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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 some useful phrases to use on the bus. Today we get off the bus and arrive at a place with beautiful Italian scenery. Here you'll definitely want to take an unforgettable picture. And I’m sure you'll want to be in that picture too!
How can you ask someone to take your picture? Let’s see together!!
While traveling in Italy, you’ll be enchanted by a large number of ancient monuments and buildings but also by the beauty of landscapes and panoramas.
Whenever you are alone and want to ask someone to take your picture, you can simply ask a passer-by Scusi, può farmi una foto?
(One more time, slowly: scusi, può farmi una foto?)
Let’s look at the phrase in detail.
We use the courtesy form lei in this question. Thus, we also use può, the present tense of the verb potere for the singular third person. Fare is the verb "to do" combined with me, meaning "me." Foto is the short version of the word fotografia, meaning "picture."
Holding your camera and pointing at the shutter button, you can say “prema qui per favore,” which means "please press down here."
Prema is the imperative tense for “lei” of the verb premere, "to push," and qui means "here."
What if you bump into a young person and you don’t need to use lei? It’s very easy because the only element that changes is the verb!
Since we are using tu, we should use puoi instead of può and premi instead of prema.
Let’s see all the sentences:
Scusa puoi farmi una foto? (One more time, slowly: scusa, puoi farmi una foto?)
Premi qui! (One more time, slowly: premi qui!)
When traveling with someone else or a group of friends and everybody wants to appear in the picture, what is the appropriate phrase to use? "Can you take our picture?"
This means that in Italian, the pronoun me, me, must be switched into ci, us.
In this case, the question should be:
Può farci una foto?(Lei)
Puoi farci una foto?(Tu)
Here the background changes into Italian landscape or city view
Consuelo is with someone (in order to use us)
Consuelo: Scusi, può farci una foto?
Passer-by: Certo, volentieri!
Consuelo: Sì, prema qui per favore.
Passer-by: Bene. Pronti? Tre, due, uno, cheese!
Consuelo: Grazie, molto gentile.
Passer-by: Prego, non c’è di che.
Now it’s time for Consuelo’s tips.
Nowadays with digital cameras you can immediately see whether a picture is nice or not. In case you’d like to have another one, you can ask: può farne un’altra? "Can you take another one?"
In this lesson, we learned how to ask someone to take our picture. Next time, we’re going to learn other useful phrases you can use while talking in Italian, like... come si di dice in italiano? "How do we say in Italian?"
Or non capisco, do you know what this means?
We’ll be waiting for you in our next Italiano in tre minuti lesson!
Ciao, alla prossima lezione!