30 Minute Italian

30 Minute Italian

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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.
11 Ways to Say Goodbye in Italian
Learn 11 phrases to say goodbye in Italian. PSSSST. This is also the LAST episode of the podcast, so you'll want to listen in to hear about what's next and why I've decided to end it.
13:07
January 26, 2016
How to Start Learning Italian, PT III
You'll learn what a beginner language learner's schedule looks like, the type of activities you can do as a beginner, and where you might hold yourself back from making progress.
18:46
January 19, 2016
How to Start Learning Italian (or How to Go From Only Knowing “Ciao” to Being Conversational) PART II
Part II of the 'How to Start Learning Italian' guide.
27:08
January 12, 2016
How to Start Learning Italian (or How to Go From Only Knowing "Ciao" to Being Conversational) PART I
Where to start when you decide to learn Italian.
22:32
January 5, 2016
Italian Word Speed Dates: Allora
The many ways 'allora' is used in the Italian language.
10:39
December 29, 2015
Christmas: A Thing of Beauty
06:01
December 15, 2015
How I've Been Preparing for the CILS Exam
The steps I've been taken to be sure I'm prepared for the Italian CILS exam.
16:40
November 24, 2015
Six Guidelines You Can Use to Choose the “Tu” or the “Lei” Form in Italian
How do you know when to use "tu" and when to use "Lei" in when addressing someone in Italian? This podcast episode gives you 6 guidelines you can use to choose the correct form.
10:19
November 10, 2015
Italian Word Speed Dates: Siccome, Dato che, and Poiché
Getting to know the small but useful Italian words siccome, dato che and poiché.
12:54
November 3, 2015
Le Sagre in Italia
Il primo episodio tutto in italiano! 
07:07
October 25, 2015
9 Phrases to Use with a Language Partner
Phrases to use with an Italian language partner when you're chatting for the first time, when you forget a phrase or when you're trying to talk about various topics.
09:45
October 20, 2015
3 Steps to Making Quick & Satisfying Progress in Italian
Learn this 3-step formula for eliminating your weaknesses in Italian.
11:34
October 6, 2015
Is there really a formula for learning Italian? YES.
Discussing the underlying thread of decisions you can make in order to learn Italian.
14:10
September 28, 2015
Behind the Scenes with Italian Learners from The Iceberg Project
An interview with four different Italian learners about their challenges, their strengths and how they're preparing for upcoming trips to Italy.
22:55
September 22, 2015
6 Bad Habits I'm Trying to Break in Italian
The things that I'm struggling with and trying to work on in Italian right now.
16:37
September 15, 2015
23 Phrases for Congratulating People on New Beginnings in Italian
How to congratulate & celebrate your Italian friends for every occasion... in Italian!
11:26
September 8, 2015
How to Give or Understand Directions Given to You in Italian
How to get and give directions in Italian so you can find your way around Italy.
14:47
September 1, 2015
12 Phrases for Making Friends While Traveling in Italy
How to strike up a conversation and make friends with Italians while in Italy
16:47
August 23, 2015
How Dianne Hales Deepened Her Love and Knowledge of Italian to Uncover a Hidden Story
Interview with Dianne Hales discussing her new book, Mona Lisa: A Life Discovered and how she learned Italian.
20:33
August 18, 2015
How to Make a Reservation at an Italian Restaurant
Italian vocabulary you can use to make a restaurant reservation.
10:50
August 11, 2015
5 Italian Proverbs to Spice up Your Vocabulary
Five new proverbs in Italian to add to your vocabulary.
06:49
August 3, 2015
4 More Verbs in Italian You Might Be Using Incorrectly
Some rules about how to use the Italian verbs prendere, avere, raccontare and passare.
08:38
July 26, 2015
9 Phrases for Talking About Your Business in Italian
9 phrases for talking about what you do for work in Italian.
10:15
July 21, 2015
12 Easy Mistakes You May Be Making with Italian Irregular Nouns
Some common mistakes made with irregular nouns in Italian.
