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Impariamo L'Italiano I ~ FREE FORMAT

  • Apr 1, 2014 · 6:00 PM
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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:

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.

 Grazie, Thanks!

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  • Charles B.

    okay Enza has the 1st vocabulary list, she is planning on some practical conversation for travelling in Italy, and wants to use the vocabulary for sentences. see you Tuesday 04/08/2014 at 7PM Troy Libarary caio

    April 6, 2014

  • Tatiana M.

    Hi guys, This was the website I was talking about yesterday. It will be nice if we can all focus on the same vocabulary.


    April 2, 2014

    • Charles B.

      Thank you I will get a chance to review a list say 25 words and see how we can progress perhaps we could use the newly learned words in simple sentences will stay in touch Carlo

      April 3, 2014

  • Lily

    Reply to Carlo's questions:
    Question #1 is it possible to return to a 7PM start ? YES. FREE FORMAT meetings can start at 7:00 PM and on alternative days, based on the availability of those interested in attending. You can simply comment a scheduled meetup in advance, posting poles for the group's consensus or you can email the organizers your suggestions for meetings.
    #2 with a fine group of people who know how to get things done, could we develop parallel methods of class? Vocabulary, phrases, and dare I say grammar? It's all up for discussion. YES. I like this idea and encourage you to try different methods of learning until you find one that best suits the group. It's all about learning and practicing la dolce lingua italiana, ideally in a fun and relaxed way. Ciao~

    1 · April 2, 2014

    • Charles B.

      #1 we wee looking forward to the Spring party, we are certain that there will be another time

      April 2, 2014

    • Charles B.

      #2 Poland should be nice this time of year enjoy it all you can there are many who would like to be stuck in Poland. #3 thank you for your kind words now I will need to get to work for the class... Still would like to do an Italian play for participation dialogue...and for fun! Stay in touch ciao Carlo

      April 2, 2014

  • Charles B.

    We did our best. Question #1 is it possible to return to a 7PM start ? 6PM is a challenge for those who work. #2 with a fine group of people who know how to get things done, could we develop parallel methods of class? Vocabulary, phrases, and dare I say grammar? It's all up for discussion. Next week Enza will be with us. Ciao

    1 · April 1, 2014

  • Nick K.

    Mary and I both want to do more of the Tuesday classes, but this week we have something else.

    1 · March 31, 2014

  • Lily

    I have to cancel for this week and hope that someone will step in to host or co-host.

    March 25, 2014

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