Dialogue

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INTRODUCTION
Cinzia: Buon giorno! Mi chiamo Cinzia.
Marco: Marco here.
Marco: Newbie Series, Season 1, Lesson #1. First Impressions Can Last a Lifetime!
Marco: Buon giorno a tutti! My name is Marco.
Cinzia: I am Cinzia.
Marco: And we'd like to welcome you to the first lesson of the Newbie Series in ItalianPod101, isn’t that great, Cinzia?
Cinzia: It sure is!
Marco: So, brush up on the Italian that you started learning long ago, or start learning now!
Marco: The focus of this lesson is how to introduce yourself in formal and informal situations.
Cinzia: This conversation takes place in an Italian café.
Marco: And they are between John Smith and Laura Rossi.
Cinzia: In the first conversation they will be speaking informal Italian. In the second one, the Italian is very formal. Be sure to check out the vocabulary list in the PDF for this lesson.
Marco: let's get in today's conversation. Cinzia, ready to start?
Cinzia: Yes, I am.
Marco: So I'll be John, and Cinzia will be Laura.
DIALOGUE - INFORMAL
Laura: Ciao.
John: Ciao. Piacere di conoscerti. Mi chiamo John.
Laura: Piacere di conoscerti. Mi chiamo Laura.
Marco: one more time, slowly.
Laura: Ciao.
John: Ciao. Piacere di conoscerti. Mi chiamo John.
Laura: Piacere di conoscerti. Mi chiamo Laura.
Marco: This time, with the translation.
Laura: Ciao.
Cinzia: Hi.
John: Ciao. Piacere di conoscerti. Mi chiamo John.
Marco: Hi. Pleased to meet you. My name is John.
Laura: Piacere di conoscerti. Mi chiamo Laura.
Cinzia: Pleased to meet you. My name is Laura.
DIALOGUE - FORMAL
Marco: And now, we have the formal conversation.
Laura: Buon giorno.
John: Buon giorno. Piacere di conoscerLa. Mi chiamo John Smith.
Laura: Piacere di conoscerLa. Mi chiamo Laura Rossi.
Marco: one more time, slowly.
Laura: Buon giorno.
John: Buon giorno. Piacere di conoscerLa. Mi chiamo John Smith.
Laura: Piacere di conoscerLa. Mi chiamo Laura Rossi.
Marco: This time, with the translation.
Laura: Buon giorno.
Laura: Good afternoon.
John: Buon giorno. Piacere di conoscerLa. Mi chiamo John Smith.
John: Good afternoon. Pleased to meet you. My name is John Smith.
Laura: Piacere di conoscerLa. Mi chiamo Laura Rossi.
Laura: Pleased to meet you. My name is Laura Rossi.
POST CONVERSATION BANTER
Marco: Cinzia, what did you think about the conversation?
Cinzia: Oh... I think it was bellissima...
Marco: So... It was wonderful... really? That much?
Cinzia: Yes, actually I really prefer the informal one, I am more used to it.
Marco: So you wanna tell me that many guys when they wanna meet you, they use the informal conversation? The "Ciao piacere di conoscerti", Hello please to meet you?
Cinzia: Yes, of course... They usually have this kind of approach like "Ciao bella, posso conoscerti?" which is "Hay beautiful, can I get to know you?"
Marco: Ahh! Not only aggressive, something else these Italian women!
Cinzia: Ahaha!
Marco: Anyway, we have to move on.Now we will take a look at the vocabulary and phrases for this lesson.
VOCAB LIST
Marco: First
Cinzia: ciao [natural native speed]
Marco: hello, hi, bye
Cinzia: ciao [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Cinzia: ciao [natural native speed]
Marco: Next we have an expression
Cinzia: buon giorno [natural native speed]
Marco: good morning, good day, good afternoon
Cinzia: buon giorno [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Cinzia: buon giorno [natural native speed]
Marco: Next word, oops, sorry! This is an expression
Cinzia: Piacere di conoscerti. [natural native speed]
Marco: Pleased to meet you.
Cinzia: Piacere di conoscerti. [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Cinzia: Piacere di conoscerti. [natural native speed]
Marco: Next is an expression
Cinzia: Mi chiamo... [natural native speed]
Marco: My name is... (Literally, I call myself)
Cinzia: Mi chiamo... [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Cinzia: Mi chiamo... [natural native speed]
Marco: So, what do you think about this part?
Cinzia: Well, maybe it’s boring.
Marco: Well, even if it's boring, we have to also give all the syllable breakdown of every single word, okay.
VOCAB AND PHRASE USAGE
Cinzia: Let’s have a look at the usage for some of the words. The first word we will look at is Ciao.
Marco: Cinzia, can you give us an example sentence please?
Cinzia: yes, Ciao Marco.
Marco: Hello, Marco.
Cinzia: It’s the most common Italian greeting
Marco: Remember you can also use Ciao with the meaning of Bye
Cinzia: The next word we're going to look at today is Buon giorno.
Marco: Cinzia, Let’s have one example with "Buon giorno"?
Cinzia: Buon giorno, Anna.
Marco: Good day, Anna.
Cinzia: The word "Buon" means good, while the word “giorno” means day.
Marco: So Cinzia, tell us about Ciao. When would you use it?
Cinzia: Well I would use ciao with my friends, when I see them and when I say hi. And I would use ciao also to say Bye to my friends.
Marco: So it has two meanings, when you meet someone, and when you say goodbye
Cinzia: Yes.
Marco: What about at the ticket office? Would you use that?
Cinzia: Oh no! I wouldn't say that. I would use buon giorno.
Marco: So using ciao with people you don't know is a little bit rude.
Cinzia: Yes.
Marco: What happens for example if they use ciao with you? Can you answer back with ciao?
Cinzia: If they say to you ciao, you can always answer with ciao
Marco: Always wait for other people to say ciao, especially if they're older people, right?
Cinzia: Yes.
Marco: What if for example, it is a university teacher, what if he he says ciao to you?
Cinzia: Oh well, it's a kind of rare but it can happen, and yeah, you can answer ciao.
Marco: But if you want to keep the distance, for example, someone more important uses ciao with you, what would you answer back?
Cinzia: Buongiorno.
Marco: So when you are talking with someone you don't have so much confidence with, not so friendly with, use buongiorno to keep the distance, while you wanna keep the distances close you use...
Cinzia: ciao
Marco: Ok, on with the next expression
Cinzia: Piacere di conoscerti Luca.
Marco: Pleased to meet you Luca. There is some tricky grammar behind conoscerti, so for now let us just remember it as a set phrase.
Cinzia: And don’t forget that Piacere di conoscerLa which is the formal expression.
Marco: Exactly, more on this in future lessons. How about one more example?
Cinzia: Mi chiamo Cinzia.
Marco: My name is Cinzia. Oh, it’s not my name, my name is Marco, her name is Cinzia. Anyways.
Cinzia: In this case, there are no formal or informal cases, because I am referring to myself.
Marco: Perfect, that's it for the vocabulary.

