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​Arianna ​Manetti narrates some of the best-known fairy tales. The animated series includes Cinderella, Beauty and the Beast, and Rapunzel and many other favorites.

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Ti racconto una fiaba - Il Principe Ranocchio - Part 1

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"The Frog Prince" is a famous fairy tale—nothing new! But what an opportunity to learn and practice the passato remoto! In everyday conversations this tense is rare in much of Italy, but when we're talking about "once upon a time..." it's a mainstay.

Ti racconto una fiaba - Il Principe Ranocchio - Part 2

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Italy

Many of us know how this story ends. That's why it will be easy to understand. And there are still plenty of verbs to learn in the passato remoto!

Ti racconto una fiaba - Cenerentola - Part 1

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Italy

Here's one of the most famous fairy tales of all, "Cinderella." The Italian, La Cenerentola comes from the noun la cenere (ash, ashes, cinder). See how much you can understand without the English subtitles!

Ti racconto una fiaba - Cenerentola - Part 2

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Italy

In fairy tales, good triumphs over evil in the end. This one's no exception.

Ti racconto una fiaba - La Bella Addormentata nel Bosco - Part 1

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Italy

There's plenty of new vocabulary in the well-known story of Sleeping Beauty. And since there are both a king and a queen, and twelve fairies, many verbs are in the third person plural of the passato remoto! Make the most of it!

Ti racconto una fiaba - La Bella Addormentata nel Bosco - Part 2

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Italy

Being a fairy tale, there's a happy ending. Maybe you'll understand it even without the subtitles!

Ti racconto una fiaba - Il gatto con gli stivali - Part 1

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Italy

Usually associated with Charles Perrault and the Brothers Grimm, the tale of Puss in Boots was, instead, first written down by Giovanni Francesco Straparola in the 1550s. It is not known whether he invented the tale or whether it reflects an older oral tradition.

Ti racconto una fiaba - Il gatto con gli stivali - Part 2

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Italy

Puss in Boots underscores what we all know—cats have everything figured out.

Ti racconto una fiaba - Il brutto anatroccolo - Part 1

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Italy

Hans Christian Andersen's classic fairy tale, The Ugly Duckling, is presented in Italian. These fairy tales are so familiar that they allow us to fully concentrate on the words and spare us the worry of not understanding what's happening in the story.

Ti racconto una fiaba - Il brutto anatroccolo - Part 2

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Italy

The Ugly Duckling realizes that he isn't so ugly after all.

Ti racconto una fiaba - La sirenetta - Part 1

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Italy

Hans Christian Andersen's The Little Mermaid is translated as La sirenetta in Italian. The Italian term sirena covers both mermaids (part fish) and sirens (part bird).

Ti racconto una fiaba - La sirenetta - Part 2

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Italy

The Little Mermaid concludes with a happy ending if you're a 19th century poet, as Andersen was. The vocabulary review focuses on verbs in the passato remoto.

Ti racconto una fiaba - I tre porcellini - Part 1

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Italy

In this telling of the late 19th century British fairy tale, the wolf is bad but not big.

Ti racconto una fiaba - I tre porcellini - Part 2

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Italy

The youngest piglet was right all along. Being a kind soul, he forgave his brothers.

Ti racconto una fiaba - La Bella e la Bestia - Part 1

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Beauty and the Beast is a French 18th century fairy tale. It was written by Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve. Her tale, which is as long as a novel, has been adapted numerous times. This nice retelling of the tale is more dependent on the Walt Disney Company.

Ti racconto una fiaba - La Bella e la Bestia - Part 2

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Italy

Kindness triumphs over looks in this tale of love. The Beast does, however, turn into a handsome Prince.
Practice some passato remoto verbs in the vocabulary review!

Ti racconto una fiaba - Biancaneve - Part 1

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Italy

The classic Brothers Grimm fairytale with some fun changes in Italian. The wicked queen's rhyme for the mirror is different, and when one of the dwarfs beholds Snow White, he exclaims, "Mamma mia."

The vocabulary review is dedicated to passato remoto verbs in the third person singular!

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