Getting started with Italian 1
Getting started with Italian 1

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3 Listening practice

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Activity 3

A group of friends are ordering drinks from a waiter. Listen and identify the drinks mentioned. Then write down the names of the drinks in Italian.

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The drinks mentioned are:

  • una birra
  • un caffè
  • un bicchiere di vino bianco
  • un tè
  • un succo di frutta

Per favore, grazie, prego

The expression per favore (‘please’) is used much less often than ‘please’ is in English. It is not considered impolite to omit per favore when asking for something.

On the other hand, grazie (‘thank you’) is used often.

It is customary to respond to grazie by saying prego. This means ‘not at all / you’re welcome / don’t mention it’ (the literal meaning is ‘I beg you’) but is used more routinely than these equivalent English expressions.

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