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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 covered how to get a bus ticket. Today we are going to learn what to say when asking about the destination of a bus.
Are you ready? Allora cominciamo! Let’s get started!
Once you get on the bus, you can ask the bus driver or a passenger: "Excuse me, does this bus go to…..?"
In Italian, this phrase starts with an expression that must be familiar to you now: scusi!
The whole sentence is scusi, questo autobus va a…? and then add the destination.
(One more time, slowly: scusi, questo autobus va a.....?)
In this case, you can also omit questo autobus because if you’re already on the bus, it is obvious that you’re talking about THIS BUS.
In the previous question, va is the conjugation of the Italian verb andare, "to go."
Now, there is another verb that can be used instead of andare, which is fermare, "to stop."
Using the verb fermare, the question goes like:
Scusi, questo autobus ferma a…? And then add the destination.
(One more time, slowly: scusi, questo autobus ferma a ....?)
When you want to ask "How long does it take to get to…" in Italian, say quanto tempo ci vuole per arrivare a…? And here again, add the destination.
(One more time, slowly: quanto tempo ci vuole per arrivare a.....?)
Let’s now see some practical examples. We’re on a bus to Florence and we want to go to Piazzale Michelangelo Terrace Square to admire the magnificent Florentine landscape.
Consuelo: (asking someone out of camera)
Scusi, questo autobus va al Piazzale Michelangelo?
Passenger: Sì.
Consuelo: E quanto tempo ci vuole per arrivare?
Passenger: Venti minuti circa.
Consuelo: Grazie, molto gentile.
If you got on the wrong bus, please remember to press the red button in order to make the bus stop. The doors will open and you can easily get off.
Now it’s time for Consuelo’s tips.
When you want to ask for information about a bus's destinations before getting on, you can use the sentence: scusi, l’autobus numero 25, for example, va a …?
(One more time, slowly: scusi, l’ autobus numero 25 va a.....?)
Excuse me, does bus number 25 go to…?
You can ask the person at the ticket window or someone else at the bus stop for this information.
This does it for today! Next time we’ll be still on the bus! What are we going to learn? You will find out in our next Italiano in tre minuti lesson!
Ciao alla prossima lezione!

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Monday at 06:30 PM
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Do you ride the bus very often?

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Wednesday at 03:55 PM
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Ciao a tutti!


@Agostino, you can say "insegnante di sostegno per ragazzi autistici."

Spero che il tuo sogno si avveri presto! I hope your dream will come true soon!


@Megan, thank you for posting! Please check the spelling: Non prendo mai l'autobus. Io guido una macchina.


Grazie a tutti!

Ofelia

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Megan
Saturday at 10:59 AM
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Ciao,


Non ho mai prendere l'autobus. Io guida una macchina.

I do not ride the bus. I drive a car.

Agostino
Sunday at 08:36 AM
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Ciao Ofelia,


No, non vado a scuola tutti i giorni, solo marti e mercoledi. Faccio l'assistente d'insengante in la scuola di studente specialmente (che se dice autism?) durante la settimana. Voglio essere l' insengante uficiale un giorno si.


No, I don't go to school (by school I mean college, che se dice college, universitaria or collegio?) everyday, only Tuesday and Wednesdays. I work as a teacher's assistant at a school for Autistic children during the week. I want to be an official teacher someday.

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Friday at 06:12 PM
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Ciao Agostino,


Vai a scuola tutti i giorni?

Do you go to school every day?


Cheers,

Ofelia

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Agostino
Thursday at 12:40 PM
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Si, quando devo andare a scuola.

ItalianPod101.com
Wednesday at 10:41 PM
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Ciao Edmar,

Benissimo!

Buono studio,

Chiara

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Edmar
Tuesday at 10:44 PM
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Grazie. Prendo l'autobus quando vado a Manila.

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Monday at 10:00 PM
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Hello Edmar,


" prendo sempre l'autobus." The question is in the present tense so in Italian too you can you use the presente indicativo. If you want to use the past (passato prossimo) remember that the verb prendere has an irregular past participle, preso.

For example, Ieri ho preso l'autobus. Yesterday I rode the bus.

Chiara

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Edmar
Sunday at 04:33 PM
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Sì, ho prendere sempre un autobus.