Italian Accelerator Episode 6
Explainer Lesson #4
Basta con i ‘non’
Enough with the “cannots”
Bisogna essere propositivi
“Bisognare” is only used in the 3rd person singular and it means “one needs”
“Propositivo” means “proactive”
Means “to happen”, as in “to take place”
Tutto può succedere
“Anything can happen”. Notice how in Italian we say “everything”
A 40 anni so’ partita per le navi da crociera
Many times the ending vowel of an auxiliary verb is dropped in speech.
Un lavoro che non avevo mai immaginato di fare
“Non avevo mai immaginato” is a pluperfect. A past in the past.
Ho sempre pensato di voler vedere
“Voler vedere” means “wanting to see”.
When we have two consecutive infinites, the first one loses the final vowel.
Mentre parlavi prima hai detto…
With “Mentre” in the past we need to use the imperfetto.
Né io né te
“Né… né” is the Italian equivalent of “neither… nor”.
If you need to refer to a person with a pronoun in the second item, we use “pronomi tonici”.
Each Episode is made up of two components.
First a chat 100% in Italian between me and one of my Italian friends. These chats are 100% real, authentic, unscripted Italian, including very colloquial expressions and … at full speed! Just like you would speak with your friends in your language.
Then there is an Explainer Lesson, this time in English, where we revisit the chat in Italian and analyze its content, including:
– idiomatic expressions
– specific grammatical points