CBI 1-08 | Talking about what there is to do in the town in Italian
23 min

Join native speaker Francesca, learner Katie and teacher Mark in this latest lesson of our series for beginners in Italian. In this lesson we’re learning more useful language for getting around in the town and we’ll also be looking at some simple aspects of Italian grammar.


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Coffee Break Swedish
Coffee Break Swedish
Coffee Break Languages
CBSw 1.20 | Får jag fråga en sak?
In this special episode marking the end of the first half of our Coffee Break Swedish course for beginners, we're putting everything we've learned so far to the test with teacher Hanna and learner Mark. We're also joined by native speaker Lovisa who features in an extended conversation with Hanna. Listen to the episode to review much of the vocabulary that has been covered in the past 20 lessons. Häng med! Season 1 of Coffee Break Swedish features a total of 40 lessons, launching on 20th January 2020. If you'd like to benefit from video versions, lesson notes and bonus audio materials, you can access the premium version of Coffee Break Swedish in the Coffee Break Academy, available from 20 January 2020. As soon as each lesson becomes available in the podcast feed, the course will be updated with the bonus materials. Don't forget to follow Coffee Break Swedish on Facebook where we post language activities, cultural points and review materials to help you practise your Swedish in between lessons. Remember - a few minutes a day can help you build your confidence in the language. Access the Coffee Break Swedish Facebook page here. If you'd like to find out what goes on behind the scenes here at Coffee Break Languages, follow @coffeebreaklanguages on Instagram. You can also check out our Coffee Break Languages YouTube channel. All information regarding Coffee Break Swedish can be found at http://coffeebreakswedish.com.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
36 min
Learn Italian with LearnAmo - Impariamo l'italiano insieme!
Learn Italian with LearnAmo - Impariamo l'italiano insieme!
Graziana Filomeno - italiano online
ENANTIOSEMIA: Parole italiane che hanno due SIGNIFICATI OPPOSTI
In questa lezione voglio parlarvi di un problema serio che affligge la lingua italiana! Uno di quei problemi che impediscono a molti studenti stranieri di capire, a prima lettura o primo ascolto, quello che viene detto o scritto: la enantiosemia, un fenomeno linguistico per cui alcune parole, in italiano, indicano una cosa... e il suo esatto opposto! Ovviamente, la parola affetta da questo fenomeno non è già nata con i due significati opposti, ma ne ha acquisito uno con il tempo.  Ancora non l’hai fatto? Resta aggiornato, seguici su YouTube, Facebook, Instagram e Twitter! I casi più comuni di ENANTIOSEMIA Tirare Questo verbo indica praticamente due movimenti opposti! Infatti, tirare indica sia “lanciare, gettare via qualcosa, scagliare”, sia “attrarre verso di sé qualcosa”. Per esempio: Quando al mio capo non piacciono i progetti che gli presentano, li tira direttamente nel cestino. Per entrare in un negozio mi confondo sempre e spingo la porta invece di tirarla. Ma credo capiti un ' po a tutti. Spolverare Questo verbo, sicuramente lo avrete capito, ha a che fare con la polvere. Infatti, può significare sia “togliere la polvere” da una superficie sia “applicare, mettere qualcosa in polvere”. Vediamo un paio di esempi: Tra tutte le faccende di casa, quella che detesto di più è spolverare i mobili e le mensole! Spolverate infine la torta con dello zucchero a velo o del cacao in polvere. Feriale Questo aggettivo si riferisce a periodi di tempo; indica sia “i giorni delle ferie”, cioè quelli di vacanza dal lavoro, sia “i giorni lavorativi”, in genere dal lunedì al venerdì (oppure al sabato). E come si fa a capire se qualcuno vuole parlare di ciò che ha fatto durante le vacanze o mentre lavorava? Ovviamente, dipende dal contesto! Ma vediamo degli esempi: Durante il periodo feriale, quindi dai primi di luglio fino alla fine di agosto, molti stabilimenti balneari italiani guadagnano quanto noi guadagniamo in un anno. Questo parcheggio è a pagamento nei giorni feriali ma gratuito nei giorni festivi. Ospite Incredibile ma vero, questa parola si riferisce a entrambe le persone, cioè sia alla persona che ospita, sia alla persona che viene ospitata. Ancora una volta, tutto dipende dal contesto! Va detto però che è più usata per indicare la persona che viene ospitata. Per esempio: Carolina è stata un’ospite eccellente: la casa era super fornita e durante il soggiorno è stata sempre disponibile. Se non sai dove dormire, puoi essere ospite da me per qualche giorno! Storia Pensate di sapere bene l’unico e solo significato della parola “storia”? Eh no, ce ne sono due! Innanzitutto, con “storia” si intende un racconto inventato, di solito per bambini. Ma la storia è anche l’insieme degli avvenimenti (reali) che sono avvenuti nel passato. Dunque, ecco l’opposizione inventato vs reale! Vediamo alcuni esempi: I miei figli si addormentano solo dopo che racconto loro almeno un paio di storie di maghi e principesse. Secondo la storia, Cristoforo Colombo ha scoperto l’America nel 1492. Pauroso Questo aggettivo ha