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Corso di italiano con Daniela - Fino a e Finché - Part 2 View Series View This Episode

Difficulty: difficulty - Adv-Intermediate Adv-Intermediate

Italy

In English, the difference between "until" and "as long as" is quite distinct, but in Italian, it's a little blurry because the presence of the negative word non (not) might change the meaning of a phrase or it might not. When the meaning is not altered by its presence, the word, in this case non (not), is "pleonastic." We're talking about finché and finche non.

Francesca - alla guida - Part 3 View Series View This Episode

Difficulty: difficulty - Adv-Intermediate Adv-Intermediate

Italy

Francesca and her travelling companion have just gotten a flat tire. Learn the steps for changing a tire along with Francesca.

Battuta di Fassone - in Insalata Chef

Difficulty: difficulty - Adv-Intermediate Adv-Intermediate

Italy

Viviana Varese, winner of the 2011 Gambero Rosso Prize "Best emerging young chef", shows us how to make a tartare of Fassone (Piemontese beef) – an elegant and very tasty dish!

Alberto Angela - Meraviglie - EP. 4 - Part 15 View Series View This Episode

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

Italy

The final segment of this tour of Umbria and Tuscany brings to the walls of Pisa and its famous schools of higher learning. As usual, Alberto Angela gives us some insight into how and why things happened as they did, as Pisa developed into one of the most beautiful and important cities in Italy.

Alberto Angela - Meraviglie - EP. 4 - Part 14 View Series View This Episode

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

Italy

The fresco depicting the Last Judgement is almost like a photograph of the Middle Ages. Alberto Angela shows us where the sinners ended up and what happened to them in Hell.

Alberto Angela - Meraviglie - EP. 4 - Part 13 View Series View This Episode

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

Italy

We're still at the Camposanto in Pisa. Alberto Angela shows us a wonderful fresco of the Last Judgment, and tells us the story of the artist as well as what is depicted.

Alberto Angela - Meraviglie - EP. 4 - Part 12 View Series View This Episode

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

Italy

Alberto Angela takes us through what is actually a gallery of ancient art inside this cemetery, and focuses on the sarcophagi, each with its story to tell.

Corso di italiano con Daniela - Modi Indefiniti - Part 4 View Series View This Episode

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

Italy

Daniela gives us some more examples of gerunds used in subordinate clauses. Asking ourselves what questions the gerund answers can help us understand its role in a sentence.

Alberto Angela - Meraviglie - EP. 4 - Part 11 View Series View This Episode

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

Italy

Alberto Angela recounts some interesting facts and legends surrounding the roof of the Bapistery and the Camposanto [cemetery].

Corso di italiano con Daniela - Modi Indefiniti - Part 3 View Series View This Episode

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

Italy

In this segment, Daniela talks about the gerund. As you will see, in Italian, the gerund is often used by itself, whereas in English we need an extra word before it — a conjunction or preposition. We are on more familiar ground when Daniela talks about using a gerund with the verb stare (to be) to form what we call the present continuous or present progressive.

Alberto Angela - Meraviglie - EP. 4 - Part 10 View Series View This Episode

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

Italy

We learn a great deal about the third structure at the Piazza dei Miracoli in Pisa: the Baptistery. We learn about wonders we can see and wonders we can't see.

Corso di italiano con Daniela - Modi Indefiniti - Part 2 View Series View This Episode

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

Italy

In Italian, there's not only a past participle, as in English, there is also a present participle. Many nouns and adjectives we use every day come from this tense, as well as from the past participle.

Alberto Angela - Meraviglie - EP. 4 - Part 9 View Series View This Episode

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

Italy

We go inside the Pisa Cathedral and see how marvelous it is, from the granite columns to the majestic pulpit designed by Giovanni Pisano, which, miraculously, survived the fire of 1595.

Corso di italiano con Daniela - Modi Indefiniti - Part 1 View Series View This Episode

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

Italy

Daniela explains what are called "indefinite modes." They are indefinite because they don't refer directly to a person or object. They commonly occur in a subordinate clause, and we need the context of the main clause to give us that information. There are three forms: the infinitive, the past participle, and the gerund.

Alberto Angela - Meraviglie - EP. 4 - Part 8 View Series View This Episode

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

Italy

Why does the Leaning Tower of Pisa lean? Alberto answers this question and others about one of the most famous monuments in the world.

Alberto Angela - Meraviglie - EP. 4 - Part 7 View Series View This Episode

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

Italy

Alberto Angela gives us a look at one of the most famous monuments in the world. We look at the Leaning Tower of Pisa through the lens of those who wanted it built.

Alberto Angela - Meraviglie - EP. 4 - Part 6 View Series View This Episode

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

Italy

We move from Umbria to Tuscany and visit the evocative ruins of the abbey of San Galgano. Next will be Pisa, a prime example of how Tuscany, in medieval times, was experimenting with very "modern" ideas.

Alberto Angela - Meraviglie - EP. 4 - Part 5 View Series View This Episode

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

Italy

Alberto Angela points out how realistic Giotto's frescoes are compared to earlier ones. He also mentions the important fact that Saint Francis composed one of the first poems in the vernacular

Alberto Angela - Meraviglie - EP. 4 - Part 4 View Series View This Episode

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

Italy

We move from the lower basilica to the upper one, which has an entirely different feel to it. Here, we are surrounded by a show of light and color in colorful frescoes and stained-glass windows.

Alberto Angela - Meraviglie - EP. 4 - Part 3 View Series View This Episode

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

Italy

What did Saint Francis look like? There are clues in a fresco in the lower basilica of the church dedicated to him in Assisi.

Alberto Angela - Meraviglie - EP. 4 - Part 2 View Series View This Episode

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

Italy

People often wonder how the Basilica of St. Francis could be as imposing and rich as it is, when the saint to whom it is dedicated had taken an oath of poverty. Alberto Angela explains this and other contradictions.

Alberto Angela - Meraviglie - EP. 4 - Part 1 View Series View This Episode

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

Italy

This episode will take us to Umbria. We start with one of the most beautiful cities in the region, Assisi, a city that's practically synonymous with the Franciscan monastic order and its founder, Saint Francis.

Marika commenta - L'ispettore Manara - Espressioni toscane View Series

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

Italy

The popular TV series Commissioner Manara takes place in Tuscany, so in this video, Marika explains some of the peculiarities of Tuscan speech. She also gives some important tips about using articles when referring to family members.

Corso di italiano con Daniela - Superlativo assoluto - Part 3 View Series View This Episode

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

Italy

Daniela discusses how journalists and the mass media often tack on -issimo to nouns and adverbial expressions, something which is not strictly correct but is prevalent nonetheless.

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