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Italian Language for Beginners: How To Introduce Yourself

Nicole Stella, Independent singer and songwriter

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7 Lessons (32m) View My Notes
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. About the class project

    • 3. Personal pronouns & verb "to be"

    • 4. Quanti anni hai? - How old are you?

    • 5. I lavori - Jobs

    • 6. La mia famiglia - My family

    • 7. Recap


About This Class

Planning your next trip to Italy? Your journey starts here! In this class, you will learn how to introduce yourself in Italian from a native speaker.

Consider this class as your first step towards learning a new language in a fun and engaging way.

This module is for total beginners needing an extra push to start learning and practicing.

To take this class, you don't need any previous knowledge of the Italian language. You don't need any equipment either. Your eyes, your ears, a notebook, and a pen will be enough!

You can access some useful worksheets by clicking here.


1. Introduction: tell a duty. Hell, everyone. I am nickel and I'm here to teach you the basics off my native language Italian. In this basic class, you will learn how to introduce yourself, how to talk about your life and job and your family. This class can be your thirst. Step towards learning a new language, hopefully in a fun and engaging way. You don't need any previous knowledge off the Italian language to follow me here because I will start from scratch and I will teach you some basic grammar and vocabulary by keeping everything very easy and fun. This class can be very useful if you are planning to learn Italian either for business or leisure, but have no clue on how to get started. Let's see what the class project is about in the next video. 2. About the class project: for the class project. I will ask you to make a little decision. You are shy and uncomfortable on camera. Then just write a short biography using the vocabulary and grammar structures you learn in the following lessons and feel free to share it if you'd like to. If you are a bit more brave, you can make a short video or record an audio clip with your phone introducing yourself out loud at the end of the class, I will recap all the vocabulary and the grand mark called. I would also provide if you work shifts as a reference for you to use. Are you ready? Let's dive in. 3. Personal pronouns & verb "to be": Hi there. In this lesson, we will learn the personal problems in the present tense off the verb to be s city. These two basic grammar skills are easy to learn, but they're also extremely important, as you will find yourself using them a lot. So let's your staving. Let's start with the personal problems. So in this light you see the English Branham on the left inside the white circles and the Italian problems on the right. So let's start just reading them out loud. You to Louis or 80 Les for a lot? Eso no, he voi, Loro or etc. Now a few notes Louis Lay and Loro are the informal and everyday language versions off. He she they in books or in formal situations, you might find it is easy and love sc instead. Another note about Les when we want to speak to someone and we are in a very formal setting , we don't say to you. We say lay, even the other person is a men. So lay is not just the feminine off the personal planners, but it's also a sort off court Izzy form for very formal situations. So I'll read the personal problems again You to work, Louis, or indeed, Les for love. It's still no I voi Loro or s C. Let's go to the other topic, which is the verb s city to be. Obviously we're doing the present simple tents and again you will see the English form on the left, inside the white ovals and the Italian version on the right. You so no do se Louis. Yeah, Les Yeah. Eso no como voi siete er you little so no. So let me just make a few examples even if you don't know the vocabulary. But it's just to make you understand how we use this verb, which is really important. It's like, you know, the very basic foundation to learn a new language. So if I want to say I am a student, for example, I will just say you so know Oh, no student on a student, it meaning that students will see that in the next few lessons. If I want to say he sees a doctor, I will say Louis, Yeah, you know the story. If I want to use the formal form off the personal pronoun, as we saw in the previous slide I will say. Is he a mandatory? Now? The trick here is to memorize the same forms like he she eats. But this problems, we use the same word, which is F. It's a very simple word. There is just one letter and an accent and you read it just like that? Yeah. So do your homework and keep practicing. One is or not. 4. Quanti anni hai? - How old are you?: points or no. In his lesson, you will learn how to reply to the question Guan ti and ei, How old are you now? The difference between English and Italian is that you folks say I am 28 years old. But to