Italy for beginners

LECTURER
Kim Anne Barchi
(University of Padova)

DATE: 19 August 2018
TIME: 11:30 – 12:45 pm
LOCATION: Crociferi Foundation, Venice

In this lecture I will be introducing the basics of Italy: from its geography, history, culture, food and some facts about daily life in this country.

To fully understand and appreciate Italy, its people and its culture, one must have a good grasp of the language. This course, therefore, integrates a study of basic Italian with an overview of contemporary Italian culture.

I shall introduce some aspects of Italian language, a brief overview of its development throughout history, its dialects.

We will then practice some words and sentences together. In specific:

  • How to introduce yourself and/or oneself
  • How to say your age, job and nationality
  • How to say information about your family
  • How to discuss prices

1)  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Italy#Geography

 

2)  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Demographics_of_Italy

 

3)  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Regions_of_Italy

 

4)  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geography_of_Italy

 

5)  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pDc7wrE8g-8 (on the ALPS)

 

6)  http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2016/05/160523-mount-etna-eruption-video- sicily-volcanoes/ (on Mount Etna, the Volcano)

 

7)  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r8PdH2FfVJI (Italy in 1 minute)

 

8)  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=swRCRACa0Yw (Italy in 5 minutes)

 

9)  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=skwl9axYSIE (From Verona, to Padova, Venice and Vicenza)

 

10)  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0kW6jqq-4Sw (Italian seaside)

 

11)  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nPSlNFK1hD8 (brief history of Italy)

 

12)  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DW91Ec4DYkU (hand gesture for communication)

 

13)  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Italian_cuisine (on Italian cuisine)

 

14)  http://www.bbc.co.uk/languages/italian/talk/ (learn Italian language)

 

15)  http://www.bbc.co.uk/languages/italian/guide/facts.shtml (Italian language facts)

 

16)  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_pizza (origin of pizza)