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Where Pinocchio (Pino for friends) and his conscience "Grillo" (Jiminy Cricket), travel through Italy, meet very famous people and ask them what friendship is.

 

Objectives:

 

In the Intermediate Course you follow Pino while he travels through Italy, meets with very famous* Italian people (Leonardo, Michelangelo, Rossini, etc.) and discusses cultural topics such as opera, art, literature.
You get to know more of Italian culture and you become familiar with Italian topics such as Opera, Art, Cinema and others. You learn how to express your opinions in a better way, understand more complex sentences, make comparisons, narrate a fact, write a letter, use the future and much more!

 

*The intermediate course draws inspiration from famous Italian characters. The dialogues between Pino and the characters have been written with creative license.

What is Pinocchio doing on CyberItalian?

 

 

Program:

  • Lesson 1 Un viaggio in Italia mp3 audio
    (A trip to Italy.)
    Pino decides to leave for a trip around Italy.
    Review the basic structures of Italian language. Revision; verbs. Listening development.
    Activity: word-search and anagrams.
  • Lesson 2 Pino e Rossini a Milano free trial mp3 audio
    (Pino and Rossini in Milan.)
    Pino begins his voyage through Italy.
    Learn to express yourself with more complex sentences and make comparisons. "Se, che, perché"; comparative and superlative. Idiomatic expressions.
    Activity: opera.
  • Lesson 5 Pino e Leonardo a Firenze mp3 audio
    (Pino and Leonardo in Florence.)
    Learn to express pleasure, regret or make an apology. Indirect object pronoun; use of the verb "Piacere".
    Activity: fashion and design.
  • Lesson 6 Pino e Michelangelo a Roma mp3 audio
    (Pino and Michelangelo in Rome.)
    Learn to narrate and express disapproval. How to narrate (part 1): "imperfetto"; pronouns "ne" and "ci".
    Activity: painting and sculpture.
  • Lesson 7 Pino e Santa Scolastica sul Monte Majella mp3 audio
    (Pino and Saint Scolastica on Mount Majella.)
    Learn how to narrate and congratulate someone. Relative pronouns; pronouns after a preposition; how to narrate (part 2): "trapassato prossimo".
    Activity: religion.
  • Lesson 8 Pino e Pulcinella a Napoli mp3 audio
    (Pino and Pulcinella in Naples.)
    Learn to express preferences. The conditional (present and past conditional); special construction: conditional of "dovere, volere, potere" + infinitive. Idiomatic expressions.
    Activity: theatre.
  • Lesson 9 Pino e Pirandello a Lipari mp3 audio
    (Pino and Pirandello in Lipari.)
    Learn to express yourself in a concise way. Idiomatic expressions. Indefinite adjectives and pronouns; impersonal construction. Activity: literature and poetry.
  • Lesson 10 Pino e Eleonora d'Arborea a Tharros mp3 audio
    (Pino and Eleonora d'Arborea in Tharros.)
    Learn to write a letter. Learn to give commands or suggestions. Difference between written and spoken Italian. Imperative.
    Activity: history.
  • Lesson 12 La vera amicizia mp3 audio
    (True friendship.)
    Review what you have learned in the Intermediate Course.
    Use of pronouns; use of verbs.
    Activity: the Italian anthem.
  • Lesson 13 Antico e moderno mp3 audio
    (Ancient and modern)
    Review what you have learned in the Intermediate Course.
    Pronouns: esso, essa, egli, ella, ciò. Comparatives - use of "più" and "di più". Verb revision - passato prossimo.
    Activity: witches in Calcata (difference between chi and che.)
  • Lesson 14 Le abitazioni degli antichi romani mp3 audio
    (Houses of the ancient Romans)
    Review what you have learned in the Intermediate Course.
    Difference between "stare" and "essere". Difference between "buono", "bravo" and "bene". Direct and indirect pronouns. Formal approach: use of Lei.
    Activity: la donna angelicata e l'approccio formale.
  • Lesson 15 L'alimentazione degli antichi romani mp3 audio
    (Nutrition of the ancient Romans)
    Review what you have learned in the Intermediate Course.
    Basic structure of a sentence and position of adverbs. Difference between "infine" e "finalmente". Reflexive verbs and pronouns. Revision of pronouns "ne" and "ci".
    Activity: una favola di Fedro (pronomi).
  • Lesson 16 L'abbigliamento degli antichi romani mp3 audio
    (Clothing of the ancient Romans)
    Review what you have learned in the Intermediate Course.
    Verb revision: passato prossimo. Verb revision: imperfetto. Independent and dependent clauses. Demonstrative and relative pronouns - "colui, coloro, ciò", use of "quello che" and difference between "quello" and "che".
    Activity: il dio Asclepio e Ippocrate.
  • Lesson 18 Gli antichi romani e le terme mp3 audio
    (The ancient Romans and spas)
    Review what you have learned in the Intermediate Course.
    Verb revision: imperfetto. Verb revision: trapassato prossimo. Structure of complex texts.
    Activity: come usare il cioccolato?
  • Lesson 19 La politica e la vita sociale degli antichi romani mp3 audio
    (Political and social life of the ancient Romans)
    Review what you have learned in the Intermediate Course.
    Verb revision: imperative. Verb revision: conditional - present and past. Use of the conditional to express future in the past.
    Activity: l'amicizia.
  • Lesson 20 La religione degli antichi romani mp3 audio
    (Religion of the ancient Romans)
    Review what you have learned in the Intermediate Course.
    Special constructions - stare + gerundio, stare per + infinitive, present or imperfetto + da + tempo. Reciprocal construction. Collocations and idiomatic expressions.
    Activity: Amore e Psiche (pronomi ed espressioni idiomatiche).

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