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INTRODUCTION
Consuelo: Buongiorno a tutti.
Marco: Marco here. Upper intermediate, season 1, Lesson #21. No Mere Mortal Should Try To Handle This Italian Situation.
Consuelo: Hello everyone. I am Consuelo and welcome to italianpod101.com
Marco: With us, you learn to speak Italian with fun and effective lessons.
Consuelo: We also provide you with cultural insights
Marco: And tips you won’t find in a textbook. In today’s class, we will focus on pronominal verbs with Ci, pensarci and provarci.
Consuelo: This conversation takes place at the football field
Marco: And it’s between Claudia, Irene and Filippo.
Consuelo: They will be speaking informal Italian.
Marco: Let’s listen to the conversation.
DIALOGUE
(Urla dei tifosi)
Irene: Che casino, vedi dei posti liberi?
Claudia: Hey ma quello è Pippo, andiamo accanto a lui!
Irene: Ah sì, sta facendo un cenno con la mano.
(Dissolvenza)
Filippo: Non mi sembra vero che siate venute qui, che onore avervi tra noi comuni mortali di domenica pomeriggio!
Claudia: Siamo venute per fare una sorpresa a Mirco. Adesso che la partita è finita andiamo a salutarlo.
Irene: Oh mio Dio!! Eccolo là, ma che sta facendo e chi è quella vestita in quel modo?!
Claudia: Sbaglio o lo ha baciato sulla guancia?
Filippo: E lui le tiene pure la mano!
Irene: Bene, andiamo via!
Claudia: Cosa hai intenzione di fare? Non vai a parlargli?
Irene: No, sono troppo arrabbiata, non posso pensarci adesso.
Claudia: Beh almeno provaci, perché poi è troppo tardi!
Marco: Let’s here it slowly now.
(Urla dei tifosi)
Irene: Che casino, vedi dei posti liberi?
Claudia: Hey ma quello è Pippo, andiamo accanto a lui!
Irene: Ah sì, sta facendo un cenno con la mano.
(Dissolvenza)
Filippo: Non mi sembra vero che siate venute qui, che onore avervi tra noi comuni mortali di domenica pomeriggio!
Claudia: Siamo venute per fare una sorpresa a Mirco. Adesso che la partita è finita andiamo a salutarlo.
Irene: Oh mio Dio!! Eccolo là, ma che sta facendo e chi è quella vestita in quel modo?!
Claudia: Sbaglio o lo ha baciato sulla guancia?
Filippo: E lui le tiene pure la mano!
Irene: Bene, andiamo via!
Claudia: Cosa hai intenzione di fare? Non vai a parlargli?
Irene: No, sono troppo arrabbiata, non posso pensarci adesso.
Claudia: Beh almeno provaci, perché poi è troppo tardi!
Marco: And now, with the translation.
(Urla dei tifosi)
(Screams of the fans)
Irene: Che casino, vedi dei posti liberi?
Irene: What a commotion; do you see any free seats?
Claudia: Hey ma quello è Pippo, andiamo accanto a lui!
Claudia: Hey, that's Pippo; let's go sit next to him!
Irene: Ah sì, sta facendo un cenno con la mano.
Irene: Ah yes, he's gesturing with his hand.
(Dissolvenza)
(Fade out)
Filippo: Non mi sembra vero che siate venute qui, che onore avervi tra noi comuni mortali di domenica pomeriggio!
Filippo: It doesn't seem real that you came here; what an honor to have you with us mere mortals on a Sunday afternoon.
Claudia: Siamo venute per fare una sorpresa a Mirco. Adesso che la partita è finita andiamo a salutarlo.
Claudia: We came to surprise Mirco. Now that the match is over, let's go say hi.
Irene: Oh mio Dio!! Eccolo là, ma che sta facendo e chi è quella vestita in quel modo?!
Irene: Oh my God! There he is, but what is he doing? And who is that dressed in that way?
Claudia: Sbaglio o lo ha baciato sulla guancia?
Claudia: Am I wrong or did she kiss him on the cheek?
Filippo: E lui le tiene pure la mano!
Filippo: And he is also holding her hand!
Irene: Bene, andiamo via!
Irene: Right, let's get away!
Claudia: Cosa hai intenzione di fare? Non vai a parlargli?
Claudia: What are you going to do? Aren't you going to talk to him?
Irene: No, sono troppo arrabbiata, non posso pensarci adesso.
Irene: No, I'm too angry; I can't think about that right now.
Claudia: Beh almeno provaci, perché poi è troppo tardi!
Claudia: Well, at least try! Because afterward it's going to be too late!
POST CONVERSATION BANTER
Marco: Oh oh! Something tells me that Mirco is not the nice guy he told he was.
Consuelo: You know Marco, surprises are dangerous sometimes. Poor Irene.
Marco: We will see what happens. Consuelo, I have a question.
Consuelo: Si?
Marco: Why is Filippo using the words mere mortals?
Consuelo: That’s a typical example of Italian humor. We use this joke when we want to point out that someone is acting haughty.
Marco: Ah! In this case because the two girls usually dislike football matches.
Consuelo: Yep.
Marco: I also noticed that Irene uses quella to talk about the girl who is with Mirco.
Consuelo: The pronoun quella immediately lets us know that she is talking about the girl, quella.
Marco: Quella vestita in quel modo. How could she be dressed up?
Consuelo: I don’t know but according to Irene’s tone of voice, I assume she would have dressed for a cozy Sunday afternoon.
Marco: Provocative girls in soccer, a common match in Italy.
Consuelo: Nice choice of words and sadly true.
VOCAB LIST
Marco: Let’s take a look at the vocabulary for this lesson. The first word we shall see is
Consuelo: Casino.
Marco: Noise, racket, mess.
Consuelo: Casino. Casino
Marco: And next we have
Consuelo: Accanto.
Marco: Next to, near.
Consuelo: Accanto. Accanto.
Marco: And next we have
Consuelo: Cenno.
Marco: Sign, nod, wave.
Consuelo: Cenno. Cenno.
Marco: And the next word is
Consuelo: Onore.
Marco: Honor.
Consuelo: Onore. Onore
Marco: And next we have
Consuelo: Mortale.
Marco: Mortal.
Consuelo: Mortale. Mortale
Marco: And the next word is
Consuelo: Sbagliare.
Marco: To make a mistake, be wrong.
Consuelo: Sbagliare. Sbagliare
Marco: And the next word is
Consuelo: Guancia.
Marco: Cheek.
Consuelo: Guancia. Guancia
Marco: And today’s last word is
Consuelo: Mano.
Marco: Hand.
Consuelo: Mano. Mano.
VOCAB AND PHRASE USAGE
Marco: Consuelo, what word are we studying today?
Consuelo: Today, we are studying the word “casino”.
Marco: Noise, racket, mess.
Consuelo: Dear listeners, don’t confuse this word with casinò, with the accent. That’s Casino, a completely different meaning.
Marco: Thank you for reminding us. I was already confused.
Consuelo: We will talk about gambling another time.
Marco: Now Casino in Italian has different meanings.
Consuelo: Yes Marco. It can refer to noise but it can also have a figurative meaning and it is best to use it in informal settings.
Marco: Any examples?
Consuelo: A mensa c’è sempre un casino.
Marco: There is always so much of noise in the canteen.
Consuelo: Or: la mia camera è veramente un casino.
Marco: My room is really a mess.
Consuelo: You can find Casino also in the expression un casino di.
Marco: Oh, loads of.
Consuelo: As in: durante la mia vacanza ho fatto un casino di foto.
Marco: During my holiday, I took loads of pictures.
Consuelo: Marco, in Italian, we have a similar expression with the same meaning. Do you remember which one it is?
Marco: Are you talking about un sacco di, meaning a lot of?
Consuelo: Exactly. Perfetto, grazie Marco.