Lesson focus

Marco: Because it is our first lesson and it is focused on greetings we only have one small grammar topic to talk about.
Cinzia: Yes, the topic is mi chiamo
Marco: “My name is...”
Cinzia: mi chiamo, is literally "I call myself", but it’s the best match for “My name is”. Also io sono, "I am", can be used.
Marco: Yes, but remember that mi chiamo is the most common. For example if you are meeting me for the first time, what would you use?
Cinzia: Of course I would use Mi chiamo.
Marco: Io sono sounds more like certainly the English "I am"
Cinzia: Well, I wouldn't use Io sono.
Marco: It sounds too cold maybe, it makes the person look like an object, for example Io sono un cane, "I am a dog".

Outro

Marco: This is the end of today's lesson.
Cinzia: Ok. Be sure to check out the vocabulary lists with audio in the Learning Center at ItalianPod101.com. Also, ask us a question in the forum, or leave us a comment.
Marco: So Cinzia it's the end of our first lesson, what do you think?
Cinzia: Oh Marco, it was amazing!
Marco: Really? Well I'm happy to hear that from you, you are a very honest person, so appreciate what you say.
Cinzia: Oh! Grazie!
Marco: Prego. See you soon!
Cinzia: Vi aspettiamo! Ciao.
Marco: Ciao.

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