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39. The Toughest Soccer Game (That’s Amore!)

2013-06-25 :: Learn Italian Pod

This time’s news is about the so-called “Calcio Storico Fiorentino” (Historical Soccer from Florence). – Invented in the 16th century as a way to keep military troops in shape while waiting to go into battle, this sport is a brutal mix of soccer, wrestling, and boxing, and it takes place every year in June in [...]…

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7. A Voice That Loves You (Fame & Fortune)

2013-06-17 :: Learn Italian Pod

This time, the spotlight is on a man who is considered to be the tenor singer par excellence: the great Italian tenor Enrico Caruso. The warmth and sincerity of his voice and larger than life personality made Enrico Caruso a superstar all over the world. – Let’s learn all about “a voice that loves you”, [...]…

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38. How To Heal A Broken Heart (That’s Amore!)

2013-06-02 :: Learn Italian Pod

This time’s news is about a very creative way that an Italian travel agency has found to heal the so-called “mal d’amore” (broken heart): a bike tour for singles which they say it is the perfect cure for the relationship blues. – Let’s learn all about how to heal a broken heart with a twist [...]…

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6. The Hero of The Two Worlds (Fame & Fortune)

2013-05-27 :: Learn Italian Pod

This time, the spotlight is on one of the most important and influential personalities in the history of Italy. His name is Giuseppe Garibaldi, an Italian general and politician who is considered one of the true founding fathers of Italy as we know it today. Let’s learn all about the “Hero of the Two Worlds”, [...]…

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5. A Timeless Movie Star (Fame & Fortune)

2013-05-14 :: Learn Italian Pod

This time, the spotlight is on one of the greatest actresses in the history of cinema. Her name is Sophia Loren, a smart and talented actress – and a beautiful woman – who won numerous awards and honors, including two Oscars. Let’s learn all about this true icon of Italian cinema worldwide, and let’s practice [...]…

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4. An Indomitable Willpower (Fame & Fortune)

2013-04-28 :: Learn Italian Pod

This time, the spotlight is on one of the most extraordinary women in the scientific world, a woman who dedicated her life to scientific research with extraordinary results. Her name is Rita Levi Montalcini, a great scientist who won the Nobel Prize for medicine. Let’s learn all about this incredible woman who had an indomitable [...]…

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3. The Ultimate Renaissance Man (Fame & Fortune)

2013-04-15 :: Learn Italian Pod

This time, the spotlight is on the ultimate Renaissance Man, one of the greatest if not the greatest genius of all times, Leonardo da Vinci. Let’s learn all about the genius and creativity of a truly wonderful mind, and let’s practice lots of useful Italian words and expressions that are sure to take your Italian [...]…

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2. The “Maestro” of Modern Cinema (Fame & Fortune)

2013-04-08 :: Learn Italian Pod

Federico Fellini, the Oscar-winning “Maestro” who masterfully explored the fantasies and dreams of the human mind, is one of the movie directors who have most influenced the history of modern cinema. Let’s learn all about one of the most creative movie directors of all time, and let’s practice lots of useful Italian words and expressions [...]…

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1. The Great Explorer (Fame & Fortune)

2013-03-31 :: Learn Italian Pod

Italy has an comprehensive list of famous people who have excelled in all fields imaginable by man. Actors, architects, composers, artists, scientists, engineers, chefs, athletes – you name it! – for each imaginable field there is or there has been a famous Italian. – What is better than celebrating the lives of the men and [...]…

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37. No Tipping Necessary (That’s Amore!)

2013-03-11 :: Learn Italian Pod

This news comes all the way from China where a recently opened restaurant is using – unbelievable but true – a robot-waiter to serve customers at the table. The robot-waiter is the invention of the restaurant’s owner, who is a technology enthusiast. Some say that the service of the robot-waiter is quite slow, but everyone [...]…

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36. Touring Italy On A Vespa (That’s Amore!)

2013-02-26 :: Learn Italian Pod

VIP Member Christine from Australia recently told us a story of a couple who bought an old Vespa, the famous Italian motorbike, and travelled all across Italy with it. They said they had the best time of their life! – Little did we know that this “Vespa tourism”, which consists of renting a Vespa to [...]…

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35. The Chocolate Stamp (That’s Amore!)

2013-02-18 :: Learn Italian Pod

Longtime VIP Member Angela, who is from Belgium, sent an interesting news about her country. Belgium is famous for its delicious chocolate so the Belgian post office took this love for chocolate to the extreme by releasing – incredible but true – a stamp that smells and tastes like chocolate! – Let’s learn all about [...]…

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34. The Fountain’s Facelift (That’s Amore!)

2013-02-11 :: Learn Italian Pod

Did you know that 60% of the world’s art treasures can be found in Italy and good part of that art is in the beautiful city of Rome? – Rome is famous for its museums, churches, art galleries, and magnificent works of art. Recently, one of the true symbols of Rome, the world-renowned Trevi Fountain, [...]…

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33. The Ultimate Slow Food Experience (That’s Amore!)

2013-01-29 :: Learn Italian Pod

VIP Member Carla from New York just came back from a wonderful trip to Italy. She believes that the best way to understand and appreciate a culture is to learn how to cook its typical dishes, so she spent two weeks in a beautiful Tuscan villa learning how to cook Italian food, and she absolutely [...]…

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32. The Power of Silence (That’s Amore!)

2013-01-21 :: Learn Italian Pod

This time, let’s talk about… silence. It seems like that one of the most difficult things to do these days is to find a quiet corner where to unwind, relax, and reflect. After all, we all live in the so-called information overload era. – A famous department store in London decided to give its customers [...]…

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31. There’s an App for Everything (That’s Amore!)

2013-01-14 :: Learn Italian Pod

These days it’s all about smart phones or, as they call them in Italy, “telefonini intelligenti”. Italians love their smart phones and most of all they love their applications (in short, apps), which are fully functioning programs that run on smart phones. The app fever has officially invaded Italy, and Italians love to share the [...]…

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30. Italian Tradition? Maybe Not! (That’s Amore!)

2013-01-06 :: Learn Italian Pod

Let’s talk about those traditions and customs that all over the world are believed to be Italian, but that in reality are virtually unknown in Italy. – For example, while in Italy, try ordering a cappuccino at the end of a meal, or ask the waiter for chicken with pasta, and most likely you will [...]…

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29. The Holiday Cake War (That’s Amore!)

2012-12-23 :: Learn Italian Pod

Since Christmas is just a couple of days away, let’s talk about the two traditional cakes that all Italians will have on their table on Christmas Day: the world famous “Panettone” and “Pandoro”. – Like every year, the competition between these two delicious cakes is fierce: some Italians prefer “Panettone”, others prefer “Pandoro”. So, let’s [...]…

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28. The Trendy Knitting (That’s Amore!)

2012-12-17 :: Learn Italian Pod

Let’s talk about a new trend, or better, an old activity that has recently become quite popular: knitting. – Jane’s grandma Rina is an expert in this craft, and she taught her how to knit, and so now Jane loves to spend time knitting with her girlfriends as she finds it very relaxing. Apparently, she’s [...]…

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27. Don’t Forget Your Lucky Charm (That’s Amore!)

2012-12-03 :: Learn Italian Pod

Let’s talk about superstitions and lucky charms. It is a well known fact that Italians are in general extremely superstitious: a newspaper reported that Italians spend about 8 billion dollars a year on fortune tellers and astrology. One of the most famous lucky charms is the red horn, and it is said that you can [...]…

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26. Man’s Best Friend (That’s Amore!)

2012-11-25 :: Learn Italian Pod

Let’s find out what Italians’ favorite pets are. About a year ago, a major Italian association who protects animals run a survey asking Italians to indicate their favorite pet. You will not be surprised to hear that the dog is still “man’s best friends” followed by (who else?) the cat. – But some Italians got [...]…

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25. The Hunt for The Perfect Location (That’s Amore!)

2012-11-12 :: Learn Italian Pod

We are just a few weeks away from the beginning of the Holiday Season, and one of Italians’ favorite activities these days is to look for the “perfect” location where to spend a few days of well-earned rest with family and friends. So, let’s find out where Italians love to go during the Holiday Season, [...]…

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24. An All Italian Jewel (That’s Amore!)

2012-11-05 :: Learn Italian Pod

Long time VIP member Jason from Scotland visited the small Italian city of Modena on a recent trip to Italy, and he just fell in love with it. He says: “Not only Modena is one of Europe’s major economic realities, but it’s a wonderful place where to have fun and meet a lot of interesting [...]…

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23. The Return of The Chestnut Man (That’s Amore!)

2012-10-22 :: Learn Italian Pod

This time’s episode is all about one of Italy’s favorite traditions: the arrival, during the month of October especially in smaller cities, of the so-called “Chestnut Man” (in Italian, “Castagnaro”). For many Italians, October is a month full of great memories, and one of these memories is eating warm roasted chestnuts while enjoying a stroll [...]…

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22. Different Cities, Different Rules (That’s Amore!)

2012-10-14 :: Learn Italian Pod

VIP Member Carla from San Diego, California, just recently went on a Mediterranean cruise. When she stopped in different cities all around Italy she found out some interesting rules that some cities enforce to protect their historical centers. – So, let’s listen to this interesting piece of news, and let’s practice lots of useful Italian [...]…

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21. Want to Buy an Italian Village? (That’s Amore!)

2012-09-30 :: Learn Italian Pod

If your dream is to buy a piece of Italy, today could be your lucky day… but of course, you would need to win the lottery first! – VIP Member Simon from New York found out that an entire Tuscan village is up for sale. Simon loves Italy; his grandparents came from a tiny village [...]…

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20. The Secret of a Long Life (That’s Amore!)

2012-09-17 :: Learn Italian Pod

Get ready for a treat as this episode could reveal the secret of a long life! – That is, according to VIP Member Roberta from Vancouver, Canada, who went to the beautiful Italian island of Sardinia just a month ago, and was impressed by the discovery of this tiny little village where about 300 of [...]…

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19. The Golden Goodness (That’s Amore!)

2012-09-11 :: Learn Italian Pod

This week’s news is about a museum entirely dedicated to one of the most popular condiments in the world, mustard. – Mustard is loved everywhere, in America, Europe, Australia, and all over the world. Listen to this interesting piece of news and practice lots of useful Italian words and expressions that are sure to take [...]…

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18. The Underwater Spaceship (That’s Amore!)

2012-09-02 :: Learn Italian Pod

This time, we’ll take you to one of the most exotic vacation destinations you’ll ever hear about! – Our friend and VIP Member Mark, who is an architect from New Zealand, sent us this very interesting article about a luxurious underwater hotel that is currently being built in Dubai. – Sounds amazing, right? – Just [...]…

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17. The New Mirror of the Soul (That’s Amore!)

2012-08-20 :: Learn Italian Pod

This time’s news is all about a very special kind of spa treatment. Longtime VIP Member Rossella, who for work reasons just relocated to Phoenix Arizona, found this incredible spa that offers, among the usual services, a complete reading of the feet. She says feet reading can read the emotions and personality of a person. [...]…

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16. It’s Like Flying, Only Better! (That’s Amore!)

2012-08-13 :: Learn Italian Pod

This time’s news is all about outdoor, adventure, and… flying!. VIP Member Julie from Denver, Colorado loves three things: Italian food, the Italian language and the so-called zip line, a fun outdoor activity that is becoming very popular all over the world! So, let’s learn all about a new type of adventure, and practice lots [...]…

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15. Down The Slippery Slope (That’s Amore!)

2012-08-05 :: Learn Italian Pod

VIP Member Petra from Germany, who visits Italy every year during the summer, sent us a terrific email with a very interesting article that we would like to share with you. The article is about school and a very unusual way for students to move from one class to another. – So, just listen to [...]…

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14. May The Best Pizza Win (That’s Amore!)

2012-07-17 :: Learn Italian Pod

When we think about Italy and food the first thing that usually comes to mind is the word pizza or pasta. Some people argue that you can eat a perfect pizza only in Italy, but the recent international championship of pizza, which was held in Italy, proved them wrong. – In fact, you can find [...]…

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13. Let’s Talk About Subway (That’s Amore!)

2012-07-08 :: Learn Italian Pod

This time’s news comes straight from London. Long time VIP Member Eddy sent us a terrific email. He says: “My fiance’ is Italian and as we’re getting closer to get married, I need to practice more Italian because I want to be able to speak with her family. Here in London I don’t drive and [...]…

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12. An Extraordinary Orchestra (That’s Amore!)