evidentemente a che fare con la paura, ma non solo. Infatti, “pauroso” è sia ciò che provoca paura, sia la persona che prova paura per qualcosa, sia qualcosa di molto bello. Per esempio: La notte di Halloween, nella mia famiglia c’è la tradizione di vedere un film pauroso. Marco è così pauroso che non potrà mai vivere da solo nella sua vita! La ragazza di Goffredo è una figa paurosa… alla fine dei conti, anche lui è un figo pauroso! Curioso Ancora una volta, anche questa parola può assumere sia il significato di “persona che ha tanta curiosità”, sia “qualcosa che suscita curiosità”. Per esempio: Il figlio di Lorenzo è molto curioso: fa sempre un sacco di domande su tutto quello che vede o sente! La cosa curiosa è che mi è arrivato un regalo a casa, ma non ho idea di chi me lo abbia mandato. Sbarrare
10 min
Italian Podcast
Italian Podcast
Linguistica 360
News in Slow Italian #410- Easy Italian Radio
Inizieremo la prima parte del programma con la decisione di Ungheria e Polonia di porre il veto al bilancio dell’Unione Europea sulla questione dello stato di diritto. Subito dopo, commenteremo il risultato delle elezioni presidenziali in Moldavia, che si sono tenute sabato 15 novembre. Poi, parleremo di un nuovo e semplice dispositivo, che potrebbe aiutare a tornare sobri più rapidamente. Infine, discuteremo del Beaujolais Nouveau day, una tradizione francese, che si celebra ogni terzo giovedì di novembre in Francia e in tutto il mondo.   Nel segmento Trending in Italy, discuteremo del preoccupante aumento di contagi da Covid-19 in Italia e della contestata decisione del governo del premier Giuseppe Conte di suddividere il Paese in tre distinte aree di rischio. Poi, parleremo dell’inchiesta, realizzata dal programma televisivo Report, che ha riacceso il dibattito sulla scelta della Regione Sardegna di tenere aperte le discoteche ad agosto, nonostante il preoccupante aumento di contagi. - Ungheria e Polonia pongono il veto al bilancio dell’Unione europea per disaccordi sui valori democratici - Economista con percorso di studi ad Harvard, eletta presidente della Moldavia - Ricercatori realizzano un semplice dispositivo, che potrebbe aiutare a tornare sobri più velocemente - È arrivato il Beaujolais Nouveau! - Zona rossa, arancione e gialla, il lockdown mirato che fa infuriare i governatori - Coronavirus, scoppia il caso sull’apertura estiva delle discoteche in Sardegna
5 min
Join Us in France Travel Podcast
Join Us in France Travel Podcast
Annie Sargent
Running a Trail Race in the Alps, Episode 312
This episode of the podcast is a trip report about running a trail race in the Alps with lots of details about how trail races go in France. We also talk about learning French as an adult and how to put together a great family vacation in France. Annie's Favs on Amazon My guest is Mollie Cummins from the beautiful alpine city of Park City, UT. She's used to running trail races at altitude, and yet the Trail du Tour des Fiz in the French Alps was definitely a challenge. Let's talk about what made it so. Hint: the weather had something to do with it! Mollie's Trail Race in the Alps Mollie would love to circumnavigate around the Mont Blanc aka Tour du Mont Blanc. But that was difficult to organize with children because it takes 5 days and the kids are too young for it. They knew they could only come to France in July, so she looked for races taking place in the Alps in July and found the Trail du Tour des Fiz that starts in a ski resort called Passy. It's in an area just north west of Chamonix. The race itself is at very high altitude. You shuttle to the start of the race from a large store and parking area (Mountain Store Decathlon). There Are Multiple Distances Offered There are multiple distances you can enter. There is a lot of vertical gain, more than what runners in the US are used to, it's very steep. But if you're not up to a long steep race, they also offer a kid's race, a 15K (9 miles) up to 84K (50 miles) which is the full tour plus other races in between. Those Races Fill Up Fast! Mollie normally runs ultra races, she intended to run one of the longer races but it was full. So, she had to go with the 15K. This is a popular event, the longer one fills up within a day or two of opening up for booking. She was on a wait list for the 8 refuge tour (39 miles or 64K), but she didn't manage to get in, possibly due to a computer problem. Balcon des Fiz 15K Race But there was still space in the Balcon des Fiz race, a 15K. Her husband decided to join her for that race as well. It's nice because it doesn't take up the whole day. It's still very steep, you run up the ski slopes and go the various chalets. It's lovely, for instance you get to see the cows with the bells around their necks. Bad Weather Bad luck, it was a muddy and rainy day. Mollie doesn't mind running in the rain and playing in the mud, but she didn't get to see the scenic landscape because it was overcast that day. Mollie and her husband Brendan were the only two Americans in the race. It is uncommon for Americans to sign up for this race so they fussed over them when they crossed the finish line, which was lovely. When you finish the race they give you a special beer for racers and there's a meal catered by a local