17. The World Cup (Intermediate)

LearnItalianPod This time we are going to talk about Italy’s national sport, soccer (that’s “calcio” in Italian), and in particular about the World Cup. Enjoy the games, and… “Forza Azzurri!”

Intermediate Level – Lesson Nr. 17


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  2. Could I request a show on communication diffuculties? Here are a few expressions in paticular which I would like to know:
    -I don’t understand!!
    -Can you write it down?
    -What does this/that mean?

  3. James,

    Phrasebook Nr.1 has a section on emergencies and problems where you can find a lot of useful examples.

    As far as your specific examples:
    -I don’t understand!! is “Non capisco!!”
    -Can you write it down? is “Potrebbe scriverlo, per piacere?”
    -What does this/that mean? is “Che cosa vuol dire questo/quello?

  4. Please…. don’t say “forza italia”.

    Forza italia is mr. berlusconi’s right-wing party and supporting our national football team we prefer to say “Forza Azzurri!!!”


  5. Azzurro (blue) is the color of the uniform of the soccer’s Italian team. Italians say either “forza Italia!” or “forza Azzurri!” to support the national team when it plays.

  6. I am so glad to have found this site. It is helping me to learn enough Italian so that when I go in October to see my daughter I can make her proud of her mom. You guys are current, you talk about important things and have great references.

    I am also rooting for Italy in the World Cup!

    I’m so so sooo happy!!!
    They’re the best!!
    thanks for making an episode about this awesome sport and for teaching me how I could cheer for the BEST team in their own language.
    Ciao ; )

  8. I’m so delighted that Italy won the World Cup.
    Can you tell me what this sentence means ?
    Chi non salta rossonero e’! e’!
    I know that rosso means red and it has something to do with A.C. Milan, but I can’t find a translation for all the words.

  9. I looked up “iniziare” in my dictionary and the past tense for “they started” should be “hanno iniziato”. Would u pls explain to me why you used ” sono iniziati”?


  10. The verb “iniziare” (to begin; to initiate; to introduce (to)) is a regular first-conjugation Italian verb. It can be transitive (takes a direct object) or intransitive (does not take a direct object).

    When transitive it is conjugated with the verb avere, when intransitive (as the example “sono iniziati”), it is conjugated with the auxiliary verb essere.

  11. Ciao:
    In your response from jan 17, 2008 you said that the verb ‘iniziare’ can be conjugated with either avere or essere depending on whether its use is transitive or intransitive. Are there many other verbs which also follow this rule? If so, could you provide a list of the most common?


  12. Marvin, some of the most common verbs that take either essere or avere as the auxiliary verb are:
    bruciare (to burn)
    diminuire (to reduce, to decrease)
    finire (to finish)
    affogare (to drown)
    aumentare (to increase)
    cominciare (to begin, to start)
    mutare (to change, to alter)
    raddopppiare (to double)
    terminare (to finish, to end)

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