2012-07-01 :: Learn Italian Pod

Jane’s mom emailed us this great inspirational story about a very special group of women from Egypt, and when we read it we knew it was just perfect for our weekly Italian lesson. So, just listen to this uplifting story while learning and practicing some useful Italian words and expressions that you can use in [...]…

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11. The Dog Ice Cream (That’s Amore!)

2012-06-24 :: Learn Italian Pod

This time’s news is all about our beloved four-legged friends: dogs. – VIP Member Ashley from London, England emailed us a wonderful article about how she loves to spoil her puppy with a tasty little treat… an ice cream exclusively made for dogs! – So, just listen to this great story all while learning some [...]…

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10. The Vegetable Cathedral (That’s Amore!)

2012-06-10 :: Learn Italian Pod

Here’s another interesting news story, thanks to VIP member Jason from Vancouver, Canada, who is studying architecture in Italy. This piece of news is so unusual yet fascinating (it’s about an Italian vegetable cathedral made of trees!) that when we heard of it, we knew we had to share it with all of you. – [...]…

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9. TAT, TVTB, It’s SMS The Italian Way! (That’s Amore!)

2012-05-27 :: Learn Italian Pod

It seems like that just about everyone in Italy has a wireless phone, and more than a few VIP Members, after returning from their trip to Italy, have pointed out how much Italians love sending text messages. – Today’s news is all about the so called SMS, or “short message service”, as the service turns [...]…

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8. A Tiny Little Village (That’s Amore!)

2012-05-13 :: Learn Italian Pod

Jane found a very interesting article about the smallest village in Italy, and when we saw a few pictures of this tiny little place, we totally fell in love with it and we knew we had to share this story with you. So, let’s talk about “il villaggio piu’ piccolo d’Italia” (the smallest village in [...]…

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7. The Bocce Revival (That’s Amore!)

2012-05-06 :: Learn Italian Pod

This time is VIP Member Rebecca from New York who sent us a wonderful article about what she calls “the bocce revival”. – The game of “bocce”, an all-Italian game very popular in the past but forgotten in recent years, is going through a major revival in the city of New York. – So, let’s [...]…

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6. A True World Championship (That’s Amore!)

2012-04-29 :: Learn Italian Pod

VIP Member Mark from South Africa sent us a very funny email. He says: “Thank you for the eco-friendly lesson about water! You have no idea how much I have enjoyed it. Now, after water, can we talk about wine? I hear that Italy did pretty good at last year’s wine world-championship.” — You bet [...]…

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5. Sparkling or Still? (That’s Amore!)

2012-04-15 :: Learn Italian Pod

Jane’s “Nonna Rina” (Grandma Rina) is a very active woman: she likes the outdoor, biking, hiking, traveling, and her favorite destination is “Le Cinque Terre”, a wonderful group of five villages surrounded by hills on the Liguria’s coast. – When Jane heard the news we’re about to give you she said to herself: “Grandma Rina, [...]…

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4. If You Want a Ferrari, Get in Line (That’s Amore!)

2012-04-08 :: Learn Italian Pod

We’re always listening to our VIP Members for ideas and suggestions, and this episode is no exception! – Several VIP Members (Luca, Jordan, and Angela) feel like we need to dedicate one of our “That’s Amore!” episodes to an all Italian legend: the Ferrari, and since the new Ferrari museum just opened in Italy, what [...]…

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3. The Garden Mania (That’s Amore!)

2012-04-01 :: Learn Italian Pod

Long time VIP Members Lauren from New Zealand sent us a wonderful email. She says: “I finally I did it! I moved to Italy and found a tiny apartment with a lovely garden. I am planning to grow some fresh vegetables; I heard this is what everyone is doing now here in Italy…”. – You’re [...]…

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2. The Longest Outdoor Escalator (That’s Amore!)

2012-03-25 :: Learn Italian Pod

Jane’s friend and VIP Member Maria Tereza called from Italy, where she’s studying art, and reported a news about the longest outdoor escalator from her native country Colombia. She said she loves our new “That’s Amore!” series as she finds it very useful and entertaining, and she would really enjoy listening to some news in [...]…

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1. An All Italian Sushi (That’s Amore!)

2012-03-18 :: Learn Italian Pod

Gooooood morning everyone and welcome to our new show called “That’s Amore”, a fun-to-practice news program slash learning Italian experience: news in Italian from all over the world that you can listen and practice on your way to and from work, while you work out, cook or simply relax, and that are sure to take [...]…

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6. Q&A with Jane & Max: What Did You Say He Did?

2012-03-04 :: Learn Italian Pod

In Italian, there are mainly two ways to tell someone the content of a conversation: one is using the direct speech, the other is using the so-called reported speech. – This time, thanks to VIP Member Valentina who lives in London, England, we’re going to answer to this basic but fundamental question: “In Italian, how [...]…

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5. Q&A with Jane & Max: During Carnival, Anything Goes!

2012-02-19 :: Learn Italian Pod

Certainly one of the most welcomed winter holidays, in Italy the “Carnevale” (Carnival) is a huge event celebrated with parades, masquerade balls, music, entertainment, and parties. Pranks of any kind are common during “Carnevale”, so much that the saying “A Carnevale ogni scherzo vale” (During Carnival anything goes) has become part of the Italian language [...]…

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4. Q&A with Jane & Max: The Language of Love

2012-02-12 :: Learn Italian Pod

Valentine’s day is just around the corner, and Italian is considered by many to be the language of love. So, what better question than the one sent by VIP Member Regina from Denver who is simply asking: “How do you say ‘I love you’ in Italian? – I understand that in Italian there are different [...]…

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3. Q&A with Jane & Max: I Hope You Have Time For This!

2012-01-29 :: Learn Italian Pod

This time’s question was sent by VIP Members Alex and Cristina from Sidney, Australia, and so it goes: “Knowing the subjunctive is the only way for someone to express doubt, possibility, or uncertainty in Italian. As you often say, it’s a must know! So, how do we learn and use the subjunctive mood in Italian?” [...]…

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2. Q&A w. Jane & Max: I Can’t Believe You Left Them There!

2012-01-18 :: Learn Italian Pod

Knowing the answer to this question can make the difference between speaking an average and a great Italian: “How do I substitute, in a sentence, a noun with its appropriate pronoun?” – Great question! In fact, Italians do it all the times; no, it’s not easy, but yes it’s THAT important to know. Practice this [...]…

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1. Q&A with Jane & Max: The Formal Mode

2012-01-08 :: Learn Italian Pod

Welcome to the all new “Q&A with Jane & Max” episode #1: The Formal Mode. – This time’s question is basic and to the point, but it is important that you know the answer if you want to speak Italian correctly: “When and how do you use the formal mode in Italian?” – Practice this [...]…

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45. This Is How True Love Is Born (Listen Up & Learn)

2011-12-18 :: Learn Italian Pod

Sometimes love comes around in the most unexpected ways, and that’s exactly what happened to our Italian friends Lucia and Renzo. And so today, we’ll listen to a romantic yet funny story about how a true lasting love was born out of a little accident. By studying and practicing this lesson, you will learn a [...]…

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44. It Takes Two To Tango (Listen Up & Learn)

2011-12-04 :: Learn Italian Pod

Our friend and VIP Member Anna sent us a lovely email a few days ago. She says she’s currently taking an Italian class but she’s having some trouble with the Italian expressions of time that use the verbs “Metterci” and “Volerci”, which are usually translated in English with the meaning of “It Takes”. Then she [...]…

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43. What A Grumpy Old Lady She Is! (Listen Up & Learn)

2011-11-26 :: Learn Italian Pod

Let’s listen to a funny story about a grumpy old lady who’s always complaining about everything and wherever she goes, she drives everyone crazy. — By studying and practicing this lesson, you will learn a lot of “ready-to-use”, 100% real “everyday” Italian words, sentences, and verbs about food, weather, health, and Italian culture and lifestyle. [...]…

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42. The Midnight Beast (Listen Up & Learn)

2011-11-13 :: Learn Italian Pod

Our friend and VIP Member Judy from San Diego, California, confessed that she has some trouble in learning the present tense of most Italian verbs, and she’s asking for help and advice. — You knocked at the right door, Judy! – Let’s listen to a story chock-full of Italian verbs used in the present tense [...]…

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41. Say It Like You Mean It (Listen Up & Learn)

2011-10-30 :: Learn Italian Pod

This is truly one of those shows that, if you study it and practice it for a while, it will certainly help you in taking your knowledge of the “real-life” spoken Italian language to the next level. In fact, you are going to learn and practice the top ten exclamations that Italians use everyday to [...]…

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40. To Everything There Is A Season (Listen Up & Learn)

2011-10-23 :: Learn Italian Pod

Italy is surely a land of well-defined seasons: harsh winters with snow, ice, and freezing temperatures; beautiful and blooming springs full of life; extremely hot summers when Italy literally closes down for vacation, and beautifully warm autumns. All of this is life in Italy! – And so today, let’s dedicate this lesson to the beauty [...]…

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39. It’s Not To Be, It’s To Have (Listen Up & Learn)

2011-10-16 :: Learn Italian Pod

VIP Member and friend Giuseppe from Vancouver, Canada, made a good point when he noticed that the Italian verb “Avere” (To Have) is used with many idiomatic expressions that normally use the verb “To Be” in English. Then Giuseppe asked us if we could do a lesson about it. — Great idea, Giuseppe! — So, [...]…

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38. If You Must, Do It With Grace (Listen Up & Learn)

2011-10-09 :: Learn Italian Pod

One of the most famous Italian dictionary and encyclopedia publishers has declared war to vulgarity and bad words. “If you have to insult someone” – they say – “then do it with grace”. – This time, get ready for something unusual (and fun!) as we join the war to vulgarity by learning and practicing the [...]…

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37. The Miracle of San Gennaro (Listen Up & Learn)

2011-09-25 :: Learn Italian Pod

Our friends Jim and Carla were in Naples, Italy, a few days ago, just at the right time to witness one of the most important days in the life of this beautiful city: the day of the San Gennaro Feast. Every year, on September 19, thousands of devotees crowd into the “Duomo di Napoli” (Naples [...]…

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36. The Devil’s Violin (Listen Up & Learn)

2011-09-11 :: Learn Italian Pod

Our friend and VIP Member Cathyanne says she’s going to Italy to see her friends and to perfect her Italian. “Once in Italy”, she says, “I will rent a violin, I will play it in some orchestras, and I will give lessons”. – Then she asks if we can dedicate a LearnItalianPod episode to what, [...]…

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35. A New Hair-Do, Italian Style (Listen Up & Learn)

2011-09-04 :: Learn Italian Pod

Alexandra, a longtime friend and VIP Member, who a couple of years ago left everything behind to fulfill her lifetime dream of living in Italy, sent us a terrific email. Recently, she felt that she needed a new hairstyle, so she clipped a photo from a magazine with the hairstyle she’d like to have, went [...]…

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34. Oh No, I Think I Lost It! (Listen Up & Learn)

2011-08-28 :: Learn Italian Pod

Longtime VIP Member Alice sent us a great email from Rome, Italy. She was in a bus a few days ago when “il controllore” (the ticket controller) jumped in and started checking tickets. – “What followed,” – she says – “can only be described as comedy at its very best. There was this woman without [...]…

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33. How Would You Like Your Sandwich? (Listen Up & Learn)

2011-08-14 :: Learn Italian Pod

Episode #33 of the fun-to-practice and extra-useful “Listen Up & Learn” lesson series is entitled “How Would You Like Your Sandwich?” -Ask any Italian what their favorite snack is and chances are very good that you will hear the words “panino imbottito” (literally “small stuffed bread”), the all-Italian version of a tasty sandwich. – Today, [...]…

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32. Come Fly With Me (Listen Up & Learn)

2011-08-07 :: Learn Italian Pod

Episode #32 of the fun-to-practice and extra-useful “Listen Up & Learn” lesson series is entitled “Come Fly With Me” – Summer is in full swing in Italy and summer time usually means a more relaxed traveling and the opportunity to fully recharge one’s body, mind and spirit. – Let’s follow our Italian friend Giovanni as [...]…

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31. Haven’t We Met Before? (Listen Up & Learn)

2011-07-31 :: Learn Italian Pod

Episode #31 of the fun-to-practice and extra-useful “Listen Up & Learn” lesson series is entitled “Haven’t We Met Before?” – The “haven’t-we-met-before” pick up line is possibly one of the most conventional and cheesiest ways a man can use to approach a woman he likes. Our friend Antonio doesn’t care to sound cheesy and, to [...]…

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30. The Commute Is Killing Me! (Listen Up & Learn)