say our age Italians say the equivalent of I have 28 years. So to learn how to say how old you are, you'll have to learn how to say I have you off. Then you have to place the number and we learned numbers just in a minute. And then you'll have to add the word unneeded which is the plural off a No. Which means here. So let's dive in and see how we use the verb. A very, um to have again in the slide you will see both the English and the Italian version off the verb at the present. Simple, of course. So I will just read the verb forms for you out loud. You fall toe I Louis uh lay, uh eso knowing Obama voy abated Laura again. A little trick. He she eat again. Same word, Louis Ley Eso no, just two letters and h and then eight And you read it like that. Oh, second person, Singular. You just add another Lecter. The letter I, which Italians read as e And the result is I to I. Now let's see how to say the numbers. This is a bit complicated. Of course, this will require you to learn quite a lot of words, basically by heart. But what I can do is just giving you a few tricks, especially when it comes to numbers above 20. And also I can read aloud these numbers for you. So you know exactly how to pregnancy eight, the numbers in Italian. So let's start from these thirst step. Oh, no. Do it. What? Through chin? Quit se upto know of it. Dhe. So these are the numbers from 1 to 10. Maybe Just get back a bit. Listen to them again and maybe repeat them after I say that So you can practice your pronunciation now I'll go on with the numbers from 11. 2 20 Wouldn't you go? Did she ready to what? Or did she queen? Did you, Sadie? She de just set them beach off the again? I suggest you do the same. So you can, um, really pick up the pronunciation because I realize it's not the easiest thing right to pregnancy. It Italian correctly. But I'm trying to be as clear as possible, so I hope it is helpful for you. Now, let's see the numbers 2030 40 50 and so on. Because I will explain in the next slide how to, um, form numbers above 20 like 2122. And there is a little, uh, anticipation here. Let's see the numbers. 2030 40 exit, etcetera. So then team strain Qahtan Chengguan. See something? Sit down. No Banta. And for the records, if you're curious about how we say 100 is changed Um, Okay, I didn't put it in the slide, but you might be interested in that, of course. So let's see the little trick to say numbers above 2030 40 and so on. So here are two examples 22 28. So I chose these two numbers because number two in Italian is do it. So it begins with a consonant and eight in Italian is off. It begins with the war will, and there is a difference. So, with numbers starting with a continent, you just at the number you want to 20 for example, So vented. Do it and you write it as one word. I put a little dash here just to make you realize, you know, uh, that I'm basically summing up the two numbers, but you write it as one word as in the previous slide. But with doctor, we would have venti auto, which is a bit odd to pronunciation. So we just take the eye away and we have Vin talkto. No, I'll go back to the previous slide so we can do some other examples. So, for example, if we want to say 74 we have 17. Sit down and that then we have four, which is quite true. Quattro begins with a continent, so we don't have to, um, take any letters away. We just say, Sit on top, Quattro and we write it as one word. But if we want to say 58 for example, we have to take the last a from chin quanta out. So we will say ching Kwan talkto chin quanta auto becomes chin pronto. So again, don't worry, because I have a worksheet for you so you can do your homework and practice numbers and the verb I'll get it. You know, remember, there is just no rush at all. Learning a new language requires a lot of practice and work. So just take your time And, you know, you can also go back and watch the video again if something is unclear. And of course you can. I commend in the community box underneath the video lessons, and I'll make sure to reply to you if you have any doubt. So don't worry about a thing. Okay? Thank you so much for being here and see you in the next lesson and for the time being. 5. I lavori - Jobs: Enzo Journal today we will focus on our job. So how can we describe what we do as a leaving in Italian before diving in? Let's refresh the verb to be so I'll put the old slide on your so no to say, Louis les Eso Noise Yama voi siete s c So no. Now we'll need to learn a new ground more topic, which is quite complicated in Italian. But it's okay, you will get through it and it's articles. So let's see how we say that in Italian. Let's start from the definite articles and let's start with the masculine. So depending on the Lecter's with which denounced begins, we'll have three different forms in the singular. So if we have a now in beginning with the Vole, as in avocado, which means lawyer, the definite article will be just an l with an apostrophe and we'll read it like that. Love Brucato love Brucato. If