12:47
July 12, 2015
10 Phrases for Talking About Music in Italian
Phrases for talking about music in Italian.
09:24
July 7, 2015
How to Whip Your Italian Back into Shape Before You Leave for Italy
9 ideas for getting your Italian ready before you leave for Italy.
13:31
June 30, 2015
How to Cultivate the Right Mindset to Learn Italian: An Interview with Kevin Morehouse
An interview with the founder of the blog languagehero.co about how to find motivation every day to learn Italian, how to maintain Italian at home and the ideal mindset that will push you forward in your Italian so you can reach conversational fluency.    
26:54
June 23, 2015
4 Unexpected Ways to Use the Italian Prepositions "di", "da", and "in"
How Italian prepositions differ from English prepositions and how 'di,' 'da,' and 'in' are used in unexpected ways.
11:19
June 9, 2015
3 Things I'm Struggling With in Italian Right Now
In this podcast, I will discuss a few of the things that I am currently struggling with in Italian.
20:55
June 8, 2015
4 Verbs in Italian You Might Be Using Incorrectly
Verbs that are used differently in Italian than in English that you might be using incorrectly.
12:29
May 29, 2015
7 Creative Ways to Make Your Italian Study Time Even Better
Seven different ways to maximize the time you use to study Italian and make it even more fun.
09:29
May 26, 2015
How to Efficiently Use Your Study Time to Learn Italian (An Interview with Leanne Pressly)
An interview with an Iceberg Project student, Leanne Pressly.
20:30
May 18, 2015
7 Things Keeping You From Fluency in Italian
Seven things that are keeping you from becoming fluent in Italian.
24:08
May 11, 2015
20 Phrases for Making a Phone Call in Italian
Phrases that you'll use in Italian when making a phone call.
09:42
April 27, 2015
How Rachel Made Her Dream of Living in Florence a Reality (An Interview with Rachel Vermiglio Smith)
Rachel Vermiglio Smith, managing editor at The Iceberg Project, discusses her love for Italian and what it was like to move to Florence.
20:47
April 20, 2015
21 Must-Know Vocabulary Words for Making Pasta in Italian
Italian vocabulary for making pasta with a pasta cacio e pepe recipe from Lo Spicchio d'Aglio.
12:35
April 14, 2015
22 Must-Know Vocabulary Words for Making Dessert in Italian
Vocabulary for making dessert in Italian. This episode focuses on a torta di mele recipe from the website Lo Spicchio d'Aglio.
13:21
April 7, 2015
4 Phrases for Curving the Conversation Back to Italian
Practicing your Italian when the person your speaking with wants to speak in English.
13:05
March 30, 2015
25 Romantic Italian Phrases (or How to Melt Your Lover’s Heart)
25 Romantic Italian Phrases that will absolutely melt the heart of the one you love, or want to love!
12:38
March 23, 2015
Is the fluency illusion getting in the way of learning Italian?
Focusing on being fluent can get in the way of your actual learning of Italian.
13:51
March 16, 2015
How to Count in Italian (or how to make sure you can eat in Italy)
Learn how to count and more importantly eat when in Italy.
12:34
March 9, 2015
One Proven Method That Will Help You Remember More Italian
This article has to do less with the Italian language and more about how you learn the Italian language.
08:37
March 2, 2015
Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes in Italian (or how to talk about the parts of the body)
"Head, shoulders, knees and toes!" Learn to talk about parts of the body in Italian
14:50
February 24, 2015
Can you be conversational in Italian with a limited vocabulary? (An interview with Madeline Jhawar)
Learn effective strategies for increasing your fluency and learning vocabulary in Italian with trip planner Madeline Jhawar.
25:35
February 17, 2015
Quiz: Should You Use the Imperfect Tense or the Past Tense?
Need practice choosing between the imperfect and the past tense in Italian? Take this quick 10-question quiz.
17:07
February 10, 2015
How to Say “I Wonder” & Other Forms of Probability in Italian
How to express forms of probability in Italian. How to discuss what you're wondering about in Italian.