2011-07-24 :: Learn Italian Pod

Episode #30 of the fun-to-practice and extra-useful “Listen Up & Learn” lesson series is entitled “The Commute Is Killing Me!” – The protagonist of today’s story, Anna, is a student at a prestigious Italian university who just moved to her new apartment. Everything should be well, except that… it is not. – So, let’s listen [...]…

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29. The Island of Glass (Listen Up & Learn)

2011-07-17 :: Learn Italian Pod

Episode #29 of the fun-to-practice and extra-useful “Listen Up & Learn” lesson series is entitled “The Island of Glass” (L’Isola del Vetro). – According to recent news, the island of Murano and its worldwide famous glass making tradition are in real danger of disappearing soon. A decreasing labor supply and most importantly, the growing competition [...]…

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28. One For Each Body Part (Listen Up & Learn)

2011-07-04 :: Learn Italian Pod

Episode #28 of the fun-to-practice and extra-useful “Listen Up & Learn” lesson series is entitled “One For Each Body Part” – This lesson has the double purpose to teach you a lot of cool new Italian idiomatic expressions while at the same time to help you memorize the different parts of the body. – Yes, [...]…

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27. The Tortellino X-perience (Listen Up & Learn)

2011-06-26 :: Learn Italian Pod

Episode #27 of the fun-to-practice and extra-useful “Listen Up & Learn” lesson series is entitled “The Tortellino X-perience” – Scientists from the University of Bologna are so passionate about their hometown’s world famous pasta, “Tortellini”, that their passion has become the inspiration for their latest software: a multimedia teaching game called “Tortellino X-perience”, that promises [...]…

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26. We All Scream For Ice Cream (Listen Up & Learn)

2011-06-19 :: Learn Italian Pod

Episode #26 of the fun-to-practice and extra-useful “Listen Up & Learn” lesson series is entitled “We All Scream For Ice Cream” – Summer’s here, and with summer, comes ice cream! – “Gelato” (the Italian word for “ice cream”), is loved by kids and adults alike, it is arguably the most famous dessert in the world, [...]…

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25. The 7 Ways To Good (and Bad) Luck (Listen Up & Learn)

2011-06-12 :: Learn Italian Pod

Episode #25 of the fun-to-practice and extra-useful “Listen Up & Learn” lesson series is entitled “The 7 Ways To Good (and Bad) Luck” – It is a well known fact that Italians are big on superstitions. Today, let’s have fun by uncovering the top seven ways to bring “la buona fortuna” (the good luck) or [...]…

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24. I Declare You Husband and Wife (Listen Up & Learn)

2011-05-30 :: Learn Italian Pod

Episode #24 of the fun-to-practice and extra-useful “Listen Up & Learn” lesson series is entitled “I Declare You Husband and Wife” – This time, get ready to have fun as we’re going to talk about Italian wives, husbands, and the meaning of marriage… according to Italians! — Jane’s parents are celebrating their 25th anniversary this [...]…

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23. Once Upon A Time (Listen Up & Learn)

2011-05-22 :: Learn Italian Pod

Learn Italian with www.LearnItalianPod.com – Episode #23 of the fun-to-practice and extra-useful “Listen Up & Learn” lesson series is entitled “Once Upon A Time” – The expression “Once Upon A Time” (in Italian, “C’era Una Volta”) is the classic opening line of a tale or a fable. This time, get ready to listen to one [...]…

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22. The Perfect Picnic Menu (Listen Up & Learn)

2011-05-15 :: Learn Italian Pod

Learn Italian with www.LearnItalianPod.com – Episode #22 of the fun-to-practice and extra-useful “Listen Up & Learn” lesson series is entitled “The Perfect Picnic Menu” – Longtime VIP Member and friend Maria, who lives and works near Florence in Italy, sent us “una email molto divertente” (a very funny email). She says: “Next week, I’m organizing [...]…

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21. Cracking Italian Jokes (Listen Up & Learn)

2011-05-08 :: Learn Italian Pod

Learn Italian with www.LearnItalianPod.com – Episode #21 of the fun-to-practice and extra-useful “Listen Up & Learn” lesson series is entitled “Cracking Italian Jokes” – A famous university professor once said that anyone who can truly understand and appreciate a sense of humor in a non-native language can be considered to have mastered that language. – [...]…

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20. Welcome To The Library (Listen Up & Learn)

2011-04-24 :: Learn Italian Pod

Learn Italian with www.LearnItalianPod.com – Episode #20 of the fun-to-practice and extra-useful “Listen Up & Learn” lesson series is entitled “Welcome To The Library” – Let’s take a guided tour inside a big Italian University library to learn and practice a collection of new words and sentences that you will need to know and use [...]…

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19. Happy Birthday To You! (Listen Up & Learn)

2011-04-17 :: Learn Italian Pod

Learn Italian with www.LearnItalianPod.com – Episode #19 of the fun-to-practice and extra-useful “Listen Up & Learn” lesson series is entitled “Happy Birthday To You!” – Get ready, ’cause today we’re going to do something different! What do we mean by that? How about Jane singing “Happy Birthday” to her fictitious eight years old son Massimo? [...]…

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18. Thank You For Calling (Listen Up & Learn)

2011-04-10 :: Learn Italian Pod

Learn Italian with www.LearnItalianPod.com – Episode #18 of the fun-to-practice and extra-useful “Listen Up & Learn” lesson series is entitled “Thank You For Calling” – It’s just past lunchtime and you decide to kick-start the afternoon with some shopping, determined to buy those great Italian shoes you saw the other day. So, you call the [...]…

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17. A Room For Two, Please (Listen Up & Learn)

2011-04-03 :: Learn Italian Pod

Learn Italian with www.LearnItalianPod.com – Episode #17 of the fun-to-practice and extra-useful “Listen Up & Learn” lesson series is entitled “A Room For Two, Please” – Making a hotel room reservation over the phone in Italian can be a real challenge; not only on the phone you can only rely on the words spoken and [...]…

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16. Listen To The Music (Listen Up & Learn)

2011-03-27 :: Learn Italian Pod

Learn Italian with www.LearnItalianPod.com – Episode #16 of the fun-to-practice and extra-useful “Listen Up & Learn” lesson series is entitled “Listen To The Music” – Listening to the radio late in the evening in the quiet comfort of the house can be one of the most relaxing things to do, especially after a long day [...]…

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15. May I See Your Passport, Please? (Listen Up & Learn)

2011-03-13 :: Learn Italian Pod

Learn Italian with www.LearnItalianPod.com – Episode #15 of the extra-useful and fun-to-practice “Listen Up & Learn” lesson series is entitled “May I See Your Passport, Please?” – You just landed at the Italian airport, eager to start enjoying your vacation of a lifetime, and the very last step before you begin exploring beautiful Italy is [...]…

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14. There’s Nothing Like Family (Listen Up & Learn)

2011-03-06 :: Learn Italian Pod

Learn Italian with www.LearnItalianPod.com – Episode #14 of the fun-to-practice and super-useful “Listen Up & Learn” lesson series is entitled “There’s Nothing Like Family” – Generally speaking, Italians consider family the center of their social life and the primary source of both emotional and financial support; it is said by many that the heart of [...]…

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13. Let’s Watch A Movie! (Listen Up & Learn)

2011-02-27 :: Learn Italian Pod

Learn Italian with www.LearnItalianPod.com – Episode #13 of the fun-to-practice and exciting “Listen Up & Learn” lesson series is entitled “Let’s Watch A Movie!” – Spending an evening at home watching a movie and enjoying snacks and popcorn can be a great way to unwind and recharge. The only challenge… choosing a movie that everyone [...]…

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12. This Is Your Captain Speaking (Listen Up & Learn)

2011-02-20 :: Learn Italian Pod

Learn Italian with www.LearnItalianPod.com – Episode #12 of the extra-useful “Listen Up & Learn” lesson series is entitled “This Is Your Captain Speaking” – Imagine that your are in Italy, sitting on a plane that is taxiing out to the runway for takeoff. You are about to fly to Rome where you will spend a [...]…

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11. In The Mood For Love (Listen Up & Learn)

2011-02-13 :: Learn Italian Pod

Learn Italian with www.LearnItalianPod.com – Episode #11 of the extra-useful “Listen Up & Learn” lesson series is entitled “In The Mood For Love” – February, with its Valentine’s Day, is well know as “the month of love”. It is said by many that Italian is the language of love and one of the most romantic [...]…

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10. A Healthy Lifestyle (Listen Up & Learn)

2011-01-30 :: Learn Italian Pod

Learn Italian with www.LearnItalianPod.com – Episode #10 of the extra-useful “Listen Up & Learn” lesson series is entitled “A Healthy Lifestyle” – Listen to our Italian friend and fitness enthusiast Gina as she shares with us a few great ideas for being healthier and exercise more, then take the “7 Question Challenge” and test your [...]…

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9. Tell Me A Little Bit About You (Listen Up & Learn)

2011-01-17 :: Learn Italian Pod

Learn Italian with www.LearnItalianPod.com – Episode #9 of the extra-useful “Listen Up & Learn” lesson series is entitled “Tell Me A Little Bit About You” – Listen to our Italian friend Maria talking about her life: who she is, where she lives and what she does, and train your ears to listen and truly understand [...]…

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8. Lost In The Crowd (Listen Up & Learn)

2011-01-10 :: Learn Italian Pod

Learn Italian with www.LearnItalianPod.com – Episode #8 of the extra-useful “Listen Up & Learn” lesson series is entitled “Lost In The Crowd” – Listen to a very important announcement made on the public-address system of a busy Italian department store and train your ears to listen and truly understand the Italian language! — Then, after [...]…

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7. This Year, I’m Learning Italian! (Listen Up & Learn)

2011-01-01 :: Learn Italian Pod

Learn Italian with www.LearnItalianPod.com – Episode #7 of the extra-useful “Listen Up & Learn” lesson series is entitled “This Year, I’m Learning Italian!” – A new exciting year has started, and this is usually the time when we all make resolutions and think about what we want to accomplish in the year ahead. And if [...]…

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6. What Does Christmas Mean To You? (Listen Up & Learn)

2010-12-19 :: Learn Italian Pod

Learn Italian with LearnItalianPod.com – Episode #6 of the extra-useful “Listen Up & Learn” lesson series is entitled “What Does Christmas Mean To You?”. — Let’s get into the spirit of the Holidays with a beautiful story that is sure to inspire you and at the same time to train your ears to truly understand [...]…

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5. Leave A Message After The Beep (Listen Up & Learn)

2010-12-12 :: Learn Italian Pod

Learn Italian with LearnItalianPod.com – Episode #5 of the super-useful “Listen Up & Learn” lesson series is entitled “Leave A Message After The Beep”. Listen to Massimo leaving a message to his friend Antonio’s answering machine and train your ears to listen and truly understand the Italian language! – Then, after listening to Massimo’s narration, [...]…

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4. Saturdays Are For Shopping (Listen Up & Learn)

2010-11-28 :: Learn Italian Pod

Learn Italian with www.LearnItalianPod.com – Episode #4 of the all new and super-useful “Listen Up & Learn” lesson series is entitled “Saturdays Are For Shopping”. Listen to Jane talking about how she and her family spend their Saturdays going to the market for groceries in the morning, then shopping at the mall in the afternoon [...]…

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3. Let’s Go Out For Dinner (Listen Up & Learn)

2010-11-17 :: Learn Italian Pod

Learn “real” Italian with the newest show on LearnItalianPod.com: “Listen Up & Learn”, episode #3! – Today’s story is entitled “Let’s Go Out For Dinner!”. Listen to Jane talking about how much she enjoys going to her favorite restaurant for dinner and train your ears to listen and truly understand the Italian language. — Remember, [...]…

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2. What A Super Busy Day! (Listen Up & Learn)

2010-11-08 :: Learn Italian Pod

Learn “real” Italian with the newest show on LearnItalianPod.com: “Listen Up & Learn”, episode #2! — First of all, a huge “Thank You” to all our LearnItalianPod VIP Members and listeners that have sent in feedback to let us know how much they have enjoyed the first episode of this new series. Thank you again [...]…

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1. Letter To A Friend (Listen Up & Learn)

2010-11-01 :: Learn Italian Pod

Learn Italian with the newest show on LearnItalianPod.com: “Listen Up & Learn”, episode #1! — Of the four basic Italian language skills, reading, writing, listening and speaking, one of the most difficult to acquire is listening comprehension. – It’s a well known fact that the majority of people don’t attempt to speak a foreign language [...]…

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37. A Comedy So Good It’s Divine! (5 Min. A Day)

