In this tutorial I talk about some expressions that can be useful if you don’t speak a language perfectly yet, such as asking somebody to repeat something or to speak more slowly, or saying that you don’t understand something.
Second post! This one will be of a different kind from the previous one… a culinary one! Actually I am inspired by something I cooked in these days – and that I absolutely like (and yes, the dish in the picture is the one that I actually cooked)!
So, I hope you will forgive me if my first post is about something typical Italian but not Neapolitan, and actually typical of Northern Italy, namely Milan. What I’m talking about? Risotto with saffron, of course… what else? I thought of describing how I do it, so you can try it and let me know if you like it.
In this tutorial I explain how to ask the question “What’s your name?” in Italian, and give an introduction on reflexive verbs and possessive pronouns.
In this tutorial I talk about the verb “avere” (to have), its conjugation in the present and its uses, amongst which I go in detail explaining how to tell your age and expressions like “I am cold”, “I am warm”, “I am hungry”, “I am thirsty”, “I am sleepy”.
In this tutorial I talk about the verb “essere” (to be), its conjugation in the present and its uses.
In this tutorial I explain another way in which we can ask the question “How are you?”, “How do you do?” in Italy, and I show the conjugation of the irregular verb “andare” in the present.
In this tutorial I explain how we ask the question “How are you?” in Italy, and I show the conjugation of the irregular verb “stare” in the present.
In this tutorial I explain how we greet people in Italy. The terms “buongiorno”, “buonasera”, and “ciao”, among others, will all be discussed. The opening and closing music is an original rendition of “‘O Sole Mio” (1898) by Giovanni Capurro (lyrics) and Eduardo di Capua (music). The image used in the opening titles is a mosaic depicting Plato’s Academy from the Villa of T. Siminius Stephanus in Pompeii (Wikimedia Commons), while the image in the closing titles is a fresco showing a prince and a philosopher from the Villa of P. Fannius Sinistrex in Boscoreale (my picture from the National Archaeological Museum in Naples).