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INTRODUCTION
Gina:Hi everyone, I’m Gina. Chiara:And I’m Chiara! Gina:And welcome to Culture Class: Essential Italian Vocabulary, Lesson 4! In this lesson you'll learn 5 essential words related to Food &Drink. These are five common Italian homecooked meals. Hand picked. You can find a complete list of vocabulary at ItalianPod101.com
FIVE KEY VOCABULARY ITEMS
Gina:Chiara, what’s our first word? Chiara:polpette Gina:meatballs Chiara:(slow) polpette (regular) polpette Gina:Listeners, please repeat: Chiara:polpette [pause - 5 sec.]
Gina:
Meatballs are a traditional homecooked meal consisting of ground meat mixed with breadcrumbs, eggs,parsley, Parmesan cheese, salt and black pepper. They can be fried or cooked in tomato sauce. -
Gina:Now, let's hear a sample sentence using this word. Chiara:(normal) Gli spaghetti con le polpette sono famosi in tutto il mondo. Gina:Spaghetti with meatballs is famous all over the world. Chiara:(slow) Gli spaghetti con le polpette sono famosi in tutto il mondo.
Gina:Okay, what’s the next word? Chiara:minestrone Gina:minestrone Chiara:(slow) minestrone (regular) minestrone Gina:Listeners, please repeat: Chiara:minestrone [pause - 5 sec.]
Gina:
Minestrone is a healthy soup made with vegetables like beans, onions, carrots, celery and other seasonal vegetables. It can also be eaten with pasta . -
Gina:Now, let's hear a sample sentence using this word. Chiara:(normal) Ai bambini non piace molto il minestrone. Gina:Kids don't like minestrone very much. Chiara:(slow) Ai bambini non piace molto il minestrone.
Gina:Okay, what’s the next word? Chiara:frittata Gina:frittata
Chiara:(slow) frittata (regular) frittata Gina:Listeners, please repeat: Chiara:frittata [pause - 5 sec.]
Gina:
This is a thick, open Italian omelette with an egg base enriched with vegetables, meat or cheese. It's usually divided into slices and can be served hot or cold. -
Gina:Now, let's hear a sample sentence using this word. Chiara:(normal) La frittata è un piatto tipico da picnic. Gina:Frittata is a typical picnic food. Chiara:(slow) La frittata è un piatto tipico da picnic.
Gina:Okay, what’s the next word? Chiara:pasta al forno Gina:pasta bake Chiara:(slow) pasta al forno (regular) pasta al forno Gina:Listeners, please repeat: Chiara:pasta al forno [pause - 5 sec.]
Gina:
In Italian "al forno" means " in the oven", so pasta al forno is pasta cooked in the oven. The ingredients are meat sauce, béchamel sauce, mozzarella cheese and of course pasta. -
Gina:Now, let's hear a sample sentence using this word. Chiara:(normal) La pasta al forno è un piatto tradizionale del pranzo della domenica. Gina:Pasta bake is a traditional Sunday lunch dish. Chiara:(slow) La pasta al forno è un piatto tradizionale del pranzo della domenica.
Gina:Okay, what’s the last word? Chiara:crostata Gina:crostata
Chiara:(slow) crostata (regular) crostata Gina:Listeners, please repeat: Chiara:crostata [pause - 5 sec.]
Gina:
Crostata is an Italian baked dessert tart topped with jam. The jams that are traditionally used include cherry, peach and apricot. -
Gina:Now, let's hear a sample sentence using this word. Chiara:(normal) La crostata è un'ottima merenda. Gina:Crostata is a good afternoon snack. Chiara:(slow) La crostata è un'ottima merenda.
QUIZ
Gina:Okay listeners, are you ready to be quizzed on the words you just learned? A will give you the Italian - please say the English meaning out loud! Are you ready?
Chiara:polpette [pause]Gina:meatballs
Chiara:minestrone [pause]Gina:minestrone
Chiara:frittata [pause]Gina:frittata
Chiara:pasta al forno [pause]Gina:pasta bake
Chiara:crostata [pause]Gina:crostata

Outro

Gina:There you have it - five Popular homecooked meals in Italy! We have more vocab lists available at ItalianPod101.com, so be sure to check them out. Thanks everyone, see you next time!
Chiara:Ciao

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