07:56
February 3, 2015
How I Learned Italian
How I learned Italian, got mixed up in the Italian culture, what I'm doing now to continue learning Italian and what I plan to do in the future to keep improving my Italian.
29:21
January 26, 2015
How to Talk About the Weather in Italian (with 16 Phrases for Making Small Talk)
How to talk about the rain, shine, snow, humid or any other weather in Italian. Great for making conversation if you can't think of anything else to say!
13:09
January 20, 2015
What It's Like to Start Over in Italy (An Interview with Jasmine C. Mah)
Hear Jasmine Mah (the mind behind the blog Questa Dolce Vita) explain her experience with the Italian language and what it's like to move to Italy and plan a wedding in a new country.
22:16
January 13, 2015
How to Use the Trapassato Prossimo in Italian (or How to Talk About Things that Happened in the Past)
How and when to use the trapassato prossimo in Italian in order to talk about things that have happened in the past. 
08:39
January 7, 2015
Italian Word Speed Dates: Bastare, Mancare and Piacere
When and how to use the Italian verbs bastare, mancare and piacere.
15:41
December 30, 2014
13 Expressions to Keep Conversation Flowing in Italian When You Forget a Word, a Phrase or a Conjugation
Expressions to use if you're not sure what to say during an Italian conversation.
05:15
December 25, 2014
What's important to Italians during Christmas? (Insights from Carmine Caruso in Italian)
[IN ITALIAN] In this quick clip, Carmine Caruso tells how Italians typically celebrate Christmas.
05:58
December 17, 2014
15 Ways to Say "That's Awesome/cool/amazing!" in Italian
How to be enthusiastic in a more Italian way and grow your vocabulary with 15 ways to express your excitement in Italian.
07:58
December 10, 2014
What's like to live & love in southern Italy? (An interview with Cherrye Moore)
Once you visit southern Italy, you feel like you've seen an entirely different world while in the same country, which is what I imagine Cherrye Moore experienced upon moving to Calabria with her native Italian husband. Cherrye's story, like many expats, is full of ups and downs with the language and the culture. What I think is most special about our chat is her favorite parts of Italy, one of which makes you feel so at home even if you were never born there, which for many of us without any native Italian blood is one of the greatest gifts Italy has to give.
21:50
December 2, 2014
Four Ways to Evaluate if You're "Good" at Learning a Language
The way you think about yourself as a language learner can get in the way of how well you learn the language. Here's how to put your doubts about yourself to sleep.
08:54
November 25, 2014
How to Describe People in Italian (or how to talk about what she was wearing, who she was with and what her new hair color is)
Learn how to say descriptions for hair color, eye color, height, weight, and nationality in Italian.
15:55
November 18, 2014
How to Talk About Your Family in Italian
How to talk about your family in Italian so you can make small talk.
11:36
November 11, 2014
Is pronunciation or grammar more important? (An interview with Emanuele Venditti)
An interview with Emanuele Venditti in which you'll learn why pronunciation is more imporant than grammar, three new sayings to use with friends and in stories and common mistakes made with the subjunctive tense. You'll also hear about his vision for an online platform with which you can learn and speak Italian with natives on a weekly basis.
16:11
November 5, 2014
What's it like to be an expat in Rome? (An Interview with Tiffany Parks)
Learn how Tiffany Parks ended up as an expat in Rome, Italy and how she used her love of opera to connect with the Italian language. You'll also learn her four methods for learning the language, two tips for avoiding dangerous situations in Italy and how she got the ball rolling on her move to a new country.
28:55
October 29, 2014
Should You Use "Riuscire" or "Potere" to Talk About Being Able to Do Something?
Learn the differences between the verbs "potere" and "riuscire" in Italian.
14:10
October 24, 2014
Imperative Mood in Italian (or how to be demanding and give advice in Italian)
Using the imperative in Italian to give a command, offer an invitation or suggest advice.
17:49
October 15, 2014
When to Use the Subjunctive Mood and When to Use the Present Indicative Tense
Using the present subjunctive mood to express doubts, wishes and uncertainties and using the the present indicative to express a certainty or fact in Italian.
