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INTRODUCTION
Cinzia: Buongiorno a tutti. Mi chiamo Cinzia.
Marco: Marco here. Newbie series Season 1 Lesson #2 - How do you want them to Remember this Night?
Marco: Buongiorno a tutti. In this lesson we will learn how to say hello and ask how someone is doing.
Cinzia: This conversation takes place in a 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 formal.
DIALOGUE - INFORMAL
Laura: Buona sera. Come stai?
John: Buona sera, io sto bene e tu?
Laura: Anche io sto bene, grazie.
Marco: One more time, slowly.
Laura: Buona sera. Come stai?
John: Buona sera, io sto bene e tu?
Laura: Anche io sto bene, grazie.
Marco: Once again, this time, with the translation.
Laura: Buona sera. Come stai?
Marco: Good evening. How are you?
John: Buona sera, io sto bene e tu?
Marco: Good evening. I am fine, and you?
Laura: Anche io sto bene, grazie.
Marco: I am also fine, thank you.
DIALOGUE - FORMAL
Marco: And now, let’s take a look at the formal conversation.
Laura: Buona sera. Come sta?
John: Buona sera, io sto bene e Lei?
Laura: Anche io sto bene, grazie .
Marco: One more time, slowly.
Laura: Buona sera. Come sta?
John: Buona sera, io sto bene e Lei?
Laura: Anche io sto bene, grazie .
Marco: Once again, this time, with the translation.
Laura: Buona sera. Come sta?
Laura: Good evening. How are you, sir?
John: Buona sera, io sto bene e Lei?
John: Good evening. I am fine, and you madam?
Laura: Anche io sto bene, grazie .
Laura: I am also well, thank you.
POST CONVERSATION BANTER
Marco: And now we'll see the differences between buona sera and buona serata. In this situation Cizia is leaving, from a restaurant, from the house, from any place. Okay, here we go.
Cinzia: Ciao!
Marco: Buona serata, Laura.
Cinzia: Oh Marco, I'm sorry, can we do that again?
Marco: Sure, no problem.
Cinzia: I was using ciao with the wrong intonation, as I was arriving, but I was leaving, so my ciao should be a little bit different!
Marco: Let's hear it then.
Cinzia: Ciao!
Marco: Buona serata, Laura.
Cinzia: Marco, come on, what kind of goodbye were you saying to me?
Marco: You're right, sorry, I put a little bit more of emphasis in it
Cinzia: You should be sorry to leave me!
Marco: It's true it's true, but I was just thinking of normal situation, with a normal manner of customer or something. Anyway you're right.
Cinzia: Uhmm... let's try again
Marco: Buona serata, Laura.
Cinzia: Grazie, ci vediamo!
Marco: Ok, sorry about that.
Cinzia: Ahahah!
Cinzia: Ciao!
Marco: Buona serata, Laura.
Cinzia: Good bye!
Marco: Have a good evening, Laura.
Marco: And now, the formal Italian.
Cinzia: Buona serata!
Marco: Buona serata, signora Rossi.
Cinzia: Good bye!
Marco: Have a good evening, Mrs. Rossi.
Marco: Well Cinzia, what do you think about the conversation?
Cinzia: I come from Naples, this kind of conversation just seems to me pretty cold.
Marco: Really?
Cinzia: Yes, a little bit but...
Marco: So, would you add something?
Cinzia: Well, after buona sera I would just say tutto bene, which is “everything is fine”.
Marco: Oh, so you ask the other person if everything is fine, not how he is, right?
Cinzia: Yeah exactly.
Marco: Oh, I understand. So, how would that sound?
Cinzia: Buona sera, tutto bene, e tu?
Marco: Oh, I see, and what would I answer?
Cinzia: If you would be in Naples, you would just say tutto apposto, which means “everything is in its right place.” But, well, we’re not in Naples, so you can just say tutto bene, grazie.
Marco: Perfect, so tutto bene, grazie.
Cinzia: Oh Marco, come on, you are missing the southern feeling!
Marco: Yeah, I know, I'm more like a robot style person, sorry. So... tutto bene! Is that better?
Cinzia: Yes ok! I can take it!
Marco: Thank you.
Cinzia: Ahahah!
Marco: Forgive me for this time and any for the next to come!
VOCAB LIST
Marco: Let's take a look at the vocabulary and phrases for this lesson.
Marco: First
Cinzia: buona sera natural native speed
Marco: good evening
Cinzia: buona sera slowly - broken down by syllable
Cinzia: buona sera natural native speed
Marco: Next we have a phrase
Cinzia: buona serata natural native speed
Marco: have a good evening
Cinzia: buona serata slowly - broken down by syllable
Cinzia: buona serata natural native speed
Marco: Next word
Cinzia: come natural native speed
Marco: how
Cinzia: come slowly - broken down by syllable
Cinzia: come natural native speed
Marco: Next word, actually next verb
Cinzia: stare natural native speed
Marco: to be, to stand, to lie, to be located, to be situated
Cinzia: stare slowly - broken down by syllable
Cinzia: stare natural native speed
Marco: Next word
Cinzia: bene natural native speed
Marco: good, well
Cinzia: bene slowly - broken down by syllable
Cinzia: bene natural native speed
Marco: Next word
Cinzia: anche natural native speed
Marco: also, too
Cinzia: anche slowly - broken down by syllable
Cinzia: anche natural native speed
Marco: Next word
Cinzia: grazie natural native speed
Marco: thank you
Cinzia: grazie slowly - broken down by syllable
Cinzia: grazie natural native speed
Marco: Now for the last vocab
Cinzia: e natural native speed
Marco: and
Cinzia: e slowly - broken down by syllable
Cinzia: e natural native speed
VOCAB AND PHRASE USAGE
Cinzia: Ok, let's have a look at the usage for some of the words. The first word we’ll look at is buona sera.
Marco: Can you give us an example with buona sera?
Cinzia: For example, buona sera, Signore.
Marco: Good evening, Sir.
Cinzia: It is the perfect equivalent for “good evening” and as such is to be used when meeting someone
Marco: Or when leaving.
Cinzia: The next expression we're going to look at today is Buona serata.
Marco: Cinzia, Let’s have an example with "Buona serata"?
Cinzia: Buona serata, Anna.
Marco: Have a good evening, Anna.
Cinzia: Marco. Who's this Anna?
Marco: Aww... Anna is just a name I used...
Cinzia: You didn't mention her to me!
Marco: Well, don't worry, she's not part of the team... don't worry don't worry...
Cinzia: Why don't you try Buona serata, Cinzia.
Marco: Ok, then, only for you, only for this time "Have a good evening Cinzia"!
Cinzia: Oh! Questo mi piace di più, I like it better!
Cinzia: This greeting is used to wish someone a nice evening.
Marco: So it shouldn’t be used when meeting someone or entering a place.
Cinzia: OK. The next vocabulary word is Come.
Marco: Cinzia, would you give us an example with "Come", please?
Cinzia: Come stai?
Marco: How are you?
Cinzia: Come stai? means “how are you?” referred to “you” second person singular.
Marco: While Come sta? is used in formal speech as “how are you, sir/madam.”
Marco: Next word?
Cinzia: Bene.
Marco: One example, please.
Cinzia: Sto bene.
Marco: I am fine.
Cinzia: Bene in this case is an adverb.
Marco: Perfetto, perfect, this wraps it up for today’s vocabulary usage.