2010-10-24 :: Learn Italian Pod

Learn Italian with LearnItalianPod.com – This time, we’re going to learn lots of useful Italian and have a lot of fun by paying a tribute to one of the greatest writers of all time: Dante Alighieri. – In Italy, Dante is referred as “il padre della lingua italiana” (the father of the Italian language); his [...]…

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36. 10 Italian Sayings That Mean Friendship (5 Min. A Day)

2010-10-17 :: Learn Italian Pod

Learn Italian with LearnItalianPod.com – It is a well known fact that by nature, Italians are very friendly, warm people who love to socialize and who find happiness in spending time with their friends. – Let’s celebrate true friendship by learning and practicing 10 must-know Italian sayings about friendship that will greatly improve your vocabulary [...]…

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35. What Does The Newspaper Say? (5 Min. A Day)

2010-10-03 :: Learn Italian Pod

Learn Italian with LearnItalianPod.com – Reading the Italian newspaper is an excellent way to practice your reading skills and improve your knowledge of the Italian language and culture. What’s nice about it is that you don’t need the actual paper; in fact, you can browse many Italian newspapers directly on the Internet. — So, let’s [...]…

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34. Let’s Get Down To Business (5 Min. A Day)

2010-09-27 :: Learn Italian Pod

Learn Italian with LearnItalianPod.com – Several LearnItalianPod VIP Members, who go to Italy for business on a regular basis, have requested one “Travel Survival” episode all dedicated to the language of business. You asked, we listened! — This time, let’s get down to business and let’s practice a lot of useful, ready-to-use Italian words, sentences, [...]…

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33. Good Health is Everything (5 Minutes A Day)

2010-09-13 :: Learn Italian Pod

Learn Italian with LearnItalianPod.com – According to the feedback received, everyone seems to like this “Travel Survival” series and find it very useful, so… here’s more! This time, let’s go back into “travel survival mode” and let’s practice a lot of useful, ready-to-use Italian words, sentences, and expressions that you can use in many different [...]…

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32. It’s All About Money (5 Minutes A Day)

2010-09-06 :: Learn Italian Pod

Learn Italian with LearnItalianPod.com – Let’s go back into “travel survival mode” and let’s practice a lot of useful, ready-to-use Italian words, sentences, and expressions that you can use in many different occasions when dealing with everything related to money while in Italy: from paying at the cash register, to exchanging money, to taking care [...]…

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31. Play It Again, Sam (5 Minutes A Day)

2010-08-23 :: Learn Italian Pod

Learn Italian with LearnItalianPod.com – Film dubbing is a big business in Italy. Almost all foreign movies are dubbed, and they are dubbed so well and so consistently that it is common for a single dubber to shadow the career of a foreign movie star for years. All major Hollywood stars are associated with very [...]…

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30. When The Phone Rings, Be Ready! (5 Min. A Day)

2010-08-15 :: Learn Italian Pod

Learn Italian with LearnItalianPod.com – Talking on the phone can represent the ultimate challenge for someone learning a foreign language. In fact, on the phone you only rely on tone of voice and the words spoken, and you don’t have body language to assist you in understanding. That’s why talking on the phone in Italian [...]…

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29. From Animal Kingdom To Italian Saying (5 Min. A Day)

2010-08-08

Learn Italian with LearnItalianPod.com – One of the things that caught our attention while reviewing a long list of Italian sayings is how many of them, and surely some of the most famous ones, are made up using animal names. “Pulce” (flea), “mosca” (fly), “cane” (dog), “gatto” (cat), “elefante” (elephant), and “lupo” (wolf) are only [...]…

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28. The Big Italian Meal (5 Minutes A Day)

2010-08-01 :: Learn Italian Pod

Learn Italian with LearnItalianPod.com – Some says that the only two things you need when visiting Italy are “stomaco vuoto” (an empty stomach), and “un grande appetito” (a big appetite). It is a very well known fact that Italian meals can be long multi-course affairs, particularly when visiting, staying with a family, or celebrating any [...]…

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27. Which Came First, The Egg or The Hen? (5 Min. A Day)

2010-07-25 :: Learn Italian Pod

Learn Italian with LearnItalianPod.com – This time, get ready for something special as we’re going to finally answer, once and for all, to an enigma that has bothered mankind forever, and we’re going to do it while learning a lot of useful Italian. Here’s the question: “e’ nato prima l’uovo o la gallina?” (in English: [...]…

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26. L’Ora di Carosello (5 Minutes A Day)

2010-07-18 :: Learn Italian Pod

Learn Italian with LearnItalianPod.com – “Carosello” (in English: “Carousel” or “Merry-Go-Round”), was a very famous ten-minute advertising program broadcasted every evening from 8:50 to 9:00 PM on Italian national TV, and it ran for twenty years straight from the late Fifties until the late Seventies. “Carosello” was a huge success and, for generations of Italian [...]…

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30. The Best Summer Vacation Ever (Upper Intermediate)

2010-07-11 :: Learn Italian Pod

Learn Italian with LearnItalianPod. Episode #30 of the “Upper-Intermediate Level Series” is entitled “The Best Summer Vacation Ever”. Summertime, time for vacation! For those visiting Italy, there’s a wealth of choice of things to do and to see. Sea, mountain, cities, monuments, art, and food are just some of the many Italian attractions. So, let’s [...]…

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25. Our Little Friends NE & CI (5 Minutes A Day)

2010-06-29 :: Learn Italian Pod

Learn Italian with LearnItalianPod.com – Several VIP Members (thank you Luis, Sandra, and Carmen) have requested that we dedicate a lesson to the hugely common Italian little words “NE” and “CI”. Just listen to two native Italians speaking and good chances are you will hear the two little words “NE” and “CI” repeated several times. [...]…

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24. The Juliet Club (5 Minutes A Day)

2010-06-20 :: Learn Italian Pod

Learn Italian with LearnItalianPod.com – This time, let’s talk about love! – LearnItalianPod VIP Member Carolina, who is from New York but studies in Verona, Italy, sent us a terrific email. – She says: “Every day on my way to school I pass by the most famous balcony in the world: Juliet’s balcony. It is [...]…

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23. I Want, I Can, I Must! (5 Minutes A Day)

2010-06-13 :: Learn Italian Pod

Learn Italian with LearnItalianPod.com – We have said several times how important it is to learn and practice verbs and it is a known fact that your knowledge of verbs will truly determine your real level of Italian language. So today, let’s have fun by learning and practicing three super important Italian verbs together with [...]…

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22. Ten Pick Up Lines That Work (5 Minutes A Day)

2010-06-07 :: Learn Italian Pod

Learn Italian with LearnItalianPod.com – VIP Member Giuseppe from Atlanta, Georgia sent us one of the most unusual emails that we have ever received. He says: “My good friend Tom and I are going to be leaving for Italy in a couple of weeks for the trip of a lifetime. – We’re both single and, [...]…

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21. The Ubiquitous Word “CHE” (5 Minutes A Day)

2010-05-31 :: Learn Italian Pod

Learn Italian with LearnItalianPod.com — VIP Member Luna sent us some great feedback. She says: “If there’s one word in the Italian language that’s truly used everywhere, that is the small word “che”… and what makes it interesting (and somewhat confusing!), is that this small little word can have several different functions within a sentence. [...]…

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20. 15 Slang Expressions Only Real Italians Use (5 Min. A Day)

2010-05-23 :: Learn Italian Pod

Learn Italian with LearnItalianPod.com – Episode #20 of LearnItalianPod “5 Minutes A Day” lesson series is now live! This one is entitled “15 Slang Expressions Only Real Italians Use”. This time, we’re going to do something different… oh, and you’re going to love this one! – Get ready to learn some Italian slang you won’t [...]…

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19. Travel Survival #2: Transportation (5 Minutes A Day)

2010-05-16 :: Learn Italian Pod

Learn Italian with LearnItalianPod.com – Episode #19 of LearnItalianPod “5 Minutes A Day” lesson series is now live! This one is entitled “Travel Survival #2: Transportation”. According to all the positive feedback received, it looks like you really enjoyed our first “travel survival” episode last week, and that made us really happy… again, thanks to [...]…

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18. Travel Survival #1: Sightseeing (5 Minutes A Day)

2010-05-09 :: Learn Italian Pod

Learn Italian with LearnItalianPod.com – Episode #18 of LearnItalianPod “5 Minutes A Day” lesson series is now live! This one is entitled “Travel Survival #1: Sightseeing”. This time, get ready to go into “travel survival mode” and to do a lot of practice! LearnItalianPod VIP Member Olivia gave us a great idea. She said: “How [...]…

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17. Mom Is Always Mom (5 Minutes A Day)

2010-05-02 :: Learn Italian Pod

Learn Italian with LearnItalianPod.com – Episode #17 of LearnItalianPod “5 Minutes A Day” lesson series is now live! This one is entitled “Mom Is Always Mom”. Like in many other countries, on May 9th 2010 Italians celebrate “Mother’s Day”, and, sure as sunrise, this is a very important day in Italy: in fact, Italians truly [...]…

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16. Seven Steps To Happiness (5 Minutes A Day)

2010-04-19 :: Learn Italian Pod

Learn Italian with LearnItalianPod.com – Episode #16 of LearnItalianPod “5 Minutes A Day” lesson series is now live! This one is entitled “Seven Steps To Happiness”. VIP Member Gianni, who is from Las Vegas, Nevada but who lives in Italy in the beautiful city of Venice, sent us a wonderful email. – He says that [...]…

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15. To Stay or To Be: That is The Question (5 Min. A Day)

2010-04-11 :: Learn Italian Pod

Learn Italian with LearnItalianPod.com – Learn Italian with LearnItalianPod.com – Episode #15 of LearnItalianPod “5 Minutes A Day” lesson series is now live! This one is entitled “To Stay or To Be: That Is The Question”. Several LearnItalianPod VIP Members have requested that we explained why and when the verb “stare” (to stay) is used [...]…

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14. The Omnipresent Verb “Fare” (5 Minutes A Day)

2010-04-04 :: Learn Italian Pod

Learn Italian with LearnItalianPod.com – Episode #14 of LearnItalianPod “5 Minutes A Day” lesson series is now live! This one is entitled “The Omnipresent Verb ‘Fare’”. VIP Member Matteo from San Francisco, California sent us some great feedback. He says: “I love learning Italian. He’s such a musical language, and you can get caught up [...]…

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13. Where Does It Come From? (5 Minutes A Day)

2010-03-28 :: Learn Italian Pod

Learn Italian with LearnItalianPod.com – Episode #13 of LearnItalianPod “5 Minutes A Day” lesson series is now live! This one is entitled “Where Does It Come From?”. VIP Member Francesca from Orlando, Florida sent us a great email. She asks: “What about the name “Italia”? Where does it come from?” That’s an interesting question, Francesca! [...]…

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12. 10 Italian Proverbs You Can’t Live Without (5 Min. A Day)

2010-03-22 :: Learn Italian Pod

Learn Italian with LearnItalianPod.com – Episode #12 of LearnItalianPod “5 Minutes A Day” lesson series is now live! This one is entitled “10 Italian Proverbs You Can’t Live Without”. Many linguistic experts agree on the fact that there is no better way to learn Italian language and culture than to practice Italian proverbs. In fact, [...]…

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11. What’s With The Last Name? (5 Minutes A Day)

2010-03-15 :: Learn Italian Pod

Learn Italian with LearnItalianPod.com – Episode #11 of LearnItalianPod “5 Minutes A Day” lesson series is entitled “What’s With The Last Name?”. What’s really interesting about Italian last names is that the vast majority of them were created from a few very specific sources: from a parent’s name, from a job or trade, from a [...]…

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10. Che Bella Figura! (5 Minutes A Day)

2010-03-07 :: Learn Italian Pod

Episode #10 of LearnItalianPod “5 Minutes A Day” lesson series is now live! This one is entitled “Che Bella Figura!”. Italian author Beppe Severgnini in his interesting book “La Bella Figura – A Field Guide To The Italian Mind” says that only in Italian does there exist an expression like “fare bella figura”. It corresponds [...]…

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9. 25 Great Ways To Be Romantic (5 Minutes A Day)

2010-02-28 :: Learn Italian Pod

Learn Italian with LearnItalianPod.com – Episode #9 of LearnItalianPod “5 Minutes A Day” lesson series is now live! This one is entitled “25 Great Ways To Be Romantic”. It has been said many times that Italian is the language of love. So, what better way to celebrate the end of the “month of love”, February, [...]…

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8. 7 Conversation Starters That Never Fail (5 Minutes A Day)

