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30 Minute Italian Podcast by Cher Hale

30 Minute Italian Podcast

by Cher Hale

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If there wasn't enough standing in your way of learning a language, there is one huge issue that you need to address right away. We'll talk about what it is in this podcast, and we'll go over 11 basic expressions that you definitely need to know in Italian.


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11 Ways to Say Goodbye in Italian


Tue, Jan 26, 2016


Learn 11 phrases to say goodbye in Italian. PSSSST. This is also the LAST episode of the podcast, so you'll want to listen in to hear about what's next and why I've decided to end it.



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How to Start Learning Italian, PT III


Tue, Jan 19, 2016


You'll learn what a beginner language learner's schedule looks like, the type of activities you can do as a beginner, and where you might hold yourself back from making progress.



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How to Start Learning Italian (or How to Go From Only Knowing Ciao to Being Conversational) PART II


Tue, Jan 12, 2016


Part II of the 'How to Start Learning Italian' guide.



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How to Start Learning Italian (or How to Go From Only Knowing "Ciao" to Being Conversational) PART I


Tue, Jan 05, 2016


Where to start when you decide to learn Italian.



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Italian Word Speed Dates: Allora


Tue, Dec 29, 2015


The many ways 'allora' is used in the Italian language.



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Christmas: A Thing of Beauty


Tue, Dec 15, 2015




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Sei cose da fare per imparare l'italiano durante i tempi morti


Tue, Dec 01, 2015




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How I've Been Preparing for the CILS Exam


Tue, Nov 24, 2015


The steps I've been taken to be sure I'm prepared for the Italian CILS exam.



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Six Guidelines You Can Use to Choose the Tu or the Lei Form in Italian


Tue, Nov 10, 2015


How do you know when to use "tu" and when to use "Lei" in when addressing someone in Italian? This podcast episode gives you 6 guidelines you can use to choose the correct form.



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Italian Word Speed Dates: Siccome, Dato che, and Poich?


Tue, Nov 03, 2015


Getting to know the small but useful Italian words siccome, dato che and poich?.



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Le Sagre in Italia


Sun, Oct 25, 2015


Il primo episodio tutto in italiano!



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9 Phrases to Use with a Language Partner


Tue, Oct 20, 2015


Phrases to use with an Italian language partner when you're chatting for the first time, when you forget a phrase or when you're trying to talk about various topics.



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Four Q's You Can Ask to Get Authentic Food in Italy


Mon, Oct 12, 2015




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3 Steps to Making Quick & Satisfying Progress in Italian


Tue, Oct 06, 2015


Learn this 3-step formula for eliminating your weaknesses in Italian.



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Is there really a formula for learning Italian? YES.


Mon, Sep 28, 2015


Discussing the underlying thread of decisions you can make in order to learn Italian.



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Behind the Scenes with Italian Learners from The Iceberg Project


Tue, Sep 22, 2015


An interview with four different Italian learners about their challenges, their strengths and how they're preparing for upcoming trips to Italy.



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6 Bad Habits I'm Trying to Break in Italian


Tue, Sep 15, 2015


The things that I'm struggling with and trying to work on in Italian right now.



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23 Phrases for Congratulating People on New Beginnings in Italian


Tue, Sep 08, 2015


How to congratulate & celebrate your Italian friends for every occasion... in Italian!



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How to Give or Understand Directions Given to You in Italian


Tue, Sep 01, 2015


How to get and give directions in Italian so you can find your way around Italy.



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12 Phrases for Making Friends While Traveling in Italy


Sun, Aug 23, 2015


How to strike up a conversation and make friends with Italians while in Italy



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How Dianne Hales Deepened Her Love and Knowledge of Italian to Uncover a Hidden Story


Tue, Aug 18, 2015


Interview with Dianne Hales discussing her new book, Mona Lisa: A Life Discovered and how she learned Italian.



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How to Make a Reservation at an Italian Restaurant


Tue, Aug 11, 2015


Italian vocabulary you can use to make a restaurant reservation.



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5 Italian Proverbs to Spice up Your Vocabulary


Mon, Aug 03, 2015


Five new proverbs in Italian to add to your vocabulary.



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4 More Verbs in Italian You Might Be Using Incorrectly


Sun, Jul 26, 2015


Some rules about how to use the Italian verbs prendere, avere, raccontare and passare.



