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INTRODUCTION
Consuelo: Ciao a tutti. Ben tornati.
Marco: Marco here. Upper intermediate, season 1, Lesson #9. Don’t Go Home Yet. The Italian Night is Just Getting Started.
Consuelo: Hello everyone. I am Consuelo and welcome to italianpod101.com
Marco: With us, you will 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 the preposition A and its usages.
Consuelo: This conversation takes place in a car.
Marco: And it’s between Irene and Claudia.
Consuelo: They will be speaking informal Italian.
Marco: Let’s listen to the conversation.
DIALOGUE
Irene: Claudia, vai piano! Non c'è fretta!
Claudia: Sì scusa, hai ragione. Che mi dicevi di Mirco?
Irene: Mi sono scordata di dirti poi che Mirco non è uscito con noi lo scorso sabato perché è arrabbiato con me!
Claudia: Cosa?
Irene: Sì, me l'ha detto Filippo.
Claudia: Sorellina sveglia! Fai attenzione a quello che ti dice Pippo, è
evidente che ci tiene molto a te!
Irene: Tu dici? Comunque stasera provo a chiamare Mirco e lo invito ad uscire con me!
Claudia: Brava! Prova ad essere sincera.
Irene: Sì, non può rifiutare. E tu, hai sentito James poi?
Claudia: No, sono sempre in linea su skype ma di lui neanche l'ombra, che strano...
Irene: Sei in ansia? Non dovresti! Probabilmente ha da fare.
Claudia: Sì, da due settimane...
Irene: Ci siamo quasi, comincia a cercare parcheggio.
Claudia: Facciamo veloce perché devo preparare la valigia per domani.
Irene: Dove vai?
Claudia: A Francoforte e poi a Berlino, niente di stancante.
Marco: Let’s here it slowly now.
Irene: Claudia, vai piano! Non c'è fretta!
Claudia: Sì scusa, hai ragione. Che mi dicevi di Mirco?
Irene: Mi sono scordata di dirti poi che Mirco non è uscito con noi lo scorso sabato perché è arrabbiato con me!
Claudia: Cosa?
Irene: Sì, me l'ha detto Filippo.
Claudia: Sorellina sveglia! Fai attenzione a quello che ti dice Pippo, è evidente che ci tiene molto a te!
Irene: Tu dici? Comunque stasera provo a chiamare Mirco e lo invito ad uscire con me!
Claudia: Brava! Prova ad essere sincera.
Irene: Sì, non può rifiutare. E tu, hai sentito James poi?
Claudia: No, sono sempre in linea su skype ma di lui neanche l'ombra, che strano...
Irene: Sei in ansia? Non dovresti! Probabilmente ha da fare.
Claudia: Sì, da due settimane...
Irene: Ci siamo quasi, comincia a cercare parcheggio.
Claudia: Facciamo veloce perché devo preparare la valigia per domani.
Irene: Dove vai?
Claudia: A Francoforte e poi a Berlino, niente di stancante.
Marco: And now, with the translation.
Irene: Claudia, vai piano! Non c'è fretta!
Irene: Claudia, go slow! There's no need to hurry!
Claudia: Sì scusa, hai ragione. Che mi dicevi di Mirco?
Claudia: Yes, sorry, you're right. What were you saying about Mirco?
Irene: Mi sono scordata di dirti poi che Mirco non è uscito con noi lo scorso sabato perché è arrabbiato con me!
Irene: I forgot to tell you that Mirco didn't hang with us last Saturday because he's mad at me!
Claudia: Cosa?
Claudia: What?
Irene: Sì, me l'ha detto Filippo.
Irene: Yes, Filippo told me.
Claudia: Sorellina sveglia! Fai attenzione a quello che ti dice Pippo, è evidente che ci tiene molto a te!
Claudia: Little sister, wake up! Be careful about what Pippo tells you; it's obvious that he cares a lot about you!
Irene: Tu dici? Comunque stasera provo a chiamare Mirco e lo invito ad uscire con me!
Irene: Do you think so? Anyway, tonight I'll try to call Mirco and invite him to go out with me!
Claudia: Brava! Prova ad essere sincera.
Claudia: Good! Try to be honest.
Irene: Sì, non può rifiutare. E tu, hai sentito James poi?
