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INTRODUCTION
Cinzia: Buon giorno! Mi chiamo Cinzia.
Marco: Marco here.
Marco: Newbie Series, season 1, lesson 10 - We Have To Share What? Buon giorno a tutti! Hi! My name is Marco. And I’m joined here by Cinzia. Come Va?
Cinzia: Alla grande, Marco, grazie. Hello and welcome to the Newbie Series of ItalianPod101.com, which focuses on the basics for anyone to start to learn the Italian language. Marco: So please join us with this lesson at ItalianPod101.com. The focus of this lesson is on Italian plural definite articles.
Cinzia: This conversation takes place in the countryside during a picnic
Marco: And it is between Laura Rossi and John Smith.
Cinzia: The speakers are friends, therefore they will be speaking informal Italian.
DIALOGUE
Laura: John, shhh! Guarda gli scoiattoli!
John: È vero! Guarda i piccoli scoiattoli.
Laura: Sono così carini!
Marco: one more time, slowly.
Laura: John, shhh! Guarda gli scoiattoli!
John: È vero! Guarda i piccoli scoiattoli.
Laura: Sono così carini!
Marco: Once again, this time, with the translation.
Laura: John, shhh! Guarda gli scoiattoli!
Marco: John, shhh! Look, the squirrels!
John: È vero! Guarda i piccoli scoiattoli.
Marco: It’s true! Look baby squirrels.
Laura: Sono così carini!
Marco: They are so cute!
POST CONVERSATION BANTER
Cinzia: Ok Marco, can I tell you something? I just hate this conversation!
Marco: Why do you hate it so much?
Cinzia: Because... I don't know... I... First of all... Non mi piacciono gli scoiattoli, I don't like squirrels!
Marco: Why not? They're like mice on a tree... Come on... Everybody love squirrels. They're so cute with their tail!
Cinzia: Oh my god! No! No, no, no, no! I hate them! I got bitten once!
Marco: I'm sure it was your fault!
Cinzia: Yes! As always, you always think it's my fault! For everything, I'm exhausted!
Marco: So what happened?
Cinzia: I was in park and I was trying to feed them, and suddenly one, one of your cute squirrels bit me!
Marco: They're not my squirrels, my squirrels would behave very well, but Cinzia, what were you trying to feed them?
Cinzia: Bread...
Marco: Ah ah! Come on! Bread to squirrels?
Cinzia: Why not?
Marco: They were biting you like "Get me something better to eat!"
Cinzia: Fine, what do you want me to feed them? I mean... A burger?
Marco: Everybody knows it Cinzia, squirrels like noci, nuts.
Cinzia: Oh, I see... Maybe it's true, but why can't squirrels eat bread?
Marco: Why can't they? Good question! I'm sure this is a very hot topic for the philosophers everywhere in the world, they are debating non-stop. But let's go on with the vocabulary!
VOCAB LIST
Marco: First
Cinzia: gli [natural native speed]
Marco: the (masculine plural)
Cinzia: gli [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Cinzia: gli [natural native speed]
Marco: Next word
Cinzia: scoiattoli [natural native speed]
Marco: squirrels
Cinzia: scoiattoli [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Cinzia: scoiattoli [natural native speed]
Marco: Next word
Cinzia: vero [natural native speed]
Marco: true
Cinzia: vero [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Cinzia: vero [natural native speed]
Marco: Next word
Cinzia: guardare [natural native speed]
Marco: to look, to watch
Cinzia: guardare [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Cinzia: guardare [natural native speed]
Marco: Next word
Cinzia: i [natural native speed]
Marco: the (masculine plural)
Cinzia: i [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Cinzia: i [natural native speed]
Marco: Next word
Cinzia: piccoli [natural native speed]
Marco: babies
Cinzia: piccoli [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Cinzia: piccoli [natural native speed]
Marco: Next word
Cinzia: così [natural native speed]
Marco: so, that, like this
Cinzia: così [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Cinzia: così [natural native speed]
Marco: Last word
Cinzia: carini [natural native speed]
Marco: cute
Cinzia: carini [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Cinzia: carini [natural native speed]
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 scoiattoli.
Marco: Yes, killer scoiattoli! Killer squirrels. They'll be haunting you with their red eyes! So, Cinzia can you give us an example sentence please?
Cinzia: This is so hard to say for me... But, can you please stop yawning while we're recording?
Marco: I'm showing you my wisdom teeth.
Cinzia: I'm not interested in it, but anyway...
Cinzia: Gli scoiattoli sono carini.
Marco: “The squirrels are cute.”
Cinzia: OK. The next vocabulary word is vero.
Marco: Let’s have an example
Cinzia: Vero o falso?
Marco: True or false? Cinzia likes squirrels. vero o falso?
Cinzia: Falso, false.
Marco: Ahhh ok!
Cinzia: The last word for today is guardare. Guardo un film.
Marco: “I watch a movie.”
Cinzia: Which is much better than watch a squirrel.
Marco: Yes... Maybe...
Cinzia: Ok then, this wraps it up for the vocabulary usage.
Marco: On with the grammar point.

