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DATE: Tue, 28 Sep 2010
SIZE: 9.71 MB
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34. Let’s Get Down To Business (5 Min. A Day)

Learn Italian with LearnItalianPod.com - Several LearnItalianPod VIP Members, who go to Italy for business on a regular basis, have requested one "Travel Survival" episode all dedicated to the language of business. You asked, we listened! -- This time, let's get down to business and let's practice a lot of useful, ready-to-use Italian words, [...]

DATE: Tue, 14 Sep 2010
SIZE: 9.74 MB
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33. Good Health is Everything (5 Minutes A Day)

Learn Italian with LearnItalianPod.com - According to the feedback received, everyone seems to like this "Travel Survival" series and find it very useful, so... here's more! This time, let's go back into "travel survival mode" and let's practice a lot of useful, ready-to-use Italian words, sentences, and expressions that you can use in many [...]

DATE: Mon, 06 Sep 2010
SIZE: 10.3 MB
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32. It’s All About Money (5 Minutes A Day)

Learn Italian with LearnItalianPod.com - Let's go back into "travel survival mode" and let's practice a lot of useful, ready-to-use Italian words, sentences, and expressions that you can use in many different occasions when dealing with everything related to money while in Italy: from paying at the cash register, to exchanging money, to taking [...]

DATE: Mon, 23 Aug 2010
SIZE: 10.1 MB
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31. Play It Again, Sam (5 Minutes A Day)

Learn Italian with LearnItalianPod.com - Film dubbing is a big business in Italy. Almost all foreign movies are dubbed, and they are dubbed so well and so consistently that it is common for a single dubber to shadow the career of a foreign movie star for years. All major Hollywood stars are associated with [...]

DATE: Sun, 15 Aug 2010
SIZE: 9.42 MB
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30. When The Phone Rings, Be Ready! (5 Min. A Day)

Learn Italian with LearnItalianPod.com - Talking on the phone can represent the ultimate challenge for someone learning a foreign language. In fact, on the phone you only rely on tone of voice and the words spoken, and you don't have body language to assist you in understanding. That's why talking on the phone in [...]

DATE: Sun, 08 Aug 2010
SIZE: 9.32 MB
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29. From Animal Kingdom To Italian Saying (5 Min. A Day)

Learn Italian with LearnItalianPod.com - One of the things that caught our attention while reviewing a long list of Italian sayings is how many of them, and surely some of the most famous ones, are made up using animal names. "Pulce" (flea), "mosca" (fly), "cane" (dog), "gatto" (cat), "elefante" (elephant), and "lupo" (wolf) are [...]

DATE: Sun, 01 Aug 2010
SIZE: 10.3 MB
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28. The Big Italian Meal (5 Minutes A Day)

Learn Italian with LearnItalianPod.com - Some says that the only two things you need when visiting Italy are "stomaco vuoto" (an empty stomach), and "un grande appetito" (a big appetite). It is a very well known fact that Italian meals can be long multi-course affairs, particularly when visiting, staying with a family, or celebrating [...]

DATE: Sun, 25 Jul 2010
SIZE: 9.13 MB
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27. Which Came First, The Egg or The Hen? (5 Min. A Day)

Learn Italian with LearnItalianPod.com - This time, get ready for something special as we're going to finally answer, once and for all, to an enigma that has bothered mankind forever, and we're going to do it while learning a lot of useful Italian. Here's the question: "e' nato prima l'uovo o la gallina?" (in [...]

DATE: Sun, 18 Jul 2010
SIZE: 9.44 MB
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26. L’Ora di Carosello (5 Minutes A Day)

Learn Italian with LearnItalianPod.com - "Carosello" (in English: "Carousel" or "Merry-Go-Round"), was a very famous ten-minute advertising program broadcasted every evening from 8:50 to 9:00 PM on Italian national TV, and it ran for twenty years straight from the late Fifties until the late Seventies. "Carosello" was a huge success and, for [...]

DATE: Sun, 11 Jul 2010
SIZE: 13.4 MB
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30. The Best Summer Vacation Ever (Upper Intermediate)

Learn Italian with LearnItalianPod. Episode #30 of the "Upper-Intermediate Level Series" is entitled "The Best Summer Vacation Ever". Summertime, time for vacation! For those visiting Italy, there's a wealth of choice of things to do and to see. Sea, mountain, cities, monuments, art, and food are just some of the many Italian attractions. So, [...]

DATE: Wed, 30 Jun 2010
SIZE: 10.9 MB
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25. Our Little Friends NE & CI (5 Minutes A Day)

Learn Italian with LearnItalianPod.com - Several VIP Members (thank you Luis, Sandra, and Carmen) have requested that we dedicate a lesson to the hugely common Italian little words "NE" and "CI". Just listen to two native Italians speaking and good chances are you will hear the two little words "NE" and "CI" repeated [...]

DATE: Sun, 20 Jun 2010
SIZE: 8.52 MB
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24. The Juliet Club (5 Minutes A Day)

Learn Italian with LearnItalianPod.com - This time, let's talk about love! - LearnItalianPod VIP Member Carolina, who is from New York but studies in Verona, Italy, sent us a terrific email. - She says: "Every day on my way to school I pass by the most famous balcony in the world: Juliet's balcony. [...]

DATE: Sun, 13 Jun 2010
SIZE: 8.10 MB
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23. I Want, I Can, I Must! (5 Minutes A Day)

Learn Italian with LearnItalianPod.com - We have said several times how important it is to learn and practice verbs and it is a known fact that your knowledge of verbs will truly determine your real level of Italian language. So today, let's have fun by learning and practicing three super important Italian verbs [...]

DATE: Tue, 08 Jun 2010
SIZE: 9.19 MB
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22. Ten Pick Up Lines That Work (5 Minutes A Day)

Learn Italian with LearnItalianPod.com - VIP Member Giuseppe from Atlanta, Georgia sent us one of the most unusual emails that we have ever received. He says: "My good friend Tom and I are going to be leaving for Italy in a couple of weeks for the trip of a lifetime. - We're both [...]

DATE: Mon, 31 May 2010
SIZE: 9.02 MB
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21. The Ubiquitous Word “CHE” (5 Minutes A Day)

Learn Italian with LearnItalianPod.com -- VIP Member Luna sent us some great feedback. She says: "If there's one word in the Italian language that's truly used everywhere, that is the small word "che"... and what makes it interesting (and somewhat confusing!), is that this small little word can have several different functions within a sentence. [...]

DATE: Mon, 24 May 2010
SIZE: 9.25 MB
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20. 15 Slang Expressions Only Real Italians Use (5 Min. A Day)

Learn Italian with LearnItalianPod.com - Episode #20 of LearnItalianPod "5 Minutes A Day" lesson series is now live! This one is entitled "15 Slang Expressions Only Real Italians Use". This time, we're going to do something different... oh, and you're going to love this one! - Get ready to learn some Italian slang you won't [...]

DATE: Sun, 16 May 2010
SIZE: 8.02 MB
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19. Travel Survival #2: Transportation (5 Minutes A Day)

Learn Italian with LearnItalianPod.com - Episode #19 of LearnItalianPod "5 Minutes A Day" lesson series is now live! This one is entitled "Travel Survival #2: Transportation". According to all the positive feedback received, it looks like you really enjoyed our first "travel survival" episode last week, and that made us really happy... again, thanks to [...]

DATE: Sun, 09 May 2010
SIZE: 8.75 MB
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18. Travel Survival #1: Sightseeing (5 Minutes A Day)

Learn Italian with LearnItalianPod.com - Episode #18 of LearnItalianPod "5 Minutes A Day" lesson series is now live! This one is entitled "Travel Survival #1: Sightseeing". This time, get ready to go into "travel survival mode" and to do a lot of practice! LearnItalianPod VIP Member Olivia gave us a great idea. She said: "How about [...]

DATE: Mon, 03 May 2010
SIZE: 9.16 MB
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17. Mom Is Always Mom (5 Minutes A Day)

Learn Italian with LearnItalianPod.com - Episode #17 of LearnItalianPod "5 Minutes A Day" lesson series is now live! This one is entitled "Mom Is Always Mom". Like in many other countries, on May 9th 2010 Italians celebrate "Mother's Day", and, sure as sunrise, this is a very important day in Italy: in fact, Italians truly [...]

DATE: Tue, 20 Apr 2010
SIZE: 8.77 MB
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16. Seven Steps To Happiness (5 Minutes A Day)

Learn Italian with LearnItalianPod.com - Episode #16 of LearnItalianPod "5 Minutes A Day" lesson series is now live! This one is entitled "Seven Steps To Happiness". VIP Member Gianni, who is from Las Vegas, Nevada but who lives in Italy in the beautiful city of Venice, sent us a wonderful email. - He says that [...]

DATE: Sun, 11 Apr 2010
SIZE: 6.69 MB
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15. To Stay or To Be: That is The Question (5 Min. A Day)

Learn Italian with LearnItalianPod.com - Learn Italian with LearnItalianPod.com - Episode #15 of LearnItalianPod "5 Minutes A Day" lesson series is now live! This one is entitled "To Stay or To Be: That Is The Question". Several LearnItalianPod VIP Members have requested that we explained why and when the verb "stare" (to stay) [...]