2010-02-21 :: Learn Italian Pod

Learn Italian with LearnItalianPod.com – Episode #8 of LearnItalianPod “5 Minutes A Day” lesson series is now live! This one is entitled “7 Conversation Starters That Never Fail”. We’re sure there are times when you wish to start conversing in Italian, but you do not find the right words or topics to begin the conversation. [...]…

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7. Twisting Your Tongue… The Italian Way! (5 Minutes A Day)

2010-02-14 :: Learn Italian Pod

Learn Italian with LearnItalianPod.com – Episode #7 of LearnItalianPod “5 Minutes A Day” lesson series is now live! This one is entitled “Twisting Your Tongue… The Italian Way!”. Tongue twisters are a great way to practice pronunciation, and they’re useful to sharpen your ability to articulate words and sentences. — And let’s face it, just [...]…

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6. The Top Ten Italian Verbs (5 Minutes A Day)

2010-01-31 :: Learn Italian Pod

Learn Italian with LearnItalianPod.com – Episode #6 of LearnItalianPod “5 Minutes A Day” lesson series is now live! This one is entitled “The Top Ten Italian Verbs”. Anyone learning Italian will soon discover how important it is to learn and practice verbs – in fact, your knowledge of Italian verbs will truly determine your real [...]…

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5. Caffe’ e Cornetto, per Favore! (5 Minutes A Day)

2010-01-25 :: Learn Italian Pod

Learn Italian with LearnItalianPod.com – Episode #5 of LearnItalianPod “5 Minutes A Day” lesson series is now live! This one is entitled “Caffe’ e Cornetto, per Favore!”. History has it that the President and CEO of the largest coffeehouse company in the world had the idea of his business after a trip to Milan, in [...]…

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4. I Need A Pharmacy (5 Minutes A Day)

2010-01-18 :: Learn Italian Pod

Learn Italian with LearnItalianPod.com – Episode #4 of the all new LearnItalianPod “5 Minutes A Day” lesson series is now live! This one is called: “I Need A Pharmacy”. In Italy, for small emergencies and for minor aches, colds or flu, the best solution is to go to a “farmacia” (a pharmacy). – Even if [...]…

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3. Happiness Is A Bowl of Pasta (5 Minutes A Day)

2010-01-10 :: Learn Italian Pod

Learn Italian with LearnItalianPod.com – Episode #3 of the all new LearnItalianPod “5 Minutes A Day” lesson series is now live! This one is called: “Happiness is a Bowl of Pasta”. Pasta is definitely “the queen of Italian cuisine”, and it is also certainly one of the most loved foods in the world. So, let’s [...]…

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2. Going On A White Week (5 Minutes A Day)

2010-01-03 :: Learn Italian Pod

Learn Italian with the newest show on LearnItalianPod.com: “5 Minutes A Day”, episode #2! “5 Minutes A Day” lessons are “fun-to-listen-to” and “fun-to-practice” 5 to 10 minutes lessons that will provide you with knowledge on a great variety of topics and they are great for beginner, intermediate, and upper intermediate students of Italian. On this [...]…

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1. 7 Most Common New Year’s Resolutions (5 Minutes A Day)

2009-12-27 :: Learn Italian Pod

Learn Italian with the newest show on LearnItalianPod.com: “5 Minutes A Day”, episode #1! “5 Minutes A Day” lessons are “fun-to-listen-to” 5 to 10 minutes lessons that will provide you with knowledge on a great variety of topics and they are great for beginner, intermediate, and upper intermediate students of Italian. – On this first [...]…

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50. They Arrested Santa Claus! (Culture Shot)

2009-12-13 :: Learn Italian Pod

Christmas is just a few days away, and, to get you into the holiday mood, what could be better than celebrating Santa Claus? But, as you will see, this is definitely not going to be a traditional celebration… In fact, we’re reporting an incredible piece of news from Italy: in Naples, they have arrested Santa [...]…

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29. Look, It’s Snowing! (Upper Intermediate)

2009-12-06 :: Learn Italian Pod

Learn Italian with LearnItalianPod. Episode #29 of the “Upper-Intermediate Level Series” is entitled “Look, It’s Snowing!”. It’s Sunday early in the morning in Milan. Outside it is cold, as it’s the middle of winter. Christmas is just around the corner. Lucia and Italo just woke up, and there’s a quiet and peaceful atmosphere in the [...]…

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49. Nicknames Galore! (Culture Shot)

2009-11-29 :: Learn Italian Pod

Learn Italian with LearnItalianPod. What happens when one fourth of the families living in a small Italian town of 50,000 people have the same last name and they can only be distinguished by their nicknames? Easy… a lot of confusion, as it becomes almost impossible to know who’s who; and confusion remains until those families [...]…

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28. I’m Left On Feet! (Upper Intermediate)

2009-11-15 :: Learn Italian Pod

Learn Italian with LearnItalianPod. Episode #28 of the “Upper-Intermediate Level Series” is entitled “I’m Left On Feet!”. Does it sound like nonsense? Well, let’s explain! – Italians use the famous expression “rimanere a piedi”, which in English can be translated as “to be left on feet”, to say that their car broke down and therefore [...]…

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48. Hurrah for The Lantern (Culture Shot)

2009-11-08 :: Learn Italian Pod

Learn Italian with LearnItalianPod. When you think about a sea-bathing establishment right on the beach, you mentally picture men, women, and children all together enjoying their time outside. Not so if you enter the sea-bathing establishment “La Lanterna” in Trieste, Italy, where men and women cannot mingle together but are in fact separated by a [...]…

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27. Brand or No Brand? (Upper Intermediate)

2009-11-01 :: Learn Italian Pod

Learn Italian with LearnItalianPod. Episode #27 of the “Upper-Intermediate Level Series” is entitled “Brand or No Brand?”. When it comes to buying clothes, Italians are divided into two opposing categories: on one side those who refuse to buy anything that is not “branded” and on the opposite side those who do not care about names [...]…

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47. The Food of The Gods (Culture Shot)

2009-10-25 :: Learn Italian Pod

Learn Italian with LearnItalianPod. Chocolate has been considered “il cibo degli dei” (the food of the gods) since the beginning of time. Let’s face it: Italian or not, you will hardly find anyone that doesn’t like the taste of chocolate. But the good people from Perugia, Italy have taken the love of chocolate to the [...]…

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26. Hi Grandma, It’s Me! (Upper Intermediate)

2009-10-18 :: Learn Italian Pod

Episode #26 of the “Upper-Intermediate Level Series” is entitled “Hi Grandma, It’s Me!”. Even if nowadays is not like it used to be, when the traditional Italian family (which included grandparents and grandchildren) lived all together in the same house, for Italians family still remains of fundamental importance. So, let’s take a little break from [...]…

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46. The Ultimate Lottery Prize (Culture Shot)

2009-10-11 :: Learn Italian Pod

Learn Italian with LearnItalianPod. If there’s one expression that perfectly describes Italian people imagination and creativity, that is “una ne fai, cento ne pensi” (one thing you do, one hundred things you come up with). A major Italian supermarket chain took the thinking to the extreme so, at this time of major economic crisis, they [...]…

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25. I’m Not Here For Anyone (Upper Intermediate)

2009-10-04 :: Learn Italian Pod

Learn Italian with LearnItalianPod. Episode #25 of the “Upper-Intermediate Level Series” is entitled “I’m Not Here For Anyone”. It’s Wednesday morning in Milan. Lucia is home, and she’s getting ready for an important business meeting. There’s only one problem: a terrible headache is driving her crazy. So, let’s see how our friend Lucia deals with [...]…

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45. Off The Beaten Path (Culture Shot)

2009-09-21
Length: 18m 18s

Learn Italian with LearnItalianPod. Maybe you've already been to Italy once, you've seen the monuments, visited the major museums, and stayed in the historic city ...…

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45. Off The Beaten Path (Culture Shot)

2009-09-20 :: Learn Italian Pod

Learn Italian with LearnItalianPod. Maybe you’ve already been to Italy once, you’ve seen the monuments, visited the major museums, and stayed in the historic city center and now you’re looking for something different… Maybe you really aren’t that much into cities and don’t like the traffic and the noise… Or maybe your goal is to [...]…

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24. I Lost My Wallet! (Upper Intermediate)

2009-09-13 :: Learn Italian Pod

Learn Italian with LearnItalianPod. Episode #24 of the “Upper-Intermediate Level Series” is entitled “I Lost My Wallet!”. There is nothing than can ruin a day more than losing a wallet, and the thought of all the time one has to waste to report the fact to the police, the bank, close all the accounts, and [...]…

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23. It’s Back To School Time! (Upper Intermediate)

2009-09-07 :: Learn Italian Pod

Learn Italian with LearnItalianPod. Episode #23 of the “Upper-Intermediate Level Series” is entitled “It’s Back To School Time!”. For millions of Italian students the first day of school is just around the corner. In Italy in fact school traditionally begins the second week of September. Let’s follow our friend Lucia as she makes sure her [...]…

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44. A Cheesy Collateral (Culture Shot)

2009-08-31 :: Learn Italian Pod

Learn Italian with LearnItalianPod. VIP Member Lisa sent us one of the most entertaining email we’ve ever received. She says: “I read this article in the New York Times about an Italian bank keeping wheels of Parmesan cheese as collateral for bank loans to cheese makers. I was blown away by this but not really [...]…

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30. How To Deal With Street Annoyances (HTI)

2009-08-23 :: Learn Italian Pod

Learn Italian with LearnItalianPod. VIP Member Rachel from Miami, Florida, says: “When I was living in Italy a couple of years ago, there were quite a few times when I encountered difficult situations while walking on the street. For example, with men approaching me and trying to get my phone number, street vendors trying to [...]…

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43. Agosto, Moglie Mia Non Ti Conosco (Culture Shot)

2009-08-16 :: Learn Italian Pod

Learn Italian with LearnItalianPod. LearnItalianPod VIP subscriber Alexandra from Vancouver is in Italy for study reasons. She says: “It’s the week of mid-August here in Milano and I wasn’t really prepared for what appears to be a desert city. I mean, it is… empty! Where’s everyone? And what’s with the sentence “agosto, moglie mia non [...]…

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22. Add A Seat To The Table (Upper Intermediate)

2009-08-09 :: Learn Italian Pod

Learn Italian with LearnItalianPod. Episode #22 of the “Upper-Intermediate Level Series” is entitled “Add A Seat To The Table”. There are at least two things that every Italian loves to do: the first is “to spend time with friends”, and the second is… to eat well. And when these two things are combined and done [...]…

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42. The Most Famous Italian Word (Culture Shot)

2009-08-02 :: Learn Italian Pod

Learn Italian with LearnItalianPod. Here’s what VIP Member Richie from Chicago has to say about his recent trip to Italy: “I had the best time ever. It’s just incredible how beautiful Italy really is… and how Italians can be charming and generous, once you just try to speak their language! And, about the Italian language… [...]…

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21. A Hot Summer’s Night (Upper Intermediate)

2009-07-26 :: Learn Italian Pod

Learn Italian with LearnItalianPod. Episode #21 of the “Upper-Intermediate Level Series” is entitled “A Hot Summer’s Night”. Someone said that nothing can surpass a nice summer’s night in a town on the sea in Italy. A bright moon, a clear sky, the ideal temperature, music in the streets, and everywhere people enjoying the summer. So, [...]…

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Phrasebook #11: “Ready, Set, Go!”

