LA CASA DEI NONNI
15 ATTIVITÀ
COSE DI CASA
4 ATTIVITÀ

COM’È CASA TUA?

LESSON
FOCUS

Mike and Indira have been in Italy for a few months and have already visited several cities there.
Rome was amazing because of the contrast between the ancient and modern city. They liked Florence and the small Tuscan towns where the old downtown districts were very well preserved and the suburbs were filled with nice, new houses. Indira and Mike come from large cities near the ocean and it is difficult to compare. Their conversation often deals with the similarities and differences between their countries. Read what they said while on a visit to Siena.

Indira: – È bellissima Siena! Ma questi antichi palazzi sono abitati?
Jacopo: – Certo, sono case normali… guarda quella finestra… vedi i fiori sul davanzale.
Mike: – Da noi i palazzi antichi sono pochi e…
Jacopo: – E, invece, ci sono molti grattacieli, ho visto alcune foto. Ma tu abiti in un grattacielo?
Mike: – No, io abito lontano dal centro di Boston… in una casa normale, con quattro o cinque piani… E tu, Indira, dove abiti?
Indira: – Io abito in una casa a due piani, circondata da un giardino. È la casa dei nonni, loro abitano sotto e noi al piano di sopra. In Italia la chiamate villa. Tutte le case lì intorno sono fatte così.
Jacopo: – Casa mia… la conoscete, è in un quartiere nuovo, fatto di grandi palazzi, dove ci sono decine di appartamenti. Io, però, preferisco la casa dei nonni, in campagna Un giorno vi porto a vederla.

INSEGNANTE

  • Research the types of homes in your neighborhood. Look for pictures, maps and diagrams. Write a short Italian text to explain the images. You may also include historical information.

FOCUS CULTURA

TANTI MODI PER DIRE CASA

There are many words to describe the places where people live because there are many different kinds of housing. Casa is a word coming from Latin that means the peasant’s hut. Casa indicates both home and house. The diminutive casina or casetta indicates small and pretty house, while casupola means a small, ugly house. Palazzo comes from the Latin palatium.
A palazzo was a large building that housed the court of the king. Today it refers to a large building housing many people and families. Villa originally meant farmhouse, the farm, but today it is a luxurious home outside the city or an elegant house surrounded by gardens. Villetta is a small house with a little garden around it. Appartamento is an apartment in a large building or group of buildings.

FOCUS LINGUA

Grammatica

Verbi in CARE/GARE
For the first conjugation (group) of verbs ending in CARE / GARE, like cercare, pagare, spiegare, it is necessary to add an H immediately after the consonants C/G when they are followed by the vowels I/E in order to keep the hard sound.

Note!
Memorize the conjugation of the verb CERCARE.

io cerc-o
tu cerch-i
lui/lei/Lei cerc-a
noi cerch-iamo
voi cerc-ate
loro cerc-ano

Vocabolario

  • i palazzi (m.p.) = palaces
  • la finestra (f.s.) = window
  • il davanzale (m.s.) = sill
  • i fiori (m.p.) = flowers
  • i grattacieli (m.p.) = skyscrapers
  • l’appartamento (m.s.) = flat/apartment
  • i piani (m.p.) = floors
  • il giardino (m.s.) = garden
  • la villa (f.s.) = villa
  • le decine (f.p.) = tens
  • la campagna (f.s.) = countryside
  • bellissimi = beautiful
  • antichi = ancient/old
  • normale = normal
  • alcune = several
  • nuovo = new
  • però = but
  • guarda = look!
  • circondata = surrounded