For those who have taken a beginning course, of whatever kind or length, Italian 1.5 focuses on introducing the past tense, 100 most frequently-used verbs, use of adjectives, and foods and eating in Italy. The course also treats Italian culture, 60 expressive gestures Italians love using, and little-known aspects of Italy’s regions. Course fee covers a Course Reader.
Tell mamma what you did
We'll concentrate on introducing and gaining facility with the Italian past tense, working with the most-frequently-used verbs. You’ll be writing postcards to your Italian friends after leaving Italy. Oral exercise will be both structured and spontaneous.
Honey, how can I describe that waiter of ours?
We’ll look at a batch of the most important adjectives, and how to use them, so that you’ll be able to stun others with your sapient descriptions of everything you see. Ma che bravi bambini, signora!
Scusi, WHAT did you just say to me?!
No, you don't want to use many gestures with the Italians, but you might want to know what they are gesturing to each other and about you behind your back. We'll examine 60 common gestures, and what is commonly said along with them. Ma che fesso quello!
Do they expect me to eat this?
Italy has the most officially-protected food products in Europe (E.U.-protected DOPs). We’ll look at a lot of them, and your next meals “over there” will be the richer for it. Oh, the lardo
No, Italy is not a country.
Italy is not a homogeneous country but more like a geographical container (like a sausage) for a multitude of mutually-disparate 'countries' and cultures. We will explore a number of Italy's 20 regioni
, learning a lot of new stuff about each: famous figures, festivals, etc.), best wines, political tendency, history, etc.
The course fee covers a Course Reader. Before registering, if you would like any more information, or if you have questions about your own level of Italian for the course, please contact the instructor at firstname.lastname@example.org. Once registered, students must email instructor to receive course materials before the first class. Additional info provided upon registration.