ITAL 101 Study Guide

Banner - Italian 101Scary newsflash. Classes are winding down in the next few weeks, and that can only mean one thing: finals (and a lot of ice cream and late-night Epi runs). In case you’re already feeling overwhelmed by this impending doom, 4E is rolling out the ultimate study guides to help you prepare for your finals. If you’re trying to do bene on that Italian exam, read up to see whether or not you’re ready:

Section 1: Listening Comprehension

Nothing is more intimidating than having to listen to babbling in a foreign language at what seems an incomprehensible speed, whether you think you have an idea of what he/she is saying or not. The best way to practice for this section is to listen to an authentic Italian speaker and try to write down what you hear them saying. Try it out:

Answer Key: “Babba-da-boopy” (translation: unknown)

Section 2: Vocabulary

How can you learn all of the vocabulary at the last minute? You can’t! Instead, your best hope is to learn the basics:

“Il Pesto” (Translation: the pesto)

“Gli Spaghetti” (Translation: the spaghetti)

“La Pizza” (Translation: the pizza)

See: it’s really simple! If you need more help than that, try reading a menu at an Italian restaurant (note: they tend to have an abundance of mistakes). If all else fails, just add an “o” or an “a” to the English word and you’re probably halfway right.

Section 3: Speaking

pizza talking

The key to being an effective Italian speaker is remembering that all communication is done with your hands. Know American Sign Language like the back of your hand? You’re already prepared to ace this section!

Section 4: Identify as “Italian” or “Not Italian”

This section tends to be pretty tough, so get some practice below:

ragu

No… it’s not

boyardee

LOL no

Not even close

Eating too much pasta doesn’t make you Italian

DING DING DING!!!

Last but not least: in bocca al lupo (translation: in the wolf’s mouth, or “good luck”)!

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Mike Radice

Mike Radice

Mike is 4E's Senior Editor. Hailing from the misunderstood state that gave you Chris Christie and trashy TV's finest stars, Mike is a senior in the SFS. He enjoys complaining about SaxaNet, roasting people with meme tags, and winning preregistration odds every time.
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