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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.

Marika spiega - I pronomi diretti

Difficulty: difficulty - Newbie Newbie

Italy

Marika gives us an overview on how to use direct object pronouns, which take the place of direct objects when the object has already been referred to. Here's an example of this in English:
"Do you know the answer [direct object noun]?" "Yes I know it [direct object pronoun]."

Marika spiega - Le preposizioni di luogo - Part 1

Difficulty: difficulty - Newbie Newbie

Italy

Using the prepositions "to" and "at" in Italian can be tricky, because there's one Italian word for both: a. Marika gives us some tips.

Marika spiega - Le preposizioni di luogo - Part 2

Difficulty: difficulty - Newbie Newbie

Italy

Marika explains when to use the prepositions: in (to), da (from), di (of, from), and per (for, to, by). There's no need to learn them all at once!

Marika spiega - I pronomi diretti con participio passato

Difficulty: difficulty - Beginner Beginner

Italy

Marika shows us the rules about using direct object pronouns. Don't be discouraged if you don't absorb it all at once. It takes plenty of practice, and plenty of trial and error. See first part: Marika spiega - Pronomi diretti

Marika spiega - La Parmigiana di melanzane - Part 1

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

Italy

Melanzane alla Parmigiana, or La parmigiana di melanzane (Eggplant Parmesan) is a classic recipe from the Campania region. Marika shows us how to make it, one step at a time.

Marika spiega - La Parmigiana di melanzane - Part 2

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

Italy

Marika prepares the eggplant slices by baking them in the oven—a much lighter way of preparing the eggplant layers than the traditional frying method.

Marika spiega - La Parmigiana di melanzane - Part 3

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

Italy

It's time to check the eggplant in the oven. And what about the slices that were a bit too sottili (thin)? Will they have burned? Note that English mostly uses eggplant as a collective noun (in the singular) but Italian, unless referring specifically to a single eggplant, uses the plural le melanzane when referring to eggplant in general, and to the slices themselves.

Marika spiega - La Parmigiana di melanzane - Part 4

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

Italy

We've finally reached the last part of this recipe. Now you can make this dish yourself. Don't forget to pre-heat the oven to two hundred and twenty or two hundred and forty degrees (428-464°F). If you happen to have any leftover afterwards, you can safely freeze it. Buon appetito!

Marika spiega - L'ingresso di casa

Difficulty: difficulty - Beginner Beginner

Italy

Marika shows us the entryway of her apartment, from the intercom to the coat rack.

Marika spiega - La camera dei bambini

Difficulty: difficulty - Beginner Beginner

Italy

Marika shows us her children's cozy bedroom. You may notice that there is an emphasis on drawing and coloring. Italian students are graded on their drawings.

Marika spiega - Il corridoio

Difficulty: difficulty - Beginner Beginner

Italy

We continue getting acquainted with Marika's apartment. This time she shows us the hall with its furnishings.

Marika spiega - Il bagno

Difficulty: difficulty - Newbie Newbie

Italy

It's time for the grand tour of a very important room in Marika's apartment, the bathroom! You'll notice she gets a little mixed up between hot and cold water faucets! Don't worry--the position is the same in Italy as in other countries!

Marika spiega - La camera da letto

Difficulty: difficulty - Newbie Newbie

Italy

Marika shows us her apartment's master bedroom.

Marika spiega - La cucina

Difficulty: difficulty - Newbie Newbie

Italy

Marika shows us around her kitchen, the heart of the household. We can bet it's her favorite room of all!

Marika spiega - Il salone

Difficulty: difficulty - Newbie Newbie

Italy

Marika gives us a tour of her living room, where the family is entertained, and where she has lunch and dinner parties for guests.

Marika spiega - Espressioni con animali

Difficulty: difficulty - Beginner Beginner

Italy

In many languages, animals are used to describe human characteristics, but not every language uses the same animal for the same characteristic! Marika shares with us the Italian point of view.

Marika spiega - Il verbo dire

Difficulty: difficulty - Beginner Beginner

Italy

There are plenty of idiomatic expressions connected with certain verbs. Marika tells us about expressions with dire (to say).

Marika spiega - Il verbo fare

Difficulty: difficulty - Beginner Beginner

Italy

The verb fare (to do, to make) is used in lots of expressions. Marika talks about some of the most common ones.

Marika spiega - Il verbo prendere

Difficulty: difficulty - Beginner Beginner

Italy

Marika has a nice group of Italian idiomatic expressions using the verb prendere (to take).

Marika spiega - La divisione in sillabe - Part 1

Difficulty: difficulty - Beginner Beginner

Italy

By popular request, Marika has a great lesson on dividing words into syllables.

Marika spiega - La divisione in sillabe - Part 2

Difficulty: difficulty - Beginner Beginner

Italy

Marika has more tips on how to divide syllables and some fun practice words, too.

Marika spiega - L'elisione - Part 1

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

Italy

Several Yabla users asked about elisions and contractions, and how, when, and where they're used. This is Marika's first of three videos on this essential topic.

