PLEASE NOTE that we're starting at 6:00 PM, an hour earlier than the usual time.
This is a free format meeting. The following is suggested but subject to the participants' preference.
This week's theme: April Fools' Day
HOMEWORK / COMPITI (check for updates up to five days prior to the meeting):
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 participants.
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: http://www.wordreference.com/iten/famosa
2. Read Chapter 1 of Italian Without the Fuss. We will work on it in class.
3. We will play a game from the series Interview the Chicken.
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.