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What`s your name? Come si chiama, lei?

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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.
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Ciao, Anna. Come stai?
Bene, Elio. E tu?
Bene, bene.
Ciao, Elio!
Arrivederci, Anna.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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