Hi everyone, and welcome to the Italian Podcast. This is Davide, this is an episode for beginners. I want to read you a letter in Italian. I will read slowly first and then at normal speed. I also want to ask you some questions. If you want, you can answer the questions on the episode page on podcastialiano.com, where you can also find the entire transcription and translation into English. I will try to correct your mistakes. It can be a useful writing exercise. Bon Ascorto!
Dear listeners or listeners,
Dear listener (male) or listener (female)
When I wrote this letter, I was in a cafe. In Italian, the word “caffè” means both a drink, but also “coffee” and the place where you drink coffee. This place can also be called a “cafeteria”, but in Italy, we usually drink coffee in a bar. Have you been to a bar in Italy?
When I wrote this letter, I was in a cafe. In Italian, the word “caffè” means both the drink “il caffè” (coffee) and the place where you drink coffee*. This place can be called a “cafe”, **but in Italy, we usually drink coffee in a “bar”. Have you been to a “bar” in Italy?
*(“Places” are indoor spaces, such as restaurants, bars, cafes, pubs, clubs)
**(This has nothing to do with “cafeteria”, it is “mensa” in Italian),
Outside of Italy, bars are where they often serve alcoholic beverages. In Italy, bars are very different: they are more similar to cafes, or cafes in other countries. At the bar, you can drink coffee, but you can also dine. You can usually have breakfast at the bar.
Bars outside of Italy are places where alcoholic beverages are served (and served there). In Italy, “bars” are very different: they are closer (more similar) to cafes or coffee shops in other countries. At the bar, you can drink (drink) coffee, but you can also eat. You can usually have breakfast at the bar.
In Italy, breakfast is sweet. Italians often eat croissants, biscuits, toast with jam or peanut butter. You can also buy sweet food for breakfast at the bar, such as croissants or croissants. I really don’t like sweet breakfast. I prefer to eat salty or skip breakfast at all. Have you had an Italian breakfast? What do you like for breakfast?
In Italy, breakfast is sweet. Italians often eat croissants, biscuits, toast with jam, peanut butter, etc. (or similar things). You can also enjoy (purchase) sweets for breakfast (breakfast) at the bar, such as croissants or tortillas*. I don’t like to eat sugary food for breakfast (sweety food for breakfast). I prefer to eat salty things or skip breakfast at all. Have you had an Italian breakfast? What do you like for breakfast?
At the bar, you can also eat sandwiches or sandwiches. However, there is usually no first course or second course like restaurants. In a bar, you can sit at a table for a long time and talk about this and that, but you can also go to the counter and grab a cup of espresso out, all in two minutes. In Italy, we say “un caffè”, which means “espresso”.
At the bar, you can also eat panini or hockey*. However, usually, there is no first or second course like in a restaurant**. You can sit at a table for a long time and chat, but you can also go to the counter to order (get) a cup of espresso and go out in two minutes (all this in two minutes). In Italy, we say “un caffè”, which means “a kind of espresso”.
* Various sandwiches.
** In Italy, the “first course” may be pasta, risotto, gnocchi, soup, etc., and the “second course” is usually meat and fish dishes.
Now I am in a cafe in Budapest, which is very different from an Italian bar. In foreign countries, I like the very modern, stylish and beautifully furnished cafes there. Italian bars are a little bit the same. But I miss the price of coffee in Italian bars. Italian espresso costs one euro (sometimes even lower), but outside of Italy, its price is always higher. I really like coffee, so I have to spend a little more money here than in Italy. Do you like coffee?
Now I am in a cafe in Budapest, [which is] Very different from Italian “bars”. [When I’m] I like very modern, stylish and beautifully furnished cafes abroad. Italian bars are all the same. But one thing I miss about Italian bars is the price of coffee (I miss coffee prices in Italian bars). A cup of espresso in Italy is priced in euros (sometimes even lower), but outside of Italy, its price is always higher. I like coffee very much, so I have to spend more money here than in Italy. Do you like coffee?
We will speak soon,
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