DATE: Mon, 05 Apr 2010
SIZE: 6.22 MB
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14. The Omnipresent Verb “Fare” (5 Minutes A Day)

Learn Italian with LearnItalianPod.com - Episode #14 of LearnItalianPod "5 Minutes A Day" lesson series is now live! This one is entitled "The Omnipresent Verb 'Fare'". VIP Member Matteo from San Francisco, California sent us some great feedback. He says: "I love learning Italian. He's such a musical language, and you can get caught [...]

DATE: Mon, 29 Mar 2010
SIZE: 7.70 MB
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13. Where Does It Come From? (5 Minutes A Day)

Learn Italian with LearnItalianPod.com - Episode #13 of LearnItalianPod "5 Minutes A Day" lesson series is now live! This one is entitled "Where Does It Come From?". VIP Member Francesca from Orlando, Florida sent us a great email. She asks: "What about the name "Italia"? Where does it come from?" That's an interesting question, [...]

DATE: Mon, 22 Mar 2010
SIZE: 7.94 MB
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12. 10 Italian Proverbs You Can’t Live Without (5 Min. A Day)

Learn Italian with LearnItalianPod.com - Episode #12 of LearnItalianPod "5 Minutes A Day" lesson series is now live! This one is entitled "10 Italian Proverbs You Can't Live Without". Many linguistic experts agree on the fact that there is no better way to learn Italian language and culture than to practice Italian proverbs. In [...]

DATE: Tue, 16 Mar 2010
SIZE: 6.79 MB
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11. What’s With The Last Name? (5 Minutes A Day)

Learn Italian with LearnItalianPod.com - Episode #11 of LearnItalianPod "5 Minutes A Day" lesson series is entitled "What's With The Last Name?". What's really interesting about Italian last names is that the vast majority of them were created from a few very specific sources: from a parent's name, from a job or trade, from [...]

DATE: Mon, 08 Mar 2010
SIZE: 6.63 MB
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10. Che Bella Figura! (5 Minutes A Day)

Episode #10 of LearnItalianPod "5 Minutes A Day" lesson series is now live! This one is entitled "Che Bella Figura!". Italian author Beppe Severgnini in his wonderful book "La Bella Figura - A Field Guide To The Italian Mind" says that only in Italian does there exist an expression like "fare bella figura". It corresponds [...]

DATE: Mon, 01 Mar 2010
SIZE: 7.97 MB
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9. 25 Great Ways To Be Romantic

Learn Italian with LearnItalianPod.com - Episode #9 of LearnItalianPod "5 Minutes A Day" lesson series is now live! This one is entitled "25 Great Ways To Be Romantic". It has been said many times that Italian is the language of love. So, what better way to celebrate the end of the "month of love", [...]

DATE: Sun, 21 Feb 2010
SIZE: 8.59 MB
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8. 7 Conversation Starters That Never Fails (5 Minutes A Day)

Learn Italian with LearnItalianPod.com - Episode #8 of LearnItalianPod "5 Minutes A Day" lesson series is now live! This one is entitled "7 Conversation Starters That Never Fail". We're sure there are times when you wish to start conversing in Italian, but you do not find the right words or topics to begin the [...]

DATE: Sun, 14 Feb 2010
SIZE: 6.65 MB
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7. Twisting Your Tongue… The Italian Way! (5 Minutes A Day)

Learn Italian with LearnItalianPod.com - Episode #7 of LearnItalianPod "5 Minutes A Day" lesson series is now live! This one is entitled "Twisting Your Tongue... The Italian Way!". Tongue twisters are a great way to practice pronunciation, and they're useful to sharpen your ability to articulate words and sentences. -- And let's face it, just [...]

DATE: Sun, 31 Jan 2010
SIZE: 6.98 MB
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6. The Top Ten Italian Verbs (5 Minutes A Day)

Learn Italian with LearnItalianPod.com - Episode #6 of LearnItalianPod "5 Minutes A Day" lesson series is now live! This one is entitled "The Top Ten Italian Verbs". Anyone learning Italian will soon discover how important it is to learn and practice verbs - in fact, your knowledge of Italian verbs will truly determine your real [...]

DATE: Mon, 25 Jan 2010
SIZE: 7.02 MB
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5. Caffe’ e Cornetto, per Favore! (5 Minutes A Day)

Learn Italian with LearnItalianPod.com - Episode #5 of LearnItalianPod "5 Minutes A Day" lesson series is now live! This one is entitled "Caffe' e Cornetto, per Favore!". History has it that the President and CEO of the largest coffeehouse company in the world had the idea of his business after a trip to Milan, in [...]

DATE: Tue, 19 Jan 2010
SIZE: 6.30 MB
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4. I Need A Pharmacy (5 Minutes A Day)

Learn Italian with LearnItalianPod.com - Episode #4 of the all new LearnItalianPod "5 Minutes A Day" lesson series is now live! This one is called: "I Need A Pharmacy". In Italy, for small emergencies and for minor aches, colds or flu, the best solution is to go to a "farmacia" (a pharmacy). - Even if [...]

DATE: Mon, 11 Jan 2010
SIZE: 6.07 MB
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3. Happiness Is A Bowl of Pasta (5 Minutes A Day)

Learn Italian with LearnItalianPod.com - Episode #3 of the all new LearnItalianPod "5 Minutes A Day" lesson series is now live! This one is called: "Happiness is a Bowl of Pasta". Pasta is definitely "the queen of Italian cuisine", and it is also certainly one of the most loved foods in the world. So, let's [...]

DATE: Mon, 04 Jan 2010
SIZE: 5.47 MB
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2. Going On A White Week (5 Minutes A Day)

Learn Italian with the newest show on LearnItalianPod.com: "5 Minutes A Day", episode #2! "5 Minutes A Day" lessons are "fun-to-listen-to" and "fun-to-practice" 5 to 10 minutes lessons that will provide you with knowledge on a great variety of topics and they are great for beginner, intermediate, and upper intermediate students of Italian. On this [...]

DATE: Sun, 27 Dec 2009
SIZE: 5.12 MB
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1. 7 Most Common New Year’s Resolutions (5 Minutes A Day)

Learn Italian with the newest show on LearnItalianPod.com: "5 Minutes A Day", episode #1! "5 Minutes A Day" lessons are "fun-to-listen-to" 5 to 10 minutes lessons that will provide you with knowledge on a great variety of topics and they are great for beginner, intermediate, and upper intermediate students of Italian. - On this first [...]

DATE: Mon, 14 Dec 2009
SIZE: 13.5 MB
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50. They Arrested Santa Claus! (Culture Shot)

Christmas is just a few days away, and, to get you into the holiday mood, what could be better than celebrating Santa Claus? But, as you will see, this is definitely not going to be a traditional celebration... In fact, we're reporting an incredible piece of news from Italy: in Naples, they have arrested Santa [...]

DATE: Sun, 06 Dec 2009
SIZE: 13.9 MB
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29. Look, It’s Snowing! (Upper Intermediate)

Learn Italian with LearnItalianPod. Episode #29 of the "Upper-Intermediate Level Series" is entitled "Look, It's Snowing!". It's Sunday early in the morning in Milan. Outside it is cold, as it's the middle of winter. Christmas is just around the corner. Lucia and Italo just woke up, and there's a quiet and peaceful atmosphere in [...]

DATE: Mon, 30 Nov 2009
SIZE: 11.7 MB
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49. Nicknames Galore! (Culture Shot)

Learn Italian with LearnItalianPod. What happens when one fourth of the families living in a small Italian town of 50,000 people have the same last name and they can only be distinguished by their nicknames? Easy... a lot of confusion, as it becomes almost impossible to know who's who; and confusion remains until those families [...]

DATE: Mon, 16 Nov 2009
SIZE: 14.0 MB
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28. I’m Left On My Feet! (Upper Intermediate)

Learn Italian with LearnItalianPod. Episode #28 of the "Upper-Intermediate Level Series" is entitled "I'm Left On Feet!". Does it sound like nonsense? Well, let's explain! - Italians use the famous expression "rimanere a piedi", which in English can be translated as "to be left on feet", to say that their car broke down and [...]

DATE: Mon, 09 Nov 2009
SIZE: 12.1 MB
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48. Hurrah for The Lantern (Culture Shot)

Learn Italian with LearnItalianPod. When you think about a sea-bathing establishment right on the beach, you mentally picture men, women, and children all together enjoying their time outside. Not so if you enter the sea-bathing establishment "La Lanterna" in Trieste, Italy, where men and women cannot mingle together but are in fact separated by a [...]

DATE: Mon, 02 Nov 2009
SIZE: 14.2 MB
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27. Brand or No Brand? (Upper Intermediate)

Learn Italian with LearnItalianPod. Episode #27 of the "Upper-Intermediate Level Series" is entitled "Brand or No Brand?". When it comes to buying clothes, Italians are divided into two opposing categories: on one side those who refuse to buy anything that is not "branded" and on the opposite side those who do not care about [...]

DATE: Sun, 25 Oct 2009
SIZE: 12.4 MB
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47. The Food of The Gods (Culture Shot)

Learn Italian with LearnItalianPod. Chocolate has been considered "il cibo degli dei" (the food of the gods) since the beginning of time. Let's face it: Italian or not, you will hardly find anyone that doesn't like the taste of chocolate. But the good people from Perugia, Italy have taken the love of chocolate to the [...]

