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Serena is a university student from the beautiful seaside town of Maratea, in Basilicata, in the south of Italy. She's very friendly and takes us shopping for clothes, to her home, to meet her friends, to get ready for a party, and to a music store.

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Serena - si presenta

Difficulty: difficulty - Newbie Newbie

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Serena is near one of the beaches of her town, Maratea, where she lives with her family and she tells us a few things about herself.

Serena - presenta Martina

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

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Martina has almost completed her degree at the university, which will qualify her to work in the juvenile courts. She would like to evaluate the situations and problems of kids, especially immigrant minors, who have trouble in school and in their social lives, and to help them adjust. Follow the interview by Serena.

Serena - in un negozio di abbigliamento - Part 1

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

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Go clothes shopping with Serena, who's looking for something nice for a festa, as well as some everyday wear.

Serena - in un negozio di abbigliamento - Part 2

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

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Serena is still shopping for clothes, and looks at some pretty flashy shoes. In the end, though, she goes for the jacket, and she fishes in her bag for the cash. She gives us a good example of how the plural is used when talking about euros. Euro is both singular and plural in Italian. So whether we're talking about soldi (money) or euro (euros), Italians think in the plural!

Serena - in un negozio di sanitaria

Difficulty: difficulty - Beginner Beginner

Italy Lucano

Serena and Martina take you to a shop that sells both home health care products and beauty aids. This kind of shop is called a sanitaria, coming from the word, sanità (health). If you ever (heaven forbid!) need a wheelchair, ace bandage, neck brace, or even orthopedic shoes, this is the place to go. Today, Serena and Martina are shopping for more glamorous items.

Serena - un pacchetto regalo

Difficulty: difficulty - Beginner Beginner

Italy Lucano

Serena goes in to a shop with a friend to buy some beauty cream. She pays by carta di credito, and makes sure she walks out of the store with lo scontrino (the receipt), which is obligatory in Italy! As an afterthought, she would like Gerarda, the proprietor, to gift-wrap the beauty cream for her, so she asks for un pacchetto regalo.

Serena - sistema scolastico italiano

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

Italy Lucano

Serena and Elena talk about the school system in Italy, which is quite different from that of other countries. Terminology is different and can be deceptive, so be prepared for some false cognates. Where Americans talk about going away to school (college, university), Italians talk about the university. Find out what "scuola" means to these two young Italian women.

Serena - sistema universitario italiano

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

Italy Lucano

Get the inside story on going to university in Italy! Serena and Elena talk about how the school year is broken up, where you register, taking exams and how the grading works, what grade point average you need to pass, and much more.

Serena - vita da universitari

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

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Studying is not the only thing students do at the university. They like to have fun, too. Being from out of town, but too far away for a commute, Serena and Elena rent an apartment with other students. Find out what they like to do in the evenings!

Serena - La mia casa

Difficulty: difficulty - Beginner Beginner

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Serena takes us to visit her house, where besides all the things her mother collects, there's a fireplace, and a view of the sea.

Serena - Festa di Halloween

Difficulty: difficulty - Beginner Beginner

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The traditional Anglo-Saxon holiday, Halloween, has gradually taken hold in Italy and is now an occasion for partying, wearing costumes, and having fun. Serena opens up the door to her apartment and...

Serena - Gli strumenti Musicali -Il pianoforte

Difficulty: difficulty - Beginner Beginner

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Serena takes you to a music store in Rome. The first instrument she shows us is the piano.

Serena - Gli strumenti Musicali -Le percussioni

Difficulty: difficulty - Beginner Beginner

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Serena takes us to another part of the music store. This time she shows us the percussion instruments.

Serena - Gli strumenti musicali - strumenti a corda e a fiato

Difficulty: difficulty - Beginner Beginner

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Serena finishes showing us the music store by guiding us through the guitar section, as well as the section dedicated to the instruments of the orchestra. She closes by a quick visit to the sheet music department.

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