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Impariamo L'Italiano I - Troy Public Library Conference Room

  • Jan 21, 2014 · 7:00 PM
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This week's theme: Vacation, Vacanza, Ferie


(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.

Try to use new words related to the week's theme.

Note: you can look up words at the following link, working well for both English to Italian and Italian to English translations:

2. Recap pages 34 through 37 of Italian for Beginners (Passport's Language Guides): Going Shopping. There will be a quiz.

3. Read pages 38 and 39 of Italian for Beginners (Passport's Language Guides): Seasons, months, dates.

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).

Note: 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 movies or restaurant outings that are open to all group members.


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  • Charles B.

    Yes I will have to find an Italian play, maybe one for children

    January 22, 2014

  • Bruno M.

    I had the following in mind re the"Polenta e Salsiccia and chat"
    As soon as Maria gets her mail on Thursday mid-day and tells me the names corresponding to the $5 checks, I will:
    1]abort the if there are 7 or fewer participants
    2]If there are 8 or more,I will communicate the names connected with those checks and announce a"GO" So it's important to attach names to the checks.bruno

    January 20, 2014

  • Bruno M.

    In case you are unaware:
    Cucina Medoro has 22 chairs and sit-down places. The amount of food that will be prepared will be appropriate to the number of $5 checks received on Thursday by mid-day by mail at the Cucina Medoro. If people show up un-expectedly and 22 checks had been received: there will be no place to sit down and no food available. bruno

    January 20, 2014

  • Bruno M.

    re Polenta dinner,
    It seems to me that the $5 prepayment is incredibly small
    in comparison to Maria's having to
    buy the specific ingrediants because the dinner is NOT a menu item
    do all the preparation and cooking
    hire help FOR US because the restaurant is closed to outsiders
    For her to do the above on faith [and I suspect there will be "no-shows"]
    is too much.
    Her establishment is quite new and I don't want my name attached to a good faith assumption

    January 20, 2014

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