DATE: Mon, 19 Oct 2009
SIZE: 13.4 MB
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26. Hi Grandma, It’s Me! (Upper Intermediate)

Episode #26 of the "Upper-Intermediate Level Series" is entitled "Hi Grandma, It's Me!". Even if nowadays is not like it used to be, when the traditional Italian family (which included grandparents and grandchildren) lived all together in the same house, for Italians family still remains of fundamental importance. So, let's take a little break from [...]

DATE: Mon, 12 Oct 2009
SIZE: 11.8 MB
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46. The Ultimate Lottery Prize (Culture Shot)

Learn Italian with LearnItalianPod. If there's one expression that perfectly describes Italian people imagination and creativity, that is "una ne fai, cento ne pensi" (one thing you do, one hundred things you come up with). A major Italian supermarket chain took the thinking to the extreme so, at this time of major economic crisis, they [...]

DATE: Mon, 05 Oct 2009
SIZE: 14.3 MB
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25. I’m Not Here For Anyone (Upper Intermediate)

Learn Italian with LearnItalianPod. Episode #25 of the "Upper-Intermediate Level Series" is entitled "I'm Not Here For Anyone". It's Wednesday morning in Milan. Lucia is home, and she's getting ready for an important business meeting. There's only one problem: a terrible headache is driving her crazy. So, let's see how our friend Lucia deals [...]

DATE: Mon, 21 Sep 2009
SIZE: 12.6 MB
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45. Off The Beaten Path (Culture Shot)

Learn Italian with LearnItalianPod. Maybe you've already been to Italy once, you've seen the monuments, visited the major museums, and stayed in the historic city center and now you're looking for something different... Maybe you really aren't that much into cities and don't like the traffic and the noise... Or maybe your goal is to [...]

DATE: Mon, 14 Sep 2009
SIZE: 13.1 MB
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24. I Lost My Wallet! (Upper Intermediate)

Learn Italian with LearnItalianPod. Episode #24 of the "Upper-Intermediate Level Series" is entitled "I Lost My Wallet!". There is nothing than can ruin a day more than loosing a wallet, and the thought of all the time one has to waste to report the fact to the police, the bank, close all the accounts, [...]

DATE: Mon, 07 Sep 2009
SIZE: 13.6 MB
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23. It’s Back To School Time! (Upper Intermediate)

Learn Italian with LearnItalianPod. Episode #23 of the "Upper-Intermediate Level Series" is entitled "It's Back To School Time!". For millions of Italian students the first day of school is just around the corner. In Italy in fact school traditionally begins the second week of September. Let's follow our friend Lucia as she makes sure [...]

DATE: Tue, 01 Sep 2009
SIZE: 14.2 MB
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44. A Cheesy Collateral (Culture Shot)

Learn Italian with LearnItalianPod. VIP Member Lisa sent us one of the most entertaining email we've ever received. She says: "I read this article in the New York Times about an Italian bank keeping wheels of Parmesan cheese as collateral for bank loans to cheese makers. I was blown away by this but not really [...]

DATE: Mon, 24 Aug 2009
SIZE: 10.7 MB
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30. How To Deal With Street Annoyances (HTI)

Learn Italian with LearnItalianPod. VIP Member Rachel from Miami, Florida, says: "When I was living in Italy a couple of years ago, there were quite a few times when I encountered difficult situations while walking on the street. For example, with men approaching me and trying to get my phone number, street vendors trying to [...]

DATE: Mon, 17 Aug 2009
SIZE: 12.9 MB
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43. Agosto, Moglie Mia Non Ti Conosco (Culture Shot)

Learn Italian with LearnItalianPod. LearnItalianPod VIP subscriber Alexandra from Vancouver is in Italy for study reasons. She says: "It's the week of mid-August here in Milano and I wasn't really prepared for what appears to be a desert city. I mean, it is... empty! Where's everyone? And what's with the sentence "agosto, moglie mia non [...]

DATE: Sun, 09 Aug 2009
SIZE: 13.5 MB
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22. Add A Seat To The Table (Upper Intermediate)

Learn Italian with LearnItalianPod. Episode #22 of the "Upper-Intermediate Level Series" is entitled "Add A Seat To The Table". There are at least two things that every Italian loves to do: the first is "to spend time with friends", and the second is... to eat well. And when these two things are combined and [...]

DATE: Sun, 02 Aug 2009
SIZE: 13.5 MB
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42. The Most Famous Italian Word (Culture Shot)

Learn Italian with LearnItalianPod. Here's what VIP Member Richie from Chicago has to say about his recent trip to Italy: "I had the best time ever. It's just incredible how beautiful Italy really is... and how Italians can be charming and generous, once you just try to speak their language! And, about the Italian language... [...]

DATE: Mon, 27 Jul 2009
SIZE: 12.6 MB
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21. A Hot Summer’s Night (Upper Intermediate)

Learn Italian with LearnItalianPod. Episode #21 of the "Upper-Intermediate Level Series" is entitled "A Hot Summer's Night". Someone said that nothing can surpass a nice summer's night in a town on the sea in Italy. A bright moon, a clear sky, the ideal temperature, music in the streets, and everywhere people enjoying the summer. [...]

DATE: Tue, 21 Jul 2009
SIZE: 7.48 MB
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Phrasebook #11: “Ready, Set, Go!”

Learn Italian with LearnItalianPod. Finally, your dream trip to Italy is becoming a reality, and it is just about to begin. Now for the big questions: "how and what to pack?" - You certainly don't want to spoil your dream vacation in Italy just because you left something necessary back home. What you do need [...]

DATE: Mon, 13 Jul 2009
SIZE: 14.2 MB
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41. The Mayor’s Water (Culture Shot)

Learn Italian with LearnItalianPod. VIP Member Gloria was in Venice just a few days ago. She wrote us an incredibly nice email, where she says: "As I was walking around this marvelous city, I couldn't help but notice a lot of billboards featuring the smiling mayor of Venice saying 'Anch'io bevo l'acqua del Sindaco' (I, [...]

DATE: Mon, 06 Jul 2009
SIZE: 13.1 MB
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20. I Told You So! (Upper Intermediate)

Learn Italian with LearnItalianPod. Episode #20 of the "Upper-Intermediate Level Series" is entitled "I Told You So!" - The sentence "Te l'avevo detto" (I told you so, in English) is the one phrase that everyone hates to hear when something goes wrong, and it's a sure way, when used between husband and wife, to end [...]

DATE: Mon, 29 Jun 2009
SIZE: 13.4 MB
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40. The Fox and The Crow (Culture Shot)

Learn Italian with LearnItalianPod. Longtime VIP Member Patricia from Boston sent us a terrific email. She writes: "One of the fondest memories I have of my recent trip to Italy is the discovery of some great Italian tales written by an ancient author called Fedro. It all happened one night, by absolute chance, as I [...]

DATE: Mon, 22 Jun 2009
SIZE: 9.70 MB
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3. Quando, Quando, Quando (Canta Che Ti Passa)

Learn Italian with the newest show on LearnItalianPod.com: "Canta Che Ti Passa", episode #3! This time we feature a very famous, happy and joyful Italian pop song called "Quando, Quando, Quando". Presented at the Festival di Sanremo contest in 1962 by great singer and music producer Tony Renis, "Quando, Quando, Quando" didn't win the contest, [...]

DATE: Mon, 15 Jun 2009
SIZE: 13.2 MB
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19. Say It With Food (Upper Intermediate)

Learn Italian with LearnItalianPod. Italians love food, and love to eat... that's a fact. For them, food is pleasure as much as nourishment. What they also love to do is to express opinions about people or things using food names that best describe them! So, let's follow Lucia and Italo as they play this little [...]

DATE: Mon, 08 Jun 2009
SIZE: 11.9 MB
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2. Nessun Dorma (Canta Che Ti Passa)

Learn Italian with the newest show on LearnItalianPod.com: "Canta Che Ti Passa", a terrific new series that will teach you how to dramatically improve your Italian through its most famous songs! In this second episode of the show, we are going to feature one of the best known songs ("arias" in the world of opera) [...]

DATE: Mon, 01 Jun 2009
SIZE: 9.37 MB
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1. Volare (Canta Che Ti Passa)

Welcome to all of you Italian learners to the newest show on LearnItalianPod.com: "Canta Che Ti Passa", episode #1! One of the easiest and most fun way to improve every aspect of your Italian, including pronunciation, grammar, vocabulary, and expression, and at the same time to learn more about Italian culture, is through...Italian music! So [...]

DATE: Mon, 25 May 2009
SIZE: 13.8 MB
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18. At The Galleria degli Uffizi (Upper Intermediate)

Learn Italian with LearnItalianPod. Episode #18 of the "Upper-Intermediate Level Series" is entitled "At The Galleria degli Uffizi" - Let's follow Lucia and her colleague Tina, who is an architect from New York in Italy for business, as they visit the "Galleria degli Uffizi" in Florence, one of the most famous museums of paintings and [...]