Lesson focus

Consuelo: Let’s take a look at today’s grammar point.
Marco: In today’s lesson, we will continue focusing on pronominal verbs combined with the particle Ci.
Consuelo: This time we have pensarci
Marco: To think about something,
Consuelo: And provarci
Marco: To try something.
Consuelo: Pensarci comes from the verb pensare,
Marco: To think but it has a more specific meaning here.
Consuelo: Pensarci indicates to specifically think about something or someone.
Marco: This is why it is very close to take care of something.
Consuelo: In the dialogue, Irene says: non posso pensarci.
Marco: I can’t think about that.
Consuelo: In English, you use the pronoun that or it, while in Italian we use Ci
Marco: Can you give us other examples?
Consuelo: Sure. Ho un problema e continuo a pensarci costantemente.
Marco: I have a problem and I constantly think about it.
Consuelo: Chi ci pensa a me?
Marco: Who takes care of me?
Consuelo: Ci penso io.
Marco: I will take care of that or I will do it.
Consuelo: So che non è facile ma cerca di non pensarci.
Marco: I know it’s not easy but try not to think about it.
Consuelo: Next we have the verb provarci.
Marco: Provarci comes from the verb provare, meaning to try.
Consuelo: And as for pensarci the particle Ci gives the verb a more specific meaning.
Marco: That is to try to do something.
Consuelo: In the dialogue, Claudia tells her sister: almeno provaci.
Marco: At least try. This verb is often used at the imperative tense.
Consuelo: Another similar example is: è difficile ma provaci.
Marco: It’s hard but give it a try. What about other tenses?
Consuelo: Non so esattamente come fare ma ci provo.
Marco: I don’t know exactly how to do that but I will try.
Consuelo: Mi piace chi ci prova, sempre e comunque.
Marco: I like those who try doing it, always and anyhow.
Consuelo: Questa danza è difficile ma proviamoci a farla.
Marco: This dance is difficult but let’s try doing it. Thank you Consuelo. These sentences sound very useful.
Consuelo: They are. But I have something to add.
Marco: Okay. Go ahead.
Consuelo: Watch out because provarci has also another meaning in Italian.
Marco: I think I know it.
Consuelo: To pick up boys and girls. Provarci con qualcuno.
Marco: I remember it is a very common expression.
Consuelo: Yes it is.
Marco: This time I will make a sample sentence okay.
Consuelo: Okay.
Marco: Consuelo, Luca non ci ha mai provato con nessuna ragazza, sono loro che ci provano con lui.
Consuelo: Ahaha, very funny. Luca never tries to pick up girls but the girls are the ones who try to pick him up.
Marco: Certo.
Consuelo: Si, come no.

Outro

Marco: Hehe! That just about does it for today.
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Do you like Italian soccer/football?