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Italian

Ahhh Italiano... There is something special and unique about Italian culture and language. Bits and pieces of this language are deeply interwoven throughout our own culture, and they pop up in everyday life. From Italian cars and fashion to wonderful cuisine, everybody has a soft spot for this rich and passionate culture.

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Building the basics.

Click a topic below to see the grammar goals and conversational goals for each chapter.

  • Greetings, Gratitude, and Goodbyes
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    Building the basics.

    Greetings, Gratitude, and Goodbyes

    • Express Gratitude
    • Greet People
    • Make Small Talk with Strangers
    • Say Goodbye
    • Form Questions Using Come
    • Know Forms of Stare : Sto , Stai , Sta
    • Use the Adverbs Bene , Abbastanza , and Molto
  • Do you Speak English?
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    Building the basics.

    Do you Speak English?

    • Ask and Tell What Language Someone Speaks
    • Ask and Tell Where Someone Is From
    • Get Someone's Attention
    • Say That You Are Sorry
    • Learn Adjectives for Nationality and Their Gender
    • Learn the Irregular Verb Essere , "To Be"
    • Use the Verb Parlare
  • Names and Introductions
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    Building the basics.

    Names and Introductions

    • Ask Someone's Name
    • Introduce Yourself and Another Person
    • Respond to Introductions
    • Say That You Are Not Someone or Something
    • Conjugate the Verb "To Be": Sono , Sei , È
    • Negate Verbs
    • Practice the Interrogative Adverb Come
    • Use the Reflexive Verb Chiamarsi
  • Getting Around
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    Building the basics.

    Getting Around

    • Ask for Directions
    • Get Help Finding Places Using a Map
    • Identify Places and Facilities Around Town
    • Understand Directions as They Are Given to You
    • Construct the Imperative Form of Andare
    • Form Second Person Formal and Informal of Potere
    • Form Second Person Formal and Informal of Sapere
    • Learn Adverbs of Place
  • Shopping and Payment
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    Building the basics.

    Shopping and Payment

    • Count up to 99
    • Deal with Italian Currency
    • Use Basic Shopping Expressions
    • Conjugate Avere into Second Person Plural and Singular Formal
    • Conjugate Vendere into Second Person Plural and Singular
    • Conjugate Volere into Second Person Plural and Singular Formal
    • Understand the Construction of Numbers
    • Use the Verb Costare
  • Drinks and Dining
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    Building the basics.

    Drinks and Dining

    • Ask for the Bill
    • Learn About Italian Food
    • Order Drinks and Meals
    • Understand Common Phrases Used at Restaurants
    • Conjugate Prendere into First Person Singular and Plural
    • Form the Conditional Vorrei
    • Use the Infinitive after the Verb Volere
  • Numbers and Currency
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    Building the basics.

    Numbers and Currency

    • Count up to 1,000
    • Discuss Payment Methods
    • Handle Currency with Ease
    • Talk About Different Methods of Payment
    • Conjugate Pagare into First Person Singular
    • Construct Potere Plus the Infinitive Form
    • Use the Negative Form of the Verb
  • Getting Help
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    Building the basics.

    Getting Help

    • Accept or Decline Help
    • Ask for and Offer Help
    • Describe Emergency Situations
    • Gain Knowledge of Emergency Services in Italy
    • Construct Potere Plus Infinitive
    • Form the Plural Second Person Imperative of Chiamare
    • Learn How to Say "I Need"
    • Use the Reflexive Forms Sentirsi and Preoccuparsi
    • Use the Verb Servire in Its Impersonal Form
  • What Does That Mean?
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    Building the basics.

    What Does That Mean?

    • Ask and Answer What a Word or Phrase Means or Says
    • Communicate Your Ability to Understand
    • Request to Repeat, Slow Down, or Speak Up
    • Learn the Verb Significare
    • Use Question Words Come and Cosa
    • Use the Impersonal Form Si dice
  • Languages and Communication
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    Building the basics.

    Languages and Communication

    • Ask and Say if Something is Right or Wrong
    • Ask and Say If You Like Something
    • Ask and Say What Something Is
    • Give and Respond to a Compliment
    • Say That You Don't Know Something
    • Conjugate Verb Sapere in First Person Singular
    • Practice the Verb Piacere
    • Use the Adjectives "Good," "Bad," and "Right"
    • Use the Possessives Mio and Tuo

Expanding the essentials.