DATE: Mon, 18 May 2009
SIZE: 11.0 MB
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39. Two Letters, Single Sound (Culture Shot)

Learn Italian with LearnItalianPod. Our dear friend and longtime VIP subscriber Carlo, who is from England but lives in Rome, says: "I have got to tell you, Jane and Massimo... some of the sounds of the Italian language, like "GL", "GN", or "SC", are so difficult to pronounce correctly. Please make an episode about it, [...]

DATE: Mon, 11 May 2009
SIZE: 13.7 MB
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38. The Pizza Vending Machine (Culture Shot)

Learn Italian with LearnItalianPod.com - Our dear friend and longtime VIP subscriber Lisa from Chicago sent us a fantastic piece of news about an invention made in Italy which, if it works, is going to change forever one of the icon of the Italian food: la pizza! That's the "pizza vending machine" - a machine [...]

DATE: Mon, 04 May 2009
SIZE: 12.9 MB
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17. Don’t Shoot The Messenger (Upper Intermediate)

Learn Italian with LearnItalianPod.com - Episode #17 of the "Upper-Intermediate Level Series" is entitled "Don't Shoot The Messenger" - Italo is outside of the house for a walk, as he does every evening after dinner. The telephone rings in the house, Lucia answers and... there are bad news for Italo: an important business deal that [...]

DATE: Mon, 27 Apr 2009
SIZE: 12.3 MB
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16. Whose Turn Is It Tonight? (Upper Intermediate)

Learn Italian with LearnItalianPod. Episode #16 of the "Upper-Intermediate Level Series" is entitled "Whose Turn Is It Tonight?" - Italo and Lucia just finished dinner in their house in Milan. It's time to do the dishes: whose turn is it to do it tonight? Italo says Lucia, and Lucia says Italo... but someone has got [...]

DATE: Sun, 19 Apr 2009
SIZE: 10.3 MB
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37. Aprile Dolce Dormire (Culture Shot)

Learn Italian with LearnItalianPod.com - Jane was talking the other day to her sister Lucia who lives in Italy and she was telling her how sleepy she was feeling right in the middle of the day. Her sister said: "Jane, ricordati, Aprile dolce dormire... (Jane, remember, April sweet sleeping...)". - And Jane suddenly remembered when, [...]

DATE: Mon, 06 Apr 2009
SIZE: 12.3 MB
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15. A Fun Networking Event (Upper Intermediate)

Learn Italian with LearnItalianPod! Episode #15 of the "Upper-Intermediate Level Series" is entitled "A Fun Networking Event". We're back in Venice. Another day has passed and Italo has been invited for a networking event after his business meeting. So, let's hear how Italian professionals network and exchange business cards. If you plan to go to [...]

DATE: Sun, 29 Mar 2009
SIZE: 13.6 MB
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36. The Day of The Fools (Culture Shot)

In Italy, as well as in the rest of the world, April 1st is traditionally a day of jokes, silliness, and pranks of any kind. The traditional Italian "Pesce d'Aprile" (April Fools' in English) consists of someone attaching a paper cutout of a small fish to the rear shoulders of a friend or a family [...]

DATE: Mon, 23 Mar 2009
SIZE: 12.4 MB
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14. How Did Your Day Go? (Upper Intermediate)

Learn Italian with LearnItalianPod. Episode #14 of the "Upper-Intermediate Level Series" is entitled "How did your day go?" - Lucia just came back home from work. Waiting for her at home is her son Mattia. Lucia asks her son how his day went, and sure enough, Mattia has some great news for her mother! So [...]

DATE: Mon, 16 Mar 2009
SIZE: 12.7 MB
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35. The Yellow Mimosa (Culture Shot)

Here is what our longtime VIP member and friend Barbara says: "I'm writing this email from Florence in Italy, where I've been living for a couple of months already, to study art. A few days ago, the 8th of March, I went out with my best Italian friend Maria, and as we walked down the [...]

DATE: Sun, 08 Mar 2009
SIZE: 12.5 MB
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13. Planning A Surprise (Upper Intermediate)

Learn Italian with LearnItalianPod.com! Episode #13 of the "Upper-Intermediate Level Series" is entitled "Planning A Surprise". Lucia is planning a surprise party to celebrate her husband Italo's birthday, and she decides to call Gianni, a friend of the family, to discuss what to do. We'll hear a phone conversation between two friends: you'll find a [...]

DATE: Mon, 02 Mar 2009
SIZE: 11.4 MB
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12. At The Newsstand (Upper Intermediate)

Let's do a little recap. In the first eleven episodes of this "Upper-Intermediate Level Series" we've followed our friend Italo during one of his days. Now, let's go back in time, and let's see what happened to his wife Lucia during the same day. In doing so, we'll review and practice conversations on useful and [...]

DATE: Mon, 23 Feb 2009
SIZE: 12.7 MB
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34. Honey, We’re Having A Baby! (Culture Shot)

Learn Italian with LearnItalianPod.com - Our good friend and VIP member Juliet sent us a wonderful email. She says: "I love the podcast, and have been listening to it ever since I met and married my lovely Italian husband. Every time we go back to see his family, my Italian has improved. Would you consider [...]

DATE: Mon, 16 Feb 2009
SIZE: 11.9 MB
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11. Goodnight My Love (Upper Intermediate)

Episode #11 of the "Upper-Intermediate Level Series" is entitled "Goodnight My Love". Italo is finally in his bedroom at the hotel in Venice, ready to go to bed. There's only one thing he needs to do right before falling asleep: calling his wife Lucia, ask her about her day, and wish her goodnight. Let's hear [...]

DATE: Sun, 08 Feb 2009
SIZE: 12.3 MB
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10. At The Internet Cafe (Upper Intermediate)

Episode #10 of the "Upper-Intermediate Level Series" is entitled "At The Internet Cafe" - It's 9:00 PM in Venice, and our hero Italo, after visiting Piazza San Marco, the famous Harry's Bar, and other beautiful tourist places, decides to spend the last half hour of the day at an Internet Cafe, to check his email, [...]

DATE: Sun, 01 Feb 2009
SIZE: 12.3 MB
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33. Una Multa Indimenticabile (Culture Shot)

Learn Italian with LearnItalianPod.com - Our friend and VIP subscriber Debra, born and raised in London, England, but now living in Italy, sent us a terrific and very funny email. She says: "A few days ago, I happened to read a very funny story entitled "Una Multa Indimenticabile" (Literally "Un Unforgettable Fine"). Sometimes, excuses that [...]

DATE: Sun, 25 Jan 2009
SIZE: 11.6 MB
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9. Is It Worth Going There? (Upper Intermediate)

Episode #9 of the "Upper Intermediate Level Series" is entitled "Is It Worth Going There?" - Our hero Italo has finally made it to Piazza S. Marco. As he stands in the middle of the Piazza, enjoying the marvelous view of that timeless place, he hears a tourist guide talking about the mythical "Harry's Bar" [...]

DATE: Mon, 19 Jan 2009
SIZE: 10.5 MB
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8. Where is Piazza San Marco? (Upper Intermediate)

Episode #8 of the "Upper Intermediate Level Series" is entitled "Where is Piazza San Marco?" - Let's start with a little recap. Our friend Italo, who is spending the night in a hotel in Venice after his business meeting was cancelled, decides to go for a walk, determined to reach San Marco Square. He thinks [...]

DATE: Mon, 12 Jan 2009
SIZE: 12.7 MB
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32. La Befana Vien di Notte (Culture Shot)

Learn Italian with LearnItalianPod.com - Just a few days ago, on January 6th, Italian children of all ages have celebrated "il giorno della Befana". "La Befana", the benevolent witch who comes riding a flying broomstick, is a national holiday in Italy, and it also represents the end of the holiday season for millions of children, [...]

DATE: Mon, 05 Jan 2009
SIZE: 11.9 MB
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7. I Need A Room For Tonight (Upper Intermediate)

Episode #7 of this exciting "Upper Intermediate Level Series" is entitled "I Need A Room For Tonight". Last week we had left our friend Italo in the middle of un unpleasant situation. The business meeting he was supposed to have has been cancelled and rescheduled for the following morning. Now Italo must find a place [...]

DATE: Mon, 29 Dec 2008
SIZE: 12.6 MB
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6. What Do You Mean He’s Not Here? (Upper Intermediate)

Learn Italian with LearnItalianPod.com! Episode #6 of the new Upper Intermediate Level Series" is entitled "What Do You Mean He's Not Here?". Our hero Italo has finally arrived to his important business appointment. Unfortunately an unexpected and unpleasant surprise awaits him... - Today we are going to learn some useful sentences and vocabulary that you [...]

DATE: Mon, 22 Dec 2008
SIZE: 9.86 MB
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31. Filastrocca di Babbo Natale (Culture Shot)

The Holidays are upon us and, to get you into the spirit of things, we would love to dedicate today's episode to one of the "all time" symbols of kindness and generosity -- and that is, Babbo Natale! We are going to celebrate Babbo Natale (Santa Claus in English) with a couple of lovely Italian [...]

DATE: Mon, 15 Dec 2008
SIZE: 12.7 MB
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5. An Unexpected Encounter (Upper Intermediate)

Here's what our VIP Subscriber Amanda has to say about this new Upper Intermediate Level Series: "I just love this new series. That's exactly what I needed. I can understand most of the Italian spoken on the series, and it is challenging enough to drive me on and keep me digging deeper into this [...]

