Italian Language Story: Il viaggio di Marco 4



Italian Language Story: In the Fourth part of Marco's trip to Italy (Il viaggio di Marco 4 - Firenze), he arrives at his friend's place. Alessandro's girlfriend Giulia invites him in and introductions follow.
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In the next few days, Giulia and her sister Claudia show Marco around town. They visit Palazzo Ricasoli (where the American author James Fennimore Cooper had lived for almost a year). They also go to see the famous Palazzo Vecchio, and enjoy a grand view from Piazzale Michelangelo, a large square located on top of a hill.

Listen to Part 4 of Marco's journey in Italian. It contains 135 basic words and phrases, all in context.
You can play the story, or any part of it, as often as you want. Click on individual sentences to hear them again.

Repeat the Italian sentences aloud with or right after the speaker and try to understand what is said without translating.

8 Key Verbs in Travel Story: Il viaggio di Marco 4

• aprire - to open
• sperare - to hope
• entrare - to enter, go in
• visitare - to visit (a place)
• divertire - to amuse, entertain
• passeggiare - to stroll, walk
• indicare - to indicate, point out
• sapere - to know, be aware of

You can see the English translation on a desk- or laptop (but not on a phone or tablet).
To practice the individual words and phrases of the story, register or log in and go to Italian 1, Marco in Italia.


Italian Language Game: Day Week Month Year



Play Italian Language Game: Day Week Month Year. A fun interactive vocabulary game to practice some basics: the singular and plural of these masculine and feminine nouns. (Photo by Juliana Malta on unsplash.com)

The somewhat tricky part for English speakers is that the definite article "the" has several singular and plural forms in Italian. Using a game to practice these four nouns is a good start to internalizing the forms and their sounds.

Learning just the rules of a language pattern is sometimes too abstract and overwhelming. Practicing the sounds of specific examples, helps to create automatic responses. For example, you learn and then know that "il giorno - i giorni" is the regular masculine pattern for nouns starting with a consonant (with the exceptions noted below in the "Summary of Italian Articles").

So, when you encounter other masculine nouns starting with a consonant*, you automatically know what the pattern is: "il ragazzo - i ragazzi" (the boy - the boys), "il fratello - i fratelli" (the brother - the brothers), "il campo - i campi" (the field - the fields), etc. etc. (*However, please note the exceptions below which use "lo" and "gli" instead of "il" and "i"!)

Day Week Month Year

As you play, say the words OUT LOUD and imitate the speaker.

  • il giorno - the day (m)
  • i giorni - the days (m)
  • il mese - the month (m)
  • i mesi - the months (m)
  • la settimana - the week (f)
  • le settimane - the weeks (f)
  • l'anno - the year (m)
  • gli anni - the years (m)

Summary of Italian Definite Articles

il   -for masculine singular nouns starting with a consonant
l'   -for masculine singular nouns starting with a vowel
lo  -for masculine singular nouns starting with s+consonant, z, y, gn, ps, pn
i   
-for masculine plural nouns starting with a consonant
gli -for masculine plural nouns starting with a vowel, s+consonant, x, z, y, gn, ps, pn

la  -for feminine singular nouns starting with a consonant
l'   -for feminine singular nouns starting with a vowel
le  -for feminine plural nouns starting with a vowel or a consonant

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More than an Italian Language Game

With our Italian 1 course you'll practice Italian for FREE - with the story of a young man traveling through Italy. "The Story" and easy games will let you forget that you are actually learning Italian!
If you just play ONE lesson a day (we call them "Scenes") - and review the previous day's dialogue and Scene - you'll be amazed how much you'll have learned after 36 days!
And make sure to listen to the Podcast after each Level (six Scenes)


Italian Language Game: Avere - Present Tense



Italian Language Game: Avere - to have. Present Tense.
Practice the present-tense forms of the irregular verb "avere" with this fun, interactive online game.
Then put together an easy sentence with each.
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Note that in Italian the pronoun is often dropped, except for emphasis or clarity.
But in any case, with or without a pronoun, you always have to use the correct verb form.

Avere - to have

  • io ho - I have
  • tu hai - you have (familiar)
  • lui, lei hat - he, she has
  • noi abbiamo - we have
  • voi avete - you(pl) have
  • loro hanno - they have

  • il libro - the book
  • l'indirizzo - the address (m)
  • la chiave - the key
  • le fotografie - the photos

As you play the game, make sure you say the words out loud.
It's a good way to learn new vocabulary and to improve your pronunciation.
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Remember: You can practice Italian online for FREE with our 36-Scene Italian 1 Travel-Story: "Marco in Italia".
In it you learn and practice all the words, phrases and sentences you also hear in the Italian 1 podcasts. Just login HERE.
And, if you have any language questions  - don't hesitate to contact us!