2009-07-20 :: Learn Italian Pod

Learn Italian with LearnItalianPod. Finally, your dream trip to Italy is becoming a reality, and it is just about to begin. Now for the big questions: “how and what to pack?” – You certainly don’t want to spoil your dream vacation in Italy just because you left something necessary back home. What you do need [...]…

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41. The Mayor’s Water (Culture Shot)

2009-07-13 :: Learn Italian Pod

Learn Italian with LearnItalianPod. VIP Member Gloria was in Venice just a few days ago. She wrote us an incredibly nice email, where she says: “As I was walking around this marvelous city, I couldn’t help but notice a lot of billboards featuring the smiling mayor of Venice saying ‘Anch’io bevo l’acqua del Sindaco’ (I, [...]…

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20. I Told You So! (Upper Intermediate)

2009-07-05 :: Learn Italian Pod

Learn Italian with LearnItalianPod. Episode #20 of the “Upper-Intermediate Level Series” is entitled “I Told You So!” – The sentence “Te l’avevo detto” (I told you so, in English) is the one phrase that everyone hates to hear when something goes wrong, and it’s a sure way, when used between husband and wife, to end [...]…

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40. The Fox and The Crow (Culture Shot)

2009-06-28 :: Learn Italian Pod

Learn Italian with LearnItalianPod. Longtime VIP Member Patricia from Boston sent us a terrific email. She writes: “One of the fondest memories I have of my recent trip to Italy is the discovery of some great Italian tales written by an ancient author called Fedro. It all happened one night, by absolute chance, as I [...]…

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3. Quando, Quando, Quando (Canta Che Ti Passa)

2009-06-21 :: Learn Italian Pod

Learn Italian with the newest show on LearnItalianPod.com: “Canta Che Ti Passa”, episode #3! This time we feature a very famous, happy and joyful Italian pop song called “Quando, Quando, Quando”. Presented at the Festival di Sanremo contest in 1962 by great singer and music producer Tony Renis, “Quando, Quando, Quando” didn’t win the contest, [...]…

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19. Say It With Food (Upper Intermediate)

2009-06-14 :: Learn Italian Pod

Learn Italian with LearnItalianPod. Italians love food, and love to eat… that’s a fact. For them, food is pleasure as much as nourishment. What they also love to do is to express opinions about people or things using food names that best describe them! So, let’s follow Lucia and Italo as they play this little [...]…

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2. Nessun Dorma (Canta Che Ti Passa)

2009-06-07 :: Learn Italian Pod

Learn Italian with the newest show on LearnItalianPod.com: “Canta Che Ti Passa”, a terrific new series that will teach you how to dramatically improve your Italian through its most famous songs! In this second episode of the show, we are going to feature one of the best known songs in all opera history, an all [...]…

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1. Volare (Canta Che Ti Passa)

2009-05-31 :: Learn Italian Pod

Welcome to all of you Italian learners to the newest show on LearnItalianPod.com: “Canta Che Ti Passa”, episode #1! One of the easiest and most fun way to improve every aspect of your Italian, including pronunciation, grammar, vocabulary, and expression, and at the same time to learn more about Italian culture, is through…Italian music! So [...]…

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18. At The Galleria degli Uffizi (Upper Intermediate)

2009-05-25 :: Learn Italian Pod

Learn Italian with LearnItalianPod. Episode #18 of the “Upper-Intermediate Level Series” is entitled “At The Galleria degli Uffizi” – Let’s follow Lucia and her colleague Tina, who is an architect from New York in Italy for business, as they visit the “Galleria degli Uffizi” in Florence, one of the most famous museums of paintings and [...]…

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39. Two Letters, Single Sound (Culture Shot)

2009-05-17 :: Learn Italian Pod

Learn Italian with LearnItalianPod. Our dear friend and longtime VIP subscriber Carlo, who is from England but lives in Rome, says: “I have got to tell you, Jane and Massimo… some of the sounds of the Italian language, like “GL”, “GN”, or “SC”, are so difficult to pronounce correctly. Please make an episode about it, [...]…

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38. The Pizza Vending Machine (Culture Shot)

2009-05-10 :: Learn Italian Pod

Learn Italian with LearnItalianPod.com – Our dear friend and longtime VIP subscriber Lisa from Chicago sent us a fantastic piece of news about an invention made in Italy which, if it works, is going to change forever one of the icon of the Italian food: la pizza! That’s the “pizza vending machine” – a machine [...]…

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17. Don’t Shoot The Messenger (Upper Intermediate)

2009-05-03 :: Learn Italian Pod

Learn Italian with LearnItalianPod.com – Episode #17 of the “Upper-Intermediate Level Series” is entitled “Don’t Shoot The Messenger” – Italo is outside of the house for a walk, as he does every evening after dinner. The telephone rings in the house, Lucia answers and… there are bad news for Italo: an important business deal that [...]…

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16. Whose Turn Is It Tonight? (Upper Intermediate)

2009-04-26 :: Learn Italian Pod

Learn Italian with LearnItalianPod. Episode #16 of the “Upper-Intermediate Level Series” is entitled “Whose Turn Is It Tonight?” – Italo and Lucia just finished dinner in their house in Milan. It’s time to do the dishes: whose turn is it to do it tonight? Italo says Lucia, and Lucia says Italo… but someone has got [...]…

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37. Aprile Dolce Dormire (Culture Shot)

2009-04-19 :: Learn Italian Pod

Learn Italian with LearnItalianPod.com – Jane was talking the other day to her sister Lucia who lives in Italy and she was telling her how sleepy she was feeling right in the middle of the day. Her sister said: “Jane, ricordati, Aprile dolce dormire… (Jane, remember, April sweet sleeping…)”. – And Jane suddenly remembered when, [...]…

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15. A Fun Networking Event (Upper Intermediate)

2009-04-05 :: Learn Italian Pod

Learn Italian with LearnItalianPod! Episode #15 of the “Upper-Intermediate Level Series” is entitled “A Fun Networking Event”. We’re back in Venice. Another day has passed and Italo has been invited for a networking event after his business meeting. So, let’s hear how Italian professionals network and exchange business cards. If you plan to go to [...]…

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36. The Day of The Fools (Culture Shot)

2009-03-29 :: Learn Italian Pod

In Italy, as well as in the rest of the world, April 1st is traditionally a day of jokes, silliness, and pranks of any kind. The traditional Italian “Pesce d’Aprile” (April Fools’ in English) consists of someone attaching a paper cutout of a small fish to the rear shoulders of a friend or a family [...]…

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14. How Did Your Day Go? (Upper Intermediate)

2009-03-22 :: Learn Italian Pod

Learn Italian with LearnItalianPod. Episode #14 of the “Upper-Intermediate Level Series” is entitled “How did your day go?” – Lucia just came back home from work. Waiting for her at home is her son Mattia. Lucia asks her son how his day went, and sure enough, Mattia has some great news for his mother! So [...]…

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35. The Yellow Mimosa (Culture Shot)

2009-03-15 :: Learn Italian Pod

Here is what our longtime VIP member and friend Barbara says: “I’m writing this email from Florence in Italy, where I’ve been living for a couple of months already, to study art. A few days ago, the 8th of March, I went out with my best Italian friend Maria, and as we walked down the [...]…

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13. Planning A Surprise (Upper Intermediate)

2009-03-08 :: Learn Italian Pod

Learn Italian with LearnItalianPod.com! Episode #13 of the “Upper-Intermediate Level Series” is entitled “Planning A Surprise”. Lucia is planning a surprise party to celebrate her husband Italo’s birthday, and she decides to call Gianni, a friend of the family, to discuss what to do. We’ll hear a phone conversation between two friends: you’ll find a [...]…

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12. At The Newsstand (Upper Intermediate)

2009-03-01 :: Learn Italian Pod

Let’s do a little recap. In the first eleven episodes of this “Upper-Intermediate Level Series” we’ve followed our friend Italo during one of his days. Now, let’s go back in time, and let’s see what happened to his wife Lucia during the same day. In doing so, we’ll review and practice conversations on useful and [...]…

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34. Honey, We’re Having A Baby! (Culture Shot)

2009-02-22 :: Learn Italian Pod

Learn Italian with LearnItalianPod.com – Our good friend and VIP member Juliet sent us a wonderful email. She says: “I love the podcast, and have been listening to it ever since I met and married my lovely Italian husband. Every time we go back to see his family, my Italian has improved. Would you consider [...]…

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11. Goodnight My Love (Upper Intermediate)

2009-02-15 :: Learn Italian Pod

Episode #11 of the “Upper-Intermediate Level Series” is entitled “Goodnight My Love”. Italo is finally in his bedroom at the hotel in Venice, ready to go to bed. There’s only one thing he needs to do right before falling asleep: calling his wife Lucia, ask her about her day, and wish her goodnight. Let’s hear [...]…

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10. At The Internet Cafe (Upper Intermediate)

2009-02-08 :: Learn Italian Pod

Episode #10 of the “Upper-Intermediate Level Series” is entitled “At The Internet Cafe” – It’s 9:00 PM in Venice, and our hero Italo, after visiting Piazza San Marco, the famous Harry’s Bar, and other beautiful tourist places, decides to spend the last half hour of the day at an Internet Cafe, to check his email, [...]…

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33. Una Multa Indimenticabile (Culture Shot)

2009-02-01 :: Learn Italian Pod

Learn Italian with LearnItalianPod.com – Our friend and VIP subscriber Debra, born and raised in London, England, but now living in Italy, sent us a terrific and very funny email. She says: “A few days ago, I happened to read a very funny story entitled “Una Multa Indimenticabile” (Literally “Un Unforgettable Fine”). Sometimes, excuses that [...]…

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9. Is It Worth Going There? (Upper Intermediate)

2009-01-25 :: Learn Italian Pod

Episode #9 of the “Upper Intermediate Level Series” is entitled “Is It Worth Going There?” – Our hero Italo has finally made it to Piazza S. Marco. As he stands in the middle of the Piazza, enjoying the marvelous view of that timeless place, he hears a tourist guide talking about the mythical “Harry’s Bar” [...]…

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8. Where is Piazza San Marco? (Upper Intermediate)

2009-01-18 :: Learn Italian Pod

Episode #8 of the “Upper Intermediate Level Series” is entitled “Where is Piazza San Marco?” – Let’s start with a little recap. Our friend Italo, who is spending the night in a hotel in Venice after his business meeting was cancelled, decides to go for a walk, determined to reach San Marco Square. He thinks [...]…

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32. La Befana Vien di Notte (Culture Shot)

2009-01-11 :: Learn Italian Pod

Learn Italian with LearnItalianPod.com – Just a few days ago, on January 6th, Italian children of all ages have celebrated “il giorno della Befana”. “La Befana”, the benevolent witch who comes riding a flying broomstick, is a national holiday in Italy, and it also represents the end of the holiday season for millions of children, [...]…

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7. I Need A Room For Tonight (Upper Intermediate)

2009-01-04 :: Learn Italian Pod

Episode #7 of this exciting “Upper Intermediate Level Series” is entitled “I Need A Room For Tonight”. Last week we had left our friend Italo in the middle of un unpleasant situation. The business meeting he was supposed to have has been cancelled and rescheduled for the following morning. Now Italo must find a place [...]…

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6. What Do You Mean He’s Not Here? (Upper Intermediate)

2008-12-28 :: Learn Italian Pod

Learn Italian with LearnItalianPod.com! Episode #6 of the new Upper Intermediate Level Series” is entitled “What Do You Mean He’s Not Here?”. Our hero Italo has finally arrived to his important business appointment. Unfortunately an unexpected and unpleasant surprise awaits him… – Today we are going to learn some useful sentences and vocabulary that you [...]…

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31. Filastrocca di Babbo Natale (Culture Shot)

2008-12-21 :: Learn Italian Pod

The Holidays are upon us and, to get you into the spirit of things, we would love to dedicate today’s episode to one of the “all time” symbols of kindness and generosity — and that is, Babbo Natale! We are going to celebrate Babbo Natale (Santa Claus in English) with a couple of lovely Italian [...]…

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5. An Unexpected Encounter (Upper Intermediate)

2008-12-14 :: Learn Italian Pod

Here’s what our VIP Subscriber Amanda has to say about this new Upper Intermediate Level Series: “I just love this new series. That’s exactly what I needed. I can understand most of the Italian spoken on the series, and it is challenging enough to drive me on and keep me digging deeper into this marvelous [...]…

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4. Let Me Grab A Bite To Eat (Upper Intermediate)

2008-12-07 :: Learn Italian Pod

Learn Italian with LearnItalianPod! Episode #4 of the new Upper Intermediate Level Series” is entitled “Let Me Grab A Bite To Eat”. Italo, the protagonist of this series, has finally arrived in Venice. It’s 1:00 PM and his business meeting is two hours away. Italo is starving and decides to stop at a bar to [...]…

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3. Can We Reschedule? (Upper Intermediate)

2008-12-01 :: Learn Italian Pod

Learn Italian with LearnItalianPod! Episode #3 of the highly acclaimed, new “Upper-Intermediate Level Series” is entitled “Can We Reschedule?” – Our hero Italo is on the train for Venice, where he has an important business appointment. The train is running late, and Italo is forced to call to reschedule the appointment. Today we are going [...]…

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30. A Very Expensive Yes (Culture Shot)

2008-11-23 :: Learn Italian Pod

Learn Italian with LearnItalianPod! Laura, a great friend who lives in Florence, Italy, sent us a wonderful email. She says: “I’m about to get married with the love of my life, a nice and charming Italian man, and I couldn’t be any happier! But let me tell you… I had no idea a wedding cost [...]…

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2. Catch That Train & Ride (Upper Intermediate)

2008-11-16 :: Learn Italian Pod

Learn Italian online with LearnItalianPod! We definitely did not expect such an enthusiastic reaction for this new “Upper Intermediate Level Series” – everyone seems to be finding our “a day in the life of our Italian friend Italo” very useful and entertaining, and that’s a terrific thing! Thanks everyone for all of your positive feedback; [...]…