DATE: Mon, 08 Dec 2008
SIZE: 10.3 MB
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3. Let Me Grab A Bite To Eat (Upper Intermediate)

Learn Italian with LearnItalianPod! Episode #4 of the new Upper Intermediate Level Series" is entitled "Let Me Grab A Bite To Eat". Italo, the protagonist of this series, has finally arrived in Venice. It's 1:00 PM and his business meeting is two hours away. Italo is starving and decides to stop at a bar to [...]

DATE: Tue, 02 Dec 2008
SIZE: 11.6 MB
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3. Can We Reschedule? (Upper Intermediate)

Learn Italian with LearnItalianPod! Episode #3 of the highly acclaimed, new "Upper-Intermediate Level Series" is entitled "Can We Reschedule?" - Our hero Italo is on the train for Venice, where he has an important business appointment. The train is running late, and Italo is forced to call to reschedule the appointment. Today we are going [...]

DATE: Mon, 24 Nov 2008
SIZE: 15.5 MB
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30. A Very Expensive Yes (Culture Shot)

Learn Italian with LearnItalianPod! Laura, a great friend who lives in Florence, Italy, sent us a wonderful email. She says: "I'm about to get married with the love of my life, a nice and charming Italian man, and I couldn't be any happier! But let me tell you... I had no idea a wedding [...]

DATE: Mon, 17 Nov 2008
SIZE: 11.9 MB
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2. Catch That Train & Ride (Upper Intermediate)

Learn Italian online with LearnItalianPod! We definitely did not expect such an enthusiastic reaction for this new "Upper Intermediate Level Series" - everyone seems to be finding our "a day in the life of our Italian friend Italo" very useful and entertaining, and that's a terrific thing! Thanks everyone for all of your positive feedback; [...]

DATE: Tue, 11 Nov 2008
SIZE: 11.7 MB
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1. Wake Up, It’s Getting Late! (Upper Intermediate)

Learn Italian with LearnItalianPod! You asked, we listened: the brand new Upper Intermediate Level Italian Course is finally here! This series continues right where the Intermediate Level left off, and it features conversations on useful and practical topics, as well as a comprehensive review of the Italian grammar focusing on those "not so easy" subjects, [...]

DATE: Sun, 02 Nov 2008
SIZE: 8.80 MB
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12. Pane e Tulipani (Advanced)

Learn Italian with LearnItalianPod! Here's episode number 12 of the new, fun, and exciting way to learn "Advanced Level Italian". Based on famous Italian movies and almost entirely spoken in Italian, this series will help you in becoming fluent in Italian while discovering what Italian culture is all about! This time we are talking about [...]

DATE: Sun, 26 Oct 2008
SIZE: 15.3 MB
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29. The Jackpot Fever (Culture Shot)

Learn Italian with LearnItalianPod! This episode is about... winning the "SuperEnalotto jackpot" and become a legend! The SuperEnalotto is the Italian lottery, and that's what 99% of Italians are thinking about this week as a record-breaking prize of one hundred million euros (more or less 140 million US dollars), is up for grabs! They say [...]

DATE: Sun, 19 Oct 2008
SIZE: 8.81 MB
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28. How To Break The Ice (HTI)

Antonio, a longtime LearnItalianPod VIP subscriber, responded to our survey making a very good point. He said: "When it comes to start and keep a conversation in Italian going, that's where I get frustrated. Most of the time, I don't know how to start a conversation, and I end up asking "yes or no" kind [...]

DATE: Sun, 12 Oct 2008
SIZE: 8.45 MB
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11. Mio Fratello e’ Figlio Unico (Advanced)

Learn Italian with LearnItalianPod! Here's episode number 11 of the new, fun, and exciting way to learn "Advanced Level Italian". Based on famous Italian movies and almost entirely spoken in Italian, this series will help you in becoming fluent in Italian while discovering what Italian culture is all about! This time we are talking about [...]

DATE: Mon, 06 Oct 2008
SIZE: 13.9 MB
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28. The Mama’s Boys (Culture Shot)

Learn Italian with LearnItalianPod! This week's episode is about... "the mama's boys!" - Unbelievable but true, eight out of ten Italians aged between twenty and thirty still live at home, and the average age for moving out of the house is... thirty-six! In particular, well grow up men in their late thirties or even forties, [...]

DATE: Mon, 29 Sep 2008
SIZE: 9.08 MB
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28. How To Cook Perfect Pasta (HTI)

Learn Italian with LearnItalianPod.com! Simon and Penny, two friends and LearnItalianPod VIP subscribers, have just returned from a fantastic trip to Italy. Simon says: "Thanks to your lessons, which had covered so many situations and given us such a grasp of the Italian language, we had a fantastic time: making an effort to speak Italian [...]

DATE: Sun, 21 Sep 2008
SIZE: 8.49 MB
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10. I Vitelloni (Advanced)

Learn Italian Online with LearnItalianPod! Here's episode number 10 of the new, fun, and exciting way to learn "Advanced Level Italian". Based on famous Italian movies and almost entirely spoken in Italian, this series will help you in becoming fluent in Italian while discovering what Italian culture is all about! This time we'll talk about [...]

DATE: Mon, 15 Sep 2008
SIZE: 10.6 MB
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27. The Historical Regatta (Culture Shot)

Learn Italian with LearnItalianPod! This week's episode is about... "one of the most traditional Italian events ever, in one of the most beautiful Italian cities ever!" - The event is the "Venice Historical Regatta", which takes place every year on the first Sunday of September in the beautiful city of Venice. Our longtime friend and [...]

DATE: Mon, 08 Sep 2008
SIZE: 8.38 MB
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27. How To Confirm A Reservation (HTI)

Learn Italian with LearnItalianPod.com! Rebecca from Melbourne, Australia, a longtime supporter and LearnItalianPod VIP subscriber, sent us a terrific email. She says: "How about a lesson on how to confirm a hotel reservation on the phone? I have made some of my hotel reservations for Italy on the Internet and, as every smart traveler should [...]

DATE: Mon, 01 Sep 2008
SIZE: 8.36 MB
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26. How To Do A Job Interview (HTI)

Learn Italian with LearnItalianPod.com! Jenna from New York, a dear friend and a longtime LearnItalianPod VIP subscriber, is going to move to Italy very soon. She's determined to find a job, perfect her Italian, and make it in the international tourism industry. She sent a lovely email that says "how about a lesson on how [...]

DATE: Mon, 25 Aug 2008
SIZE: 7.97 MB
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9. Il Sorpasso (Advanced)

Learn Italian Online with LearnItalianPod! Here's episode number 9 of the new, fun, and exciting way to learn "Advanced Level Italian". Based on famous Italian movies and almost entirely spoken in Italian, this series will help you in becoming fluent in Italian while discovering what Italian culture is all about! This time we'll talk about [...]

DATE: Mon, 18 Aug 2008
SIZE: 10.7 MB
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26. The Red from Maranello (Culture Shot)

Learn Italian with LearnItalianPod! In this episode, Jane and Massimo would like to pay tribute to one of the major symbols of Italian creativity in the world, a true Italian cultural icon that has represented for decades the image of the perfect fusion of technology and beauty. Also known by enthusiasts all over the world [...]

DATE: Sun, 10 Aug 2008
SIZE: 7.96 MB
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8. Divorzio all’Italiana (Advanced)

Learn Italian with LearnItalianPod! Here's episode number 8 of the new, fun, and exciting way to learn "Advanced Level Italian". Based on famous Italian movies and almost entirely spoken in Italian, this series will help you in becoming fluent in Italian while discovering what Italian culture is all about! This time we'll talk about "Divorzio [...]

DATE: Sun, 03 Aug 2008
SIZE: 13.5 MB
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Phrasebook #10: Idiomatic Expressions (Three)

Learn Italian with LearnItalianPod.com! Here's episode # 3 of the mini series of shows all dedicated to Italian idiomatic sentences. Today, let's learn and practice a selection of super-common, useful, and "fun to learn" idiomatic sentences that, once you master them, they will really make you sound like a real 100% Italian! Italian idiomatic sentences [...]

DATE: Mon, 28 Jul 2008
SIZE: 8.94 MB
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25. How (Not) To Argue With Style (HTI)

Learn Italian with LearnItalianPod.com! Carla, a longtime LearnItalianPod VIP subscriber from Aspen, Oregon, sent us the most unusual request ever. She says "I've been with my Italian fiance' Luca for two years. We're really in love, and we're planning to get married soon. Only thing I don't like about him, he's often late, and when [...]

DATE: Mon, 21 Jul 2008
SIZE: 8.70 MB
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7. Sotto il Sole della Toscana (Advanced)

Learn advanced level Italian with LearnItalianPod.com! Here's episode number 7 of the new, fun, and exciting way to learn "Advanced Level Italian". Based on famous Italian movies and almost entirely spoken in Italian, this series will help you in becoming fluent in Italian while discovering what Italian culture is all about! This time we'll be [...]

