Getting started with Italian 1
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4 Desidera?

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Figure 4 Caffè Gambrinus, Napoli

There are some common expressions that you will hear when in an Italian bar and caffè. Have a go at Activity 2 now to see if you can work out what these phrases mean.

Activity 2

Listen to the recording from Activity 1 again (repeated below) and match each of the following expressions from the dialogue to its English equivalent. At this stage it is useful to learn common expressions like these as set phrases rather than trying to work out what each word means.

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Transcript

CASSIERE:
Desidera?
MARIA:
Vorrei un cappuccino e una brioche.
PIERA:
E per me un caffè e una pasta.
CASSIERE:
Quattro euro.
MARIA:
Ecco.
CASSIERE:
Ecco lo scontrino
MARIA:
Grazie.
Scusi!
BARISTA:
Mi dica.
MARIA:
Vorrei un cappuccino e una brioche.
BARISTA:
E per Lei?
PIERA:
Per me un caffè e una pasta.
BARISTA:
Allora, un cappuccino, un caffè, una brioche e una pasta.
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Using the following two lists, match each numbered item with the correct letter.

  1. Desidera?

  2. Vorrei

  3. Per me

  4. Scusi!

  5. Mi dica?

  6. Per lei?

  7. Allora...

  • a.For me

  • b.For you (formal)

  • c.How can I help?

  • d.So

  • e.Excuse me!

  • f.What would you like?

  • g.I would like

The correct answers are:
  • 1 = f
  • 2 = g
  • 3 = a
  • 4 = e
  • 5 = c
  • 6 = b
  • 7 = d

Answer

  • Desidera? - What would you like?
  • Vorrei - I would like
  • Per me - For me
  • Scusi!- Excuse me!
  • Mi dica- How can I help?
  • Per Lei- For you (formal)
  • Allora- So
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