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9 Phrases for Talking About Your Business in Italian


Tue, Jul 21, 2015


9 phrases for talking about what you do for work in Italian.



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12 Easy Mistakes You May Be Making with Italian Irregular Nouns


Sun, Jul 12, 2015


Some common mistakes made with irregular nouns in Italian.



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10 Phrases for Talking About Music in Italian


Tue, Jul 07, 2015


Phrases for talking about music in Italian.



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How to Whip Your Italian Back into Shape Before You Leave for Italy


Tue, Jun 30, 2015


9 ideas for getting your Italian ready before you leave for Italy.



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How to Cultivate the Right Mindset to Learn Italian: An Interview with Kevin Morehouse


Tue, Jun 23, 2015


An interview with the founder of the blog languagehero.co about how to find motivation every day to learn Italian, how to maintain Italian at home and the ideal mindset that will push you forward in your Italian so you can reach conversational fluency.




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4 Unexpected Ways to Use the Italian Prepositions "di", "da", and "in"


Tue, Jun 09, 2015


How Italian prepositions differ from English prepositions and how 'di,' 'da,' and 'in' are used in unexpected ways.



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3 Things I'm Struggling With in Italian Right Now


Mon, Jun 08, 2015


In this podcast, I will discuss a few of the things that I am currently struggling with in Italian.



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4 Verbs in Italian You Might Be Using Incorrectly


Fri, May 29, 2015


Verbs that are used differently in Italian than in English that you might be using incorrectly.



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7 Creative Ways to Make Your Italian Study Time Even Better


Tue, May 26, 2015


Seven different ways to maximize the time you use to study Italian and make it even more fun.



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How to Efficiently Use Your Study Time to Learn Italian (An Interview with Leanne Pressly)


Mon, May 18, 2015


An interview with an Iceberg Project student, Leanne Pressly.



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7 Things Keeping You From Fluency in Italian


Mon, May 11, 2015


Seven things that are keeping you from becoming fluent in Italian.



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How Tom Made the World His Classroom to Learn Italian by Teaching It (an interview with TomTxxytu)


Tue, May 05, 2015


An interview with YouTuber TomTxxytu.



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20 Phrases for Making a Phone Call in Italian


Mon, Apr 27, 2015


Phrases that you'll use in Italian when making a phone call.



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How Rachel Made Her Dream of Living in Florence a Reality (An Interview with Rachel Vermiglio Smith)


Mon, Apr 20, 2015


Rachel Vermiglio Smith, managing editor at The Iceberg Project, discusses her love for Italian and what it was like to move to Florence.



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21 Must-Know Vocabulary Words for Making Pasta in Italian


Tue, Apr 14, 2015


Italian vocabulary for making pasta with a pasta cacio e pepe recipe from Lo Spicchio d'Aglio.



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22 Must-Know Vocabulary Words for Making Dessert in Italian


Tue, Apr 07, 2015


Vocabulary for making dessert in Italian. This episode focuses on a torta di mele recipe from the website Lo Spicchio d'Aglio.



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4 Phrases for Curving the Conversation Back to Italian


Mon, Mar 30, 2015


Practicing your Italian when the person your speaking with wants to speak in English.



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25 Romantic Italian Phrases (or How to Melt Your Lovers Heart)


Mon, Mar 23, 2015


25 Romantic Italian Phrases that will absolutely melt the heart of the one you love, or want to love!



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Is the fluency illusion getting in the way of learning Italian?


Mon, Mar 16, 2015


Focusing on being fluent can get in the way of your actual learning of Italian.



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How to Count in Italian (or how to make sure you can eat in Italy)


Mon, Mar 09, 2015


Learn how to count and more importantly eat when in Italy.



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One Proven Method That Will Help You Remember More Italian


Mon, Mar 02, 2015


This article has to do less with the Italian language and more abouthowyou learn the Italian language.



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Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes in Italian (or how to talk about the parts of the body)


Tue, Feb 24, 2015


"Head, shoulders, knees and toes!" Learn to talk about parts of the body in Italian



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Can you be conversational in Italian with a limited vocabulary? (An interview with Madeline Jhawar)


Tue, Feb 17, 2015


Learn effective strategies for increasing your fluency and learning vocabulary in Italian with trip planner Madeline Jhawar.



