What`s your name? Come si chiama, lei?
1.1 What’s your name? Come si chiama, lei? A C T I V I T Y 1 is on the recording. ACTIVITY 2 Say in which conversations the speakers are being informal. DIALOGUE 1 ● Io sono Corrado. E tu – come ti chiami? ■ Mi chiamo Antonella. ● ■ ● ■ ● Ciao, Anna. Come stai? Bene, Elio. E tu? Bene, bene. Ciao, Elio! Arrivederci, Anna. ▼ ● ▼ ● Buongiorno, Signora Colletta. Come sta? Bene, grazie, Signor Stefano – e lei? Abbastanza bene, grazie. Arrivederla! ◗ Buonasera. Sono Ernesto Prodi. Come si chiama? ♦ Marta Ferrante. Piacere. VOCABULARY buongiorno (io) sono come ti chiami? (io) mi chiamo arrivederci/la ciao come stai/sta? bene e tu/lei Signora/Signor grazie abbastanza bene buonasera piacere 2 hello, good morning, good afternoon I am what’s your name? [informal] my name is goodbye [informal]/[formal] hi, bye how are you? [informal]/[formal] well, fine and you [informal]/[formal] Mrs, Madam/Mr thank you quite well good evening, hello pleased to meet you LANGUAGE BUILDING Formal/ Informal address (‘you’) In Italian, you can address people in an informal way or tu form, used with young or familiar people and in a formal way or lei form. This takes the third person of the verb (the form used with he/she). Come stai (tu)?/Come sta (lei)? How are you? Regular verbs in -are (1) When you look up an Italian verb in the dictionary, you will always find it in the infinitive form. Infinitives end in -are, -ere, or -ire. These endings indicate how the other parts of the verb are formed. To form the present tense (singular) of a verb ending in -are, the following endings are added to the stem (see Grammar Glossary): lavorare – to work (io) lavoro I work (tu) lavori you work [informal] (lui/lei; lei) lavora he/she works; you work [formal] In Italian, subject pronouns are generally omitted (unless you want to place emphasis on them): the subject is shown in the verb ending. You may also see the formal ‘you’ written with a capital – Lei. In this course, the lei form has been used throughout. chiamarsi (‘to be called’), also a regular -are verb, is a reflexive verb. These verbs take a reflexive pronoun (roughly meaning ‘myself’, ‘yourself’, etc.) before the verb. (see Unit 6 and Grammar p 228). Io mi chiamo Enzo. I’m called Enzo. Come si chiama quella ragazza? What’s that girl’s name? ACTIVITY 3 Find the right phrase for each of the following situations. 1 2 3 4 You’re saying hello to a young person. You’re meeting your Italian host for the first time. You’re asking someone you’ve just met what his name is. You’re introducing yourself to a young woman and asking her name. a b c d Mi chiamo Angelo – e tu? Come si chiama? Buonasera, Signora Franchi. Ciao, Mario. Now do activities 4 and 5 on the recording. 3