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INTRODUCTION
Becky: Must-know Italian Social Media Phrases Season 1. Lesson 6 - An Unfortunate Accident.
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 accidents. Giulia accidentally breaks her mobile phone, posts an image of it, and leaves this comment.
Ofelia: Tragedia! Ho rotto il cellulare!
Becky: Meaning - "Disaster! I broke my mobile phone!" Listen to a reading of the post and the comments that follow.
DIALOGUE
(clicking sound)
Giulia: Tragedia! Ho rotto il cellulare!
(clicking sound)
Laura: Com'è successo?
Sara: Sono cose che capitano.
Francesco: La solita sbadata!
Alice: Se vuoi ti do il mio vecchio cellulare.
Becky: Listen again with the English translation.
(clicking sound)
Giulia: Tragedia! Ho rotto il cellulare!
Becky: "Disaster! I broke my mobile phone!"
(clicking sound)
Laura: Com'è successo?
Becky: "How did it happen?"
Sara: Sono cose che capitano.
Becky: "These things happen."
Francesco: La solita sbadata!
Becky: "Careless as usual!"
Alice: Se vuoi ti do il mio vecchio cellulare.
Becky: "If you want, I'll give you my old phone."
POST
Becky: Listen again to Giulia's post.
Ofelia: Tragedia! Ho rotto il cellulare!
Becky: "Disaster! I broke my mobile phone!"
Ofelia: (SLOW) Tragedia! Ho rotto il cellulare! (Regular) Tragedia! Ho rotto il cellulare!
Becky: Let's break this down. First is an expression meaning "Tragedy!"
Ofelia: Tragedia!
Becky: You can use this expression to comment on an unfortunate event. Although it literally means "tragedy," it's often used in a humorous or melodramatic way. Listen again- "Tragedy!" is...
Ofelia: (SLOW) Tragedia! (REGULAR) Tragedia!
Becky: Then comes the phrase - "I broke my mobile phone!."
Ofelia: Ho rotto il cellulare!
Becky: In this sentence the word for mobile phone literally translated means "cellular." Listen again- "I broke my mobile phone!" is...
Ofelia: (SLOW) Ho rotto il cellulare! (REGULAR) Ho rotto il cellulare!
Becky: All together, it’s - "Disaster! I broke my mobile phone!"
Ofelia: Tragedia! Ho rotto il cellulare!
COMMENTS
Becky: In response, Giulia's friends leave some comments.
Becky: Her neighbor, Laura, uses an expression meaning - "How did it happen?"
Ofelia: (SLOW) Com'è successo? (REGULAR) Com'è successo?
[Pause]
Ofelia: Com'è successo?
Becky: Use this expression to show you are feeling concerned.
Becky: Her high school friend, Sara, uses an expression meaning - "These things happen."
Ofelia: (SLOW) Sono cose che capitano. (REGULAR) Sono cose che capitano.
[Pause]
Ofelia: Sono cose che capitano.
Becky: Use this expression to show you are feeling sympathetic.
Becky: Her nephew, Francesco, uses an expression meaning - "Careless as usual!"
Ofelia: (SLOW) La solita sbadata! (REGULAR) La solita sbadata!
[Pause]
Ofelia: La solita sbadata!
Becky: Use this expression to show you are feeling cynical.
Becky: Her friend, Alice, uses an expression meaning - "If you want, I'll give you my old phone."
Ofelia: (SLOW) Se vuoi ti do il mio vecchio cellulare. (REGULAR) Se vuoi ti do il mio vecchio cellulare.
[Pause]
Ofelia: Se vuoi ti do il mio vecchio cellulare.
Becky: Use this expression to be helpful.

Outro

Becky: Okay, that's all for this lesson. If a friend posted something about an accident, 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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If a friend posted something about an accident which phrase would you use?