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1. Wake Up, It’s Getting Late! (Upper Intermediate)

2008-11-10 :: Learn Italian Pod

Learn Italian with LearnItalianPod! You asked, we listened: the brand new Upper Intermediate Level Italian Course is finally here! This series continues right where the Intermediate Level left off, and it features conversations on useful and practical topics, as well as a comprehensive review of the Italian grammar focusing on those “not so easy” subjects, [...]…

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12. Pane e Tulipani (Advanced)

2008-11-02 :: Learn Italian Pod

Learn Italian with LearnItalianPod! Here’s episode number 12 of the new, fun, and exciting way to learn “Advanced Level Italian”. Based on famous Italian movies and almost entirely spoken in Italian, this series will help you in becoming fluent in Italian while discovering what Italian culture is all about! This time we are talking about [...]…

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29. The Jackpot Fever (Culture Shot)

2008-10-26 :: Learn Italian Pod

Learn Italian with LearnItalianPod! This episode is about… winning the “SuperEnalotto jackpot” and become a legend! The SuperEnalotto is the Italian lottery, and that’s what 99% of Italians are thinking about this week as a record-breaking prize of one hundred million euros (more or less 140 million US dollars), is up for grabs! They say [...]…

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29. How To Break The Ice (HTI)

2008-10-19
Length: 12m 46s

Antonio, a longtime LearnItalianPod VIP subscriber, responded to our survey making a very good point. He said: "When it comes to start and keep a ...…

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29. How To Break The Ice (HTI)

2008-10-19 :: Learn Italian Pod

Antonio, a longtime LearnItalianPod VIP subscriber, responded to our survey making a very good point. He said: “When it comes to start and keep a conversation in Italian going, that’s where I get frustrated. Most of the time, I don’t know how to start a conversation, and I end up asking “yes or no” kind [...]…

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11. Mio Fratello e’ Figlio Unico (Advanced)

2008-10-12 :: Learn Italian Pod

Learn Italian with LearnItalianPod! Here’s episode number 11 of the new, fun, and exciting way to learn “Advanced Level Italian”. Based on famous Italian movies and almost entirely spoken in Italian, this series will help you in becoming fluent in Italian while discovering what Italian culture is all about! This time we are talking about [...]…

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28. The Mama’s Boys (Culture Shot)

2008-10-05 :: Learn Italian Pod

Learn Italian with LearnItalianPod! This week’s episode is about… “the mama’s boys!” – Unbelievable but true, eight out of ten Italians aged between twenty and thirty still live at home, and the average age for moving out of the house is… thirty-six! In particular, well grow up men in their late thirties or even forties, [...]…

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28. How To Cook Perfect Pasta (HTI)

2008-09-28 :: Learn Italian Pod

Learn Italian with LearnItalianPod.com! Simon and Penny, two friends and LearnItalianPod VIP subscribers, have just returned from a fantastic trip to Italy. Simon says: “Thanks to your lessons, which had covered so many situations and given us such a grasp of the Italian language, we had a fantastic time: making an effort to speak Italian [...]…

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10. I Vitelloni (Advanced)

2008-09-21 :: Learn Italian Pod

Learn Italian Online with LearnItalianPod! Here’s episode number 10 of the new, fun, and exciting way to learn “Advanced Level Italian”. Based on famous Italian movies and almost entirely spoken in Italian, this series will help you in becoming fluent in Italian while discovering what Italian culture is all about! This time we’ll talk about [...]…

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27. The Historical Regatta (Culture Shot)

2008-09-14 :: Learn Italian Pod

Learn Italian with LearnItalianPod! This week’s episode is about… “one of the most traditional Italian events ever, in one of the most beautiful Italian cities ever!” – The event is the “Venice Historical Regatta”, which takes place every year on the first Sunday of September in the beautiful city of Venice. Our longtime friend and [...]…

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27. How To Confirm A Reservation (HTI)

2008-09-07 :: Learn Italian Pod

Learn Italian with LearnItalianPod.com! Rebecca from Melbourne, Australia, a longtime supporter and LearnItalianPod VIP subscriber, sent us a terrific email. She says: “How about a lesson on how to confirm a hotel reservation on the phone? I have made some of my hotel reservations for Italy on the Internet and, as every smart traveler should [...]…

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26. How To Do A Job Interview (HTI)

2008-08-31 :: Learn Italian Pod

Learn Italian with LearnItalianPod.com! Jenna from New York, a dear friend and a longtime LearnItalianPod VIP subscriber, is going to move to Italy very soon. She’s determined to find a job, perfect her Italian, and make it in the international tourism industry. She sent a lovely email that says “how about a lesson on how [...]…

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9. Il Sorpasso (Advanced)

2008-08-24 :: Learn Italian Pod

Learn Italian Online with LearnItalianPod! Here’s episode number 9 of the new, fun, and exciting way to learn “Advanced Level Italian”. Based on famous Italian movies and almost entirely spoken in Italian, this series will help you in becoming fluent in Italian while discovering what Italian culture is all about! This time we’ll talk about [...]…

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26. The Red from Maranello (Culture Shot)

2008-08-17 :: Learn Italian Pod

Learn Italian with LearnItalianPod! In this episode, Jane and Massimo would like to pay tribute to one of the major symbols of Italian creativity in the world, a true Italian cultural icon that has represented for decades the image of the perfect fusion of technology and beauty. Also known by enthusiasts all over the world [...]…

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8. Divorzio all’Italiana (Advanced)

2008-08-10 :: Learn Italian Pod

Learn Italian with LearnItalianPod! Here’s episode number 8 of the new, fun, and exciting way to learn “Advanced Level Italian”. Based on famous Italian movies and almost entirely spoken in Italian, this series will help you in becoming fluent in Italian while discovering what Italian culture is all about! This time we’ll talk about “Divorzio [...]…

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Phrasebook #10: Idiomatic Expressions (Three)

2008-08-03 :: Learn Italian Pod

Learn Italian with LearnItalianPod.com! Here’s episode # 3 of the mini series of shows all dedicated to Italian idiomatic sentences. Today, let’s learn and practice a selection of super-common, useful, and “fun to learn” idiomatic sentences that, once you master them, they will really make you sound like a real 100% Italian! Italian idiomatic sentences [...]…

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25. How (Not) To Argue With Style (HTI)

2008-07-27 :: Learn Italian Pod

Learn Italian with LearnItalianPod.com! Carla, a longtime LearnItalianPod VIP subscriber from Aspen, Oregon, sent us the most unusual request ever. She says “I’ve been with my Italian fiance’ Luca for two years. We’re really in love, and we’re planning to get married soon. Only thing I don’t like about him, he’s often late, and when [...]…

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7. Sotto il Sole della Toscana (Advanced)

2008-07-20 :: Learn Italian Pod

Learn advanced level Italian with LearnItalianPod.com! Here’s episode number 7 of the new, fun, and exciting way to learn “Advanced Level Italian”. Based on famous Italian movies and almost entirely spoken in Italian, this series will help you in becoming fluent in Italian while discovering what Italian culture is all about! This time we’ll be [...]…

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24. How To Host An Italian Theme Party (HTI)

2008-07-13 :: Learn Italian Pod

Learn Italian with LearnItalianPod.com! Our longtime friend and LearnItalianPod.com supporter JeanPaul from Boca Raton, Florida, wrote us a wonderful email. He says: “I’m planning to throw an Italian theme party… Imagine, a bunch of people fanatic about Italy coming to my house… How do I make it real? How do I make them feel like [...]…

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6. Il Postino (Advanced)

2008-07-06 :: Learn Italian Pod

Learn Italian with LearnItalianPod.com! Here’s episode number 6 of the new, fun, and exciting way to learn “Advanced Level Italian”. Based on famous Italian movies and almost entirely spoken in Italian, this series will help you in becoming fluent in Italian while discovering what Italian culture is all about! This time we’ll be talking about [...]…

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23. How To Rent An Apartment (HTI)

2008-06-29 :: Learn Italian Pod

Our great friend and longtime subscriber Carla from San Francisco wrote us a terrific email. She says “I’m going to move to Italy for six month to attend a class at the Universita’ per Stranieri in Perugia. Beside the fact that I’m super excited, I’m going to need to rent an apartment while there – [...]…

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5. Ladri di Biciclette (Advanced)

2008-06-22 :: Learn Italian Pod

Learn Advanced Level Italian with LearnItalianPod.com! Here’s the fifth episode of the new, fun, and exciting way to learn “Advanced Level Italian”. Based on famous Italian movies and almost entirely spoken in Italian, this series will help you in mastering the language while discovering what Italian culture is all about! This time we’ll be talking [...]…

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4. Mediterraneo (Advanced)

2008-06-15 :: Learn Italian Pod

Learn Italian with LearnItalianPod.com! Here’s the fourth episode of the new, fun, and exciting way to learn “Advanced Level Italian”. Based on famous Italian movies and almost entirely spoken in Italian, this series will take your Italian to the next level! Today’s movie is “Mediterraneo”, a terrific Italian film that won the Academy Award for [...]…

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Phrasebook #9: Idiomatic Expressions (Two)

2008-06-08 :: Learn Italian Pod

Learn Italian with LearnItalianPod.com! Here’s another episode of the mini series of shows all dedicated to Italian idiomatic sentences. We’ve started the series a couple of weeks ago, and, according to all the feedback received, our listeners are really enjoying it! So, let’s learn and practice a selection of super-common, useful, and “fun to learn” [...]…

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3. Bianco, Rosso e Verdone (Advanced)

2008-06-01 :: Learn Italian Pod

Learn Italian with LearnItalianPod.com! Here’s the third episode of the new, fun, and exciting way to learn “Advanced Level Italian”. Based on famous Italian movies and almost entirely spoken in Italian, this series will take your Italian to the next level! Today’s movie is “Bianco, Rosso, e Verdone”, a super-funny movie that highlights the merits [...]…

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Phrasebook #8: Idiomatic Expressions

2008-05-25 :: Learn Italian Pod

Gina, one of our LearnItalianPod VIP members and also a great friend, made a terrific suggestion. She said: “Did you ever think of doing a show on idiomatic phrases or expressions? Hearing the colloquialisms could be very helpful!” – What a fantastic idea, Gina! So here’s the first of a “mini series” of episodes (filed [...]…

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2. Nuovo Cinema Paradiso (Advanced)

2008-05-18 :: Learn Italian Pod

Learn Italian with LearnItalianPod.com! Here’s the second episode of the new, fun, and exciting way to learn “Advanced Level Italian”. Based on famous Italian movies and almost entirely spoken in Italian, this series will take your Italian to the next level! Today’s movie is “Nuovo Cinema Paradiso”, a marvelous Italian film, winner of a Best [...]…

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1. La Vita E’ Bella (Advanced)

2008-05-11 :: Learn Italian Pod

Learn Italian with Learn Italian Pod! The new, fun, and exciting way to learn “Advanced Level Italian” is finally here! Each advanced level lesson includes a short original lecture, a grammar rule with examples, and some idiomatic expressions and vocabulary with definitions. Jane & Massimo speak almost only Italian on this series. But what’s really [...]…

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22. How To Shop For Shoes (HTI)

2008-05-04 :: Learn Italian Pod

Diane, a great friend and a listener from San Diego, California, sent us a super-nice email. She says: “Nothing makes or breaks a look like the shoes you’re wearing. I have to confess that I’m a shoes fanatic, and I spend most of my shopping money on them! In less than one month, I will [...]…

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21. How To Go Crazy For Pizza (HTI)

2008-04-27 :: Learn Italian Pod

Learn Italian with LearnItalianPod.com! Jane happened to read a very cool article a few days ago entitled “Learn Italian While Eating Pizza”. Everyone knows that pizza was invented in Italy and is certainly one of the most popular food all over the world. What was interesting about the article, though, was a tongue-twister that featured [...]…

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25. My Big Italian Wedding (Culture Shot)

2008-04-20 :: Learn Italian Pod

Our friend Kelly from New Zealand sent us a wonderful email. She just got married with Paolo, who is from Italy, and their wedding took place in beautiful Sorrento, in Italy. – She says her wedding day was perfect, from the ceremony to the reception. She just didn’t know how big weddings can be in [...]…

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20. How To Go Green (HTI)

2008-04-13 :: Learn Italian Pod

Alan, one of the most active LearnItalianPod VIP subscribers, sent us a super-nice email. He says: “Nowadays, everyone is talking about the best ways to go green – that is, doing things to help the environment, and in general, being eco-friendly. So, how about an episode on how to go green, so we can learn [...]…