Click a topic below to see the grammar goals and conversational goals for each chapter.

  • People and Animals
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    Expanding the essentials.

    People and Animals

    • Describe Physical Appearance
    • Talk About Family Members Using Kinship Words
    • Talk About Marital Status
    • Talk About People's Personality
    • Talk About Pets
    • Form the Third Person Singular for the Verb Sembrare
    • Form the Third Person Singular for the Verb Vivere
    • Learn the Demonstrative Pronouns Questo and Quello
    • Learn the Possessive Adjectives Mio and Tuo
    • Use the Interrogative Pronoun Chi
  • At Home
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    Expanding the essentials.

    At Home

    • Describe What Color Something Is
    • Refer to General Places
    • Refer to Rooms and Locations in a House
    • Use Location and Relational Words
    • Construct Preposition + Article
    • Learn Adverbs of Place
    • Learn the Adjectives Bello and Quello
    • Use Modal Verbs with Infinitive
    • Use the Verb Piacere
  • Small Talk
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    Expanding the essentials.

    Small Talk

    • Accept, Politely Decline, or Make an Invitation
    • Share Likes and Dislikes
    • Talk About Career and Professions
    • Talk About Hobbies
    • Construct Imperative + Pronoun
    • Construct Andare + Infinitive
    • Form First and Second Person Singular and Plural of Andare and Venire
    • Form the Feminine Version of Jobs
    • Use Articulated Prepositions
  • Dating
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    Expanding the essentials.

    Dating

    • Decline or Accept an Offer to Go Out Together
    • Discuss the Days of the Week
    • Invite Someone Out
    • Offer to Buy Someone a Drink
    • Strike Up a Conversation
    • Construct Potere + Infinitive
    • Form the Passato Prossimo with Essere or Avere
    • Understand Demonstrative Adjectives and Agreement
  • Eating and Cooking
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    Expanding the essentials.

    Eating and Cooking

    • Ask About the Ingredients of a Dish
    • Explain How to Make a Recipe
    • Learn About Local Foods
    • Say You Like or Dislike Certain Foods
    • Form Stare + Gerund
    • Learn the Idiomatic Expression Ci vuole
    • Learn to Construct the Expression Fare schifo
    • Practice Impersonal Construction of Verbs
    • Practice the Imperative Form
  • Weather and Landscape
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    Expanding the essentials.

    Weather and Landscape

    • Describe the Land
    • Describe the Weather
    • Propose Some Outdoor Activities
    • Use Proper Measurement for Temperature
    • Form First Person Plural Conditional of Dovere and Potere
    • Learn Impersonal Expressions About the Weather
    • Use Third Person Singular Conditional of Dovere and Potere
  • Shopping
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    Expanding the essentials.

    Shopping

    • Ask the Time
    • Inquire About Store Hours
    • Talk About Two Different Kinds of Shopping
    • Understand Sizing in Italy
    • Form the Structure Posso + Infinitive + Object Pronoun
    • Form the Third Person Singular of Aprire and Chiudere
    • Use The Modal Verb Dovere
    • Use Avere bisogno di + Nouns or Verbs
  • Banking and Post Office
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    Expanding the essentials.

    Banking and Post Office

    • Invite Someone to Join You for an Activity
    • Use Basic Banking and Financial Terms
    • Use the Post Office
    • Construct the Expression Ti va di + Infinitive
    • Practice the Modal Verb Dovere + Infinitive
    • Understand the Use of Stare + Gerund
    • Use the Expression Ho bisogno di + Infinitive
  • Leisure Activities
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    Expanding the essentials.

    Leisure Activities

    • Remind Someone to Bring Something
    • Suggest Doing Some Activities
    • Talk About What you Would Like to Do
    • Form the Conditional of Piacere in Second and Third Person Singular
    • Learn the First Person Plural of the Imperative
    • Learn the Negative Imperative, Second Person Singular
    • Use the First Person Plural of Reflexive Verbs
  • Sightseeing
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    Expanding the essentials.

    Sightseeing

    • Suggest Visiting Local Attractions
    • Suggest Visiting Renowned Places
    • Talk About a Famous Person and Local History
    • Form the First Person Singular Conditional of Dovere
    • Learn the Superlative with -issimo
    • Use Modal Verbs Potere , Dovere , Volere in New Forms
    • Use the Impersonal Form of Potere in the Conditional

Broadening boundaries.