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Quiz: Should You Use the Imperfect Tense or the Past Tense?


Tue, Feb 10, 2015


Need practice choosing between the imperfect and the past tense in Italian? Take this quick 10-question quiz.



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How to Say I Wonder & Other Forms of Probability in Italian


Tue, Feb 03, 2015


How to express forms of probability in Italian. How to discuss what you're wondering about in Italian.



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How I Learned Italian


Mon, Jan 26, 2015


How I learned Italian, got mixed up in the Italian culture, what I'm doing now to continue learning Italian and what I plan to do in the future to keep improving my Italian.



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How to Talk About the Weather in Italian (with 16 Phrases for Making Small Talk)


Tue, Jan 20, 2015


How to talk about the rain, shine, snow, humid or any other weather in Italian. Great for making conversation if you can't think of anything else to say!



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What It's Like to Start Over in Italy (An Interview with Jasmine C. Mah)


Tue, Jan 13, 2015


Hear Jasmine Mah (the mind behind the blog Questa Dolce Vita) explain her experience with the Italian language and what it's like to move to Italy and plan a wedding in a new country.



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How to Use the Trapassato Prossimo in Italian (or How to Talk About Things that Happened in the Past)


Wed, Jan 07, 2015


How and when to use the trapassato prossimo in Italian in order to talk about things that have happened in the past.



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Italian Word Speed Dates: Bastare, Mancare and Piacere


Tue, Dec 30, 2014


When and how to use the Italian verbs bastare, mancare and piacere.



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13 Expressions to Keep Conversation Flowing in Italian When You Forget a Word, a Phrase or a Conjugation


Thu, Dec 25, 2014


Expressions to use if you're not sure what to say during an Italian conversation.



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What's important to Italians during Christmas? (Insights from Carmine Caruso in Italian)


Wed, Dec 17, 2014


[IN ITALIAN] In this quick clip, Carmine Caruso tells how Italians typically celebrate Christmas.



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15 Ways to Say "That's Awesome/cool/amazing!" in Italian


Wed, Dec 10, 2014


How to be enthusiastic in a more Italian way and grow your vocabulary with 15 ways to express your excitement in Italian.



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What's like to live & love in southern Italy? (An interview with Cherrye Moore)


Tue, Dec 02, 2014


Once you visit southern Italy, you feel like you've seen an entirely different world while in the same country, which is what I imagine Cherrye Moore experienced upon moving to Calabria with her native Italian husband.

Cherrye's story, like many expats, is full of ups and downs with the language and the culture.

What I think is most special about our chat is her favorite parts of Italy, one of which makes you feel so at home even if you were never born there, which for many of us without any native Italian blood is one of the greatest gifts Italy has to give.



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Four Ways to Evaluate if You're "Good" at Learning a Language


Tue, Nov 25, 2014


The way you think about yourself as a language learner can get in the way of how well you learn the language. Here's how to put your doubts about yourself to sleep.



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How to Describe People in Italian (or how to talk about what she was wearing, who she was with and what her new hair color is)


Tue, Nov 18, 2014


Learn how to say descriptions for hair color, eye color, height, weight, and nationality in Italian.



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How to Talk About Your Family in Italian


Tue, Nov 11, 2014


How to talk about your family in Italian so you can make small talk.



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Is pronunciation or grammar more important? (An interview with Emanuele Venditti)


Wed, Nov 05, 2014


An interview with Emanuele Venditti in which you'll learn why pronunciation is more imporant than grammar, three new sayings to use with friends and in stories and common mistakes made with the subjunctive tense. You'll also hear about his vision for an online platform with which you can learn and speak Italian with natives on a weekly basis.



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What's it like to be an expat in Rome? (An Interview with Tiffany Parks)


Wed, Oct 29, 2014


Learn how Tiffany Parks ended up as an expat in Rome, Italy and how she used her love of opera to connect with the Italian language. You'll also learn her four methods for learning the language, two tips for avoiding dangerous situations in Italy and how she got the ball rolling on her move to a new country.



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Should You Use "Riuscire" or "Potere" to Talk About Being Able to Do Something?


Fri, Oct 24, 2014


Learn the differences between the verbs "potere" and "riuscire" in Italian.



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Imperative Mood in Italian (or how to be demanding and give advice in Italian)


Wed, Oct 15, 2014


Using the imperative in Italian to give a command, offer an invitation or suggest advice.



