Italian Language Game: È libero questo posto



Italian Language Game: È libero questo posto? - Is this seat free?
In this quick Italian online game, you'll learn and practice 16 Italian phrases in the context of a mini-story.
This brief episode tells about Marco's train trip from Pisa to Florence.
The mini-story is also part of our Italian 1 course.
(You can play the complete course for FREE by registering HERE.)
As you play the game, say the Italian OUT LOUD.
Once you know the words, don't translate, just try to understand! 
After you've practiced and recalled some of the individual words, you'll hear the mini-story again.
This time "shadow" the sentences, by saying them together with the speaker in natural speed.
Note that in Italian, the words for "I, you, he, she" etc. are often dropped, unless they are needed for clarity or emphasis.

Phrases in Italian Mini-Story Language Game

  • va - he goes [andare]
  • al bianario tre - to track three
  • non deve - he doesn't have to
  • aspettare a lungo - to wait long
  • prima che il treno arrivi - before the train arrives [prima che + subjunctive]
  • sul treno - on the train
  • trova subito - he finds right away [trovare]
  • un posto al finestrino - a seat at the (train) window
  • proprio mentre - just as
  • inizia a leggere - he begins to read
  • la guida turistica - the travel guide
  • sente - he hears [sentire]
  • È libero questo posto? - Is this seat free?
  • una giovane donna - a young woman
  • si siede - (she) sits down [sedersi]
  • di fronte a lui - opposite to him

After playing the game, look at the words again and read them aloud.
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Italian Language Game: Quando parte...?



Italian Language Game: Quando parte il prossimo treno? - When does the next train leave?
In this quick online game, you'll practice 13 Italian words and phrases in the context of a mini-story.
Marco has just bought a ticket to take the train from Pisa to Florence.
He asks the ticket agent when the train will leave and from what track. 
The mini-story is also part of our Italian 1 course.
(You can play the complete course for FREE by registering HERE.)
Note that in Italian, the words for "I, you, he, she" etc. are often dropped, unless they are needed for clarity or emphasis.
Always say the words, phrases, and sentences OUT LOUD.
Don't translate, and try to understand as you speak! 
After you've practiced and recalled the individual words, you'll hear the mini-story again.
This time "shadow" the sentences, by saying them together with the speaker in natural speed.

Phrases in Italian Mini-Story Language Game

  • prende - s/he takes [prendere]
  • il suo biglietto - his ticket
  • poi - then
  • chiede alla biglietteria - he asks the ticket agent [chiedere]
  • quando parte il prossimo treno? - when does the next train leave?
  • il treno regionale veloce - the fast regional train
  • tra sette minuti - in seven minutes
  • alle dieci e diciotto - at ten eighteen
  • devo cambiare treno? - do I have to change trains?
  • no, non deve - no, you don't have to [dovere]
  • sa - you know (formal) [sapere]
  • da quale binario - from which track
  • dal binario tre - from track three

After playing the game, look at the words again and read them aloud.
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French Language Story: Le Voyage de Daniel 3



French Language Story: Le voyage de Daniel 3.

In the third part of his trip to France, Daniel stays a few more days in Paris.
He then takes a train to Aix-en-Provence to see a friend he had met in Boston.
Hear and read Part 3 of Daniel's trip in French.
It contains 140 basic words and phrases, all in context.
Listened to the story a few times until you become familiar with its meaning without translating the words in your head.
Repeat the sentences a split-second after the speaker to really internalize the sounds and the rhythm of what you hear.

10 Key Verbs in Travel Story

  • faire - to do
  • payer - to pay
  • vouloir - to want
  • rencontrer - to meet
  • visiter - to visit (a place)
  • aller - to go
  • prendre - to take
  • changer - to change
  • attendre - to wait
  • composer - to dial (a number)

You can see the English translation by rolling over a sentence on a desk- or laptop (but not on a phone or tablet). You can also see the English translation here below.

To practice and recall the individual words and phrases of the story, register or log in and go to French 1, Daniel en France.


