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Beginners’ Italian: food and drink

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This free course, Beginners' Italian: food and drink, focuses on buying drinks and snacks in an Italian café, as well as on greeting and introducing yourself in Italian. It does not require any previous knowledge of Italian.

After studying this course, you should be able to:

  • take part in simple exchanges when buying drinks and snacks in an Italian café
  • understand some customs relating to Italian cafés
  • begin to use the indefinite article in Italian

By: The Open University

  • Duration 4 hours
  • Updated Friday 22nd April 2016
  • Introductory level
  • Posted under Languages, Italian
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Beginners’ Italian: food and drink


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In this free course you learn some basic vocabulary relating to food and drinks, greetings and introductions. You practise ordering drinks and snacks in an Italian café. You will also find out about customs to do with food and drink. Listening to Italian speakers in a variety of situations will enable you to practise initial listening skills.

This free course is an adapted extract from the Open University course L195 Beginners’ Italian [Tip: hold Ctrl and click a link to open it in a new tab. (Hide tip)] .

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