Posts Tagged ‘traditions’

30. Italian Tradition? Maybe Not! (That’s Amore!)

  Level: That's Amore!

LearnItalianPod Let’s talk about those traditions and customs that all over the world are believed to be Italian, but that in reality are virtually unknown in Italy. – For example, while in Italy, try ordering a cappuccino at the end of a meal, or ask the waiter for chicken with pasta, and most likely you will see him or her looking at you with very skeptical eyes. — And so today, let’s learn all about some so-called Italian traditions that are in reality unknown in Italy, and let’s practice lots of useful Italian words and expressions that you can use in any “real life” conversation in Italian. Enjoy!

VIP Members Only: Login to the Learning Center to find the full transcript of this lesson in Italian and English, the premium audio containing the examples from the lesson with plenty of extra sentences with blank spaces after each sentence so you can practice your pronunciation over and over, and some great interactive flashcards, English to Italian – so each flashcard will challenge you on “how to say something in Italian when you are thinking in English” – a great, “real-life situation” exercise.

That’s Amore! – Episode #30

23. The Return of The Chestnut Man (That’s Amore!)

  Level: That's Amore!

LearnItalianPod This time’s episode is all about one of Italy’s favorite traditions: the arrival, during the month of October especially in smaller cities, of the so-called “Chestnut Man” (in Italian, “Castagnaro”). For many Italians, October is a month full of great memories, and one of these memories is eating warm roasted chestnuts while enjoying a stroll with friends and family. – So, let’s learn all about the mythical “Chestnut Man”, and let’s practice lots of useful Italian words and expressions that are sure to take your knowledge of Italian to the next level. Enjoy!

VIP Members Only: Login to the Learning Center to find the full transcript of this lesson in Italian and English, the premium audio containing the examples from the lesson with plenty of extra sentences with blank spaces after each sentence so you can practice your pronunciation over and over, and some great interactive flashcards, English to Italian – so each flashcard will challenge you on “how to say something in Italian when you are thinking in English” – a great, “real-life situation” exercise.

That’s Amore! – Episode #23

5. Q&A with Jane & Max: During Carnival, Anything Goes!

  Level: Q&A with Jane & Max

LearnItalianPod Certainly one of the most welcomed winter holidays, in Italy the “Carnevale” (Carnival) is a huge event celebrated with parades, masquerade balls, music, entertainment, and parties. Pranks of any kind are common during “Carnevale”, so much that the saying “A Carnevale ogni scherzo vale” (During Carnival anything goes) has become part of the Italian language and culture. – A few VIP Members asked this simple question: “What is Carnival like in Italy?” – So, here’s the answer, of course, all in Italian. Enjoy!

VIP Members Only: Login to the Learning Center to find the full transcript of this lesson in Italian and English, the premium audio containing the examples from the lesson with plenty of extra sentences with blank spaces after each sentence so you can practice your pronunciation over and over, and some great interactive flashcards, English to Italian – so each flashcard will challenge you on “how to say something in Italian when you are thinking in English” – a great, “real-life situation” exercise.

Q&A with Jane & Max – Episode #5

37. The Miracle of San Gennaro (Listen Up & Learn)

  Level: Listen Up & Learn

LearnItalianPodOur friends Jim and Carla were in Naples, Italy, a few days ago, just at the right time to witness one of the most important days in the life of this beautiful city: the day of the San Gennaro Feast. Every year, on September 19, thousands of devotees crowd into the “Duomo di Napoli” (Naples Cathedral), to witness the miracle of the liquefaction of the blood of their protector and patron saint, San Gennaro.

Let’s celebrate this traditional day of faith and prayers, which holds a special place in the hearts of Italian people everywhere. — Then as usual, after listening to the story, take the “7 Question Challenge” to test your comprehension, speaking, and grammar skills. Enjoy!

[VIP Members Only Extra Bonus - Back To Basics: The Verb "Dire" [To Say, To Tell]] Login to the Learning Center to download, as a special extra bonus, a useful audio file and PDF transcript entitled “Back To Basics: The Verb ‘Dire’ [To Say, To Tell]“, containing the “must-memorize” verb “Dire” (To Say, To Tell), conjugated in the present, past, future, conditional, and subjunctive tenses, with the addition of blank spaces after each verb instance so you can practice your pronunciation over and over!

Listen Up & Learn – Episode #37

25. The 7 Ways To Good (and Bad) Luck (Listen Up & Learn)

  Level: Listen Up & Learn

LearnItalianPodEpisode #25 of the fun-to-practice and extra-useful “Listen Up & Learn” lesson series is entitled “The 7 Ways To Good (and Bad) Luck” – It is a well known fact that Italians are big on superstitions. Today, let’s have fun by uncovering the top seven ways to bring “la buona fortuna” (the good luck) or “la cattiva fortuna” (the bad luck) according to the Italian tradition. – Then, after listening to the superstitions, take the “7 Question Challenge” to test your comprehension, speaking, and grammar skills. Enjoy!

[VIP Members Only Extra Bonus - Back To Basics: The Verbs Can, Want, Must] Login to the Learning Center to find, as a special extra bonus, a super useful audio file with PDF transcript entitled “Back To Basics: The Verbs Can, Want, Must“, containing three verbs you absolutely must-know if you want to speak fluent Italian: the verb “Potere” (Can), “Volere” (Want), and “Dovere” (Must) conjugated in the present, past, and future tenses. That’s everything you need to master these three pillars of the Italian language!

Listen Up & Learn – Episode #25

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