Note: The meeting will be cancelled if we don't have a minimum of five people signed up to attend, at least four days prior to class.
Tuesday classes are for beginning Italian students who need a refresher on grammar and vocabulary before moving up to the more advanced class.
For those of you who never had any exposure to Italian or to another foreign language, I recommend that you first take an introductory class, either at a community college or an adult education center prior to joining our group. This does not pertain to the people who are already in class and have started making progress. Also, look for events such as movie or restaurant outings that are open to all group members.
HOMEWORK / COMPITI:
(This section is in draft mode until 5 days prior to class).
Note: Items 4 and 5 are carried over from week to week. Mastering the conjugation of important verbs will make your journey into la dolce lingua easier and more enjoyable.
1. Show and Tell / Mostra e Dimostra. Some ideas: introduce yourself to the group, bring a special object from home (photo, medal, etc), a favorite saying, famous or not... Presentation time should be 2 - 3 minutes max to allow time for other .
Note: you can look up words at the following link, working well for both English to Italian and Italian to English translations: http://www.wordreference.com/iten/famosa
2. Prepare for a quiz from pages 3 through 33 of Italian for Beginners (Passport's Language Guides).
3. We may play a game either using a map and instructions for giving and receiving directions (Passport's Language Guides, pages 30 - 33), or a similar beginner level game aiming to build up your vocabulary.
4. Practice pronunciation of the 5 Italian vowels, the unique consonants and diphthongs. The following link may provide some support for the beginners:
5. Study and practice conjugation of the verbs essere (to be), avere (to have), stare (to stay or to be).
To Be / Essere: sono (I am), sei (you are), e' (he, she, formal you is), siamo (we are) siete (pl. you are), sono (they are).
To Have / Avere: ho (I have), hai (you have), ha (he, she, formal you has/have), abbiamo (we have), avete (pl. you have), hanno (they have).
To Stay (to be in some cases) / Stare: sto (I stay/am), stai (you stay/are), sta (he, she, formal you stays/is), stiamo (we stay/are), state (pl. you stay/are), stanno (they stay).