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  • Culture, Literature, and Art
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    Broadening boundaries.

    Culture, Literature, and Art

    • Say/Ask if You Are Familiar with Someone/Something
    • Talk About Events
    • Talk About Famous Italian Writers
    • Form the Third Person Plural of the Future of Proiettare
    • Learn the Passato prossimo of Some Irregular Verbs
    • Understand and Use the Particle Ne
  • History
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    Broadening boundaries.

    History

    • Talk About Forms of Government
    • Talk About Historical Facts
    • Talk About Wars and Other Historical Events
    • Form the Third Person Plural and Singular of the Passato Remoto
    • Form the Passato Remoto of C'è
    • Learn the Imperfetto of C'è and Ci sono
  • At the Hospital
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    Broadening boundaries.

    At the Hospital

    • Describe Feelings of Pain or Illness
    • Name a Kind of Medicine
    • Name Parts of Your Body
    • Understand a Medical Prescription
    • Understand Medical Questions
    • Construct the Passato Prossimo of Reflexive Verbs
    • Form the Formal Imperative
    • Learn Verbs with Irregular Past Participles
    • Use the Indirect Object Pronoun Le
  • Express Thoughts and Feelings
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    Broadening boundaries.

    Express Thoughts and Feelings

    • Ask What is Going On
    • Explain Why You Feel a Certain Way
    • Express Feelings and Emotions
    • Offer Sympathy
    • Construct Ne + Vuoi + Infinitive
    • Form Andare a + Infinitive
    • Learn the Stare + Gerund Construction
    • Use the Informal Negative Imperative
    • Use Sapere + a Subordinate Clause
  • Higher Learning
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    Broadening boundaries.

    Higher Learning

    • Ask and Tell What School Somebody Attended
    • Discuss the Merits of a School
    • Express Pride
    • Inquire About Field of Study
    • Learn the Comparative and Superlative of Buono
    • Learn the Reflexive Verb Laurearsi in the Past Tense
    • Learn the Passato Prossimo
    • Use the Impersonal Expression Bisogna
  • Name Origins
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    Broadening boundaries.

    Name Origins

    • Ask and Comment on Someone's Name
    • Describe a Person's Character
    • Describe the Nature of a Guest’s Visit
    • Identify Your Relationship with Someone
    • Use Various Expressions to Introduce Someone
    • Combine Pronouns
    • Compare and Form Passato Prossimo and Imperfetto
    • Learn Names of Regions and Their Inhabitants
    • Use Reciprocal Verbs
    • Use Verbs Preceded by a Preposition
  • Dietary Restrictions
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    Broadening boundaries.

    Dietary Restrictions

    • Ask if Someone Wants to Taste a Food
    • Give Compliments on Food
    • Talk About Hunger and Food Cravings
    • Talk About One’s Dietary Habits
    • Talk About the Ingredients of a Dish
    • Form the First Person of the Present Conditional
    • Learn Some Conclusive Conjunctions
    • Use the Hypothetical Period of the First Kind
    • Use the Imperative to Exhort and Advise
    • Use the Passive Form
  • Physical Descriptions
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    Broadening boundaries.

    Physical Descriptions

    • Ask for More Information
    • Ask if Someone is Joking
    • Confess That You Don't Remember Something
    • Describe Someone’s Appearance
    • Familiarize Yourself with Relative Clauses
    • Learn Verbs Followed by a Preposition
    • Use Demonstrative Pronouns
    • Use the Imperfetto to Provide a Description
  • Getting Ready for the Party
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    Broadening boundaries.

    Getting Ready for the Party

    • Compliment Someone on Their Clothing or Appearance
    • Express That One Event is Dependent on Another
    • Say You Have to Verify Something
    • Talk About Personal Care and Grooming
    • Correctly Form Già + Passato Prossimo
    • Form Indirect Pronouns + Sta or Stanno
    • Understand Subordinate Clauses and Word Order
    • Use Reflexive Verbs After Modal Verbs
    • Use Dopo or Prima + Verbs in the Infinitive Form
  • Sports and Fitness
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    Broadening boundaries.

