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INTRODUCTION
Marco: Hello, and welcome back to the ItalianPOD101.com , the fastest, easiest and most fun way to learn Italian! I'm joined in the studio by...
Cinzia: Hello everyone. Cinzia here.
Marco: In this lesson we will continue to study Italian masculine nouns ending in –a
Cinzia: This conversation takes place at a wedding party
Marco: And it's between Elena and Anna
Cinzia: They are friends, therefore they will be speaking informally
Marco: Now, if you're listening on an iPod...
Cinzia: or an iTouch or iPhone...
Marco: click the center button of the iPod or tap the screen on an iTouch or iPhone, to see the notes for this lesson while you listen!
Cinzia: Read along, while you listen.
Marco: This technique will help you remember faster! Okay...
Marco: Let's listen to the conversation.
DIALOGUE
Elena: Cosa ti ha chiesto Peter?
Anna: Vuole andare al cinema il prossimo fine settimana.
Elena: Il raga vuole sempre uscire.
Anna: Beato lui, io vorrei stare a casa e riposare.
Elena: Ora andiamo a fare delle foto alla sposa.
English Host: Let’s hear the conversation one time slowly.
Elena: Cosa ti ha chiesto Peter?
Anna: Vuole andare al cinema il prossimo fine settimana.
Elena: Il raga vuole sempre uscire.
Anna: Beato lui, io vorrei stare a casa e riposare.
Elena: Ora andiamo a fare delle foto alla sposa.
English Host: Now let’s hear it with the English translation.
Elena: Cosa ti ha chiesto Peter?
Marco: What did Peter ask you?
Anna: Vuole andare al cinema il prossimo fine settimana.
Marco: Next weekend he wants to go to the cinema.
Elena: Il raga vuole sempre uscire.
Marco: The guy always wants to go out.
Anna: Beato lui, io vorrei stare a casa e riposare.
Marco: Lucky him. I’d like to stay at home and rest.
Elena: Ora andiamo a fare delle foto alla sposa.
Marco: Now let’s go and take some pictures of the bride.
POST CONVERSATION BANTER
Marco: In the dialogue, we hear a word that is commonly heard in Milan and other northern cities, right?
Cinzia: Do you mean raga?
Marco: Yes, exactly.
Cinzia: It’s the shortened form for ragazzo and youngsters usually use it.
Marco: What word would you use in Napoli?
Cinzia: Hmm. I would use "tipo".
Marco: OK, so il tipo. The guy.
Cinzia: Yes.
Marco: And what if it's a female?
Cinzia: La tipa.
Marco: I think you can use "il tipo" or "la tipa" in other parts of Italy right?
Cinzia: Oh yes, it's pretty common everywhere in Italy. And also, if you hear talking about "la mia tipa" it means "la mia ragazza", my girlfriend.
Marco: And instead talking about "il mio tipo", would be my boyfriend. So I think we should have reversed the roles here, right?
Cinzia: Yes, haha!
VOCAB LIST
Marco: Let's take a look at the vocabulary for this lesson.
The first word we shall see is:
Cinzia: cosa [natural native speed]
Marco: what
Cinzia: cosa [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Cinzia: cosa [natural native speed]
: Next:
Cinzia: ragazzo [natural native speed]
Marco: boy, lad, guy
Cinzia: ragazzo [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Cinzia: ragazzo [natural native speed]
: Next:
Cinzia: sempre [natural native speed]
Marco: always
Cinzia: sempre [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Cinzia: sempre [natural native speed]
: Next:
Cinzia: beato [natural native speed]
Marco: blissful, lucky, blessed
Cinzia: beato [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Cinzia: beato [natural native speed]
: Next:
Cinzia: riposare [natural native speed]
Marco: to rest, repose
Cinzia: riposare [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Cinzia: riposare [natural native speed]
: Next:
Cinzia: sposa [natural native speed]
Marco: bride
Cinzia: sposa [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Cinzia: sposa [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.
Cinzia: The first word we will look at is
cosa
Marco: And the sample sentence is?
Cinzia: Cosa facciamo domani sera?
Marco: “What shall we do tomorrow evening?”
Cinzia: The next word/expression we will look at is
ragazzo
Marco: And the sample sentence is?
Cinzia: Quel ragazzo è carino.
Marco: “That guy is cute.”
Cinzia: The next word/expression we will look at is
sempre
Marco: And the sample sentence is?
Cinzia: Sono sempre indaffarato.
Marco: “I’m always busy.”
Cinzia: The next word/expression we will look at is
beato
Marco: And the sample sentence is?
Cinzia: Beato Luca. Ha già finito i compiti.
Marco: “Lucky Luca. He already finished homework.”
Cinzia: The next word/expression we will look at is
riposare
Marco: And the sample sentence is?
Cinzia: Vado a riposare per mezz’ora.
Marco: “I’m going to rest for half an hour.”
Cinzia: Today's last word/expression is
sposa
Marco: And the sample sentence is?
Cinzia: La sposa è molto bella.
Marco: “The bride is very pretty.”

Lesson focus

Cinzia: In today's class, we shall analyze a particular category of nouns; abbreviations.
Marco: Since they kept the gender of their previous form, their functioning differs slightly from standard Italian nouns.
Cinzia: Certain abbreviations, by now totally accepted as independent proper words, kept the gender they had before changing.
Marco: In other words, the gender of the noun comes directly from the former full form of the word. For example
Cinzia: Il cinema vicino a casa mia è molto economico.
Marco: "The cinema close to my home is very inexpensive."
Cinzia: I cinema moderni non sono belli come quelli vecchi.
Marco: "Modern cinemas are not as beautiful as the old ones." cinema (derives from cinematografo)
Cinzia: Il raga vuole andare a ballare.
Marco: "The guy wants to go dancing." raga (derives from ragazzo)
Cinzia: I raga vogliono andare a ballare.
Marco: "The guys want to go dancing." In this case raga is plural and means i ragazzi, as we can see from the verb conjugation.
Cinzia: Many abbreviations have the same written form both in the singular and plural number.
Marco: However, articles and adjectives agree with the gender and number of the nouns they are attached to, as shown in the second and fourth sample sentences we have just seen.
Cinzia: Note that this does not apply to abbreviations of feminine nouns, which normally keep their former gender.
Marco: For example
Marco: Previous Italian Form
Cinzia: La fotografia è bella.
Marco: Abbreviated Italian Form
Cinzia: La foto è bella.
Cinzia: "English Translation"
Marco: "The photo is nice."
Cinzia: Ho comprato una nuova motocicletta.
Ho comprato una nuova moto.
Marco: "I bought a new motorcycle."
Cinzia: La vostra automobile è molto bella.
La vostra auto è molto bella.
Marco: "Your automobile is very nice."

Outro

Marco: That just about does it for today.
Cinzia: Ready to test what you just learned?
Marco: Make this lesson's vocabulary stick by using lesson specific flashcards in the learning center.
Cinzia: There is a reason everyone uses flashcards...
Marco: They work...
Cinzia: They really do help memorization.
Marco: You can get the flashcards for this lesson at
Cinzia: ItalianPod101.com.
Marco: Okay....
Marco: Ciao
Cinzia: Ciao a tutti!

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