1. How To Ask What’s Up (HTI)

LearnItalianPod Learn Italian with LearnItalianPod! This is the first episode of a new series called “How To Italian” that we’re adding to our podcasts. “How To Italian” are 5 to 7 minutes audio lessons that will show you “how to” successfully learn, practice, and master a very specific topic of the Italian Language. What’s important to say is that, on this series, we will only speak “the real, informal, everyday Italian”, the one you will hear if you ever happen to mingle with real Italians.

Today, we are going to re-explore how to greet people but in a more down-to-earth, “real-life” kind of way. And, if you are a LearnItalianPod VIP subscriber, you’ll just LOVE the way you’ll be able to practice these “How To Italian” episodes – we promise you it will be the closest thing to a real dialogue with an Italian. Benvenuti a “How To Italian”, everybody!

How To Italian – Episode Nr. 1


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22 thoughts on “1. How To Ask What’s Up (HTI)”

  1. Alla grande! Jane and Massimo—you have totally outdone yourselves! The new, TRULY interactive dialogue component in the VIP area is amazing–for the first time I really feel that I am speaking Italian. Grazie! Ciao–devo scappare!

  2. Greetings from Australia – love the new series – down to earth & practical. Grazie!
    JUlie Byrnes

  3. Forte! Yet another new feature in the Learning Center—“Flashcards”—and they even “flip” and “shuffle”!
    Una domanda, per piacere: for the translations given for “Stay well”—is Stammi bene more colloquial than Stai bene?

  4. I’ve been enjoying your site, thanks. Just one comment–I’ve been living in Como, Italy for a year now, and have noticed that two female friends, as well as two friends of different s e x e s, will greet each other with two kisses, one on each cheek.

  5. Angela, thanks. In general, friends of the same s e x (especially males) do not kiss, unless they haven’t seen each other for a long time. But I’m sure you’ll witness exceptions to this.

  6. This is the most amazing innovation to date! You guys are spectacular! How in the world did you ever think of this? I am going to be a lifetime subscriber. Jane and Massimo, you rock!!!!!

  7. Thank you, Jane and Massimo, this new interactive lesson is wonderful. I am a beginner but, it comes a little easier with new learning material.

  8. My daughter and I are enjoying the subscription to LearnItalianPod very much – it is helping us alot. We had a few questions on this episode regarding the use of the article “la” before Jane: “La Jane!” We hadn’t seen that before. Is that common? Can one simply say “Jane!” without the article? If that had been Massimo, would it have been “Guarda chi si vede – il Massimo!” ?


  9. Jennifer, yours is a great question. According to the rules of the traditional Italian grammar, “L’articolo determinativo può essere usato davanti ai nomi propri femminili. L’articolo, invece, non può essere usato davanti ai nomi propri maschili”.

    To summarize: the article can be used before female first nouns, but it’s not used before male first nouns.

    This is changing, though.

    You will hear both “Ho visto Massimo, la Jane, Marco e la Patrizia” and “Ho visto Massimo, Jane, Marco e Patrizia” (I’ve seen Massimo, Jane, Marco, and Patrizia). Both are valid Italian.

    In the “everyday” Italian, the first expression is still more used than the second.

  10. Hi Jane and Massimo
    I just signed up and I am truly enjoying your lessons. I wanted to know if it would be possible to listen to the dialogue without the introduction in both slow and fast paces. In the dialogue practice (which is totally awesome) I wish we could have a regular pace reading so that I don’t have to hear the whole introduction to the lesson each time. Ciao and grazzie mille!

  11. Luisa Kelly, we’re in the process of working a feature just like that – a condensed version of the lesson just for practice purposes – it would be published as an extra feature / upgrade of the Learning Center.

  12. Ciao,
    I have a question about the use of the apostrophe in italian. In the sentence ..’Che cos’e’? (What is it?)’…must one always use the aposrophe or could I have asked ‘Che cosa è?’…?

  13.  On the 8th Jan you said you were working on a condensed version without introduction – any progress?

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