Italian Language Game: Using "tu" or "Lei"



Italian Language Game: Using "tu" or "Lei".  A quick online game as a mini-story. Marco is introduced to Claudia, the sister of a friend. How should he address her? Use the familiar form of address right away?
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Play this quick Italian online game to practice 15 Italian words and phrases.
Note that in Italian the pronoun is often dropped, except for emphasis or clarity. But in any case, with or without a pronoun, you always have to use the correct verb form.

Using "Tu" or "Lei":

The pronoun "tu" is the singular familiar word for "you". It goes with the second person singular verb form.
Use the familiar form of address with family and relatives, children, good friends, classmates, and some people at work.
Using the familiar form is appropriate to use when know each other well, are of similar age, have equal status, etc.

"Lei" is the singular formal word for "you", and it goes with the third person singular verb form. The formal "Lei" is used with both men and women.
Use the formal form of address with older people, strangers, and in professional situations.
Using the third person singular form shows respect and/or distance, and should be used when in doubt.

Note that "lei" also means "she" in Italian. The context of a conversation tells you which meaning is being used: "she" or the formal "you".

We very much like Silvia Perrone's explanations for "tu" and "Lei" in her post here.

When playing the game, say the Italian OUT LOUD.
Click again on the Italian to practice saying the word or sentence again.
Try to "shadow" each of the sentences, by saying them at the same time as the speaker.
Even if you're familiar with all the words, it takes practice to say a sentence in natural speed.

Words in Italian Mini-Story Language Game

  • Piacere. - Nice to meet you.
  • Piacere di conoscerla. - Pleased to meet you. (formal)
  • essere - to be
  • Non essere così formale. - Don't be so formal. (fam.)
  • potete - you(pl) can
  • dare - to give
  • vi - (you pl.) each other [reciprocal]
  • Potete darvi del “tu”! - You(pl) can use "tu" with each other.
  • per te - for you (familiar)
  • va bene - it's okay
  • Se per te va bene. - If it's okay with you. (fam.)
  • certamente - of course
  • noi studenti- we students
  • ci - (we) each other [reciprocal]
  • ci diamo tutti del “tu” - we all use "tu" with each other

This brief story is also part of our Italian 1 course.
(You can play the complete course for FREE by registering HERE.)
After playing the game, try to recall some of the words and phrases.
It's a good way to become familiar with new vocabulary.
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Remember: You can practice Italian online for FREE with our 36-Scene Italian 1 Travel-Story: "Marco in Italia".
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Italian Language Game: Ciao Marco



Italian Language Game: Ciao Marco - Hello Marco
Play this quick Italian online game to practice 14 useful Italian phrases in the context of a mini-story.
Marco arrives at Via Montebello 52 in Florence, where his friend Alessandro lives.
Alessandro's girlfriend Giulia opens the door.

This brief story is also part of our Italian 1 course.
(You can play the complete course for FREE by registering HERE.)
When playing the game, say the Italian OUT LOUD.
Click again on the Italian to practice saying the word or sentence again.
Try "shadowing" the sentences, by saying them together with the speaker in natural speed.
Even if you know the meaning of all the words, saying the full sentences fluently takes practice.
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

  • Marco trova - Marco finds [trovare]
  • Via Montebello - Montebello Street
  • cinquantadue - 52 / fifty-two
  • Giulia apre la porta - Giulia opens the door [aprire]
  • Lo saluta: - She greets him: [salutare]
  • Ciao Marco - Hello Marco
  • piacere di conoscerti - a pleasure to meet you (fam.) [conoscere]
  • finalmente - finally
  • Piacere mio. - My pleasure.
  • Alessandro mi ha parlato - Alessandro has told me [parlare]
  • molto di te - a lot about you (fam.)
  • Entra. - Come in. (fam.) [entrare]
  • Marco entra - Marco comes in / enters
  • nell'appartamento - into the apartment [nella = in + la]

After playing the game, write down some of the words you remember.
Recalling words and phrases is the best way to internalize vocabulary.
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More Than an Italian Language Game

Remember: You can practice Italian online for FREE with our 36-Scene Italian 1 Travel-Story: "Marco in Italia".
In it you learn and practice all the words, phrases and sentences you also hear in the Italian 1 podcasts. Just login HERE.
And, if you have any language questions  - don't hesitate to contact us!

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