Lesson focus

Marco: buona sera is the perfect equivalent for “good evening”.
Cinzia: Yes, and so you can use it when meeting someone.
Marco: While buona serata is used to wish someone a nice evening and well, translates roughly as “have a nice evening”
Cinzia: So you don’t use it when meeting someone.
Marco: So Buona sera and buona serata can be used from dusk to just before going to bed.
Cinzia: Then buona notte “good night” is used.
Marco: If for example a person is leaving a restaurant at 9 pm, buona serata might be used to wish him a good evening.
Cinzia: Exactly, but the same can be offered when a person leaves at 11 pm or after midnight if the intended meaning is to wish him to have fun in the following hours, even if it is already night time.
Marco: So let's say for example that you're at the restaurant, I am the waiter and it's around half past ten, but it's saturday, so it's late, not so late, but you're going out, maybe dancing. Would I use buona serata?
Cinzia: Yes, of course.
Marco: Because I want you to have fun, maybe dancing, clubbing wherever you usually go, right?
Cinzia: Yes.
Marco: Ok. If instead we wished him a good night for example a good sleep, then buona notte is to be used.
Cinzia: Exactly, Marco.
Marco: So when for example you are finally tired after all those hours of dancing, and clubbing and whatever it is you girls do, you're saying goodbye to your friends... it's night...
Cinzia: Yes...
Marco: You would use buonanotte?
Cinzia: Yes, I would use buonanotte, when I'm pretty sure that my friends are going home, to sleep, so I would say buonanotte.
Marco: Ok, so this wraps up today's lesson.

Outro

Cinzia: Don’t forget to try out the Italian review in the Learning Center, where you’ll find test questions, answers, and comments on the answer.
Marco: It's a great way to start practicing on your own
Cinzia: Okay see you again! Arrivederci!
Marco: arrivederci.

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This was a very interesting lesson. Oops but I was in it! Did you enjoy it? Did it help understand the difference in usage of Italian greeting? Let me know! Buona serata

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I loved this lesson! the joking and resulting change of intonations was very helpful AND made me smile!! Thank you!!

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The useful part of this lesson was all the way at the end. The dialogue had way too much awkward joking and interruptions to be helpful, even if the tips about intonation are worth noting.

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