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When to Use the Subjunctive Mood and When to Use the Present Indicative Tense


Tue, Oct 07, 2014


Using the present subjunctive mood to express doubts, wishes and uncertainties and using the the present indicative to express a certainty or fact in Italian.



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15 Quotes to Keep Up Your Motivation for Italian


Wed, Oct 01, 2014


Some motivation for those days that you just don't feel like learning a new grammar tense or vocabulary words. Forza!



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Which Words from English Made the Cut in Italian? (or Parole Straniere Usate in Italiano)


Tue, Sep 23, 2014


Learn some words in Italian that come from English, like nerd, cupcake, and whiskey.



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What is it like to be an expat in Florence? (An Interview with Alexandra Lawrence)


Wed, Sep 17, 2014


Alexandra Lawrence tells you exactly what it takes to make it as an expat while learning the culture through the language.



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12 More Phrases that Stalk the Subjunctive Mood


Tue, Sep 02, 2014


Here are twelve phrases in Italian that are typically used with the subjunctive mood to express thoughts, opinions, desires, fear, etc.



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How to Write a Birthday Card in Italian (or how to wish friends another year older in a classy way)


Tue, Aug 26, 2014


Learn how to write a birthday card in Italian to a friend, your significant other, family, or on Twitter.



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How does someone start a business in Rome? (An Interview with Linda + Steve from The Beehive Hotel)


Tue, Aug 19, 2014


Learn how Linda and Steve started The Beehive Hotel/Hostel in Rome, Italy.



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How to "Ne" and "Ci" in Italian


Tue, Aug 12, 2014


Learn the various ways you can use the words "ne" and "ci" in Italian.



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20 Phrases for Telling a Captivating Story in Italian


Tue, Aug 05, 2014


Learn how to tell a story in Italian with twenty phrases.



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What would it be like to live in Orvieto, Italy? (An Interview with Toni DeBella)


Thu, Jul 31, 2014


Learn how and why Toni DeBella, from Orvieto or Bust, moved to Orvieto, Italy and her experiences as an American expat.



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3 Verbs in Italian Every Beginner Should Master


Tue, Jul 29, 2014


Learn three verbs that every beginner should master in Italian in the past tense, present tense, subjunctive tense, and future tense.



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The Differences Between Nulla e Niente in Italiano


Tue, Jul 22, 2014


Learn when to use niente and/or nulla in Italian.



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Basic Italian Sentence Structure (or where do I put all of the words!?)


Tue, Jul 15, 2014


Sentence structure is incredibly important to sounding natural in Italian. Here is how you structure basic sentences in Italian.



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12 Phrases That Stalk the Subjunctive Mood (or Twelve Phrases that Are Typically Used with the Subjunctive Mood)


Tue, Jul 08, 2014


Here are twelve phrases in Italian that are typically used with the subjunctive mood to express thoughts, opinions, desires, fear, etc.



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Italian Word Speed Dates: Appena, Addirittura, Comunque and Quindi


Thu, Jun 26, 2014


Learn how to use the words appena, addirittura, comunque and quindi in Italian.



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What Does it Mean if a Verb is Regular or Irregular in Italian?


Tue, Jun 24, 2014


See examples of what it means when a verb is regular or irregular in Italian and how -are, -ire, and -ere verbs are conjugated in Italian in the present tense.



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Relative and Absolute Superlatives in Italian (or the BEST, the WORST, and HAPPIEST)


Tue, Jun 17, 2014


Learn how to use relative and absolute superlatives in the Italian language along with examples.



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How to Learn a Language on Your Own and Hone Your Italian Accent with Luca Lampariello


Thu, Jun 12, 2014


Learn a few of the methods Luca has used to learn twelve languages on his own along with how to hone your Italian accent.



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How to Make Your Verbs, Adjectives, and Objects Agree in Italian


Tue, Jun 10, 2014


Learn how to make your verbs, adjectives, and objects agree in Italian between masculine/feminine and singular/plural with examples.



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Learn Italian Through Drawings with Rosangela - Italian for my Girlfriend


Thu, Jun 05, 2014


Meet Rosangela, a native Italian speaker, who draws to help other learn Italian vocabulary and phrases. This interview is entirely in Italian and transcripts can be found in the show notes.



