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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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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 learn how to complain when your order inevitably gets screwed up!...

Grammar: imperfect

Published: December 31, 2012

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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 (and all about Italian mothers)!...

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 the streets of a very well-known Italian city. Learn how to express speed and wishes in today's lesson!...

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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