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Elementary Italian Course

A2-Elementary

This course will help students who have finished the Italian Beginner Course to further improve their Italian. It covers a diverse range of topics. You will be learning essential language whether you're a tourist or expat living in Italy or simply want to connect with this beautiful language and culture. Why wait? Start today! 

Rent

Though sometimes a touchy subject with friends and acquaintances, it's normal to wonder how much others pay for rent. In today's lesson you'll learn how to broach the subject and other useful terms related to apartment hunting....

Topics: apartment, house, payment, rent, renting

At the Post Office

Artifacts of days long past as they are, post offices still exist for people who want to write letters and send the occasional package. Join us today as we listen to a dialog featuring a young man who doesn't seem to get the whole post office thing....

Topics: letter, mail, package, post_office, stamps

Delay Announcement

Today's lesson is about taking trains, or rather about waiting for trains that aren't on-time (go figure)! So check this one out if you're ever planning on traveling in Italy, or if you want to learn how to talk about time....

Topics: travel, train, late, tardiness, time

The Bills

It may not happen often, but forgetting to pay the bills is a painful and aggravating situation. You never want to accept that that's what's happened as you sit in the dark with a candle, cursing your forgetfulness! Today's lesson features two such forgetful people. Listen in to see how they handle ...

Topics: lights, dark, bills

Surprise Party

Today's lesson celebrates a new job in an exciting way! Learn how to talk about surprises and how to compliment your friends, family, or coworkers....

Topics: new_job, surprise, surprise_party

Give Me a Ring

Ever wonder how Italians make plans? Well look no further, as today's lesson covers this very situation. Listen in as two friends make plans, and learn how to describe making a phone call....

Topics: phone, meeting_up, phone_call, plans

Wake Up!

Today's lesson is all about waking up - or not waking up as the case may be - for a very important event! You'll learn all about how to describe time as well.  ...

Topics: time, waking_up, wedding

Nostalgia

Today's lesson is a celebration of all things lira, the currency replaced in the early 2000s by the euro. You'll be learning about the most typical lamentations of the Italian elderly....

Topics: bread, elderly, euro, lira

What about the Tip?

One of the great questions that continues to plague Americans is this: how much to tip? 15%? What if it's a nice restaurant? What if you want to impress your date? What if the service is terrible? Well in today's lesson you'll listen to someone who is bothered by none of these questions. Learn all a...

Topics: eating_out, Little_Italy, restaurants, tips

At the Tollgate

If you've ever longed of navigating the wild highways of Italy, then have we got a lesson for you. We'll be discussing how to pay tolls, as well as letting you know more about the driving system in Italy.  ...

Topics: driving, autostrada, highway, tollbooth, tolls

Did You Get Your Driver's License?

Remember back in the day when everyone was just getting his or her driver's license, cruising the streets with (reckless?) abandon? Well listen in to today's and learn how to talk about driver's licenses and driving... poorly....

Topics: fear, cars, driver's_licenses

Are You Smoking?

Disclaimer: smoking is bad for your health. But for those of you who do it (or who just want to talk about it), then ItalianPod has a lesson for you!...

Topics: cigarettes, smoking, smoke

Scales

Today's ItalianPod lesson is about those post-holiday moments of anxiety when you hop on the scale and discover where all of that panettone went! Check it out to learn about describing your weight....

Topics: gain_weight, lose_weight, scale, weigh, weight

Indian Incense

Today's lesson further explores the complex relationship between mother and son. In this lesson you'll learn about how to talk about cigarettes, getting in trouble, and expressing your frustration....

Topics: children, smoking, parents, anger, cigarette, family

Bad Receptionist

Going to the hospital is not something most people look forward to doing. But should you find yourself in need of a doctor, some x-rays, or an appointment, today's ItalianPod lesson will teach you the language you need!...

Topics: hospital, reception, receptionist

Can You Take a Picture?

This lesson is all about taking pictures. This essential activity is something every visitor to Italy does, but hopefully your experience goes better than that of the characters in today's lesson.  ...

Topics: camera, photography, taking_a_photo

Are You Hitting On Me?

Today we're talking about pick-up lines. Learn all the Italian you need to introduce yourself to a stranger, or to ward off a stranger who's interested in meeting you!...

Topics: smoking, time, cigarette, pick-up_line

I Feel Like...

Everyone gets pangs of hunger, cravings for things you haven't eaten in a while. We'll be visiting the language for expressing these things in Italian in today's lesson. We'll also be coming to some startling conclusions to the origins of these cravings......

Topics: food, craving, hunger

Autogrill

Road trips are nothing without the inevitable trip to the Autogrill. For those of you who are not familiar with this Italian (road) cultural institution, this lesson is not to be missed!...

Topics: food, driving, autostrada, autogrill, road_trip

Ruined Coffee

Some mornings just don't start off right. From getting up on the wrong side of the bed to burning your eggs, there are so many things that can go wrong the applications of what you'll learn in today's lesson are limitless! Let's just hope you don't have to use them! Join us to find out what stinks i...

Topics: coffee, breakfast

I Don't Want To See You Anymore!

This lesson features the scene following the breakup: she's moving on and he just can't seem to let go. Join us as we discuss nearly every way to tell someone to get lost, scram, beat it!...

Topics: relationships, breaking_up, going_away

Break Up (His Side)

Most stories have more than one side. The break up we listened in on in "The Break Up [her side]" doesn't finish there; we've got [his side] today and in this lesson you'll be learning all about describing events in Italian in the recent past....

Topics: relationships, phone_calls

Guess Who's Calling

Using the telephone is a daily part of modern life. Despite its commonness, it is often one of the hardest things to do in a language that's not your native one. So today we're here to help you tackle the basics of answering the phone and dealing with no-so-polite callers....

Topics: questions, phone_calls, guess_who

The Remote Control

Fighting with a sibling over the TV is something that prepares children for a world of adult compromise. Unfortunately for the two kids in today's dialog, there's no compromise in sight!...

Topics: remote_control, sharing, TV

Gelato Of Death

Who ever thought that something as innocent and simple as gelato could... kill? Listen to today's lesson and learn all about describing ice cream and... poison?!...

Topics: police, ice_cream, gelato, investigation

Failed Serenade

We're in the business of winning hearts today! The topic of this lesson is the romantic serenade. Only, as can be expected, things don't quite go according to plan. Join us to learn all about words relating to love in Italian....

Topics: love, serenade, thieves