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19. How To Use The “5Ws and an H” (HTI)

2008-04-06 :: Learn Italian Pod

Learn Italian with LearnItalianPod! The “5Ws and an H” (Who, What, When, Where, Why, and How) are the fundamentals of clear and concise communication – in every language. It is a formula for getting the “full” story on something, and it’s a fantastic way to learn how to make questions while learning Italian. So, let’s [...]…

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18. How To Express Feelings (HTI)

2008-03-30
Length: 16m 39s

Mireille, a great friend and a listener from Canada, sent us a wonderful email. She says: "I'm studying Italian at the Italian Institute of Culture, ...…

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13. How To Eat Vegetarian (HTI)

2008-02-17
Length: 12m 5s

Learn Italian with LearnItalianPod! Julia, a vegetarian from New York, was traveling through the beautiful region of Liguria. She stopped at a local restaurant, thinking ...…

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13. How To Eat Vegetarian (HTI)

2008-02-17
Length: 12m 5s

Learn Italian with LearnItalianPod! Julia, a vegetarian from New York, was traveling through the beautiful region of Liguria. She stopped at a local restaurant, thinking she was going to have trouble in ordering a vegetarian meal but to her surprise[...]…

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12. How To Make Small Talk (HTI)

2008-02-10
Length: 10m 43s

Learn how to speak real everyday Italian with LearnItalianPod! You will find that most Italians are generous by heart, hospitable, and willing to talk at almost anytime of the day. Being able to connect with Italians through small talk can sometimes[...]…

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11. How To Ask For A Better Room (HTI)

2008-02-03
Length: 12m 5s

Learn Italian with LearnItalianPod! There’s nothing more disappointing than discovering that the hotel room chosen for a vacation is not of good quality. Issues like no hot water, toilet not working, old and smelly furniture, and so on…[...]…

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10. How To Come Up With An Excuse (HTI)

2008-01-28
Length: 11m 37s

Generally speaking, Italians are masters in coming up with original excuses when they decide not to do something. Our friend Mario, a 100% Italian that lives in New York, puts it this way: “You know, sometimes it is just not possible to make [...]…

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Phrasebook #6: Phone Conversations

2008-01-21
Length: 19m 19s

Learn how to talk on the phone in Italian with LearnItalianPod! Anna, one of the most active LearnItalianPod VIP members, sent us a great email. She says: “The business episode you’ve published a couple of weeks ago was just what I was l[...]…

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9. How To Catch A Bus (HTI)

2008-01-14
Length: 11m 52s

Catching a bus in Italy can be an unforgettable experience. It requires agility, a good sense of humor, and keeping in mind the golden rule: watch your step! Taking a ride on an Italian bus is definitely a must-do experience as it will let you obse[...]…

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Phrasebook #5: Business

2008-01-07
Length: 19m 36s

Learn business Italian terms and phrases with LearnItalianPod! Some of our LearnItalianPod VIP subscribers are business people that work for Italian companies. Most of them can speak enough to get around Italy, order food and ask for directions. The[...]…

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8. How To Make A Resolution (HTI)

2007-12-30
Length: 10m 48s

For Italians, like for the rest of the world, the beginning of the new year is also the time to make resolutions. Let’s hear our two Italian friends Jane and Massimo talking about their “risoluzioni del nuovo anno”. And speaking o[...]…

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7. How To Celebrate New Year’s Eve (HTI)

2007-12-26
Length: 11m 4s

Learn Italian with “How To Italian” episode nr. 7! New Year’s Eve (“il Capodanno” in Italian) is just a few days away, and it is absolutely a great time to be in Italy and to celebrate. One thing for sure: Italians lov[...]…

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6. How To Say Merry Christmas (HTI)

2007-12-16
Length: 9m 42s

The Holidays are just around the corner and, to get you into the spirit of things, what is better than to learn how Italians say “Buon Natale” (Merry Christmas) or “Buone Feste” (Happy Holidays) to their friends and loved on[...]…

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5. How To Tip Your Waiter (HTI)

2007-12-09
Length: 9m 45s

In Italy, tipping your waiter at the restaurant isn’t really done… and the reason is that there are usually two extra charges added to your restaurant bill: one is the “coperto” (cover charge) and the other is the “ser[...]…

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4. How To Ask For A Discount (HTI)

2007-12-02
Length: 8m 47s

Learn Italian with “How To Italian” episode nr. 4! Bargaining to get a "sconto" (discount) is something not quite common in a store, but it ...…

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3. How To Hook Up With Style (HTI)

2007-11-25
Length: 9m 9s

Learn Italian language with “How To Italian” episode nr. 3! In this episode we are going to learn how an Italian man approaches, with style, ...…

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2. How To Say What You Do (HTI)

2007-11-19
Length: 8m 41s

Welcome to “How To Italian” episode nr. 2! In today's episode we are going to learn how to ask someone you just met what he ...…

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1. How To Ask What’s Up (HTI)

2007-11-12
Length: 8m 7s

Learn Italian with LearnItalianPod! This is the first episode of a new series called “How To Italian” that we’re adding to our podcasts. "How To ...…

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24. The Gentle Language (Culture Shot)

2007-11-05
Length: 18m 35s

In this episode we'll talk about "the gentle language", the affectionate way Italians call their language. We think everyone agrees that Italian language is surely ...…

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50. Here’s Your Grocery List! (Intermediate)

2007-10-29
Length: 21m 19s

Learn Italian with LearnItalianPod! In this episode we'll talk about how to do grocery shopping in Italy! Grocery shopping in Italy is often considered as ...…

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23. An All-Italian Kiss (Culture Shot)

2007-10-22
Length: 17m 47s

Learn Italian with LearnItalianPod! In this twenty-third Culture Shot we'll talk about the most romantic chocolate candy in the world: the "Bacio Perugina", literally translated ...…

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49. Going To The Doctor (Intermediate)

2007-10-14
Length: 21m 5s

Learn Intermediate level Italian with LearnItalianPod! In today's episode we will talk about doctor's visits, flu and grandmother's remedies. One of our subscribers, Emanuela from ...…

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22. Double The Consonant! (Culture Shot)

2007-10-07
Length: 18m 17s

In this episode we'll talk about something that's very specific to the Italian language, that is, the pronunciation of double consonants. We'll see how to ...…

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48. You’re Sitting In My Seat! (Intermediate)

2007-09-30
Length: 18m 48s

Learn How To Speak Italian with LearnItalianPod! In today's episode we will talk about train trips and reserved seats. Kyle, one of LearnItalianPod subscribers, sent ...…

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21. Goodbye, Luciano (Culture Shot)

2007-09-23
Length: 16m 42s

Learn how to speak Italian fast and easily! In this episode, Jane and Massimo would like to pay tribute to the late great Luciano Pavarotti. ...…

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47. Let’s Go Dancing! (Intermediate)

2007-09-16
Length: 16m 37s

Learn Italian with LearnItalianPod! In today's episode we will talk about "fare due salti in discoteca" (literally: "to do two jumps in the disco"), a ...…

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20. Crazy for Limoncello! (Culture Shot)

2007-09-10
Length: 16m 21s

Learn how to speak Italian with our twentieth Culture Shot! Our friend Elliott from Australia sent us a nice email, all in italian (great job, ...…

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46. Let’s Buy The Tickets! (Intermediate)

2007-09-02
Length: 16m 34s

Learn intermediate level Italian with LearnItalianPod! In today's episode we will talk about... music, concerts and Italian singers. We'll listen to a phone conversation beetwen ...…

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Phrasebook #4: Lodging & Money

2007-08-20
Length: 12m 43s

Speak Italian with LearnItalianPod Phrasebook #4! While Jane has taken a few days of well-deserved vacation (she'll be back next week - and stay tuned, ...…

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19. Telling A Joke (Culture Shot)

2007-08-13
Length: 13m 48s

Learn how to speak Italian with LearnItalianPod.com! "But is it true that Italians love very much telling jokes to entertain their guests and friends? - ...…

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45. The Afternoon Nap (Intermediate)

2007-08-07
Length: 16m 7s

Learn Italian with Podcasts! Our dear friend Maria from New York asks: "Is it true that in Italy all shops close during lunch break?" - ...…

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18. An Italian Vacation (Culture Shot)

2007-07-29
Length: 15m 0s

Learn Italian with Culture Shot! Michele, one of LearnItalianPod's subscribers, feels he's finally ready to take a vacation to Italy! He asks: "When do Italians ...…

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44. I’ll Have an Espresso (Intermediate)

2007-07-22
Length: 18m 49s

Learn Italian with LearnItalianPod! "Tell me the way you take your coffee and I'll tell you who you are" - that's what Jane's grandmother used ...…

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17. Spaghetti On A Stamp (Culture Shot)

2007-07-15
Length: 15m 20s

Learn Italian with Culture Shot! "But are spaghetti or not the most famous type of pasta? - And why do Italians like their pasta ...…

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43. Are You Ready To Order? (Intermediate)

2007-07-09
Length: 16m 24s

In today's episode we'll talk about Italian food and restaurants! Italy is not only famous for its history and its artistic masterpieces, but also and ...…

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16. Knock on Wood (Culture Shot)

2007-07-02
Length: 15m 24s

Learn Italian with LearnItalianPod! - "Are Italians superstitious?" That is the question posed by Jeff, one of LearnItalianPod subscribers, on a lovely email that he ...…

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42. Attention All Passengers! (Intermediate)

2007-06-24
Length: 15m 48s

Learn Italian with Podcasts! Most likely, the very first thing you will see when visiting Italy is the airport you are arriving to - In ...…

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15. Cone or Cup? (Culture Shot)

2007-06-18
Length: 14m 27s

Learn Italian with LearnItalianPod! Today's episode is all about... il gelato Italiano! Ice cream represents all over the world one of the most famous Italian ...…

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41. What A Nice Dinner! (Intermediate)

2007-06-11
Length: 14m 23s

Learn intermediate level Italian with Podcasts! One of Italian people's favorite ways to relax and unwind after a long day at work is to have ...…

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14. Brava Gondoliera! (Culture Shot)

2007-06-04
Length: 12m 51s

Learn how to speak Italian with Culture Shot! Today's episode is about the end of a thousand-year-old Italian tradition. Our friend and listener William emailed ...…

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40. Do Not Double Park! (Intermediate)

2007-05-27
Length: 12m 56s

Our two friends and listeners Debbie and Antonio are back from Italy. They say: "We loved our trip and everything was great - except for ...…

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13. My Beautiful Bologna (Culture Shot)

2007-05-20
Length: 16m 12s

Learn Italian with Culture Shot! "Too many people, when they think of Italy, think only of Tuscany, Venice and Rome", says our loyal listener and ...…

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39. Validate Your Ticket! (Intermediate)

2007-05-13
Length: 14m 47s

Learn Italian with Podcasts! One of the most convenient ways to travel throughout Italy is by train - In today's episode we're going to hear ...…

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12. The Third Palio (Culture Shot)

2007-05-06
Length: 15m 26s

Learn Italian with Culture Shot! Today we'll talk about one of the most spectacular events in Italy: Il Palio di Siena! Kane from England sent ...…

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38. Emergency: Call 118! (Intermediate)

2007-04-29
Length: 13m 32s

Learn intermediate level Italian with Podcasts! Today's episode is about... how to deal with emergencies. Inspired by yet another feedback from one of our listeners ...…

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Phrasebook #7: Sightseeing & Entertainment

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Gianni, one of the most active LearnItalianPod VIP members, sent us a terrific email. He says: “Jane and Massimo, I love your podcasts! It makes learning Italian so much fun, and easier than any other method I’ve tried, and I’ve tried ma…

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17. How To Take A Taxi (HTI)

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Chances are that at some point during your trip to Italy you will take a taxi. Taking a taxi cab in Italy can become quite an adventure – in fact, you may experience first-hand why Italians have such a bad reputation as drivers… but, despite o…

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16. How To Get A Haircut (HTI)

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Lucia from New Zealand, one of LearnItalianPod subscribers, says: “When I went to Italy last year, I thought that my knowledge of the Italian language was good enough to be able to deal with almost any situations. Not so! – One day I wanted to…

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15. How To Borrow Money (HTI)

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Chances are, it has happened to all of us at one time or another… We’re enjoying a good night out with friends, when at some point we realize we have no money with us, and we’re suddenly at a crossroad: go back home, or ask one of our fr…

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14. How To Stay Fit (HTI)

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Learn Italian with LearnItalianPod! Anthony from London, England, goes to the gym and works out every day. He sent us an email saying: “I’m about to go to Italy and while there, I want to keep working out. I was wondering if you could do a les…

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