we have a noun beginning with the constant, as in my stroke, which means teacher, we'll use the article ill Il Maestro Il Maestro. Lastly, if we have a noun beginning with S and Constant or G N B M. B s X, Y or Z We'll use the article law as in seek Allah. Go psychologist No, Seek Allah. Go Another example Could be the now a stadium start you. It begins with s and a continent. So look, start you or another word we saw in a previous lesson which is student that students again is s and concern. And so look, student there let's see the plural forms. We've Beau Welles or um s and Constant or G n p M P s, X, y and Z we use So you have a copy and the psychology, the student study and so on. If we have a now and beginning with a consonant instead we use e eat my s three. All right, let's see the feminine forms now. So we have. Ah, now it's beginning with a vowel wells. And is the word a free trip which means actress. And now it's beginning with consonants as Maestra again teacher in the thirst case again will. We will use just that l with an apostrophe and we'll read it as lucked. Reach him, love creature. In the second case, we'll have law la minus them La Maestro, the plural is very, very easy because there is only one plural in this case and it's lit. Let a treaty let my Istria Now, let's get to the indefinite articles. Sorry about the deep missing in the slide. I'm so sorry about that. Um so when we have a masculine known beginning with the continent horrible will we use the article own coun Rocco Walk away meaning cook again. If we have a noun beginning with us and constant or G m B M B s, X, Y and Z, we say, Oh, no. Oh, no. Stood in there. Let's get to the feminine indefinite articles. Eso When we have a noun beginning with the bowl, we will use the article own Do not reach And as you can see And there is another tiny mistake This is a very unlucky slide, so I'm sorry about that. But the correct version is the one in the example. So una creature after noon there is an apostrophe. A lot of Italian people get this wrong. And I did this wrong because I basically I basically copied and paste the masculine version and I didn't realize I forgot the apostrophe. But in the feminine version off soon. There is an apostrophe following the article because basically it would be Oh, no, a creature. But to make things easier, we say, owner Patricia and so the a the last a in the world ona becomes a little apostrophe and in fact, with now owns beginning with the continent. Uh, you have the word, you know, Owner, come down, confound. It means singer. Now let's see how to reply to the question, Caleb, Or if I What is your job? So when we speak about our job, we use two different verbs. We can either say you so no one of my stops. I am a teacher or we can say your factual la maestra. So the verb faria means to do or to make. And here's the present simple for your thoughts to fi Louis Far lay far s so far Knowing foot Chama Voy farted Loro Fun? No. So my suggestion again is you go back a bit and repeat the pronunciation and repeat after May so you can really practice. Now let's see a few words that deal with jobs. He love order. So again, job is love a little. You are a few examples so actor or act dress is authority or a preacher lawyer is avocado. Or look at this. When it's a woman driver is Bautista. Dancer is ballerina or ballerina. When it's a woman waiter, he's coming year it or comedy Aito. So as you can see, a lot of times when you have an A at the end of the word, you have a feminine version of that word. But it's not always like that. Okay, so it's not a rule of thumb, but sometimes that's how it works. And just to make you realize that if you if you go back to the world a creature that's the feminine version off a Tory. But the reason of a at the end of the world so you know it changes. But sometimes when you have in a at the end of the words, then it means we're talking about female. Okay, then singer is come found him. Accountant is commercially stump shop assistant is Commesso or COMESA. Cook is wacko work. Walk up and Dr is book Tory or look tourists. Then we have a few more words. So we have a photographer, photographer, food photographer, again male and female journalists is journalist. Lumber is Italico, Entrepreneur is imprinted authority imprinted threesome imprint. Victoria is the masculine version, and imprinted creature is the feminine version. Nurse infinite Mira when it's a male and infirm era when it's a female Moses chief Stop musician Teacher is Maya's throw when it's a male and My Esther when it's a woman here addressed her Baroque era policemen Pulitzer policewoman, bullets, firefighter boom Pierre, psychologist. See Call ago or C car Logan writer, Scotty, daughter or street preacher and finally, secretary. Cigarette Audio If it's a man and cigarette diarrhea, if it's a woman. Okay, there are a lot of words there, so just go ahead and practice with your work shit again. I don't have any rush of learning. Just keep practicing and you know