10:23
October 7, 2014
15 Quotes to Keep Up Your Motivation for Italian
Some motivation for those days that you just don't feel like learning a new grammar tense or vocabulary words. Forza!
14:42
October 1, 2014
Which Words from English Made the Cut in Italian? (or Parole Straniere Usate in Italiano)
Learn some words in Italian that come from English, like nerd, cupcake, and whiskey.
15:04
September 23, 2014
What is it like to be an expat in Florence? (An Interview with Alexandra Lawrence)
Alexandra Lawrence tells you exactly what it takes to make it as an expat while learning the culture through the language.
29:47
September 17, 2014
12 More Phrases that Stalk the Subjunctive Mood
Here are twelve phrases in Italian that are typically used with the subjunctive mood to express thoughts, opinions, desires, fear, etc.
16:16
September 2, 2014
How to Write a Birthday Card in Italian (or how to wish friends another year older in a classy way)
Learn how to write a birthday card in Italian to a friend, your significant other, family, or on Twitter.
12:06
August 26, 2014
How does someone start a business in Rome? (An Interview with Linda + Steve from The Beehive Hotel)
Learn how Linda and Steve started The Beehive Hotel/Hostel in Rome, Italy.
28:46
August 19, 2014
How to "Ne" and "Ci" in Italian
Learn the various ways you can use the words "ne" and "ci" in Italian.
24:09
August 12, 2014
20 Phrases for Telling a Captivating Story in Italian
Learn how to tell a story in Italian with twenty phrases.
13:40
August 5, 2014
What would it be like to live in Orvieto, Italy? (An Interview with Toni DeBella)
Learn how and why Toni DeBella, from Orvieto or Bust, moved to Orvieto, Italy and her experiences as an American expat.
19:16
July 31, 2014
3 Verbs in Italian Every Beginner Should Master
Learn three verbs that every beginner should master in Italian in the past tense, present tense, subjunctive tense, and future tense.
28:11
July 29, 2014
The Differences Between Nulla e Niente in Italiano
Learn when to use niente and/or nulla in Italian.
18:06
July 22, 2014
Basic Italian Sentence Structure (or where do I put all of the words!?)
Sentence structure is incredibly important to sounding natural in Italian. Here is how you structure basic sentences in Italian.
17:28
July 15, 2014
12 Phrases That Stalk the Subjunctive Mood (or Twelve Phrases that Are Typically Used with the Subjunctive Mood)
Here are twelve phrases in Italian that are typically used with the subjunctive mood to express thoughts, opinions, desires, fear, etc.
15:28
July 8, 2014
Italian Word Speed Dates: Appena, Addirittura, Comunque and Quindi
Learn how to use the words appena, addirittura, comunque and quindi in Italian.
15:58
June 26, 2014
What Does it Mean if a Verb is Regular or Irregular in Italian?
See examples of what it means when a verb is regular or irregular in Italian and how -are, -ire, and -ere verbs are conjugated in Italian in the present tense.
10:08
June 24, 2014
Relative and Absolute Superlatives in Italian (or the BEST, the WORST, and HAPPIEST)
Learn how to use relative and absolute superlatives in the Italian language along with examples.
15:53
June 17, 2014
How to Learn a Language on Your Own and Hone Your Italian Accent with Luca Lampariello
Learn a few of the methods Luca has used to learn twelve languages on his own along with how to hone your Italian accent.
24:42
June 12, 2014
How to Make Your Verbs, Adjectives, and Objects Agree in Italian
Learn how to make your verbs, adjectives, and objects agree in Italian between masculine/feminine and singular/plural with examples.
12:53
June 10, 2014
Learn Italian Through Drawings with Rosangela - Italian for my Girlfriend
Meet Rosangela, a native Italian speaker, who draws to help other learn Italian vocabulary and phrases. This interview is entirely in Italian and transcripts can be found in the show notes.