Lesson focus

Marco: As we have seen in our previous lesson, definite articles correspond to the English counterpart “the”.
Cinzia: Yes, today we shall take a look at the plural form.
Marco: Ok then, let us take a closer look at the Definite Italian articles plural form. So, if you remember, there are three groups: first of all, nouns that start with consonant; second, nouns that start with vowel; and thirdly, nouns that start with Z, Y, or S plus consonant. So Cinzia, one example of a plural masculine noun that starts with a consonant.
Cinzia: Ragazzi.
Marco: “Boys”. So Cinzia, how do you say “the boys”?
Cinzia: I Ragazzi.
Marco: Perfect! Now let’s have a plural masculine noun starting with a vowel.
Cinzia: Unicorni.
Marco: “Unicorns”. And how do we say “the unicorns”?
Cinzia: Gli unicorni.
Marco: And the spelling of gli, is G L I, gli. Now Cinzia, one example of a plural masculine noun starting with a Z.
Cinzia: Zerbini.
Marco: “Doormats”, and how do we say “the doormats”?
Cinzia: Gli zerbini.
Marco: Perfect. Okay the Cinzia, one last example for the last group of nouns that start with Z, Y, or S plus consonant.
Cinzia: And then we have scoiattoli.
Marco: Yes, “squirrels”. For the last time, don’t worry, don’t worry, Cinzia. How do we say “the squirrels”?
Cinzia: Gli scoiattoli.
Marco: Now I’m sure our listeners will all remember squirrels, scoiattoli, till they live. Moving on, let's take a look at the definite articles plural form feminine cases.
Cinzia: the feminine case is very very easy because it doesn't change, never! It's the same for all three group.
Marco: Yes! We always have…
Cinzia: Le.
Marco: For example, feminine pronoun start with a consonant...
Cinzia: Camicie
Marco: “Shirts”, how do we say “the shirts”?
Cinzia: Le camicie.
Marco: Then feminine plural nouns starting with a vowel.
Cinzia: Unghie.
Marco: “Fingernails”, how do you say “the fingernails”?
Cinzia: Le unghie.
Marco: And then finally, one example from the last group.
Cinzia: Zanzare
Marco: “mosquitoes”, how do we say “the mosquitoes”?
Cinzia: Le zanzare.
Marco: And I'm sure when you go on a picnic there are full of mosquitoes, right?
Cinzia: Yes, especially in summer.
Marco: Yeah, true. Mosquitoes.
Cinzia: But we don’t have to worry about that for the moment it's not summer yet.
Marco: You’re right, you’re right.
Cinzia: And we’re not gonna go for a picnic.
Marco: Together.
Cinzia: Yes.
Marco: For sure, because I would bring all my squirrels with me.
Cinzia: Oh my god! Someone help me!

Outro

Marco: Ok then, this will conclude today's lesson.
Cinzia: 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: See you soon!
Cinzia: Ciao, ci vediamo presto!

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Tuesday at 06:30 PM
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What animals are you afraid of? I don't have a very good understanding with dogs. But there are few animals I just can't stand. Marco

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Tuesday at 10:21 PM
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Bbb
Friday at 08:45 PM
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I'm afraid of rats!


Greetings from Abruzzo!

aliyya
Thursday at 11:29 PM
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hello everyone....

i really love this lesson and scoiattoli also....:smile:

but i reallly love cats!!!!!!they are my lyf!!!

Skippyroo
Friday at 07:19 AM
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Buon giorno Marco e Cinzia

Abbiamo 'possum' in Australia e sono caro ma sono similare Marco... goloso! Mangiamo tutto!

Maria
Thursday at 06:27 PM
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hello =D i really like the chemistry between Marco and Cinzia ^^ and also i like this lesson

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Tuesday at 11:31 AM
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Ciao Jose,


thank you for sharing.


I like "scoiattoli" too. We have "scoiattoli" in Italy, they're very small and cute^^!


So you're following us from Philippines, please continue studying with us!! :wink:


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Jose
Monday at 10:52 PM
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Buongiorno, I really like this lesson ^^ :razz:

i really hate rats, but i like scoiattoli even though i haven't seen it in personal xD i left Italy when i was young and i grow up here in Philippines, In filipino rat is daga but in Old filipino it's Rata

Chuck
Thursday at 04:10 AM
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Io e mia moglie abbiamo quattro gatti. Ci piacciono i gatti.


Chuck

Marco
Sunday at 10:29 AM
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Dear April, I have the same feeling about big dogs, I'd love to have one, but I guess I should get a bigger house and also get them as puppies.


Dear Jacqueline,

thank you for the compliments!

Ciao

Jacqueline
Saturday at 09:10 AM
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Cinzia,

The Thanks goes to you, for your wonderful and useful lessons!


Grazie davvero !:grin:


Keep up the good work!