it will become natural. So I'll see you again in the next lesson and for the moment, being thank you very much. And one is or not 6. La mia famiglia - My family: when's or Norm. So a big part of our life is represented by our family laughter medium. So when we introduce ourselves, you know, we might want to talk about our family members, for example. So let's see a few useful words but thirst. Let's start with the very simple grammar topic. Possessive objectives. So indeed slide. You will see how we, um, used the possessive objectives in Italian. In Italian we basically congregate, the possessive, attractive also to the noun following. So let's just make some examples because it's ah, it sounds more complicated identities. So, for example, uh, my father, I will say Meal bothering, We'll see in the next slide, Father, it means, and I am a female. But my father is a male, so I used meal, which is the masculine. If I want to talk about my mother, who is a female, I will say mia, moderate. And if what I'm talking about is, you know, my grandparent's so plural plural known, I will say, Um, yea, no Nene in English. You don't do that. You just say my and you don't care about the gender and the number off the noun following the possessive um so this is a bit of a complication in the Italian language, but with a bit of practice, you know, you will learn so to use them. So let's just go through them so my can be meal mia me a me it your can be do, uh, do well, Troy, do it. He's her. It's can be threw up. So what? Swine. So it What's important is that I can negate the possessive objective according to the thing or the person possessed by him or her. So I will say so. Fratello. Meaning either he's brother or her brother. What's important is that in Italian, Fratello is a masculine noun. So we use sore. But we could say, Ah Su Ah, sorry again. I don't know if the person I'm talking about is a male or a female, but I know that he's or her sister is a female. So we use SEWA. Okay, so going on how you can be north through North nostri nostri your can be Boston, Boston, Boston must, and there is the easiest to hunt because we only say loro so going on, let's see how family members are called in Italian. So Let's start from parents. Janitorial and parents can be either moderate or poverty mother or father. So this is the most formal Wait and then we have the informal words which are Mom, mom and papa. No grand parents. Grand parents are eaten on me and we have two words. No, no Grandma and no, no Grant and I also boots a few other family members. Off course we have Fratello and Sarah, Ella, brother and sister Zeal Zia. I'm cool on TV. And would you know Gugino Cozzens. So cuggino. When about me, you cosign And could you? Not when it's a female cause. So let's make a few examples, especially to understand how to use the possessive objectives correctly because it's quite a tricky subject. So to say, my father is a doctor. We will say Meal father at the doctor. The second example me and we're not mice. My sister is a teacher, e squalene or knee. So no infancy owner. He's or her. We don't know. Grandparent's are retired, and I put in the parenthesis estate in infancy when it means to be retired. So it's why non me so. No infancy on it again, we don't know whether the person we're talking about is a male or female, because it's why the possessive objectives, um, is conjugated to the following noun and not the person, not the subject of the sentence. Is that clear? I hope so, because it's a bit tricky. You will find the work shit so you will be able to practice the possessive objectives and these new words in Italian. And in the next lesson, we'll just do a little recap. So for the time being, thank you very much and have a great day. 7. Recap: congratulations. You made it. So you just late as small but very effective and strong foundation to learning. So today I want to do just a little recap of what we have learned so far, So let's see a little slide. So in this class you have learned the personal pronounce and the verbs, Essid it. And of it you have learned numbers and how to say your age. You've learned articles, the possessive objectives. You've learned a few words about jumps, and you've learned how to present your family members. So if you want to refresh all these topics, you just have to go back and have a look of the videos. You can use the worksheets, and you can do a lot of exercises about this grammar topics also, don't forget to work on your project because I'm really eager to read or watch or listen what you have learned so far. And also remember that practicing these topics is the best way to learn them. So again, you can either right a little biography or you can record and odio on your phone, or you can record video on your phone and share all of these materials are here in the class. If you need any assistance, just let me know. I am here to help you. And thanks a lot for taking this class. I hope it was useful and also grassy Me live a bonus or not?