Marika spiega - L'elisione - Part 2

Difficulty: difficulty - Beginner Beginner

Italy

Marika tells us more about the use of elisions in Italian.

Marika spiega - L'elisione - Part 3

Difficulty: difficulty - Beginner Beginner

Italy

In some cases using an elision is not grammatically correct. Marika explains some of these cases.

Marika spiega - Il troncamento - Part 1

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

Italy

Marika's first of three lessons on truncation, where she compares elision to truncation. There are many useful examples, such as: mar, san, buon, ben, and signor.

Marika spiega - Il troncamento - Part 2

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

Italy

Marika outlines exceptions to the rules governing truncation, and provides many useful examples.

Marika spiega - Il troncamento - Part 3

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

Italy

The final segment on truncation covers imperative mood verbs that take apostrophes, as well as expressions concerning maladies.

Marika spiega - Gli accenti - Part 1

Difficulty: difficulty - Beginner Beginner

Italy

Marika's opening segment on accents and accentuation in Italian.

Marika spiega - Gli accenti - Part 2

Difficulty: difficulty - Beginner Beginner

Italy

Marika covers the grave and acute accents, providing examples of words that have entirely different meanings because of their accentuation.

Marika spiega - Gli accenti - Part 3

Difficulty: difficulty - Beginner Beginner

Italy

Marika's last segment on accents covers some fun homographs. She also provides advice on learning the correct pronunciation of words.

Marika spiega - Gli scioglilingua

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

Italy

What in English is called a tongue-twister, in Italian is a scioglilingua, or tongue loosener. The Trentine one, with the alliterated Ts, is the most successful in English translation.

Marika spiega - Il Verbo Mettere - Part 1

Difficulty: difficulty - Beginner Beginner

Italy

Marika, in her lesson on the verb mettere (to put, to set) includes some commonly used expressions.

Marika spiega - Il Verbo Mettere - Part 2

Difficulty: difficulty - Beginner Beginner

Italy

Marika provides more useful expressions that employ the verb mettere [to put]. Mettere a posto [to put in order, to tidy up] is one that is used on a daily basis.

Marika spiega - Il verbo chiudere

Difficulty: difficulty - Beginner Beginner

Italy

Marika relates some expressions using the verb chiudere [to close, to shut]. A number of these are very close to English expressions.

Marika spiega - I verbi cavare e togliere

Difficulty: difficulty - Beginner Beginner

Italy

Marika focuses on the verbs cavare and togliere, both of which mean to remove. She also provides some expressions for both verbs.

Marika spiega - Il balcone

Difficulty: difficulty - Beginner Beginner

Italy

Marika shows us her balcony, highlighting its utilitarian and pleasure sides. Washing machines are often placed on balconies. This is because Rome's climate is mild and there is little danger of frozen pipes.

Marika spiega - I verbi transitivi

Difficulty: difficulty - Beginner Beginner

Italy

Marika's lesson is on transitive verbs, or verbs that take direct objects, known as complemento oggetto in Italian.

Marika spiega - I verbi intransitivi

Difficulty: difficulty - Beginner Beginner

Italy

Marika's lesson is on intransitive verb and how to recognize them. She has some interesting things to say on southern Italian speech and the influence of Spanish.

Marika spiega - Il verbo andare

Difficulty: difficulty - Beginner Beginner

Italy

Marika's lesson is on the all important verb andare [to go]. She includes a number of common expressions using this irregular verb.

Marika spiega - La particella CI - Part 1

Difficulty: difficulty - Beginner Beginner

Italy

Marika starts off her 3-part series on particles, otherwise known as function words. In this segment, she mostly concentrates on the locative function of the particle ci.

Marika spiega - La particella CI - Part 2

Difficulty: difficulty - Beginner Beginner

Italy

Marika's lesson concentrates on how the pronouns: mi [me], ti [you], vi [you, plural] are used in conjunction with the particle "ci."

Marika spiega - La particella CI - Part 3

Difficulty: difficulty - Beginner Beginner

Italy

Marika covers with the pronominal particle ci, this time providing examples as to how it is used with the direct pronouns: lo, la, li, and le.

Marika spiega - La particella NE - Part 1

Difficulty: difficulty - Beginner Beginner

Italy

Marika discusses the particle "ne" and provides examples of how it is used as a partitive pronoun (some, none) among other uses.

Marika spiega - La particella NE - Part 2

Difficulty: difficulty - Beginner Beginner

Italy

Marika's lesson involves the use of the particles ce and ne when they are side by side in a sentence.

Marika spiega - La particella NE - Part 3

Difficulty: difficulty - Beginner Beginner

Italy

Gliene is the double object pronoun that Marika focuses on in this segment.

Marika spiega - Il verbo mancare

Difficulty: difficulty - Beginner Beginner

Italy

Marika features the verb mancare [to miss] and provides numerous expressions using the verb.

Marika spiega - Il raffreddore

Difficulty: difficulty - Beginner Beginner

Italy

Marika's video on the flu also includes a lot of useful vocabulary on first aid kits.