10:50
June 5, 2014
Discover the Real Venice that Tourists Miss with Monica Cesarato
Learn about what the Veneto region was like while Monica Cesarato grew up, how it is now, and the beautiful (& sometimes scary) history it has.
33:44
June 3, 2014
9 Reasons You're Making Mistakes With Prepositions in Italian and How to Avoid Them (Hint: Most mistakes come from #2)
Learn why you keep making mistakes with prepositions in Italian and how you can make less mistakes in the future.
23:09
May 29, 2014
Where You Should Visit in the South of Italy with Native Italian Speaker Marianna Prizio
Learn where a native Italian from the south of Italy suggests you should visit, what you should definitely eat, and her favorite idiomatic words and phrases.
27:45
May 27, 2014
[106] 29 Ways to Practice Your Italian While You’re in Italy
Learn what you can do to practice your Italian while you're traveling to Italy as an Italian language learner.
21:53
May 22, 2014
[105] 8 Reasons Your Italian Doesn’t Sound Italian (And 8 Fixes to Get to a Near Native Level)
If you've hit a wall with Italian, you'll love this episode. Learn why your Italian doesn't sound like a natural or native Italian and how you can work on sounding more native.
22:27
May 20, 2014
[104] Italian Word Speed Dates: Tale, Eccome, e Semmai
Learn how to understand and use the words tale, eccome and semmai in Italian.
13:55
May 15, 2014
[103] Develop Your Pronunciation and Vocabulary Through Mnemonic Devices with Gabriel Wyner
Learn how to improve your pronunciation in Italian as well as memorize hundreds of vocabulary words within 4-6 months.
34:09
May 13, 2014
[102] The Present Tense Gerund in Italian (or how Italians express the -ing tense)
Learn how to use the gerund tense in Italian or the tense that talks about what is happening in the moment.
17:02
May 8, 2014
[101] Italian Word Speed Dates: Anzi, Dunque e Piuttosto
Learn how to understand and use the words anzi, dunque and piuttosto in Italian.
13:51
May 6, 2014
23 Mantras to Motivate You When You Don’t Want to Study Italian (or what to read when you need a loving, kick to the butt to keep going)
Learn 23 mantras for increasing your motivation to study Italian, nine small fixes for studying Italian more and how to use these mantras every single day.
28:44
May 1, 2014
Experience an Authentic Italy and Learn to Tell Your Story with Gail Mencini, author of To Tuscany with Love
In this episode, I chat with Gail Mencini, author of the fictional novel To Tuscany with Love, about experiencing an authentic Italy and telling your story.
28:02
April 29, 2014
[097]Articulated Prepositions in Italian {or the baby makin’ magic that happens when an article marries a preposition}
Learn how to form and use articulated prepositions in Italian. (al, sul, nell', dall', etc.)
10:22
April 22, 2014
[096] Explore Authentic Italian Cooking with Simonetta and Paola of Toscana Mia
Learn about authentic Italian cooking, learning Italian and raising an organic garden in Tuscany, Italy with Simonetta and Paola from Toscana Mia. You'll learn: Which one mistake most Americans make when cooking pasta How they are able to grow organic vegetables (and some tips for dealing with pests that include beer) One simple pasta recipe that you can make today How to know what good olive oil really is and how much it should cost How to find good olive oil in America How Italians learn Italian growing up Two tips for foreigners learning Italian that makes grammar muc
33:34
April 17, 2014
[095] Simple Prepositions in Italian {or why the smallest words hurt the most}
Click play on the player at the bottom to listen to this podcast or listen to it on Stitcher or iTunes. All on their own, prepositions can be a pain in the butt. This is especially when you're at an upper intermediate level, and you think you're getting the hang of Italian and THE ONLY THING THAT KEEPS MESSING YOU UP IS PREPOSITIONS. {No personal experience or anything. No. I'm not yelling.}
28:04
April 15, 2014
[099] How to Find and Explore Your Italian Ancestry with Mary Tedesco
Learn how to research your Italian ancestry and genealogy with Mary Tedesco from Origins Italy.
24:44
April 15, 2014
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