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Italian Language 101

Taught by [Kaimee]

Lesson 1

This is the very first lesson in italian, from the Italian Classroom.
All students will be expected to read the material, memorise vocabulary and be able to complete a simple vocabulary test without referring to the material or lesson, cheating will only harm yourself. Why bother being here if you arent learning?

Note: All lessons are taught in english with italian, as to english pronunciation of sounds.

Current students in Course
-[jojozsexkitten] Brittany, 17, No experience
aim: conversational italian.
-[Shadowsoul] 15, some experience
aim: -
-[Angelic Fruitcake] Philippa, 17, No experience
aim: I'm going to start taking speech classes.
-[Koralita] Kora, 15, Basic experience
aim: to be able to write and converse in italian
-[d4rk 4ng3l] Shannen, 14, no experience aim- to learn to speak and write in italian
-[LinkTurrner] 14, no experience. Aim: To speack and write in itakian.

To complete this lesson you must successfully complete a simple test. You must message me when you are ready to be tested in this lesson, tests may include voice recordings if your computer has that capability.

Students who have completed this lesson


Firstly, checking your accent over a computer screen is rather difficult, so i will attempt to list some of the typical italian pronunciations. Also note that any students with the capability on their computers to record voice will be required to send a voice file as part of the test at the end of the lesson.

ch, ca, co
All pronounced with a k sound, note that the letter 'k' doesnt not exist in the italian alphabet, it is instead replaced with 'c' followed by an h, a, or o.
Ch- instead of the inglese 'Ch', in Italia 'ch' is pronounced 'c-h'. eg. 'Chi' is pronounced 'Key'.
Ce, ci
These replace the inglese 'ch' sound. Pronounced 'Che' and 'chi'

So that:
Che is pronounced Ke
Ce is pronounced Che

A very italian sound, Gna. Pronounced nya, eg. Lasagna

A very difficult sound, few can pronounce it correctly. Pronounced Lyi, eg.

NOTE: Rolled 'r's will be written as double r, eg. rr.


One of the easiest and first things any italian student learns are some common phrases and greetings, later you will learn all the rules that make up these phrases, but for now, it is just enough that you know them!

Introductory Phrases

Hi or bye (casual)	Ciao 	(pronounced chow, or ch-i-ow)
eg. Ciao Antonio!
eg. Hi Antonio! or Bye Antonio!

Goodmorning	Buongiorno	(pronounced bwon-ji-orno)
eg. Buongiorno Antonio
eg. Good morning Antonio

Goodafternoon	Buonpomeriggio	(pronounced bwon-pommer-idj-io)
eg. Buonpomeriggio Antonio
eg. Good afternoon Antonio

Goodevening	Buonasera	(pronounced bwon-a-serrar)
eg. Buonasera Antonio
eg. Goodevening Antonio

Goodnight	Buonanotte	(pronounced bwona-not-eh)
eg. Buonanotte Antonio
eg. Goodnight Antonio

Goodbye 	Arrivederci	(pronounced arriv-a-derr-chi)
eg. Arrivederci Antonio
eg. Goodbye Antonio

What is your name? 	Come ti chiami	(pronounced Coh-meh ti kia-mi)
eg. Ciao, come ti chiami? 
eg. Hi, whats your name?

My name is..	Mi chiamo	(pronounced mi kia-mo)
eg. Mi chiamo Katia
eg. My name is Katia

How are you?	Come stai	(pronounced coh-meh sty-ih)
eg. Ciao Katia! Come stai?
eg. Hi Katia! How are you?

Good	Bene	(pronounced Be-neh)
eg. 1: Ciao Katia! Come stai? 2: ah… bene!
eg. 1: Hi Katia! How are You? 2: ah… good!

Bad	Male	(pronounced Ma-leh)
eg. 1: Ciao Katia! Come stai? 2: mm.. male..
eg. 1: Hi Katia! How are You? 2: mm.. bad…

So so (medium)	Cosi cosi	(pronounced Cus-si cus-si, 
pronunciation between cu and co)
eg. Ciao Katia! Come stai? 2: mmm, cosi cosi.
eg. 1: Hi Katia! How are You? 2: mmm, so so.

Not too good	Non tanto bene	(pronounced non tahn-toh be-neh)
eg. Ciao Katia! Come stai? 2: Non tanto bene
eg. 1: Hi Katia! How are You? 2: Not too good

Not too  bad	Non tanto male	(pronounced non tahn-toh mah-leh
eg. Ciao Katia! Come stai? 2: Non tanto male
eg. 1: Hi Katia! How are You? 2: Not too bad

Italian Classroom
Italian: Lesson 1 Introductory Phrases and Greetings
Italian: Lesson 2 Additional Vocab
Italian: Lesson 3 Counting, days or the Week and Months of the Year
Italian: Lesson 4 More counting, rules. [(exercise!)]

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2005-03-30 [Koralita]: I just bought 'Italian for dummies' :D:D:D

2005-04-03 [Koralita]: nice, a new student :D

2005-04-09 [Kaimee]: not quite koralita, someone who could be a new student once they read the rules.... and message me, instead of just inviting themselves into the classroom :P

2005-04-09 [Koralita]: oww didnt knew that ^.^' i thought you already approved her ^.^'

2005-04-09 [Kaimee]: nope

2005-04-13 [Koralita]: heard something of our 'new student'? i mean, does she still want to be a student?

2005-04-20 [Kaimee]: No idea, i dont believe she replied to my msg... *rollseyes*

2005-04-20 [Koralita]: did you change the non sto male and non sto bene to non tanto male and non tanto bene? or am i wrong? ^.^'

2005-04-21 [Kaimee]: I think i did, more people say it this way :P I just had an odd italian teacher!

2005-04-21 [Koralita]: LoL ^.^ tssss... since i'm the only one here that at least notices that! ^.^"

2005-04-22 [Kaimee]: Youre the only one whos even attempted to do the lesson as far as I can see... *grumbles*

2005-04-23 [Koralita]: but thats what the lessons are here for, arent they? ^.^

2005-04-23 [Kaimee]: to do? yes, certainly :P

2005-04-23 [Koralita]: ^.^

2005-04-23 [Koralita]: maybe you should change the rest of the sentences you changed--> pronounciation still says non stoh maleh :-p

2005-04-24 [Kaimee]: ..................................... gah. thankyou :P

2005-04-24 [Koralita]: ^.^

2005-10-08 [Princess Carwash]: this is sort of like when I learned french last year in school. its funny because you are teaching me everything that im learning in french this year except its in itallian.

2005-10-08 [Kaimee]: Hmm, I like to think of them all as "foreign languages", therefore they probably all do have that similarity when learning them, it's as if you were learning a foreign language. Could that be the similarity perhaps? XD

2006-08-07 [ink-4-blood]: So, umm... do you stress the second-to-last syllable like in Spanish? Just a bit confused with Buonasera... bwon-a-SE-rar or bwon-a-ser-RAR?

2006-08-08 [Kaimee]: Vowels towards the ends of words tend to be stressed if we're feeling all nice and embellishy, but it's not necessary. You can say the entire damn lot in a monotonous emotionless voice if you really feel like it :P

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