DATE: Sun, 13 Jul 2008
SIZE: 8.89 MB
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24. How To Host An Italian Theme Party (HTI)

Learn Italian with LearnItalianPod.com! Our longtime friend and LearnItalianPod.com supporter JeanPaul from Boca Raton, Florida, wrote us a wonderful email. He says: "I'm planning to throw an Italian theme party... Imagine, a bunch of people fanatic about Italy coming to my house... How do I make it real? How do I make them feel like [...]

DATE: Sun, 06 Jul 2008
SIZE: 8.12 MB
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6. Il Postino (Advanced)

Learn Italian with LearnItalianPod.com! Here's episode number 6 of the new, fun, and exciting way to learn "Advanced Level Italian". Based on famous Italian movies and almost entirely spoken in Italian, this series will help you in becoming fluent in Italian while discovering what Italian culture is all about! This time we'll be talking about [...]

DATE: Sun, 29 Jun 2008
SIZE: 8.14 MB
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23. How To Rent An Apartment (HTI)

Our great friend and longtime subscriber Carla from San Francisco wrote us a terrific email. She says "I'm going to move to Italy for six month to attend a class at the Universita' per Stranieri in Perugia. Beside the fact that I'm super excited, I'm going to need to rent an apartment while there - [...]

DATE: Sun, 22 Jun 2008
SIZE: 7.46 MB
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5. Ladri di Biciclette (Advanced)

Learn Advanced Level Italian with LearnItalianPod.com! Here's the fifth episode of the new, fun, and exciting way to learn "Advanced Level Italian". Based on famous Italian movies and almost entirely spoken in Italian, this series will help you in mastering the language while discovering what Italian culture is all about! This time we'll be talking [...]

DATE: Sun, 15 Jun 2008
SIZE: 7.78 MB
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4. Mediterraneo (Advanced)

Learn Italian with LearnItalianPod.com! Here's the fourth episode of the new, fun, and exciting way to learn "Advanced Level Italian". Based on famous Italian movies and almost entirely spoken in Italian, this series will take your Italian to the next level! Today's movie is "Mediterraneo", a terrific Italian film that won the Academy Award for [...]

DATE: Mon, 09 Jun 2008
SIZE: 13.6 MB
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Phrasebook #9: Idiomatic Expressions (Two)

Learn Italian with LearnItalianPod.com! Here's another episode of the mini series of shows all dedicated to Italian idiomatic sentences. We've started the series a couple of weeks ago, and, according to all the feedback received, our listeners are really enjoying it! So, let's learn and practice a selection of super-common, useful, and "fun to learn" [...]

DATE: Mon, 02 Jun 2008
SIZE: 7.19 MB
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3. Bianco, Rosso e Verdone (Advanced)

Learn Italian with LearnItalianPod.com! Here's the third episode of the new, fun, and exciting way to learn "Advanced Level Italian". Based on famous Italian movies and almost entirely spoken in Italian, this series will take your Italian to the next level! Today's movie is "Bianco, Rosso, e Verdone", a super-funny movie that highlights the merits [...]

DATE: Mon, 26 May 2008
SIZE: 14.2 MB
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Phrasebook #8: Idiomatic Expressions

Gina, one of our LearnItalianPod VIP members and also a great friend, made a terrific suggestion. She said: "Did you ever think of doing a show on idiomatic phrases or expressions? Hearing the colloquialisms could be very helpful!" - What a fantastic idea, Gina! So here's the first of a "mini series" of episodes [...]

DATE: Mon, 19 May 2008
SIZE: 8.16 MB
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2. Nuovo Cinema Paradiso (Advanced)

Learn Italian with LearnItalianPod.com! Here's the second episode of the new, fun, and exciting way to learn "Advanced Level Italian". Based on famous Italian movies and almost entirely spoken in Italian, this series will take your Italian to the next level! Today's movie is "Nuovo Cinema Paradiso", a marvelous Italian film, winner of a Best [...]

DATE: Mon, 12 May 2008
SIZE: 8.33 MB
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1. La Vita E’ Bella (Advanced)

Learn Italian with Learn Italian Pod! The new, fun, and exciting way to learn "Advanced Level Italian" is finally here! Each advanced level lesson includes a short original lecture, a grammar rule with examples, and some idiomatic expressions and vocabulary with definitions. Jane & Massimo speak almost only Italian on this series. But what's really exciting [...]

DATE: Sun, 04 May 2008
SIZE: 7.83 MB
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22. How To Shop For Shoes (HTI)

Diane, a great friend and a listener from San Diego, California, sent us a super-nice email. She says: "Nothing makes or breaks a look like the shoes you're wearing. I have to confess that I'm a shoes fanatic, and I spend most of my shopping money on them! In less than one month, I will [...]

DATE: Sun, 27 Apr 2008
SIZE: 9.17 MB
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21. How To Go Crazy For Pizza (HTI)

Go to www.LearnItalianPod.com to learn how to speak real everyday Italian! Jane happened to read a very cool article a few days ago entitled "Learn Italian While Eating Pizza". Everyone knows that pizza was invented in Italy and is certainly one of the most popular food all over the world. What was interesting about the [...]

DATE: Sun, 20 Apr 2008
SIZE: 11.3 MB
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25. My Big Italian Wedding (Culture Shot)

Our friend Kelly from New Zealand sent us a wonderful email. She just got married with Paolo, who is from Italy, and their wedding took place in beautiful Sorrento, in Italy. - She says her wedding day was perfect, from the ceremony to the reception. She just didn't know how big weddings can be in [...]

DATE: Sun, 13 Apr 2008
SIZE: 8.89 MB
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20. How To Go Green (HTI)

Alan, one of the most active LearnItalianPod VIP subscribers, sent us a super-nice email. He says: "Nowadays, everyone is talking about the best ways to go green - that is, doing things to help the environment, and in general, being eco-friendly. So, how about an episode on how to go green, so we can learn [...]

DATE: Sun, 06 Apr 2008
SIZE: 7.87 MB
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19. How To Use The “5Ws and an H” (HTI)

Learn Italian with LearnItalianPod! The "5Ws and an H" (Who, What, When, Where, Why, and How) are the fundamentals of clear and concise communication - in every language. It is a formula for getting the "full" story on something, and it's a fantastic way to learn how to make questions while learning Italian. So, let's [...]

DATE: Sun, 30 Mar 2008
SIZE: 11.4 MB
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18. How To Express Feelings (HTI)

Mireille, a great friend and a listener from Canada, sent us a wonderful email. She says: "I'm studying Italian at the Italian Institute of Culture, and I consider that your lessons and your VIP membership are necessary tools to supplement my Italian courses. Here's an idea: what if you prepare a podcast about how to [...]

DATE: Mon, 24 Mar 2008
SIZE: 14.9 MB
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Phrasebook #7: Sightseeing & Entertainment

Gianni, one of the most active LearnItalianPod VIP members, sent us a terrific email. He says: "Jane and Massimo, I love your podcasts! It makes learning Italian so much fun, and easier than any other method I've tried, and I've tried many! - Now, I have a request: how about some useful words and sentences [...]

DATE: Sun, 16 Mar 2008
SIZE: 8.50 MB
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17. How To Take A Taxi (HTI)

Chances are that at some point during your trip to Italy you will take a taxi. Taking a taxi cab in Italy can become quite an adventure - in fact, you may experience first-hand why Italians have such a bad reputation as drivers... but, despite of the commonplace that all Italian drivers are bad, [...]

DATE: Sun, 09 Mar 2008
SIZE: 7.33 MB
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16. How To Get A Haircut (HTI)

Lucia from New Zealand, one of LearnItalianPod subscribers, says: "When I went to Italy last year, I thought that my knowledge of the Italian language was good enough to be able to deal with almost any situations. Not so! - One day I wanted to get an haircut, and I realized I did not know [...]

DATE: Sun, 02 Mar 2008
SIZE: 7.35 MB
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15. How To Borrow Money (HTI)

Chances are, it has happened to all of us at one time or another... We're enjoying a good night out with friends, when at some point we realize we have no money with us, and we're suddenly at a crossroad: go back home, or ask one of our friend to lend us a little money, [...]

DATE: Sun, 24 Feb 2008
SIZE: 7.92 MB
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14. How To Stay Fit (HTI)

Learn Italian with LearnItalianPod! Anthony from London, England, goes to the gym and works out every day. He sent us an email saying: "I'm about to go to Italy and while there, I want to keep working out. I was wondering if you could do a lesson where people like me that like to exercise [...]

DATE: Sun, 17 Feb 2008
SIZE: 8.33 MB
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13. How To Eat Vegetarian (HTI)

Learn Italian with LearnItalianPod! Julia, a vegetarian from New York, was traveling through the beautiful region of Liguria. She stopped at a local restaurant, thinking she was going to have trouble in ordering a vegetarian meal but to her surprise her waiter, Stefano, was able to put together a nice dinner all vegetarian. So today [...]

DATE: Sun, 10 Feb 2008
SIZE: 7.40 MB
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12. How To Make Small Talk (HTI)

Learn how to speak real everyday Italian with LearnItalianPod! You will find that most Italians are generous by heart, hospitable, and willing to talk at almost anytime of the day. Being able to connect with Italians through small talk can sometimes lead to a real understanding of Italians and their culture. So today let's see [...]