restaurant called La Poêle Géante that was the best post-race meal she ever had. It was cheap too around 10€. Mandatory Certificat Médical for Racers In France you need medical clearance to enter a race. They take this very seriously. If you don't submit the medical paperwork you will not run. Mollie found the form here. Some of these races also have mandatory lists of gear. In this particular race they had a list of gear but they didn't get checked. But in the longer races they do get checked and if they don't have the gear that will keep them safe they are booted out of the race. Rating the Organization of the Race The race is really well organized, well-marked. There are a good number of people ready to jump in just in case runners experience difficulties. But this is a long race, anyone who stops running for any reason needs to get dry clothes and stay warm. Runners should not abdicate their own responsibility when it comes to running this trail race safely. They shouldn't rely only on markings. They need to look at maps and get familiar with the turns and terrain. They must have proper equipment. Ravitaillement: Water, Fruits, Small Cakes In the shorter race there were points where you could get water, drinks to replenish electrolytes, fruits, small cakes (gâteaux). For longer races they probably provided hot drinks and hot food. This was similar to what you normally get in an American race. Trail Races Are a Great Way to See France and Mingle with Locals Mollie recommends English-speaking runners sign up for races in France for the following reasons: * Trail races in France are affordable * Running such races puts you around locals * Races give you an opportunity to practice your French * It's a great way to see a lot without worrying too much about the logistics * Pay attention to how steep those races are in the Alps if you're not used to it (the terrain was similar to the Wind River Mountains in WY). You may need to power hike up with poles. Unlike what Mollie has seen in the US, hiking poles are allowed in the Alps. Learning French as an Adult Mollie's daughter is in a French dual immersion program at school. But it seemed strange that the only person who could speak French in the family was only 8 years old who is in the 4th grade. So, Mollie decided to learn French too and she started listening to the Michel Thomas French language learning series while she runs in the morning. Learning was really enjoyable and she kept it up. She also hired an on-line tutor. She learned enough French that the people she talked to in French in France did NOT switch to English. That was encouraging and she has continued with her lessons through the University of Utah where she works as well. All the Alliance Française classes in the US have switched to Zoom lessons and you can take classes from all over the country now. French Learning Resources There are so many resources to learn languages now! You can read French newspapers from anywhere in the world and if you get stuck you copy and paste into Google Translate. * You may want to listen to News in Slow French that you can get as a podcast as well and they provide transcripts. * France Inter podcasts are great. For example Le 7/9, a morning show with news and music. * Hondelate Raconte is true crime. * Ça peut pas faire de mal which Annie has since started to listen to and is WONDERFUL! Actor Guillaume Galliene reads classic novels. Family Vacation in France Their daughter wanted to visit Paris and see the Eiffel Tower. Her husband and sons wanted to see the landing beaches in Normandy. In the end everyone loved the landing beaches in Normandy. The kids were enthralled by the stories and the magnitude of the events. The capability of human beings to do unfathomable things in horrible circumstances. They hired a private guide who came along with them in their car and was fantastic. His name was Christophe Rault. Mollie and her husband read Steven Ambrose's D-Day so they were familiar with the events, but the guide brought so much more to it! They were staying at a small farm and the guide met them early in the morning and stayed with them all day. This allowed them to accommodate the kid's needs. The children were tired after 9 hours of touring Normandy, so they dropped off the kids at the farm and the adults kept going with the guide. The farm was called Englesqueville-la-Percée – Ferme de la Rouge Fosse. Canicule in the Loire Valley The day they were in the Loire Valley was really HOT and they were staying in the 3rd floor attic of an old house. They went looking for a swimming spot and they found one called "Baignade Naturelle" it was a wonderful cold spring fed pool. They couldn't let them in the pool with board shorts, so the boys swam in their underwear. Pools in France mandate tight-fitting swimwear. At the beach nobody cares, but public swimming pools do care. This is definitely a French idiosyncrasy: no board shorts or baggy shorts in French public pools. About the Mont-Saint-Michel The Mont-Saint-Michel is mobbed during the day and it is not a pleasant experience. They arrived late in the day, toured the monastery right before it closed. They spent the night o…
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