Translation of Story

Daniel: Excuse me
Daniel: The check please!
Narrator: he waiter brings the check.
The waiter: Here you are. That makes 21 euros 45.
Narrator: The waiter leaves.
Daniel asks Julie: Can I pay with a credit card?
Julie: Yes, if you want.
Daniel: I have a hundred euros, I’m paying cash.
Narrator: Then he asks Julie:
Daniel: Is service included?
Julie: Yes, in France always.
Narrator: Daniel stays a few more days in Paris.
Narrator: He walks in the city with his young cousin.
Narrator: He meets Julie’s friends.
Narrator: He visits several museums
Narrator: And he learns a lot of things about the history of the city.
Narrator: He is particularly interested in the Louvre Museum.
Narrator: On Wednesday aunt Annie accompanies Daniel to the train station.
Narrator: At the ticket window, he says:
Daniel: One second class ticket to Aix-en-Provence, please.
Ticket Agent: One-way or return?
Daniel: One-way, please.
Ticket Agent: That makes 75 euros by the TGV.
Daniel: Here are 80 euros.
Ticket Agent: Thank you, and here are 5 euros.
Narrator: Daniel takes his ticket.
Narrator: Then he asks the ticket agent:
Daniel: When does the next TGV to Aix-en-Provence leave?
Ticket Agent: In seven minutes, at six eighteen p.m.
Daniel: Do I have to change trains?
Ticket Agent: No, the TGV is direct.
Daniel: Thank you. Do you know on which track?
Ticket Agent: One moment - track number twelve.
Daniel: Thanks a lot for your help.
Ticket Agent: You're welcome and have a good trip.
Narrator: Daniel goes to track 12.
Narrator: He doesn't wait long before the train arrives.
Narrator: In the train he finds right away a seat by the window.
Narrator: Just as he begins to read his guidebook, he hears:
Young woman: Is this seat still available?
Daniel: Yes, of course.
Narrator: A young woman sits down next to him.
Narrator: Less than three hours later, Daniel arrives in Aix-en-Provence.
Narrator: He has the address of a friend from Boston.
Narrator: He dials the number on his cell phone.
Narrator: A woman picks up.
Daniel: Hello, could I speak to Pierre please?
Young woman: I’m sorry, he's not yet here.
Narrator: Then she asks:
Young woman: Who's calling?
Daniel: Daniel Dumont, I’m a friend from Boston.
Young Woman: Ah Daniel! I'm Virginie, Pierre's girlfriend.
Daniel: Hello Virginie. When will he be back?
Virginie: In a quarter of an hour.


French Language Game: Au téléphone



Quick French language Game: Au téléphone - On the phone
A quick online game to learn and practice 11 useful French phrases in context.
In the brief story, Daniel calls the number of a friend in Aix-en-Provence, but a woman answers.
Always say the French OUT LOUD!  By imitating the native speaker, you'll gradually improve your pronunciation! Our games target mid to high Beginners who want to learn and review conversational French. 

Phrases in French Language Game

  • pourrais-je - could I [pouvoir]
  • parler - to speak
  • à Pierre - to Peter
  • je suis désolée - I'm sorry (f)
  • il n'est pas là - he isn't here
  • puis elle demande - then she asks [demander]
  • c'est de la part de qui? - who's calling? [expression]
  • je suis un ami - I'm a friend(m)
  • la petite amie - the girlfriend
  • quand sera-t-il de retour? - when will he be back?
  • dans un quart d'heure - in a quarter of an hour

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German Language Game: Wann fährt ...?



Quick German Language Game: "Wann fährt der Intercity?" - (When does the Intercity train leave?)
With this quick online German game, you can learn and practice 13 words and phrases in the context of a mini-story.
At the Central Train Station in Frankfurt, Michael has just bought a ticket to Heidelberg, and now inquires when the next train will leave and from what track. He also asks whether he'll have to change trains.
With such vocabulary, you'll have an easier time navigating the train system in a German-speaking country, especially if you're outside of a larger city.
Say the words and phrases OUT LOUD, after or together with the speaker. It's an excellent way to improve your pronunciation and to internalize grammar without thinking about it.
For example: irregular present tense of verbs.
The verb "fahren" - to go (by vehicle), takes an umlaut in the third person singular: "ich fahre" but "er fährt".
The verb "nehmen" - to take, changes the stem vowel from "e" to "i": "ich nehme" but "er nimmt". 

Words in German Language Game

  • die Fahrkarte - the ticket (train, bus, subway)
  • er nimmt - he takes [nehmen]
  • er fragt - he asks [fragen]
  • Wann fährt ...?  - When does ... leave?
  • in sieben Minuten - in seven minutes
  • um zehn Uhr achtzehn - at 10:18 a.m.
  • muss ich? - do I have to? [müssen]
  • umsteigen - to change trains, transfer
  • Er fährt direkt. - It's direct. (er = der Zug)
  • wissen Sie? - do you know? (formal) [wissen]
  • auf welchem Gleis - on what track
  • einen Moment - just a moment
  • auf Gleis zwölf - on track twelve/12

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