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Recharging a Phone

Unlike in America, most Italian phones are on pre-paid plans. And when you run out of money, you might ask? That is the very (frustrating) situation we will explore in today's lesson....

Published: January 07, 2013

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Moca

Today's lesson is about a very important part of Italian culture: coffee! Not only will you learn some very important new phrases, but you'll also be learning how to make espresso from your very own home!...

Published: January 04, 2013

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Hot Macchiato

Coffee culture has, at this point, long played a part in many cultures all over the world. This, thanks in part to the Starbucks revolution, has familiarized most people with Frapps, Mochas, and Macchiatos. Today's lesson will teach you how to order Macchiato the true Italian way. You will also lear...

Grammar: imperfect

Published: December 31, 2012

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Amatriciana

Food is an essential part of Italian culture. Most people have heard of the bolognese and the carbonara, but in today's lesson you'll learn about the amatriciana and what makes it so special....

Topic: food, cooking
Function: instructions, lack
Grammar: near_past

Published: December 28, 2012

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Hamlet's Christmas Doubts

Hamlet's existential curiosity is revisited in today's lesson, with a curious holiday twist! We'll be waxing poetic on the Italian traditions of eating Panettone (or Pandoro) and setting up a nativity scene (or a Christmas tree). Listen to find out all about how Italians celebrate Natale, Christmas....

Published: December 24, 2012

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Christmas in New York

Airports are at times sad, at times joyous places. During the holidays in big American cities like New York, they're also often temporarily home when flights are grounded! In today's lesson we'll be discussing a mini family reunion in a New York airport. You'll learn all about how to greet relatives...

Function: greetings, affection

Published: December 21, 2012

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Christmas Gifts

The beauty and excitement of the Christmas season can come screeching to a halt with that unexpected and horrible gift. The ugly sweater your aunt gave you, the underwear your grandma gave you. This lesson will give you the linguistic tools to handle just such a situation in Italian!...

Function: gifts, preferences

Published: December 19, 2012

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Dinner Is Ready

Getting kids to the table to eat seems to be a universal problem. In today's lesson learn what Italian parents yell to their children when dinner's ready....

Function: to_be, ready

Published: December 17, 2012

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Bad Directions

We've all been there, lost in a new city with a big map and a sign on our heads that reads "tourist!" Today you'll learn some useful terms for getting where you need to know next time you're in this situation....

Function: help, directions

Published: December 14, 2012

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Tickets, Please!

Ever have a nightmare in which you got on the wrong train and ended up in a place unknown to you, far away from your desired destination? We'll today's lesson is all about that dream... becoming a reality! You'll be learning the names of two of Italy's most famous cities, as well!...

Function: travel, train

Published: December 12, 2012

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It's Too Far

Today we've got a cliffhanger of a lesson for you. In this lesson learn how to describe things that are both near and far in Italian....

Grammar: Questions
Function: distance, imperative

Published: December 10, 2012

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Where Is the Bathroom?

Today's lesson will introduce you to one of the most basic and important of sentences in any language. After this lesson you shouldn't ever have a problem getting directions to a bathroom in Italy!...

Grammar: Imperative
Topic: busy, bathroom

Published: December 07, 2012

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Hold On Tight

One of the preferred modes of transportation in Italy is the bicycle. This, while environmentally friendly and convenient, is often the cause of congested streets and terrifying, near-death experiences. Well, maybe we exaggerate, but in today's lesson we'll be joining two people as they fly through ...

Published: December 05, 2012

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Taxi Chase

Today's lesson is all about furtively following someone in a car! Don't worry - you'll be learning all about basic directions (left and right) and about how give and take directions....

Grammar: Imperative
Function: directions

Published: December 03, 2012

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At the Gas Station

Filling the car up with gas in Italy can not just present linguistic hurdles, but cultural ones as well! Learn all about handling these challenges and more in this lesson....

Grammar: Imperative
Function: car, service, help, request

Published: November 30, 2012

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Where Is the Station?

Lost and in need of directions? Have directions but don't know what they mean? Check out today's dialog for some help getting where you want to go, in Italian!...

Grammar: Questions

Published: November 28, 2012

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The Emergency Room

The emergency room is never a place anyone wants to end up, but should the need arise, it's important to know how to describe it. It's also important to know how an emergency room operates in a different country! Join us today and learn all of these things, and more!...