DATE: Sun, 03 Feb 2008
SIZE: 8.33 MB
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11. How To Ask For A Better Room (HTI)

Learn Italian with LearnItalianPod! There's nothing more disappointing than discovering that the hotel room chosen for a vacation is not of good quality. Issues like no hot water, toilet not working, old and smelly furniture, and so on... that can really ruin a vacation. So today, let's find out how to ask for a better [...]

DATE: Mon, 28 Jan 2008
SIZE: 8.02 MB
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10. How To Come Up With An Excuse (HTI)

Generally speaking, Italians are masters in coming up with original excuses when they decide not to do something. Our friend Mario, a 100% Italian that lives in New York, puts it this way: "You know, sometimes it is just not possible to make everybody happy, and at the same time you don't want to hurt [...]

DATE: Mon, 21 Jan 2008
SIZE: 13.3 MB
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Phrasebook #6: Phone Conversations

Learn how to talk on the phone in Italian with LearnItalianPod! Anna, one of the most active LearnItalianPod VIP members, sent us a great email. She says: "The business episode you've published a couple of weeks ago was just what I was looking for. Grazie! Now, how about another episode featuring more phone related phrases?" [...]

DATE: Mon, 14 Jan 2008
SIZE: 8.18 MB
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9. How To Catch A Bus (HTI)

Catching a bus in Italy can be an unforgettable experience. It requires agility, a good sense of humor, and keeping in mind the golden rule: watch your step! Taking a ride on an Italian bus is definitely a must-do experience as it will let you observe Italians in their daily routine. In this episode, let's [...]

DATE: Mon, 07 Jan 2008
SIZE: 13.5 MB
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Phrasebook #5: Business

Learn business Italian terms and phrases with LearnItalianPod! Some of our LearnItalianPod VIP subscribers are business people that work for Italian companies. Most of them can speak enough to get around Italy, order food and ask for directions. They say they would love to learn and practice useful phrases focused on the vocabulary of business [...]

DATE: Sun, 30 Dec 2007
SIZE: 7.45 MB
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8. How To Make A Resolution (HTI)

For Italians, like for the rest of the world, the beginning of the new year is also the time to make resolutions. Let's hear our two Italian friends Jane and Massimo talking about their "risoluzioni del nuovo anno". And speaking of resolutions, did you remember to put "to learn and to speak Italian well" as [...]

DATE: Wed, 26 Dec 2007
SIZE: 7.64 MB
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7. How To Celebrate New Year’s Eve (HTI)

Learn Italian with "How To Italian" episode nr. 7! New Year's Eve ("il Capodanno" in Italian) is just a few days away, and it is absolutely a great time to be in Italy and to celebrate. One thing for sure: Italians love celebrations as much as they love to get together with friends and family! [...]

DATE: Sun, 16 Dec 2007
SIZE: 6.70 MB
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6. How To Say Merry Christmas (HTI)

Christmas is just around the corner and, to get you into the spirit of things, what is better than to learn how Italians say "Buon Natale" (Merry Christmas) or "Buone Feste" (Happy Holidays) to their friends and loved ones! Let's see how two friends share their plans for the Holidays and how they say Merry [...]

DATE: Sun, 09 Dec 2007
SIZE: 6.73 MB
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5. How To Tip Your Waiter (HTI)

In Italy, tipping your waiter at the restaurant isn't really done... and the reason is that there are usually two extra charges added to your restaurant bill: one is the "coperto" (cover charge) and the other is the "servizio" (service). Patricia, one of LearnItalianPod subscribers, learned about this the hard way when she went to [...]

DATE: Sun, 02 Dec 2007
SIZE: 6.07 MB
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4. How To Ask For A Discount (HTI)

Learn Italian with “How To Italian” episode nr. 4! Bargaining to get a "sconto" (discount) is something not quite common in a store, but it becomes common reality if you ever happen to shop "al mercato" (at a market). Today we'll see how to spot something you love while shopping at the market, ask for [...]

DATE: Sun, 25 Nov 2007
SIZE: 6.31 MB
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3. How To Hook Up With Style (HTI)

Learn Italian language with “How To Italian” episode nr. 3! In this episode we are going to learn how an Italian man approaches, with style, a little bit of cheesiness (someone would say more than a bit...), and some persistance, a woman that he likes. Our friend Marco is in the lounge bar of the [...]

DATE: Mon, 19 Nov 2007
SIZE: 6.00 MB
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2. How To Say What You Do (HTI)

Welcome to “How To Italian” episode nr. 2! In today's episode we are going to learn how to ask someone you just met what he or she does in life, all in a polite but friendly kind of way. In case you missed last week's episode, "How To Italian" are 5 to 7 minutes audio [...]

DATE: Mon, 12 Nov 2007
SIZE: 5.60 MB
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1. How To Ask What’s Up (HTI)

Learn Italian with LearnItalianPod! This is the first episode of a new series called “How To Italian” that we’re adding to our podcasts. "How To Italian" are 5 to 7 minutes audio lessons that will show you "how to" successfully learn, practice, and master a very specific topic of the Italian Language. What's important to [...]

DATE: Mon, 05 Nov 2007
SIZE: 12.7 MB
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24. The Gentle Language (Culture Shot)

In this episode we'll talk about "the gentle language", the affectionate way Italians call their language. We think everyone agrees that Italian language is surely one of the most musical languages in the world. So, let's learn more about "the gentle language" and let's have fun practicing the italian alphabet, or, as Jane's elementary [...]

DATE: Mon, 29 Oct 2007
SIZE: 14.6 MB
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50. Here’s Your Grocery List! (Intermediate)

Learn Italian with LearnItalianPod! In this episode we'll talk about how to do grocery shopping in Italy! Grocery shopping in Italy is often considered as a pleasant activity, and as part of the so called "good Italian life". Cozy little shops full of great Italian products, the small talk with the merchants, meeting other people... [...]

DATE: Mon, 22 Oct 2007
SIZE: 12.2 MB
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23. An All-Italian Kiss (Culture Shot)

Learn Italian with LearnItalianPod! In this twenty-third Culture Shot we'll talk about the most romantic chocolate candy in the world: the "Bacio Perugina", literally translated as "the kiss from Perugia"! We'll find out how a simple chocolate candy born with the wrong name made it to become an everlasting Italian icon. We'll also review and [...]

DATE: Sun, 14 Oct 2007
SIZE: 14.5 MB
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49. Going To The Doctor (Intermediate)

Learn Intermediate level Italian with LearnItalianPod! In today's episode we will talk about doctor's visits, flu and grandmother's remedies. One of our subscribers, Emanuela from Montreal, is back from Italy. At some point during her trip she caught a bad flu and went to see a doctor. Doctor Ricci was great, and she was back [...]

DATE: Sun, 07 Oct 2007
SIZE: 12.5 MB
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22. Double The Consonant! (Culture Shot)

In this episode we'll talk about something that's very specific to the Italian language, that is, the pronunciation of double consonants. We'll see how to avoid some funny mistakes people can do if they don't pay attention to it. And, to make it "stick", we're going to use rhymes and a little bit of poetry, [...]

DATE: Sun, 30 Sep 2007
SIZE: 12.9 MB
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48. You’re Sitting In My Seat! (Intermediate)

Learn How To Speak Italian with LearnItalianPod! In today's episode we will talk about train trips and reserved seats. Kyle, one of LearnItalianPod subscribers, sent us a very nice email. He writes: "I have been on the train when Italians are in my reserved seat, and I would like to be able to speak to [...]

DATE: Sun, 23 Sep 2007
SIZE: 11.5 MB
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21. Goodbye, Luciano (Culture Shot)

Learn how to speak Italian fast and easily! In this episode, Massimo and Jane would like to pay tribute to the late great Luciano Pavarotti. Luciano has represented worldwide the tradition and the art of Italian singing, and has been considered by many "l'ambasciatore della cultura e della musica italiana" (the ambassador of Italian culture [...]

DATE: Sun, 16 Sep 2007
SIZE: 11.4 MB
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47. Let’s Go Dancing! (Intermediate)

Learn Italian with LearnItalianPod! In today's episode we will talk about "fare due salti in discoteca" (litterally: "to do two jumps in the disco"), a very common Italian expression that means to go dancing. We'll listen to a conversation between two friends, Angela and Fabio - and we will learn useful words and expressions [...]

DATE: Mon, 10 Sep 2007
SIZE: 11.2 MB
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20. Crazy for Limoncello! (Culture Shot)

Learn how to speak Italian with our twentieth Culture Shot! Our friend Elliott from Australia sent us a nice email, all in italian (great job, Elliott!). At some point he says that one of the best drinks he has tasted in Italy is a liquor, usually served after meals, that is called limoncello. He also [...]

DATE: Sun, 02 Sep 2007
SIZE: 11.4 MB
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46. Let’s Buy The Tickets! (Intermediate)

Learn intermediate level Italian with LearnItalianPod! In today's episode we will talk about... music, concerts and Italian singers. We'll listen to a phone conversation beetwen two friends, Maria and Antonio. Maria says one of her favorite artists, Andrea Bocelli, is holding a concert in Milan, and she wants to go! Antonio loves Bocelli too - [...]

