [natural native speed]
: Next:
Consuelo: organizzare [natural native speed]
Marco: to organize, arrange
Consuelo: organizzare [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Consuelo: organizzare [natural native speed]
: Next:
Consuelo: consigliare [natural native speed]
Marco: to suggest, to advise
Consuelo: consigliare [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Consuelo: consigliare [natural native speed]
: Next:
Consuelo: sala [natural native speed]
Marco: hall, living room
Consuelo: sala [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Consuelo: sala [natural native speed]
: Next:
Consuelo: palloncino [natural native speed]
Marco: balloon
Consuelo: palloncino [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Consuelo: palloncino [natural native speed]
VOCAB AND PHRASE USAGE
Marco: Let's have a closer look at the usuage for some of the words and phrases from this lesson.
Marco: Consuelo, what expression are we studying today?
Consuelo: Today we're studying the expression "non avere parole."
Marco: "To be speechless."
Consuelo: In the dialogue, Melissa says, "non ho parole," because she had a surprise party.
Marco: In this case, she was very happy.
Consuelo: By the way, we can use this expression also when we're speechless because of something very bad.
Marco: For example?
Consuelo: "Sono senza parole, mi ha lasciata sola di notte nel mezzo della strada."
Marco: "I'm speechless. He left me alone at night in the middle of the street." Oh, poor thing.
Consuelo: Yes, it was not my personal experience though.
Marco: Ah, okay. We are "senza parole" when something very good or very bad has happened to us.
Consuelo: Remember that in Italian, you can say both "sono senza parole" or "non ho parole" using both the verbs "essere" or "avere."
Marco: Thank you, Consuelo, this was very useful!
Consuelo: "Prego!"

Lesson focus

Consuelo: Let's take a look at today's grammar point.
Marco: In today's class, we continue focusing on indirect object pronouns.
Consuelo: "Pronomi di oggetto indiretto" or "pronomi indiretti."
Marco: In the last lesson, we covered singular indirect object pronouns.
Consuelo: In this lesson, we have the plural ones.
Marco: Which are?
Consuelo: "Ci."
Marco: "To us" or "for us."
Consuelo: "Vi."
Marco: "To you" or "for you."
Consuelo: "Gli" and "loro."
Marco: "To them" or "for them."
Consuelo: In contemporary usage, "loro" has been replaced by "gli," which precedes the verb, while "loro" always follows the verb.
Marco: For example?
Consuelo: "Gli diamo un regalo," or more rarely "Diamo loro un regalo."
Marco: "We give them a present."
Consuelo: When using compound tenses, remember that the past participles never agree with the indirect object pronoun.
Marco: For this reason, they differ from "direct object pronouns," "pronomi diretti." Listen carefully to the following examples.
Consuelo: "Hai visto i tuoi genitori? Sì, li ho visti." Here I used the direct object pronoun, and the past participle agreed with the subject in gender and number.
Marco: That was "Did you see your parents? Yes, I saw them."
Consuelo: In the next sample sentence, I'm going to be using an indirect object pronoun. "Hai scritto l'e-mail alla mamma? Sì, le ho scritto."
Marco: "Did you write the e-mail to Mom? Yes, I wrote her." Here, the past participle didn't change.
Consuelo: "Scrivere" is a verb requiring the preposition "a"; consequently, it is often used with "pronomi indiretti."
Marco: Very good to know. Consuelo, we have a list with verbs often used with indirect object pronouns, right?
Consuelo: Yep. Let's start! First we have "chiedere."
Marco: "To ask."
Consuelo: The one we heard in the dialogue was "consigliare."
Marco: "To recommend."
Consuelo: "Dire." The other verb used in today's conversation.
Marco: "To say."
Consuelo: "Dare."
Marco: "To give."
Consuelo: "Insegnare."
Marco: "To teach."
Consuelo: "Mandare."
Marco: "To send."
Consuelo: "Mostrare."
Marco: "To show."
Consuelo: "Offrire."
Marco: "To offer."
Consuelo: "Prestare."
Marco: "To lend."
Consuelo: "Regalare."
Marco: "To give as a gift."
Consuelo: "Restituire."
Marco: "To return to."
Consuelo: "Rispondere."
Marco: "To answer."
Consuelo: "Scrivere."
Marco: "To write."
Consuelo: "Telefonare."
Marco: "To telephone."

Outro

Marco: That just about does it for today.
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Monday at 06:30 PM
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Do you like surprise parties?

ItalianPod101.com
Friday at 09:46 PM
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Hi Edmar,

you should say:

Anche a me. Mi piacciono le feste (feste in a plural noun) a sorpresa.

Ma come Alice non ne ho mai avuto una.

Una is used to replace festa (it's feminine so :una) and it's the equivalent fo the English one.


Hope this helps,

Chiara

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Edmar
Friday at 08:03 AM
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Anche io. Mi piace le feste a sorpresa. Me too. I like surprise parties.


Ma come Alice non lo avevo. But like Alice, I never had one.

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Tuesday at 06:53 PM
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Hello Alice Teh,


We hope you get a surprise party soon, maybe on your birthday:wink:


Cheers,

Neha

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Alice Teh
Saturday at 03:28 PM
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Yes! But so far, no one has organized one per me... :sad: Forse un giorno... (maybe one day...)