4. Saturdays Are For Shopping (Listen Up & Learn)

LearnItalianPod Learn Italian with www.LearnItalianPod.com – Episode #4 of the all new and super-useful “Listen Up & Learn” lesson series is entitled “Saturdays Are For Shopping”. Listen to Jane talking about how she and her family spend their Saturdays going to the market for groceries in the morning, then shopping at the mall in the afternoon and train your ears to listen and truly understand the Italian language! – Then, after listening to Jane’s narration, take the “7 Question Challenge” and test your comprehension and speaking skills by answering to seven questions about the story. Enjoy!

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Listen Up & Learn – Episode #4

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4 thoughts on “4. Saturdays Are For Shopping (Listen Up & Learn)”

  1. Why is it “mercatino” and not “mercato”? – I noticed Italians use the suffix -ino a lot to indicate something small. – So, the meaning of mercatino would be “small market”?

  2. According to my Italian grammar book, the suffix -ino and -etto indicate smallness, and -one and -otto indicate largeness. – That of course doesn’t apply to every word… you wouldn’t say “mercatetto”, right?

  3. Andrew, you are right. You could say “mercatino” (small market) and “mercatone” (big market) but certainly not “mercatetto” and “mercatotto”.

  4. Diminutive forms are used to indicate smallness or largeness, in the case of nicknames, to express intimacy. In Italian the most common diminutive suffixes are -ino, -ina, -etto, -etta, -ello, -ella, – uccio, and -uccia.

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