30 Minute Italian
30 Minute Italian
Boost your confidence in speaking Italian in 30 minutes or less with the 30 Minute Italian Podcast. We cover expressions, sometimes sexy grammar, and culture through personal travel stories and detailed examples.
Dinner Conversation
A robust tutorial to help you navigate dinner conversation with native Italian speakers and with your fellow Italian language learners.
Feb 3, 2019
18 min
(Native Italian Recording) Making Plans
Ciao mia cara, Come stai? È veramente un sacco che non ci sentiamo. Senti, mi sei venuta in mente perché ho sentito che hanno aperto un nuovo locale che sembra molto carino vicino Piazza della Repubblica e che stanno facendo degli aperitivi promozionali. Insomma si prende un drink, si mangia qualcosa, e costa sette euro ma mi hanno detto che il cibo è molto buono.
Jan 30, 2019
5 min
Sexy Phrases to Seduce Your Italian Lover
All in all, we’ve really done a thorough job of covering love. But, love being how it is, there is always more to say about it. So, this time around, we (that is, Rachel, Carlotta & I) thought we would make this list a little steamier.
Jan 28, 2019
11 min
False Friends in Italian
There have been many a time where I’ve guessed a word relying solely on English and have added an Italian ending… and I’ve been right. And there have been many other times where I’ve guessed based solely on my English and have been very, sometimes embarrassingly, wrong. I’m guessing I’m not the only one. That’s why I put together an episode of some of the most common false friends in Italian - the words that seem friendly because they’re so close to English but then turn around and tri
Jan 28, 2019
10 min
Italian Insults That Will Make You Laugh Out Loud
There is something so satisfying about learning swear words in another language. After Rachel wrote this article with 8 swear words to add sass to your Italian vocabulary, we thought it would only be fair to follow up with another list of insults. They range from affectionately rude (like to tease your friends) all the way to when you’re really angry, or when you’re incazzato nero (totally pissed off).
Jan 27, 2019
13 min
Phrases to Order Pizza and Gelato in Italian
I really like pasta (cacio e pepe is my favorite), gelato (fragola, every day all day), and cheese (pecorino forever and ever), but pizza? I love pizza. For the first few weeks that I lived in Rome, the only people I knew were the ones who sold pizza. (If you’re ever in Monteverde in Rome, my favorite pizza al taglio shop is the one on Viale Villa Pamphili.)
Jan 17, 2019
20 min
2 Must-Know Connector Words in Italian - Poi and Cosi
I’m back to talk to you all about how to use the Italian words “poi” and “così.” I would describe both of these as “connector words,” or words that you use to easily and fluidly connect two sentence pieces together.
Jan 12, 2019
8 min
Compliments to Give in Italian
How do you “fare complimenti” to a person in Italian -- whether it’s for how good they look, what they’re wearing, their language skills, or just to be polite and show your appreciation?
Jan 9, 2019
16 min
How to Shop at a Market in Italy
If you’re in Italy, I’m 110% sure that you’re going to run into some kind of open market, whether that’s inside or outside. And when you do (hopefully when you’re on our Not Your Typical Tourist Language Immersion Retreat), what are you supposed to say and do so you get what you want and avoid making una brutta figura?
Jan 3, 2019
13 min
Italian Word Speed Date: Tanto
Have you ever heard an expression in Italian that starts with “tanto?” You might already know that “tanto” means “a lot” but in some cases, that translation doesn’t make much sense. I hear all the time that this sentence structure is confusing! So what does “tanto” mean when used this way? It’s simple, so let me demystify it for you.
Dec 27, 2018
14 min
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