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Marika spiega
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Marika explains a great many things connected with the Italian language and culture. Geared towards beginners, the videos include Italian lessons, simple recipes, conversation, and lots more.

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Marika spiega - Proverbi italiani - Part 1

Difficulty: difficulty - Beginner Beginner

Italy

Marika tells us about Italian sayings and proverbs, providing examples about life, love, and the weather.

Marika spiega - Proverbi italiani - Part 2

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

Italy

Marika teaches us some other Italian sayings, regarding time; working on one's own, instead of being assisted; and even about people who drink too much, who might let down their guard, saying things they wouldn't say while sober.

Marika spiega - Settimana, stagioni e mesi

Difficulty: difficulty - Newbie Newbie

Italy

In this video, Marika explains the days of the week, the months and the seasons of the year. Learn them now with Marika!

Marika spiega - Direzioni

Difficulty: difficulty - Newbie Newbie

Italy

In this video, Marika moves around explaining directions (prepositions of place and direction). You need to refresh these as well? Well, repeat them with Marika!

Marika spiega - I colori

Difficulty: difficulty - Beginner Beginner

Italy

Curious to know how Italians relate to certain colors? Let's review the colors with Marika and learn some Italian expressions associated with them.

Marika spiega - Gli arti superiori

Difficulty: difficulty - Newbie Newbie

Italy

Marika introduces us to the various parts of the upper body with the help of the doll Quincy and ten other little assistants.

Marika spiega - Il busto e gli arti inferiori

Difficulty: difficulty - Newbie Newbie

Italy

In this video, Marika - with the help of Quincy - tells us about the chest and lower limbs of the human body. The lower limbs are attached to the chest at its base.

Marika spiega - La vera storia di Babbo Natale - Part 1

Difficulty: difficulty - Beginner Beginner

Italy

Marika tells us the true story of Father Christmas. Saint Nicholas was a bishop who was imprisoned in the fourth century after Christ, when Christians were being persecuted. Curious to hear more? Then listen to Marika.

Marika spiega - La vera storia di Babbo Natale - Part 2

Difficulty: difficulty - Beginner Beginner

Italy

Here we go with the second part of the story. Marika tells how the legend of Saint Nicholas became famous through the world and how he came to be known as Santa Claus, who brings presents to children.

Marika spiega - La Vigilia di Natale

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

Italy

Marika takes a small poll of Italians to find out how they spend Christmas Eve, what they eat, and, above all, whether or not they follow particular traditions.

Marika spiega - La testa

Difficulty: difficulty - Newbie Newbie

Italy

Today Marika talks to us about the head and the face. You can learn or practice by repeating after her.

Marika spiega - Il Carnevale in Italia - Part 1

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

Italy

Are you curious to hear about Carnival celebrations in Italy? Marika describes for us some of the traditions and curiosities.

Marika spiega - Il Carnevale in Italia - Part 2

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

Italy

Are you familiar with any of the famous characters from the Commedia dell'Arte? And, what about "chats" that are a fantastic taste treat. Marika will tell you all about them.

Marika spiega - Numeri Cardinali e Ordinali

Difficulty: difficulty - Beginner Beginner

Italy

Marika gives a lesson about numbers, both cardinal and ordinal ones.

Marika spiega - Numeri moltiplicativi, distributivi

Difficulty: difficulty - Beginner Beginner

Italy

Marika talks about multiplicative numbers as well as numbers concerning periods of time.

Marika spiega - Le forme geometriche con Nicolas

Difficulty: difficulty - Newbie Newbie

Italy

Do you already know the names of geometric figures in Italian? Review now with Marika and her very helpful little assistant, Nicolas.

Marika spiega - La frutta e la verdura - Part 1

Difficulty: difficulty - Newbie Newbie

Italy

Marika names some of the delicious fruits available in Italy. In general the fruits themselves are feminine, while the plants on which they grow take the masculine form.

Marika spiega - La frutta e la verdura - Part 2

Difficulty: difficulty - Newbie Newbie

Italy

Marika takes us through the vegetables used in Italian cooking. Buon appetito!

Marika spiega - L'euro in Italia, con Anna

Difficulty: difficulty - Beginner Beginner

Italy

Marika tells us about the euro in Italy. Learn or review the names of the coins and bills, and go with Anna to buy some items she needs for school.

Marika spiega - Pettegolezzi in ufficio con Anna

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

Italy

Office gossip, the Italian way. Marika and Anna dish about the boss, the boss's nephew, the boss's nephew with the wife of the old boss, a temp--all while pretending to work.

Marika spiega - Gli animali della fattoria

Difficulty: difficulty - Newbie Newbie

Italy

Marika goes over the names of farm animals, what their young are called, and the onomatopoetic calls of the animals.

