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Learn the Italian alphabet

In the Italian alphabet there are only 21 letters.

ACTIVITY 1. Click the player below, listen and repeat.

A B C D E F G H I L M N O P Q R S T U V Z
Note that the letters J K W X Y only appear in words of foreign origin and are pronounced like this:
J (i lunga) K (cappa) W (doppia VU or doppia VI) X (ics) Y (i greca)

ACTIVITY 2. Practice of the alphabet.
I am now going to repeat the alphabet but this time you will have to help me. I will say every other letter of the alphabet and you will have to say the letter that follows. For example, I say "A", you say "B", I say "C", you say "D" etc., until we reach "Z". Every time you make a mistake stop and go back to the beginning.
Ready? Click below...


ACTIVITY 3. Spelling.
You will now listen to the spelling of the NOME (first name) and COGNOME (surname) of one of the most famous Italian painters and sculptors of all times. Use pen and paper, listen to it the first time and write down the letters you hear. Listen a second time to check and correct if necessary.
NOME: _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _
COGNOME: _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _
Ready? Click below...


For more practice, now write your name and surname on a piece of paper, then imagine you are talking to an Italian person on the phone and try and spell it out loud in Italian. Do it twice: the first time looking at your name and surname written on the page, the second time without looking at it, just thinking about it and spelling it out loud again.

ACTIVITY 4. Spelling.
I am going to spell for you the names of 3 famous CITTA' ITALIANE (Italian cities). Listen to the recording twice and write down the letters you hear.

CITTA' 1: _ _ _ _ _ _ _
CITTA' 2: _ _ _ _ _ _ _
CITTA' 3: _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _


Learn some basic questions

ACTIVITY 5. Learn how to introduce yourself, ask someone's name and nationality and where they live.

DIALOGUE 1.
Lucio: "Ciao, mi chiamo Lucio. E tu, come ti chiami?"
John: "Mi chiamo John. Piacere!"
Lucio: "Piacere!"
John: "Di dove sei?"
Lucio: "Sono italiano, di Napoli. E tu, sei americano?"
John: "No, io sono inglese, di Londra"


DIALOGUE 2.
Lucio: "Come si chiama lui?"(what's his name?)
Silvia: " Si chiama Paul"
Lucio: "Di dov' Paul?"
Silvia: "Paul francese, di Parigi"


DIALOGUE 3.
Lucio: "Come si chiama lei?"(what's her name?)
Silvia: "Si chiama Angela"
Lucio: "Di dov' Angela?"
Silvia: "Lei italiana, di Roma"


*Grammar point: If the nationality ends in -E it stays the same for masculine and feminine. If it ends in -O it changes to -A in the feminine.

DIALOGUE 4. Watch the video, then read the dialogue:


Pedro: "Ciao come ti chiami?"
Susanna: "Mi chiamo Susanna."
Pedro: "Dove abiti."
Susanna: "Abito a Milano. E tu, come ti chiami?"
Pedro: "Mi chiamo Pedro."
Susanna: "Dove abiti?"
Pedro: "Abito a Berlino."

ACTIVITY 6. Learn the numbers from 0 to 10 by listening to the recording below and repeat:


ACTIVITY 7. Telephone number:
Listen to the dialogue and try to write down Silvia's phone number

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