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Marika spiega - Adottare dei gatti - Part 5 View Series View This Episode

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

Italy

Adopting an animal is a serious undertaking! Marika is fully aware of that fact and in this final segment, she gets down to the nitty-gritty of keeping cats at home.

Marika spiega - Adottare dei gatti - Part 4 View Series View This Episode

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

Italy

Marika shows us a series of items that make it easier to have cats in the house. In order to discourage the cats from destroying the furniture, rugs, and curtains, there are some handy remedies.

Marika spiega - Adottare dei gatti - Part 3 View Series View This Episode

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

Italy

What accessories do we need when we take a kitten into the family? Some are just for kittens themselves, and others are for us humans. Marika makes introductions.

Marika spiega - Adottare dei gatti - Part 2 View Series View This Episode

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

Italy

Adopting a dog means going through several steps. Marika describes what she and her family went through in attempting to realize their dream of having a puppy.

Marika spiega - Adottare dei gatti - Part 1 View Series View This Episode

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

Italy

Marika shares some of her childhood with us, specifically, her experience of having a puppy grow up beside her as part of the family. Now she has children of her own, and wants to give them that same special experience.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Corso di italiano con Daniela - Comparativo - Part 6 View Series View This Episode

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

Italy

Daniela explains how some adverbs, depending on how they are used, will be regular or irregular in the comparative form.

L'Italia a tavola - Polpette di ricotta - Part 3 View Series View This Episode

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

Italy

Anna and Marika form the Calabrian ricotta balls and cook them in tomato sauce. The ricotta balls can also be fried and served without sauce.

L'Italia a tavola - Polpette di ricotta - Part 2 View Series View This Episode

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

Italy

All the ingredients are ready, and Anna and Marika go to work, making the ricotta ball mixture. They share with us a common saying about prezzemolo (parsley).

L'Italia a tavola - Polpette di ricotta - Part 1 View Series View This Episode

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

Italy

Anna and Marika provide the list of necessary ingredients for this Calabrese specialty. This recipe calls for sheep's milk ricotta. When you go to buy ricotta in Italy, storekeepers will ask if you want cow, sheep, or goat ricotta. You can also specify a mix.

Marika spiega - Gli avverbi - Avverbi di tempo View Series

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

Italy

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

Lorenzo Baglioni - Il Congiuntivo

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

Italy

Lorenzo Baglioni, a Tuscan pop star, sings a tune on il congiuntivo (the subjunctive). He remarks that the subjunctive is particularly useful for lovers. Note that the Italian subjunctive, out of context, can have various different solutions in English, and sometimes doesn't correspond at all.

Marika spiega - I pronomi combinati - Part 3 View Series View This Episode

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 - I pronomi combinati - Part 2 View Series View This Episode

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

Italy

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

Marika spiega - I pronomi combinati - Part 1 View Series View This Episode

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 - Gli scioglilingua View Series

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 troncamento - Part 3 View Series View This Episode

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 - Il troncamento - Part 2 View Series View This Episode

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

Italy

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

Marika spiega - Il troncamento - Part 1 View Series View This Episode

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.

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