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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....

Function: money, rent, house

Published: August 01, 2012

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Where Is She?

You can blame it on the trains. You can blame it on time management issues. Either way you look at it you're running late for a meeting, an appointment, or a date. Today's Italian lesson covers what's going on with the person who's waiting for you, however anxiously. Join us in this lesson as we discuss how to describe time and anticipation....

Function: time, questions
Grammar: Questions

Published: July 30, 2012

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The Check

Going out to eat with friends normally ends in one of two ways: either one person offers to pay for the group, or there is a mess of people trying to divide the bill and pay their own way. In today's lesson you'll hear how some Italians handle the second of these two situations......

Function: restaurant

Published: July 27, 2012

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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 it!...

Topic: lights, dark, bills
Function: bills

Published: July 25, 2012

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Can I Get Your Opinion on Something?

To each his own, as we say in English. But on today's lesson on artistic taste, someone's feelings are about to get hurt! Listen to this lesson as we discuss some essential Italian for talking about art and your opinions....

Function: opinions

Published: July 23, 2012

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Would You Open the Gate, Please?

Today's lesson features a party that sounds like it's just about over. Learn all about talking to neighbors (or, as the case may be, negotiating with neighbors who complain too much)!  ...

Function: neighbor, problem

Published: July 20, 2012

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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.  ...

Function: time, gettin_up

Published: July 18, 2012

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Bored to Tears

Indecision is at the heart of today's lesson. You'll learn the special Italian word that is, in many ways, un-translatable, to express both boredom and frustration. Uffa!...

Function: making_plans

Published: July 16, 2012

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Job Interview

Knowing what to say in an interview is a challenge even in your native language, let alone in a foreign one. Today we'll be discussing the different questions normally asked in an Italian interview. Listen in as this particular interviewee doesn't perform too well......

Function: work

Published: July 13, 2012

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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....

Function: meeting, phone

Published: July 11, 2012

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It Doesn't Work

Today's lesson is absolutely essential. You'll learn all the Italian you need for describing things that don't work!...

Grammar: Pronouns
Function: broken, working

Published: July 09, 2012

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Road Sign

Imagine living in the countryside, learning how farm life in Italy works. Waking up with the dawn, living in an old farmhouse. This is the experience of the agriturismo the farm holiday so popular in Italy. Join us to learn about this, and about asking for getting lost in the countryside....

Function: directions

Published: July 06, 2012

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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!...

Function: numbers, fighting

Published: July 04, 2012

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I'm Scared

Spiders. Heights. Water. Snakes. Everyone's afraid of something, and with today's lesson you'll learn how to express these fears in Italian. We're also going to have a blast at a theme part. Go figure!...

Function: adjectives

Published: July 02, 2012

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It's late at night and you could go for a cornetto. Sound familiar? Well listen in to today's lesson as a seemingly normal scene unfolds into something much funnier! You'll be learning all about how to describe working the night shift and buying a cornetto....

Function: food, work

Published: June 29, 2012

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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....

Function: mail, post_office

Published: June 27, 2012

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My Favorite Footballer

Football is an essential part of Italian life. Just about everyone has his or her favorite team. In today's lesson you'll meet the one Italian who doesn't seem to know a bit about the sport. You'll also learn how to ask peoples' names....

Function: preference, name

Published: June 25, 2012

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Losing Face (Italian Style)

At this point in the age of technology who hasn't had this experience: your cellphone rings at an inappropriate moment! The horror! The shame! Well Italians love cellphones as much as anyone else, so it should come as no surprise that this situation is a common one. In this lesson learn all about how to talk about a cellphone, and how to express embarrassment (the Italian way)!...

Function: time, embarrassment
Grammar: Pronouns

Published: June 22, 2012

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