Marika spiega - Il verbo venire - Part 1

Difficulty: difficulty - Beginner Beginner

Italy

Marika focuses on the verb venire [to come], providing lots of useful examples of how it is used, and also contrasting it with the verb andare [to go].

Marika spiega - Il verbo venire - Part 2

Difficulty: difficulty - Beginner Beginner

Italy

Marika continues her lesson on the all-important verb venire [to come], providing many useful examples of its use.

Marika spiega - I verbi venire e andare - Part 1

Difficulty: difficulty - Beginner Beginner

Italy

Marika goes over the verbs andare [to go] and venire [to come], verbs that are often mistakenly interchanged. She also highlights the expression, va bene, which can indicate that things are going nicely or can be used to voice agreement.

Marika spiega - I verbi venire e andare - Part 2

Difficulty: difficulty - Beginner Beginner

Italy

Marika continues with her lesson on the crucial verbs, andare [to go] and venire [to come], and provides many useful examples.

Marika spiega - L'insalata di pasta - Part 1

Difficulty: difficulty - Beginner Beginner

Italy

Here's a summer recipe that uses simple but good ingredients.

Marika spiega - L'insalata di pasta - Part 2

Difficulty: difficulty - Beginner Beginner

Italy

Marika finishes explaining how to make a delicious pasta salad, so you'll be ready to give it a try in your own kitchen. Buon appetito!

Marika spiega - I pronomi combinati - Part 1

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

Italy

Marika, in response to Yabla user requests, begins her 3-part lesson on those pesky little words (Me plus lo, la, li, le, and ne, together with Ti plus lo, la, li, le, and ne), otherwise known as combined pronouns or double pronouns.

Marika spiega - I pronomi combinati - Part 2

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

Italy

Marika covers these super tricky combined pronouns: glielo, gliela, glieli, gliene, and gliele.

Marika spiega - I pronomi combinati - Part 3

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

Italy

Marika wraps up her lessons on combined pronouns in which ci acts as a stand in for places.

Marika spiega - Gli avverbi - Avverbi di luogo

Difficulty: difficulty - Beginner Beginner

Italy

Marika begins a five-part series on the five different types of adverbs in Italian. Location adverbs, which would be termed more “prepositions” in English, are the focus of this segment. In Italian, the difference between adverbs, prepositions and conjunctions is often blurry.

Marika spiega - Gli avverbi - Avverbi di tempo

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

Italy

Marika discusses adverbs of time, including: subito [immediately], mai [never], and talvolta [sometimes].

Marika spiega - Gli avverbi di modo

Difficulty: difficulty - Beginner Beginner

Italy

It may come as a relief to see that Italian adverbs of manner are similar to English ones. But when Marika starts giving us some [very useful] idiomatic adverbial phrases using adjectives, it's slightly more complicated.

Marika spiega - Avverbi di quantità

Difficulty: difficulty - Beginner Beginner

Italy

How much is too much? Marika explains about quantity, and shares some common idioms about quantity and degree that can come in very handy.

Marika spiega - Oggetti in ufficio

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Marika shows us what materials she uses in her small home office. Whether you work or go to school, these terms will come in handy.

Marika spiega - Biancheria

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The noun biancheria (linens) comes from bianco, the Italian word for "white." Marika tells us why that is, and takes us around the house to look at the different kinds we use.

Marika spiega - Saluti verbali e a gesti

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Greeting people is the first thing we do when we meet up with someone, so it's important to know how to do it right, especially when you don't know the person. Marika shows us how.

Marika spiega - Cosa - Part 1

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The word cosa (thing) in Italian is an extremely useful word, especially when you don't know the real word for something. Marika tells us about how it's used in Italian everyday conversation.

Marika spiega - Cosa - Part 2

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The word cosa (thing, something, what) is used a great deal in Italian. In speech, it's especially used in questions to mean "what." Marika explains how this works.

Marika spiega - Come - Part 1

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Come is an important question word that means "how," but it also fulfills plenty of other roles. Marika spells out the ways...

Marika spiega - Come - Part 2

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In this second part, you will master using come (how) in questions and exclamations.

Marika spiega - Quando - Part 1

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Quando (when) is an important question word. It can be used as either an adverb or a conjunction.

Marika spiega - Quando - Part 2

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Here is some more about the very useful adverb and conjunction quando (when). It's comforting to know that quando is usually translated with "when," but there are a few exceptions, and above all, there are some new expressions to learn.

Marika spiega - Conversazione - Part 1

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Daniela and Marika show us the basics of making conversation between 2 people who know each other as well as between strangers, or people of different ages.

Marika spiega - Conversazione - Part 2

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Marika and Daniela continue their conversation about making conversation in Italian. They even talk a little bit about baby talk, Italian style, including the vezzeggiativo (affectionate) form of adjectives.

Marika spiega - Il sistema solare e i pianeti

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It's time to learn the names of the planets in Italian. Marika talks about our Solar System. Great for beginners!

Marika spiega - La spiaggia

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This is a great video for beginners, especially beginners who like to go to the beach. Here are the words you need to know.

Marika spiega - Festa di compleanno

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Here's how to plan a birthday party in Italian. In this case, it's for a piglet turning eight.

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