    Sports and Fitness

    • Comment on an Activity and Its Effects
    • Discuss Sport and Exercise Habits
    • Invite Someone to Join a Group
    • Construct Vuoi + Reflexive Verbs
    • Use and Understand the Preposition of Time Da
    • Use Expressions and Prepositions of Time and Space

Continuing with confidence.

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  • Going Through Customs
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    Continuing with confidence.

    Going Through Customs

    • Interact with Airport Employees
    • Present and Request Identification
    • Respond to Security Questions and Commands
    • Practice the Formal Imperative
    • Understand and Use Indefinite Adjectives
    • Use Double Pronouns
    • Use Prepositions of Space + Articulated Prepositions
  • At the Hotel
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    Continuing with confidence.

    At the Hotel

    • Check into and out of a Hotel
    • Discuss Hotel Features and Services
    • Express Future Desire
    • Offer Help and Assistance
    • Form the First Person Singular and Plural of the Conditional
    • Learn Ordinal Numbers
    • Practice Using Potere + Infinitive + Pronoun
    • Understand and Use the Subjunctive
    • Use the Passive Voice
  • Renting a Home
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    Continuing with confidence.

    Renting a Home

    • Accentuate the Positive Aspects of a Living Space
    • Discuss Features of Homes or Apartments
    • Inquire About Possible Homes
    • Outline Steps to Take Before Moving In
    • Form the Present Conditional
    • Practice Some Adverbs of Place
    • Talk About the Hypothetical Period
    • Use Double Pronouns
    • Use Fare + Infinitive
  • Utilities and Appliances
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    Continuing with confidence.

    Utilities and Appliances

    • Ask for a Technician or Repairman
    • Describe a Problem with a Utility or Appliance
    • Discuss Setting up Utilities
    • Establish a Time Frame for Services
    • Give Contact and Billing Information
    • Form the Present Subjunctive in Relative Clauses
    • Practice Subordinate Clauses
    • Use Expressions of Doubt + Infinitive
    • Use the Present Conditional
    • Use the Imperfetto to Politely Make a Request
  • Choosing a School
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    Continuing with confidence.

    Choosing a School

    • Discuss Schooling Options
    • Discuss the Consequences of a Decision
    • Mention Hearsay
    • Talk About Features of Schools
    • Construct and Use the Present Subjunctive
    • Form the Present Conditional
    • Practice the Hypothetical Period
    • Use Various Verbs of "Saying"
  • Emergency Situations
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    Continuing with confidence.

    Emergency Situations

    • Describe an Emergency Situation
    • Express Fear and Urgency
    • Request and Offer Emergency Aid
    • Request and Provide an Address or Location
    • Form the Italian Present Continuous
    • Practice Conjugations Using the Formal "You"
    • Use the Formal Imperative
    • Use Verbs of Physical Perception + Infinitive
  • Household Chores
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    Continuing with confidence.

    Household Chores

    • Apologize and Ask for Forgiveness
    • Ask Someone to Do a Chore
    • Describe Feelings of Anger
    • Express Annoyance
    • Give an Excuse
    • Conjugate the Future Tense
    • Form and Use the Comparative
    • Use the Imperative of Reflexive Verbs
    • Use the Infinitive After Potere and Avere voglia di
    • Use the Structure Stare + Gerund
  • At the Beauty Salon
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    Continuing with confidence.

    At the Beauty Salon

    • Discuss Beauty Salon Services
    • Make and Ask About Appointments
    • Request and Discuss Hair Styles
    • Conjugate More Reflexive Verbs
    • Learn About the Uses of Da + Infinitive
    • Use the Conditional to Express a Desire
    • Use the Structure Che ne dice + Di or Se
  • Making Plans
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    Continuing with confidence.

    Making Plans

    • Discuss Certain Obligations
    • Discuss When Events Occur
    • Remind Someone of an Event
    • Talk About a Person’s Availability
    • Form the Italian Trapassato Prossimo
    • Learn the Imperfect Subjunctive
    • Understand Past Participle Gender Agreement
    • Use the Subjunctive after Impersonal Expressions
  • At the Movies
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    Continuing with confidence.

    At the Movies

    • Describe Aspects of Movie Making
    • Discuss a Movie or Acting
    • Give a Contrary Opinion
    • Form the Past Conditional
    • Practice the Imperfetto
    • Understand Adverb Formation
    • Use Demonstrative Adjectives and Pronouns