39. Wake Up and Smell the Coffee!

  Level: Beginner

“Wake up and smell the coffee”, taken literally. In today’s episode, we are going to describe Jane & Massimo’s morning routine, and by doing so, we are going to learn how to use Italian reflexive verbs. These are verbs having an identical subject and direct object. And you, what do you do when you wake up?

10 Responses to "39. Wake Up and Smell the Coffee!"

Dana Says:

I am really enjoying the podcasts but just noticed that during this episode, Jane apparently has breakfast and then goes to work stark naked!

marvin Says:

I have a question about the pronunciation of pettino and pettina. In the podcast the accent for ‘pettino’ came at the ‘i’ of ‘ino’. But for pettina, I heard the accent on the ‘e’ of ‘pe’. Did I hear correctly? And if I did hear coorectly, why the accent change?

LearnItalianPod.com Says:

Marvin, with the verb “pettinare” the accent should be on the ‘e’ of ‘pe’. Where exactly did you hear the accent on the ‘i’ of ‘ino’? I went through the podcast and could not find it.

marvin Says:

Thanks for checking…I just need to improve my listening skills…


Ludwig Says:

A question about “alzarsi” vs. “svegliarsi”. Does “alzarsi” mean “to get up” whereas “svegliarsi” is “to wake up”?

LearnItalianPod.com Says:

Ludwig – that is correct. In the “everyday” language, the two verbs are used interchangeably.

Ludwig Says:

Here in Lesson 39 we see “ogni sera…” etc. In Lesson 29 we saw “tutte le settimane…” etc. Are there just two sets of completely interchangeable phrases here (e.g. could I say “tutte le sere…”) or are some of the possibilities not idiomatic and not used?

LearnItalianPod.com Says:

As a general rule, expressions like “ogni sera” and “tutte le sere”, “ogni giorno, settimana, etc” and “tutti i giorni, le settimane, etc.” are interchangeable.

Inna Says:

 I just joined. Great! Perfect! :) Molto grazie

Morteza Says:

Hi. I’m an English teacher and I’ve been studying Italian for 2 years now. I find your podcast really helpful and practical. Thank you for your valuable effort. Keep up the good job.

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