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Discover the Real Venice that Tourists Miss with Monica Cesarato


Tue, Jun 03, 2014


Learn about what the Veneto region was like while Monica Cesarato grew up, how it is now, and the beautiful (& sometimes scary) history it has.



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9 Reasons You're Making Mistakes With Prepositions in Italian and How to Avoid Them (Hint: Most mistakes come from #2)


Thu, May 29, 2014


Learn why you keep making mistakes with prepositions in Italian and how you can make less mistakes in the future.



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Where You Should Visit in the South of Italy with Native Italian Speaker Marianna Prizio


Tue, May 27, 2014


Learn where a native Italian from the south of Italy suggests you should visit, what you should definitely eat, and her favorite idiomatic words and phrases.



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[106] 29 Ways to Practice Your Italian While Youre in Italy


Thu, May 22, 2014


Learn what you can do to practice your Italian while you're traveling to Italy as an Italian language learner.



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[105] 8 Reasons Your Italian Doesnt Sound Italian (And 8 Fixes to Get to a Near Native Level)


Tue, May 20, 2014


If you've hit a wall with Italian, you'll love this episode. Learn why your Italian doesn't sound like a natural or native Italian and how you can work on sounding more native.



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[104] Italian Word Speed Dates: Tale, Eccome, e Semmai


Thu, May 15, 2014


Learn how to understand and use the words tale, eccome and semmai in Italian.



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[103] Develop Your Pronunciation and Vocabulary Through Mnemonic Devices with Gabriel Wyner


Tue, May 13, 2014


Learn how to improve your pronunciation in Italian as well as memorize hundreds of vocabulary words within 4-6 months.



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[102] The Present Tense Gerund in Italian (or how Italians express the -ing tense)


Thu, May 08, 2014


Learn how to use the gerund tense in Italian or the tense that talks about what is happening in the moment.



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[101] Italian Word Speed Dates: Anzi, Dunque e Piuttosto


Tue, May 06, 2014


Learn how to understand and use the words anzi, dunque and piuttosto in Italian.



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23 Mantras to Motivate You When You Dont Want to Study Italian (or what to read when you need a loving, kick to the butt to keep going)


Thu, May 01, 2014


Learn 23 mantras for increasing your motivation to study Italian, nine small fixes for studying Italian more and how to use these mantras every single day.



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Experience an Authentic Italy and Learn to Tell Your Story with Gail Mencini, author of To Tuscany with Love


Tue, Apr 29, 2014


In this episode, I chat with Gail Mencini, author of the fictional novel To Tuscany with Love, about experiencing an authentic Italy and telling your story.



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[097]Articulated Prepositions in Italian {or the baby makin magic that happens when an article marries a preposition}


Tue, Apr 22, 2014


Learn how to form and use articulated prepositions in Italian. (al, sul, nell', dall', etc.)



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[096] Explore Authentic Italian Cooking with Simonetta and Paola of Toscana Mia


Thu, Apr 17, 2014


Learn about authentic Italian cooking, learning Italian and raising an organic garden in Tuscany, Italy with Simonetta and Paola from Toscana Mia.

You'll learn:

  • Which one mistake most Americans make when cooking pasta
  • How they are able to grow organic vegetables (and some tips for dealing with pests that include beer)
  • One simple pasta recipe that you can make today
  • How to know what good olive oil really is and how much it should cost
  • How to find good olive oil in America
  • How Italians learn Italian growing up
  • Two tips for foreigners learning Italian that makes grammar much more interesting
  • How you can attend one of their cooking or language classes


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[095] Simple Prepositions in Italian {or why the smallest words hurt the most}


Tue, Apr 15, 2014


Simple Prepositions in Italian {or why the smallest words hurt the most}

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All on their own, prepositions can be a pain in the butt.

This is especially when you're at an upper intermediate level, and you think you're getting the hang of Italian and THE ONLY THING THAT KEEPS MESSING YOU UP IS PREPOSITIONS.

{No personal experience or anything. No. I'm not yelling.}

COMUNQUE. There are two main kinds of prepositions - simple prepositions and articulated prepositions.