Grammar: nouns
Function: medicine

Published: November 25, 2012

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Getting a Shot

Nobody likes going to the doctor to get a shot. Least of all the protagonist of today's dialog. Check out this ItalianPod lesson to learn all about getting your shots (and acting like a baby)!...

Grammar: adjectives
Function: health

Published: November 22, 2012

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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....

Published: November 20, 2012

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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....

Function: love

Published: November 18, 2012

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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....

Function: anger, breaking_up

Published: November 14, 2012

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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!...

Published: November 12, 2012

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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?!...

Published: November 09, 2012

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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...

Published: November 07, 2012

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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!...

Published: November 05, 2012

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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......

Function: food

Published: November 02, 2012

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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....

Function: phone

Published: October 31, 2012

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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!...

Published: October 29, 2012

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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.  ...

Function: travel, hobby, photo

Published: October 26, 2012

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Bad Running Habits

We're looking to get some exercise in today's lesson. Only bad habits keep getting in the way. Learn how to describe healthy habits (running) and not so healthy ones (smoking) in this lesson....

Function: health, exercise

Published: October 24, 2012

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Hang Up the Clothes!

Today's lesson focuses on a very common activity: the laundry. We're trying to hang up the laundry, but the elements are really against us...

Function: daily_life, weather

Published: October 22, 2012

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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!...

Function: health, medicine, body

Published: October 17, 2012

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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....

Function: frustration, anger, rules

Published: October 15, 2012

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Pasquetta

Easter Sunday is famous all over the word, but less known and nearly just as important to Italians is "Pasquetta". Find out all about this, and other Easter traditions, in today's ItalianPod lesson....

Function: Easter, eating, Pasqua, picnic

Published: October 10, 2012

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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....

Function: health, body, weight

Published: October 08, 2012

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Fontana

High art, low art. Good art, bad art. Aren't these all just subjective categories, anyway? Well today's lesson features a dialogue about an Italian concept artist and two visitors to an exhibit of his work who have wildly different opinions on the show. You'll learn all about describing art and tast...

Published: September 28, 2012

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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!...

Published: September 26, 2012

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Gossip at Yoga Class

Today's lesson brings you right into the thick of a yoga class. Learn some classic yoga words and catch up on the juiciest local gossip!...

Function: gossip, sports

Published: September 13, 2012

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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....

Function: driving

Published: September 11, 2012

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Good Night, Idiot

The couple in today's lesson apparently has some issues to work out... Listen in as they say goodnight (and manage to insult one another)! You'll learn some essential Italian for wishing someone good night, as well as how to handle insults.  ...

Function: goodnight

Published: September 07, 2012

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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.  ...

Published: September 05, 2012

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To Your Health

Today we'll be discussing one of the questions that has plagued man since he (or she) discovered how to ferment grape juice over 6,000 years ago... What should you drink? Red or white? White or red? Join ItalianPod hosts Marco and Catherine as they explore an innovative approach to making this most ...

Topic: going_out, wine
Function: colors

Published: September 03, 2012

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Desperate Housewife

Today's lesson features a not-so-happy couple. He's got his interests (the newspaper), she's got hers (gossip about the neighbors). Learn how to talk about what's going on in your building or neighborhood, and how to respond to someone you're not really listening to!...

Function: questions, news

Published: August 31, 2012

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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....

Function: time, numbers

Published: August 29, 2012

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Music Lesson

Most of us were there back when we were children - struggling through "The Entertainer" with our music teachers identifying every little mistake. Well join ItalianPod today as we put you right back into those music lessons of our youth with this lesson. You'll be learning all about how to describe s...

Grammar: adjectives
Function: adverbs, speed

Published: August 27, 2012

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Are You Guys Together or What?

Gossip gossip gossip! An activity popular all over the world, we'll be listening in on two Italian girls gossiping about their love lives today. Check out this lesson and learn all about how to talk about yourself and relationships....

Published: August 24, 2012

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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...

Function: money, paying

Published: August 22, 2012

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Do You Remember?

This one's for Sofia - a lost friend, a lost lover. Whoever she was she is sorely missed. Listen to today's lesson to find out how she will be celebrated and remembered!...

Function: loss

Published: August 20, 2012

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How to Cook a Turkey

Today Americans the world over are celebrating one of their most cherished national holidays: Thanksgiving! In this lesson you'll be learning all the Italian you need to pull of that turkey dinner!...

Function: Thanksgiving

Published: August 17, 2012

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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....

Function: money, shopping

Published: August 15, 2012

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