Irene: Yes, he can't refuse. What about you; did you hear from James then?
Claudia: No, sono sempre in linea su skype ma di lui neanche l'ombra, che strano...
Claudia: No, I'm always on Skype, but no sight of him, so weird...
Irene: Sei in ansia? Non dovresti! Probabilmente ha da fare.
Irene: Are you worried about that? You shouldn't! He's probably busy.
Claudia: Sì, da due settimane...
Claudia: Yeah, for two weeks...
Irene: Ci siamo quasi, comincia a cercare parcheggio.
Irene: We're almost there; start to look for parking.
Claudia: Facciamo veloce perché devo preparare la valigia per domani.
Claudia: Let's make it quickly because I have to pack the suitcase for tomorrow.
Irene: Dove vai?
Irene: Where are you going?
Claudia: A Francoforte e poi a Berlino, niente di stancante.
Claudia: To Frankfurt and then Berlin. Nothing tiring though.
POST CONVERSATION BANTER
Marco: The two sisters are going to buy some groceries at the supermarket and they are going by car. Is that normal in Italy?
Consuelo: Do you mean to go to a store by car?
Marco: Yeah.
Consuelo: Well, it depends. When you want to buy just few things like some bread or milk, it’s not worth it to drive and struggle for a parking spot.
Marco: Ah that makes sense.
Consuelo: You can easily find little stores well stocked in every kind of city.
Marco: Oh let’s not forget the high number of panetteria, pasticceria, latteria and so on.
Consuelo: Right but let me say that nowadays, a lot of people tend to buy food in big malls and supermarkets that sell at lower prices.
Marco: I see.
Consuelo: They are building more and more shopping centers. Now families usually buy food there every two weeks.
Marco: Obviously outside of the city.
Consuelo: Yes mainly. Can you imagine a huge shopping mall next to the coliseum?
VOCAB LIST
Marco: Oh god no! Let’s take a look at the vocabulary for this lesson. The first word we should see is
Consuelo: Arrabbiato.
Marco: Angry, mad.
Consuelo: Arrabbiato. Arrabbiato
Marco: And next we have
Consuelo: Fare attenzione.
Marco: To be careful, to pay attention.
Consuelo: Fare attenzione. Fare attenzione.
Marco: And next we have
Consuelo: Evidente.
Marco: Obvious, evident.
Consuelo: Evidente. Evidente
Marco: And next we have
Consuelo: Tenere a.
Marco: To care about.
Consuelo: Tenere a. Tenere a.
Marco: And the next word is
Consuelo: Rifiutare.
Marco: To refuse, to decline, to reject.
Consuelo: Rifiutare. Rifiutare.
Marco: And next we have
Consuelo: Ansia.
Marco: Anxiety, worry, distress.
Consuelo: Ansia. Ansia
Marco: Next we have
Consuelo: Parcheggio.
Marco: Parking.
Consuelo: Parcheggio. Parcheggio.
Marco: And today’s last word is
Consuelo: Valigia.
Marco: Suitcase, bag.
Consuelo: Valigia. Valigia.
VOCAB AND PHRASE USAGE
Marco: Consuelo, what expression are we studying today?
Consuelo: The Italian expression ”Di...neanche l’ombra”.
Marco: No sight of.
Consuelo: Literally translating this expression, we have two parts: neanche,
Marco: Not even
Consuelo: And l’ombra,
Marco: The shadow. The meaning is not so hard to get. There is not even the shadow of something, no traces.
Consuelo: Exactly. Please remember to use Di at the beginning of the sentence.
Marco: For example.
Consuelo: Non sapevo dove andare e di un cartello neanche l’ombra.
Marco: I didn’t know where to go and no road sign was in sight.
Consuelo: Or Di un parcheggio neanche l’ombra.
Marco: No sight of parking, why all these sentences about cars and roads?
Consuelo: Because in the dialogue, the girls are driving a car. Okay let’s change topics.
Marco: Yes please.
Consuelo: Di gentiluomini qui neanche l’ombra.
Marco: No sight of gentleman here. Haha! It ain’t funny.