DATE: Mon, 20 Aug 2007
SIZE: 8.77 MB
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Phrasebook #4: Lodging & Money

Speak Italian with LearnItalianPod Phrasebook #4! While Jane has taken a few days of well-deserved vacation (she'll be back next week - and stay tuned, because we are preparing some nice surprises for all of you!), we are taking the chance to add one more episode to our Italian Phrasebook podcast series! Today we'll learn [...]

DATE: Mon, 13 Aug 2007
SIZE: 9.52 MB
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19. Telling A Joke (Culture Shot)

Learn how to speak Italian with LearnItalianPod.com! "But is it true that Italians love very much telling jokes to entertain their guests and friends? - And who's this "Pierino", protagonist of so many Italian jokes?" These are the questions posed by Michelle, one of LearnItalianPod's subscribers. She says she went to Italy, enjoyed every minute [...]

DATE: Tue, 07 Aug 2007
SIZE: 11.1 MB
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45. The Afternoon Nap (Intermediate)

Learn Italian with Podcasts! Our dear friend Maria from New York asks: "Is it true that in Italy all shops close during lunch break?" - "And is it true that during the afternoon break Italians love to take a nice nap?" -- Dear Maria, the answer to both questions is yes! On this episode we'll [...]

DATE: Sun, 29 Jul 2007
SIZE: 10.3 MB
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18. An Italian Vacation (Culture Shot)

Learn Italian with Culture Shot! Michele, one of LearnItalianPod's subscribers, feels he's finally ready to take a vacation to Italy! He asks: "When do Italians go on vacation? - and where do they go?" - Well Mike, most of Italians go on vacation in August, and they love the beach, the sun, and the sea! [...]

DATE: Sun, 22 Jul 2007
SIZE: 12.9 MB
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44. I’ll Have an Espresso (Intermediate)

Learn Italian with LearnItalianPod! "Tell me the way you take your coffee and I'll tell you who you are" - that's what Jane's grandmother used to say to her. In today's episode we'll talk about Italian coffee, and more precisely about all the different ways Italians have to enjoy their coffee. You will hear words [...]

DATE: Sun, 15 Jul 2007
SIZE: 10.5 MB
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17. Spaghetti On A Stamp (Culture Shot)

Learn Italian with Culture Shot! "But are spaghetti or not the most famous type of pasta? - And why do Italians like their pasta 'al dente'?" - These are the questions posed by Angela, one of LearnItalianPod's subscriber. Well Angela, just listen to today's story to find out how famous spaghetti have become over [...]

DATE: Mon, 09 Jul 2007
SIZE: 11.2 MB
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43. Are You Ready To Order? (Intermediate)

In today's episode we'll talk about Italian food and restaurants! Italy is not only famous for its history and its artistic masterpieces, but also and most of all for its food: first class dishes and delicious desserts make Italian cuisine one of the best cuisines in the world. We are going to show a classic [...]

DATE: Mon, 02 Jul 2007
SIZE: 10.6 MB
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16. Knock on Wood (Culture Shot)

Learn Italian with LearnItalianPod! - "Are Italians superstitious?" That is the question posed by Jeff, one of LearnItalianPod subscribers, on a lovely email that he sent in a few days ago. Dear Jeff, we can certainly say that Italians are, for the most part, extremely superstitious. Today's episode is all about a few of the [...]

DATE: Sun, 24 Jun 2007
SIZE: 10.8 MB
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42. Attention All Passengers! (Intermediate)

Learn Italian with Podcasts! Most likely, the very first thing you will see when visiting Italy is the airport you are arriving to - In today's episode we'll talk about "viaggiare" (to travel), "aeroporti" (airports), e aerei (airplanes). We'll hear an announcement over a PA system and we'll learn some useful vocabulary terms you may [...]

DATE: Mon, 18 Jun 2007
SIZE: 9.95 MB
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15. Cone or Cup? (Culture Shot)

Learn Italian with LearnItalianPod! Today's episode is all about... il gelato Italiano! Ice cream represents all over the world one of the most famous Italian traditions. Moreover, summer is almost here, and with summer, at least in Italy, it's "gelato primetime"! What's better than a good ice-cream to begin the summer season? Let's learn all [...]

DATE: Mon, 11 Jun 2007
SIZE: 9.91 MB
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41. What A Nice Dinner! (Intermediate)

Learn intermediate level Italian with Podcasts! One of Italian people's favorite ways to relax and unwind after a long day at work is to have dinner with friends. Jane invited Massimo over for dinner the other night: she cooked a great meal and made first-class tiramisu for dessert. He brought some excellent Pinot Grigio, and [...]

DATE: Mon, 04 Jun 2007
SIZE: 8.85 MB
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14. Brava Gondoliera! (Culture Shot)

Learn how to speak Italian with Culture Shot! Today's episode is about the end of a thousand-year-old Italian tradition. Our friend and listener William emailed us a very interesting article about it -- we are not going to spoil the surprise and tell you what it is before reading the story -- let's just say [...]

DATE: Sun, 27 May 2007
SIZE: 8.91 MB
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40. Do Not Double Park! (Intermediate)

Our two friends and listeners Debbie and Antonio are back from Italy. They say: "We loved our trip and everything was great - except for when we had to... park our car! Is it really that difficult to find a parking space in Italy?" -- Truth to be told, it can be quite an adventure, [...]

DATE: Sun, 20 May 2007
SIZE: 11.1 MB
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13. My Beautiful Bologna (Culture Shot)

Learn Italian with Culture Shot! "Too many people, when they think of Italy, think only of Tuscany, Venice and Rome", says our loyal listener and friend Garret on an email we've received a few days ago, and he goes on: "How about a series of culture shots that explore the culture of the less well-known [...]

DATE: Sun, 13 May 2007
SIZE: 10.1 MB
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39. Validate Your Ticket! (Intermediate)

Learn Italian with Podcasts! One of the most convenient ways to travel throughout Italy is by train - In today's episode we're going to hear a conversation that takes place on a train in Italy between a foreign tourist and a ticket controller, and we'll learn a thing or two about travelling by train, tickets, [...]

DATE: Sun, 06 May 2007
SIZE: 10.6 MB
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12. The Third Palio (Culture Shot)

Learn Italian with Culture Shot! Today we'll talk about one of the most spectacular events in Italy: Il Palio di Siena! Kane from England sent us a nice email a few days ago - in the email, Kane says "every year I go to Siena to see il Palio, and I feel it is one [...]

DATE: Sun, 29 Apr 2007
SIZE: 9.33 MB
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38. Emergency: Call 118! (Intermediate)

Learn intermediate level Italian with Podcasts! Today's episode is about... how to deal with emergencies. Inspired by yet another feedback from one of our listeners -- this time is Maria from England, today's episode will show you how to ask for help in a emergency situation. This episode will complement and expand lesson 38 beginner [...]

DATE: Mon, 23 Apr 2007
SIZE: 10.8 MB
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11. The Pizza Olympic Games (Culture Shot)

Learn Italian with our eleventh Culture Shot, inspired by an email that we received about a week ago from Laura. She lives in New Zealand and a while ago she met a cool Italian pizza maker. His dream? To participate to the Pizza Olympic Games! "I thought he was kidding", says Laura, "but he [...]

DATE: Sun, 15 Apr 2007
SIZE: 9.31 MB
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37. To Be or To Stay? (Intermediate)

Learn Italian with Podcasts! Today's episode is inspired by an email that we recently got from one of our listeners -- that's Gary from New York, grazie Gary! -- in the email, Gary suggested us to create a story that explains when and why the verb "stare", "to stay" is used versus the verb "essere", [...]

DATE: Sun, 08 Apr 2007
SIZE: 9.21 MB
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10. The Easter Egg (Culture Shot)

Learn Italian language with our tenth “Culture Shot”, a weekly small bite of culture coming directly from Italy! Today we are telling a story about "Pasqua" (Easter). We'll learn one of the most well known Italian proverbs, one that says a lot about Italians and their philosophy of life. In the meantime, we'll review and [...]

DATE: Mon, 02 Apr 2007
SIZE: 7.40 MB
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36. A Fish On His Back (Intermediate)

Learn Intermediate Italian with Podcasts! Today's episode is about... "il Pesce d'Aprile" (April Fool's Day). Jane has prepared a practical joke for Massimo: will the good old "piece of paper cut in the shape of a fish onto his back" work one more time? Let's find out while reviewing and practicing indirect object pronouns and [...]

DATE: Sun, 25 Mar 2007
SIZE: 8.25 MB
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9. Remember The Flag (Culture Shot)

Learn Italian language with our ninth “Culture Shot”! Today we are going back in time, when young Italian students had to memorize a cute "filastrocca" (riddle) to learn the colors of the Italian flag. While jumping from Sicily to the Alps, we're going to see how to name different colors: "verde" (green), "bianco" (white), [...]

DATE: Sun, 18 Mar 2007
SIZE: 9.52 MB
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35. A Broken Pipe (Intermediate)

Today's episode is about... flooding! Let's just picture this: you're happily living in Italy in a great apartment located right in the center of Florence... life couldn't be better, right? That's right until the morning when you wake up and... ouch! - a pipe from the kitchen sink is leaking, and on top of that [...]

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