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INTRODUCTION
John: Common Slang Expressions Used in Rome
John: Hi everyone, and welcome back to ItalianPod101.com. I'm John.
Ofelia: And I'm Ofelia!
John: This is Must-Know Italian Slang Words and Phrases, Season 1, Lesson 6. In this lesson, you'll learn common slang expressions used in Rome.
John: If you plan to visit Rome, get ready to hear these expressions all around the city.
SLANG EXPRESSIONS
John: The expressions you will be learning in this lesson are:
Ofelia: raga
Ofelia: bella
Ofelia: famo
Ofelia: come butta?
John: Ofelia, what's our first expression?
Ofelia: raga
John: literally meaning "boys." But when it's used as a slang expression, it means "guys."
Ofelia: [SLOW] raga [NORMAL] raga
John: Listeners, please repeat.
Ofelia: raga
[pause - 5 sec.]
John: Use this slang expression when you are calling the attention of a group of friends.
John: Now let's hear an example sentence.
Ofelia: [NORMAL] Raga, ci vediamo dopo. [SLOW] Raga, ci vediamo dopo.
John: "Guys, see you later."
Ofelia: [NORMAL] Raga, ci vediamo dopo.
John: Okay, what's the next expression?
Ofelia: bella
John: literally meaning "beautiful." But when it's used as a slang expression, it means "Hi, or See you."
Ofelia: [SLOW] bella [NORMAL] bella
John: Listeners, please repeat.
Ofelia: bella
[pause - 5 sec.]
John: Use this slang expression when saying hi or goodbye to friends.
John: Now let's hear an example sentence.
Ofelia: [NORMAL] Bella ràga! [SLOW] Bella ràga!
John: "See you guys!"
Ofelia: [NORMAL] Bella ràga!
John: Okay, what's our next expression?
Ofelia: famo
John: it means "we do."
Ofelia: It is an abbreviation for facciamo, which means "we do."
Ofelia: [SLOW] famo [NORMAL] famo
John: Listeners, please repeat.
Ofelia: famo
[pause - 5 sec.]
John: Use this slang expression when twisting the verb
Ofelia: fare,
John: meaning "to do as they used to do in Rome."
John: Now let's hear an example sentence.
Ofelia: [NORMAL] Che famo? [SLOW] Che famo?
John: "What are we gonna do?"
Ofelia: [NORMAL] Che famo?
John: Okay, what's the last expression?
Ofelia: come butta?
John: literally meaning "how does it throw?" But when it's used as a slang expression, it means "what's up?"
Ofelia: [SLOW] come butta? [NORMAL] come butta?
John: Listeners, please repeat.
Ofelia: come butta?
[pause - 5 sec.]
John: Use this slang expression when greeting a friend. Be careful when you use this expression. It's informal and should only be used among friends.
John: Now let's hear an example sentence.
Ofelia: [NORMAL] Come butta, amico? [SLOW] Come butta, amico?
John: "What's up, man?"
Ofelia: [NORMAL] Come butta, amico?
QUIZ
John: Okay listeners, are you ready to be quizzed on the expressions you just learned? I will describe four situations, and you will choose the right expression to use in your reply. Are you ready?
John: You come across a friend on the street.
[pause - 5 sec.]
Ofelia: bella
John: "Hi, or See you"
John: You want to call the attention of your friends.
[pause - 5 sec.]
Ofelia: raga
John: "guys"
John: You ask a friend how he’s doing.
[pause - 5 sec.]
Ofelia: come butta?
John: "what's up?"
John: You and your friends are deciding how to spend the afternoon.
[pause - 5 sec.]
Ofelia: famo
John: "we do"

Outro

John: There you have it; you have mastered four Italian Slang Expressions! We have more vocab lists available at ItalianPod101.com so be sure to check them out. Thanks everyone, and see you next time!
Ofelia: A presto.

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