Marika spiega - I veicoli

Difficulty: difficulty - Newbie Newbie

Italy

Marika takes us to Rome, and talks about all the different ways we can get around--trains, scooters, and even hydrofoils.

Marika spiega - Le emozioni

Difficulty: difficulty - Beginner Beginner

Italy

Marika gives us a helpful guide to describing your feelings in any given moment.

Marika spiega - Gli opposti

Difficulty: difficulty - Newbie Newbie

Italy

Big or small, thick or thin? Marika gives you a jump start to some of the most common opposites used in everyday Italian. You'll get the picture!

Marika spiega - Gli attrezzi

Difficulty: difficulty - Beginner Beginner

Italy

Marika gets to help a friend in need, and at the same time, show off her skill at using a hammer and nails. She tells us how she put together a chest of drawers and put up a shelf all in a morning's work, and had fun doing it.

Marika spiega - Le pentole e le posate

Difficulty: difficulty - Newbie Newbie

Italy

Marika shows us the various pots and pans, plates and silverware used every day in Italian kitchens, dining rooms and restaurants.

Marika spiega - L'orologio

Difficulty: difficulty - Newbie Newbie

Italy

What time is the right time to say "Buongiorno?" Marika explains it and talks about how Italians tell time.

Marika spiega - L'abbigliamento - Part 1

Difficulty: difficulty - Newbie Newbie

Italy

Marika tells us about the clothes people wear, from underwear to winter coats.

Marika spiega - L'abbigliamento - Part 2

Difficulty: difficulty - Beginner Beginner

Italy

What would you wear if you had to do sports, go to the beach, or if it were cold? Marika teaches you the names for items of clothing, as well as an Italian saying on the subject.

Marika spiega - Le pulizie di primavera - Part 1

Difficulty: difficulty - Beginner Beginner

Italy

It's time for spring cleaning. Marika shows us how, and more importantly, she gives us the names of the tools we'll need.

Marika spiega - Le pulizie di primavera - Part 2

Difficulty: difficulty - Beginner Beginner

Italy

More spring cleaning! Marika shows us how to dust, and what materials to use. She goes on to wash the windows, and then the dishes.

Marika spiega - Gli aggettivi possessivi

Difficulty: difficulty - Beginner Beginner

Italy

Whose keys are these? Marika explains how to answer this kind of question and more. Occhio! (look out!): his and hers are the same!

Marika spiega - Il nome dei negozi - Part 1

Difficulty: difficulty - Newbie Newbie

Italy

Do you have shoes that need repair? Or maybe you need new sunglasses? Marika walks around a residential neighborhood, pointing out the different shops.

Marika spiega - Il nome dei negozi - Part 2

Difficulty: difficulty - Newbie Newbie

Italy

Join Marika as she walks around the city pointing out different kinds of shops. Learn where to get that flat tire on your bicycle fixed. And discover the unlikely name of the place you go to get your dry cleaning done.

Marika spiega - L'alfabeto

Difficulty: difficulty - Newbie Newbie

Italy

You can't learn a language without knowing its alphabet. Here's Marika to teach you the Italian one. Pay special attention when she gets to J! It's one of the letters that wasn't in the original alphabet of 21 letters.

Marika spiega - La pronuncia - Part 1

Difficulty: difficulty - Newbie Newbie

Italy

Once you know the rules, pronouncing Italian words correctly is not so hard. Some consonants change their pronunciation depending on what vowel follows them. Marika helps you get started.

Marika spiega - La pronuncia - Part 2

Difficulty: difficulty - Newbie Newbie

Italy

Marika explains some more rules for pronouncing "C" and "G."

Marika spiega - Fare lo spelling

Difficulty: difficulty - Newbie Newbie

Italy

Often, when making a phone reservation for a restaurant, theatre, or museum, you'll be asked to spell your name. Marika gives us an example of how it's done in Italian.

Marika spiega - Le doppie

Difficulty: difficulty - Newbie Newbie

Italy

Double letters are taken very seriously in Italian, so pay careful attention as Marika shows us how they work. You'll see why they're so important!

Marika spiega - Il genere maschile

Difficulty: difficulty - Newbie Newbie

Italy

Marika gives us helpful hints for recognising masculine nouns, as well as some important exceptions.

Marika spiega - Il genere femminile

Difficulty: difficulty - Newbie Newbie

Italy

Dealing with gender in Italian can be tricky. Most feminine nouns do end in "a," but not all. If it were only that easy! Marika tells us some of the main types of exceptions, putting them into categories to help us remember.

