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Ciao a tutti! Sono Consuelo. Hi everybody! I’m Consuelo.
Welcome back to ItalianPod101.com’s Italiano in tre minuti, the fastest, easiest, and most fun way to learn Italian.
In the last lesson, we learned how to use c’è, "there is," and ci sono, "there are," when asking questions. Today, we buy a ticket to get on our Italian bus.
Are you ready? Allora cominciamo! Let’s get started!
Why is it important to ride a bus in Italy? First, because people ride the bus much more often than the subway in Italy, and also because you can only find the subway in Milan, Rome, and Napoli. In all cities, buses cover short and long distances.
Going to work by bus you don't have to think about where you should park the car. Taxis are expensive in Italy, so, during the day buses are the best solution for your transportation.
In Italy, you can buy a bus ticket in different places, such as the ticket window at the bus station, a bar, a cigarette and tobacco shop, and… do you remember edicola? The newsstand! You can also buy a ticket there.
So what should we say when buying a bus ticket?
Let’s imagine we’re at the edicola. What do we say to the shopkeeper when we want to know the ticket price? It’s very easy!
Quanto costa un biglietto dell’autobus? "How much is a bus ticket?"
(One more time, slowly: quanto costa un biglietto dell’autobus?)
In previous lessons, we already covered quanto costa, "how much does it cost," but here we have biglietto dell’autobus. Literally, biglietto, "ticket," dell’, "of," and autobus, "bus."
Usually in Italy, a regular bus ticket covers the ride in terms of time. For example, it could be 1 euro and 30 cents for one hour, in which you can get on different buses going where you need to go throughout the city.
When you are in hurry and want to ask for a ticket directly without knowing the price, you should simply say:
Scusi, un biglietto dell’autobus per favore. "Excuse me, a bus ticket please."
(One more time, slowly: scusi, un biglietto dell’autobus per favore.)
Let’s now see some practical examples.
Consuelo: Buongiorno!
Shopkeeper: Buongiorno!
Consuelo: Quanto costa un biglietto dell’autobus?
Shopkeeper: Viene un euro e venti (E 1,20).
Consuelo: Sì, uno per favore.
Did you hear? I asked for just one ticket!
Consuelo: Scusi, due biglietti dell’autobus per favore!
Shopkeeper: Subito! Fanno due euro e quaranta (E 2,40).
Consuelo: Sì ecco, grazie, arrivederci!
This time I asked for two tickets. The plural form of the noun biglietto is biglietti.
Now it’s time for Consuelo’s tips.
Italy hosts so many tourists that bus companies sell special tickets for travelers. So bear in mind that in all the major Italian cities you can find different types of tickets, ranging from simple one-way tickets to daily or weekly passes. So a little bit of forethought can save you a lot of money!
Tip number two is this. Like train tickets, bus tickets need to be validated before your journey. Most times this means that you'll board the bus, find the validator machine near the entrance, then push your ticket into the slot, arrow-end first, until you hear the mechanism grind away. Don’t forget to do it you unless you want to pay a fine!
This does it for today! Next time we’ll learn how to ask whether your bus is going in the right direction!
So don’t miss our next Italiano in tre minuti lesson.
Ciao, alla prossima lezione!!