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Instant Immersion Italian
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Thank you for purchasing Topics Entertainment’s Instant Immersion Language Series, the #1 selling language program that let’s you listen and learn any time, anywhere. Welcome to Elementary Italian. These 8 lessons will expose you to the basic elements of Italian such as pronunciation, articles, vocabulary and the most commonly used Italian verbs. You will beable to learn some colloquial phrases and expressions beginning with elementary constructions and then proceed to more complex sentences, following a progressive mode. The alphabet (l’alfabeto) In Italian there are only 21 letters. For each letter you will also hear a word that reflects each sound. Repeat: (ripeti) /a/ /b/ /c/ /d/ /e/ /f/ /g/ /h/ /i/ /l/ /m/ /n/ /o/ /p/ /q/ /r/ /s/ /t/ /u/ /v/ /z/acqua (water) bambino (child) cibo (food) dito (finger) esame (exam) foglia (leaf) gelato (ice-cream) hotel (hotel) isola (island) libro (book) museo (museum) notte (night) oca (duck). NOTE: duck is also called = anatra pane (bread) quaderno (notebook) rosa (rose) sera (evening) telefono (telephone) uva (grapes) vaso (vase) zebra (zebra)

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Now let’s repeat the alphabet again. ABCDEFGHILMNOPQRSTUVZ Italian also incorporates other letters such as k, (kappa, like: Kenya), x (ics, like: taxi), w (doppia vu, like: Wanda), y (i greca, like: yellow) j ( i lunga, like: jam) Let’s hear the sound of each vowel. The English followed by Italian: a, e, i, o u. Repeat the Italian (ripeti): /a/ (a) amica (friend) amore (love) /e/ (e) sette(seven) bene (well) /i/ (i) Italiano (Italian) libri (books) /o/ (o) Posto (place) topo (mouse) /u/ (u) uno (one) luna (moon) Practice pronouncing these words by repeating them: giornale (newspaper), rivista (magazine), arancia (orange), scarpe (shoes), chiavi (keys), rosso (red), bianco (white), verde (green), viola (purple), fiore (flower), giallo (yellow), pantaloni (pants), lampada (lamp),letto (bed), divano (sofa), cucina (kitchen), bagno (bathroom), pericolo (danger), neve (snow), pioggia (rain), ombrello (umbrella) Other common sounds in Italian include: sc combined with i or sc combined with e, produce the sound /sc/, a soft sound like: shot sciare (to ski) scelta (choice) pesce (fish) sciarpa (scarf) Instant Immersion 2

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sc combined with a,o, u produce the sound /sk/ like: school scuola (school) scatola (box) scoiattolo (squirrel) scarpe (shoes) gl combined with i or e produce the sound /gl/ like: William aglio (garlic) famiglia (family) bottiglia (bottle) figlio (son) ghe and ghi produce a hard sound /gh/ like: goat spaghetti (spaghetti) laghi (lakes) panchina (bench) ghetto (ghetto) g and c combined with i or e produce a softsound /gee/ like: John and /ch/ like: church pace (peace) giorno (day) cena (dinner) bugia (lie) c and g combined with a, o, u a produce a hard sound like: /k/ like key and /gh/ like goat casa (house) gonna (skirt) cane (dog) cosa (thing) gas (gas) ch combined with i or e produce a hard sound /k/ like: cat chiesa (church) Chianti (Chianti) Instant Immersion 3

Instant Immersion Italian
Disc 1amiche (women friends) barche (boats) gn produces the sound /gn/ like: onion bagno (bathroom) lavagna (blackboard) signore (sir) campagna (countryside) Repeat these words: (Ripeti queste parole) Gennaio (January), giorno (day), sole (sun), stasera (tonight), dollaro (dollar), Euro (Euro), caffé (coffe), amici (male friends), amico (a male friend), cima (top), cielo (sky), cugino (cousin), sogno(dream), bello (beautiful), stagione (season), stadio (stadium), cinema (cinema), ristorante (restaurant), accento (accent), vino (wine), aceto (vinegar), olio (oil) Accented words: In Italian there are some words that have the accent on the last vowel: the most common ones are: università (university) caffé (coffee), città (city), perché (why) Listen to and repeat these phrases: La casa è grande....
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