Lesson focus

Consuelo: Let’s take a look at today’s grammar point.
Marco: In today’s lesson, we focus on the preposition A.
Consuelo: We continue our trip among Italian prepositions.
Marco: The preposition A has different meanings in English but mainly it is translated as to, at or in.
Consuelo: We now give you a list for the most common usages for this preposition.
Marco: When staying or going somewhere
Consuelo: Abito a Firenze.
Marco: I live in Florence.
Consuelo: Vado a scuola.
Marco: I go to the school.
Consuelo: To indicate a direct object: do un regalo a Fabrizio.
Marco: I gave a present to Fabrizio.
Consuelo: Please remember to use the articulate form of A, Alle,
Marco: When indicating time.
Consuelo: Finisco di lavorare alle 7.
Marco: I finish work at 7.
Consuelo: Use A when talking about events or special occasions.
Marco: For instance, Christmas, Easter and National holidays.
Consuelo: Ci vediamo a Natale.
Marco: We meet for Christmas.
Consuelo: A is used also when referring to someone aged.
Marco: For instance
Consuelo: A 18 anni ho preso la patente.
Marco: At the age of 18, I got a driving license.
Consuelo: Regarding the next usage, we should consider the manner and the way something or someone is.
Marco: For example
Consuelo: Mia madre è all’antica.
Marco: My mom is old-fashioned.
Consuelo: Piove a catinelle.
Marco: It’s bucketing down.
Consuelo: Let’s go on with the next usage.
Marco: We use A when indicating a distance.
Consuelo: La stazione è a dieci metri da casa.
Marco: The station is 10 meters from home.
Consuelo: We can also use A when indicating the price like in: ho visto una gonna carina a 5 euro.
Marco: I saw a nice skirt for 5 Euros.
Consuelo: This expression is also used when saying because of something.
Marco: A causa di.
Consuelo: A causa della crisi economica, la disoccupazione è aumentata.
Marco: Due to the economic crisis, the unemployment has increased.
Consuelo: Please use A when limiting the speech to something or someone.
Marco: Could you give us a couple of examples.
Consuelo: A mio parere, dobbiamo cambiare strategia.
Marco: In my opinion, we have to change strategy.
Consuelo: A sentire le ultime notizie, il prezzo del petrolio aumenterà.
Marco: Listening to recent news, the price of petrol will increase.
Consuelo: The preposition A is also used when combined with several verbs.
Marco: For instance.
Consuelo: We strongly recommend learning these verbs and keeping them memorized as if they are just one word. Repeat after me. Giocare a.
Marco: To play.
Consuelo: Fermarsi a.
Marco: To stop
Consuelo: Incoraggiare a.
Marco: To encourage to.
Consuelo: Riuscire a.
Marco: To succeed in.
Consuelo: Invitare a.
Marco: To invite to.
Consuelo: Cominciare a.
Marco: To start.
Consuelo: A can also be included in special grammatical constructions with particular meanings.
Marco: Such as
Consuelo: A proposito di.
Marco: Regarding.
Consuelo: In quanto a.
Marco: As to
Consuelo: Essere alla guida di.
Marco: To be at the head of
Consuelo: Davanti a.
Marco: In front of
Consuelo: Accanto a.
Marco: Next to. Consuelo, what about the articulated forms of A, those combined with the definite articles.
Consuelo: Right. Those are Al, Allo, Ai, Agli, All’ with the apostrophe, Alla and Alle.

Outro

Marco: That just about does it for today. Attention perfectionists, you are about to learn how to perfect your pronunciation.
Consuelo: Lesson review audio tracks.
Marco: Increase fluency and vocabulary fast with these short effective audio tracks.
Consuelo: Super simple to use. Listen to the Italian word or phrase
Marco: Then repeat it out loud in a loud, clear voice.
Consuelo: You will speak with confidence knowing that you are speaking Italian like the locals.
Marco: Go to italianpod101.com and download the review audio tracks right on the lessons page today.
Consuelo: Ciao a tutti.

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Tuesday at 06:30 PM
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Hello ItalianPod101.com listeners!

Try to answer us in Italian: Where do you live?

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Wednesday at 12:55 PM
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Hi Maria,


Thank you for posting!

That's correct?, you can use "lavoro a" and say: "Lavoro a Park City, nello Utah."


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Maria Escalona
Tuesday at 02:33 AM
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Hello, so to say i work in park city utah. Can i use i? Lavoro a? Thank you.

Beryl Barratt
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Si, certo. Grazie mille. Beryl

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Ciao Beryl Barratt,

"dobbiamo" is in the indicative tense. " A mio parere" isn't followed by the subjunctive.

Spero di averti aiutato!

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Beryl Barratt
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Abito a Torquay in Inghilterra.

In the examples you write 'A mio parere dobbiamo cambiare strategia'. Is dobbiamo in the indicative tense or the subjunctive?

Grazie.