Marika spiega - Il plurale - Part 1

Difficulty: difficulty - Newbie Newbie

Italy

Marika introduces the three classes of plural nouns. She even has a tiny assignment for you!

Marika spiega - Il plurale - Part 2

Difficulty: difficulty - Newbie Newbie

Italy

Some nouns are the same in the singular and the plural. Marika makes it easy by dividing them into categories. She also gives us some important advice regarding nouns from other languages.

Marika spiega - I segni dello Zodiaco - Part 1

Difficulty: difficulty - Beginner Beginner

Italy

Whether or not you take stock in astrology, Marika gives you plenty of new vocabulary for talking about personality, while describing the characteristics attributed to the first three signs of the zodiac: Aries, Taurus and Gemini.

Marika spiega - I segni dello Zodiaco - Part 2

Difficulty: difficulty - Beginner Beginner

Italy

Marika explains the next three signs of the zodiac, Cancer, Leo, and Virgo. Learn plenty of adjectives that describe people's personalities.

Marika spiega - I segni dello Zodiaco - Part 3

Difficulty: difficulty - Beginner Beginner

Italy

This time Marika talks about Libra, Scorpio, and Sagittarius. There's lots of good vocabulary having to do with personality!

Marika spiega - I segni dello Zodiaco - Part 4

Difficulty: difficulty - Beginner Beginner

Italy

Here are the last three signs of the Zodiac, with new expressions and new vocabulary. The signs Marika talks about are Capricorno (Capricorn), Acquario (Aquarius), and Pesci (Pisces).

Marika spiega - Tu e io, me e te

Difficulty: difficulty - Beginner Beginner

Italy

Just as in English, you would never say "I and you," there are rules in Italian, too for using these personal pronouns (io (I), tu (you-subject), me (me), te (you-object). Marika explains it all and gives you examples!

Marika spiega - La formazione dei nomi - Part 1

Difficulty: difficulty - Newbie Newbie

Italy

Many nouns are formed by adding suffixes to another word. If you know the original word, you can guess the noun. If you know the noun, you can guess the original word. Marika shows you how!

Marika spiega - La formazione dei nomi - Part 2

Difficulty: difficulty - Newbie Newbie

Italy

Marika tells us more about suffixes, and this time explains how to form nouns from adjectives. There's homework to do, too!

Marika spiega - Le parole composte - Part 1

Difficulty: difficulty - Newbie Newbie

Italy

Just as in English, Italian has a great many compound nouns. Marika explains the different types. A proposito, this time she greets us a new way, saying buondì. It's simply another way of saying buongiorno. is another way of saying giorno (day). Diurno is its relative adjective, meaning "daytime."

Marika spiega - Le parole composte - Part 2

Difficulty: difficulty - Newbie Newbie

Italy

There are lots of ways to form compound nouns, and lots of different ways to form their plurals. Marika fills us in.

Marika spiega - La formazione dei contrari

Difficulty: difficulty - Newbie Newbie

Italy

To form the opposite of a word in Italian, there are different kinds of prefixes. Marika explains how they work.

Marika spiega - La formazione degli aggettivi

Difficulty: difficulty - Newbie Newbie

Italy

Marika explains how to form adjectives from nouns, by using various suffixes.

Marika spiega - Le parole alterate

Difficulty: difficulty - Newbie Newbie

Italy

It's a very Italian thing to alter a word to make it mean something bigger, smaller, or worse. You just need to know the right suffix to add to the word. Marika shows you how.

Marika spiega - Expo 2015 - Part 1

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

Italy

2015 is an exciting year for Italy, because this year's Expo is in Milan. Marika was lucky enough to go, and she's eager to share her experience with you. But first she gives you a little background on how the Expo got started as a phenomenon.

Marika spiega - Expo 2015 - Part 2

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

Italy

Marika shares her impressions and her bubbling enthusiasm for the Expo 2015 held in Milan until the October thirty-first of this year. We hope you get the chance to go!

Marika spiega - I verbi riflessivi e reciproci

Difficulty: difficulty - Newbie Newbie

Italy

Marika introduces us to an area where Italian and English have some important differences: reflexive and reciprocal verbs. For extra help, see: Reflections on the Reflexive and Ci Gets Around: Part 1

Marika spiega - Il presente progressivo

Difficulty: difficulty - Newbie Newbie

Italy

Can you answer the question, cosa stai facendo (What are you doing)? If not, take a look at this video where Marika explains the presente progressivo (present continuous tense).

Marika spiega - La forma impersonale

Difficulty: difficulty - Newbie Newbie

Italy

The third person "impersonal" has mostly gone out of fashion in English, but in Italian it's used all the time. Although in English it's common to use "you" or the passive voice, we've used the impersonal "one" here, in order to understand better how it works.

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