Not sure what comunque means? Read this article: Italian Speed Dates - Appena, Addirittura, Comunque and Quindi

Simple prepositions look like this:

  • di - of, from, about, by, than
  • a - to,at,in
  • da - from,by
  • in - in, at
  • con - with
  • su - on/over/above/about
  • per - for/in order to/because
  • tra - between/among
  • fra - between/among

The fact that they exist is pretty easy to understand. I mean, here are some of the situations when you use each one.

*The examples in English below are used in "Italian-speak" or what English would sound like if translated directly from Italian to English. This is to help you turn off that inner translator constantly working in your head. Once this happens, you can start focusing on creating natural sounding Italian sentences.

di - of, about, from, by, than

  • To show possession of an object {This is the purse OF Giulia - Questa ? la borsa di Giulia.}
  • To show where someone is from {Giulia is OF Verona. - Giulia ? di Verona.}
  • To express who/what someone is talking about {She was talking OF Giuseppe. - Parlava di Giuseppe}
  • To talk about age {I have a son OF thirteen years. - Ho un figlio di tredici anni.}
  • To describe an object/person {It's a coin OF gold. - ? una moneta d'oro.}

a - to,at,in

  • To talk about a location {IN Verona, AT home - a Verona, a casa}
  • To talk about how someone is thinking of another {I am thinking TO him. - Penso a lui.}
  • To talk about a certain time {I am meeting her AT noon. - La vedo a mezzogiorno.}
  • To describe movement {She went there IN foot. - ? andata a piedi. }

da - from,by

  • To talk about a distance that was taken, like a trip {Maria left FROM Rome yesterday. - Maria ? partita da Roma ieri.}
  • To talk about taking something from something {She took her wallet FROM her purse. - Ha tolto il portafoglio dalla borsa.}
  • To talk about a time period that's passed {From years (ago) - Da anni}

CPF: You can also use "Da" to talk about someone's home. So if you wanted to say Lucia's house, you would say "Da Lucia."

in - in, at

  • To talk about location in a larger area, like a state or country {She lives IN California, He lives IN Germany - Lei abita in California, Lui abita in Germania}
  • To talk about a place where someone is going {I'm going IN the library - Vado in biblioteca.}
  • To talk about a type of transportation {You're going IN train? - Vai in treno?}

con - with

  • To talk about being with someone {I am WITH my grandma. - Sono con mia nonna.}
  • To talk about a combination of things {I am eating pizza WITH the pumpkin. - Mangio la pizza con i fiori di zucca.}
  • To describe a person's behavior {He is very nice WITH me. - Lui ? molto gentile con me.}

su - on/over/above/about

  • To talk about a topic: {I am reading a book on Italian History - Sto leggendo un libro SULLA storia italiana}
  • To talk about a location {He is ON the roof. - Lui ? sul tetto.}

per - for/in order to/because

  • To talk about a length of time (a period of time that's now over. Otherwise you would use DA. {I've been reading this book FOR two days. - Sto leggendo questo libro DA due giorni.}
  • Example with PER: {I have lived in Italy for 2 years [meaning you are not there anymore]} = Ho vissuto in Italia PER due anni.
  • or: {I have been living in Italy for 2 years [meaning you are still living there} = Vivo in Italia DA due anni.
  • To talk about a reason/purpose {I'm going to school FOR my parents. - Vado a scuola per i miei.}
  • To talk about going somewhere {I want to leave for England/my holidays. - Mi piacerebbe partire per l'Inghilterra/per le vacanze.}
  • To talk about price {I bought a kilo of oranges FOR three euro. - Ho comprato un chilo di arance PER tre euro.}

tra - between/among
fra - between/among

  • To talk about a time period {I finish school BETWEEN a year. - Finisco la scuola fra un anno.}
  • To talk about a comparison {AMONG everyone, Theresa is the nicest. - Fra tutti, la pi? simpatica ? Theresa.}
  • To talk about a location {Walk BETWEEN the trees. - Passeggiare tra gli alberi.}

Writing that was a little bit painful, which is amazing because I love grammar.

It was painful because there are still so many other usages that I left out for the sake of simplicity.

Understanding the basics first is a must, and I'll be sure to write some more article about the nuances and the fun {read: not fun} exceptions with prepositions.

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[099] How to Find and Explore Your Italian Ancestry with Mary Tedesco


Tue, Apr 15, 2014


Learn how to research your Italian ancestry and genealogy with Mary Tedesco from Origins Italy.



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