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INTRODUCTION
Becky: Must-know Italian Social Media Phrases Season 1. Lesson 17 - At the Local Market.
Becky: Hi, everyone, I'm Becky.
Ofelia: And I'm Ofelia.
Becky: In this lesson, you'll learn how to post and leave comments in Italian about an unusual thing found at a local market. Matteo finds an unusual item at a local market, posts an image of it, and leaves this comment.
Ofelia: Guardate qua. Secondo voi cos'è?
Becky: Meaning - "Look at this. What do you think it is?" Listen to a reading of the post and the comments that follow.
DIALOGUE
(clicking sound)
Matteo: Guardate qua. Secondo voi cos'è?
(clicking sound)
Davide: Dove l'hai trovato?
Alice: È un reperto alieno, ovviamente!
Francesco: Spero solo che non sia il mio regalo di compleanno.
Roberto: Potrebbe trattarsi di un oggetto antico.
Becky: Listen again with the English translation.
(clicking sound)
Matteo: Guardate qua. Secondo voi cos'è?
Becky: "Look at this. What do you think it is?"
(clicking sound)
Davide: Dove l'hai trovato?
Becky: "Where did you find it?"
Alice: È un reperto alieno, ovviamente!
Becky: "It's an alien artifact, of course!"
Francesco: Spero solo che non sia il mio regalo di compleanno.
Becky: "I just hope it's not my birthday gift."
Roberto: Potrebbe trattarsi di un oggetto antico.
Becky: "It might be an antique."
POST
Becky: Listen again to Matteo's post.
Ofelia: Guardate qua. Secondo voi cos'è?
Becky: "Look at this. What do you think it is?"
Ofelia: (SLOW) Guardate qua. Secondo voi cos'è? (Regular) Guardate qua. Secondo voi cos'è?
Becky: Let's break this down. First is an expression meaning "Look at this."
Ofelia: Guardate qua
Becky: This literally means "look here," and it's a more generic expression than "look at this," as you don't have to specify the number or gender of the thing you're talking about. Listen again- "Look at this" is...
Ofelia: (SLOW) Guardate qua (REGULAR) Guardate qua
Becky: Then comes the phrase - "What do you think it is?"
Ofelia: Secondo voi cos'è?
Becky: Use this phrase to ask for somebody's opinion. In this example the person is "you" plural, but you can change that to "you" singular, or even "they." Listen again- "What do you think it is?" is...
Ofelia: (SLOW) Secondo voi cos'è? (REGULAR) Secondo voi cos'è?
Becky: All together, it’s "Look at this. What do you think it is?"
Ofelia: Guardate qua. Secondo voi cos'è?
COMMENTS
Becky: In response, Matteo's friends leave some comments.
Becky: His college friend, Davide, uses an expression meaning - "Where did you find it?"
Ofelia: (SLOW) Dove l'hai trovato? (REGULAR) Dove l'hai trovato?
[Pause]
Ofelia: Dove l'hai trovato?
Becky: Use this expression to show you are curious.
Becky: His friend, Alice, uses an expression meaning - "It's an alien artifact, of course!"
Ofelia: (SLOW) È un reperto alieno, ovviamente! (REGULAR) È un reperto alieno, ovviamente!
[Pause]
Ofelia: È un reperto alieno, ovviamente!
Becky: Use this expression to be funny.
Becky: Giulia's nephew, Francesco, uses an expression meaning - "I just hope it's not my birthday gift."
Ofelia: (SLOW) Spero solo che non sia il mio regalo di compleanno. (REGULAR) Spero solo che non sia il mio regalo di compleanno.
[Pause]
Ofelia: Spero solo che non sia il mio regalo di compleanno.
Becky: Use this expression to make a joke.
Becky: His supervisor, Roberto, uses an expression meaning - "It might be an antique."
Ofelia: (SLOW) Potrebbe trattarsi di un oggetto antico. (REGULAR) Potrebbe trattarsi di un oggetto antico.
[Pause]
Ofelia: Potrebbe trattarsi di un oggetto antico.
Becky: Use this expression to make a suggestion.

Outro

Becky: Okay, that's all for this lesson. If a friend posted something about an unusual thing found at a local market, which phrase would you use? Leave us a comment letting us know, and we'll see you next time!
Ofelia: A presto!

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