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Contents Unit 0 Cominciamo da zero Introductory features Alphabet Spelling Pronunciation Stress Unit 1 Per me un cappuccino Functions Greeting someone: buon giorno, buona sera, ciao etc Meeting people, introducing oneself and others Formal address form (Lei) or informal address form (tu) Indicating nationality Asking for something, ordering food and drink Grammar Present tense of essere Present tense of chiamarsi nouns (singular) indefinite articles un, uno, una, un' subject pronouns io, tu, lui, lei, Lei, noi, voi, loro adjectives of nationality inglese, italiano (singular form only) Unit 2 Amici e famiglia Functions Describing or indicating someone or something Talking about jobs and professions Grammar Nouns (singular and plural) Definite article il, lo, la, l', i, gli, le Adjectives (singular and plural) Demonstratives questo, quello Possessives mio, tuo, suo, nostro, vostro, loro Present tense of regular verbs ending in -are Present tense of irregular verbs avere, fare Unit 3 In viaggio Functions Making travel arrangements Making accommodation arrangements Expressing notions of availability, time, place and cost Grammar C'è, ci sono Numbers, prices Time, days of week, dates Expressions of frequency Prepositions a, con, da, di, fra, in, per, su, tra Combined prepositions al, dal, del, nel, sul Present tense of regular verbs ending in -ere, -ire Ci vuole, ci vogliono Unit 4 Facciamo un po' di shopping! Functions Shopping for items, requesting Describing or indicating something Talking about availability Talking about size, quantity,etc Describing someone or something by physical characteristics Grammar Indefinite pronouns, adjectives alcuni, dei/delle, qualche Indefinite pronouns qualcosa, qualcuno Direct pronouns lo, la, li, le; and ne Weights, quantities, measures un litro di, un chilo di etc Invariable adjectives, position of adjectives Present tense irregular verbs andare, dare, dire, fare, sapere, stare, uscire, venire Unit 5 Donne e lavoro Functions Talking about the present Talking about daily routines Grammar Present tense of reflexive verbs Present tense of stare + gerund Frequency Interrogatives Negatives Expressions of time (present) Unit 6 A Tavola Functions Expressing a desire, preference, need Stating what you want Stating a preference (for objects, persons, courses of action); Expressing likes and dislikes. Grammar Indefinites niente di buono, qualcosa da mangiare Present tense of piacere Present tense of preferire Present tense of bisogna, aver bisogno di Present tense modal verbs: dovere, potere, volere Conditional vorrei Indirect pronouns with impersonal verbs Unit 7 Trovare la strada giusta Functions Specifying place Specifying manner Explaining where to find something, how to get there, etc. Giving an order Grammar Prepositions expressing place Adverbs and prepositions of place Ci (there, to there) Imperative (order) forms Adverbs Unit 8 Andiamo in vacanza Functions Talking about events and actions in the past Describing how things used to be. Grammar Present perfect (passato prossimo): ho mangiato, sono andata Direct object pronouns with passato prossimo: l'ho mangiata Phrases expressing past time Imperfect (Imperfetto) Combination of passato prossimo and imperfect Unit 9 Lavorare e studiare in Italia Functions Talking about future plans Expressing hopes, intentions Expressing probability Grammar Future tense Present tense used to express future Future perfect tense Verb and infinitive: spero di, penso di, ho intenzione di Future and future perfect used to express probability Unit 10 Pronto? Mi senti? Functions Asking permission Asking about possibility Asking about ability Making a polite request. Grammar Present tense potere, sapere Omission of potere in certain situations / contexts Present conditional Using conditional to express polite request Unit 11 A che ora ci vediamo? Functions Specifying time: Expressing time at which, from which, until which Expressing repetition and frequency Grammar Clauses of time 'until, when, since, before, after, during' Prepositional phrases prima di, dopo di, fino a, da Conjunctions prima che, dopo che, mentre, finché Adverbs expressing time appena, non appena Unit 12 L'Italia multietnica Functions Making a comparison Expressing greater or lesser extent Expressing equality Grammar Comparative adjectives Comparative adverbs Terms of comparison più, meno di/che, tanto quanto, così come Unit 13 AAA Affittasi Functions Focusing on the action Explaining how something is done Grammar si passivante: si affitta, si vende (affittasi, vendesi) Prepositions expressing location Centuries: in un palazzo del 500 Dates il 1o settembre and phrases per brevi periodi Dimensions: metri quadri (m2), ettari Unit 14 Vita italiana Functions Reading Italian literary passages or newspaper articles Reading more complex texts Grammar Conditional mood (condizionale) Non-finite verb forms: infinitive, gerund, participle Past historic (passato remoto) Pluperfect (trapassato) Unit 15 La nuova Università Functions Expressing causes and reasons Expressing result and effect Grammar Conjunctions Introduction to complex sentences Using gerund Clauses, phrases and verbs of cause and reason Clauses, phrases and verbs of result and effect Unit 16 Innamorasi su Internet Functions Expressing an opinion Asking an opinion Agreeing, disagreeing Grammar Introduction to subjunctive Present subjunctive Verbs of opinion followed by che and subjunctive Agreement essere d'accordo Unit 17 Chi sono gli italiani? Functions Expressing certainty, uncertainty Expressing reservation and exception Expressing concession Expressing condition Grammar Subjunctive after sapere, non sapere, pensare, (non) è vero che Clauses and phrases of reservation and exception Clauses and phrases of concession Clauses and phrases of condition Imperfect subjunctive Unit 18 Andiamo al cinema? Functions Expressing pleasure Expressing other emotions Expressing certainty, satisfaction Expressing regret, doubt, hope, fear Grammar Subjunctive with infinitive Verbs of emotion taking che and subjunctive Perfect subjunctive Unit 19 Pubblicità, Promozione e Prodotti Functions Expressing intention or purpose Expressing results Grammar Conjunctions and phrases expressing purpose Conjunctions and phrases expressing result Subjunctive in purpose clauses Unit 20 Immagini dell'Italia: TV e stampa Functions Reading the press Expressing certainty and uncertainty Reporting Expressing conjecture, hearsay Grammar Conditional used to express hearsay Passive: focus on action Si impersonale 'Si dice che ..' Unit 21 Politica e Società Functions Relating or reporting a story or event Relating or reporting a story or event in indirect speech Asking indirect questions Grammar Direct speech Indirect and reported speech Sequence of tenses in reported speech Unit 22 L'angolo della posta Functions: Giving an order or command Requesting Wanting someone to do something Allowing someone to do something Suggesting, advising Grammar Verbs of requiring, requesting and advising with verb infinitive with che and subjunctive Verbs fare, lasciare and infinitive Past conditional Conditional sentences (periodo ipotetico): with imperfect subjunctive and present conditional with pluperfect subjunctive and past conditional Transcripts Answer Key Vocabulary Index
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