Andante: beginners' Italian: Track 1

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Do you want to learn the basics in Italian? The audio tracks in this collection are devised for learning simple Italian, including expressions for greetings, ordering food and drinks, booking into a hotel and talking about a recent holiday. The tracks contain sample recordings with suggestions for how to pronounce Italian sounds, along with some activities to help improve your listening and speaking skills. This material forms part of The Open University course L195 Andante: beginners' Italian."

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  • Duration 30 mins
  • Updated Thursday 31st May 2012
  • Introductory level
  • Posted under Languages
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Track 1: Greetings in Italian

Learn how to great people in Italian at different times of the day.

© The Open University 2012

Tracks in this podcast:

Track   Title Description
1 Greetings in Italian    Learn how to great people in Italian at different times of the day. Play now Greetings in Italian
2 Ordering food and drinks    Practise Italian vowels ordering food and drinks. Play now Ordering food and drinks
3 Buying food at a market    Listen to short exchanges at a fruit market and a deli. Play now Buying food at a market
4 Booking into a hotel    Practise the sound of the letter ‘r’ booking into a hotel. Play now Booking into a hotel
5 Talking about recent holidays    Learn how to use the present perfect tense for describing the past. Play now Talking about recent holidays
6 Talking about families    Learn how to use the possessive adjectives for talking about families. Play now Talking about families

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