Benvenuti to the Italian language learning series

"Let's Go In The Kitchen"

Lesson 1: Andiamo in Cucina

This video contains chapters 1-2.

Individual Chapters  are found at right


You will be learning Italian using Italian Food as the backdrop. You'll learn not only food words, but also everyday expressions and useful vocabulary that will have you speaking Italian in no time!

The Lesson is divided into four chapters which you can find by clicking the chapter links below.

Each chapter has:

  1. The relevant video for that lesson.
  2. Individual videos of each character, facing you so you can see how they say the word. Make sure you look at their mouth and how they move when saying the word.  Repeat them often!
  3. The dialogue is written out so you can follow it as well.
  4. There is also some vocabulary to be spoken as well. The vocabulary words are in bold with translations

The key is is to enjoy and have fun!  This is what learning Italian is all about: food!

Buon Appetito!

Chapter 1 | Chapter 2


a = ah
b = bee
c = chee
A “c” before an “I” or an “e” is pronounced like this, ci = chee and ce = cheh
A “c” before an “a, u, o” is pronounced like a “k”. so “ca =kah, cu = koo, and co= koh
A “ch” is pronounced as a “k”
d = dee
e = eh
f = effe
g = gee
A “g” before an “i” or an “e” is pronounced like gEE, and gEH
A “g” before an “a, u, o” is pronounced like “ga =gah, gu = goo, and go= goh
A “gh” is also pronounced as a hard g.
h = aKa
i = ee
j = jota
k = kappa
l = elle
m= emme
n = enne
o = oh
p = pee
q = ku
r = erre
s = esse
t = tee
u = oo, as in boo!
v = voo
w = doppio voo
X = eeks
Y = yupsilon
Z = zeta

Doubles – Doppie Consonants

This is one of the things that makes Italian sound so beautiful. Whenever you have two consonants together, it is essential that you pronounce them both. For example, PIZZA is pronounced PEEZ ZAH. Often, if the consonants are not pronounced correctly, you may not be understood, for instance, nono and nonno. Nono means “ninth” and Nonno means “grandfather”. So Nono is pronounced “NOH no” and Nonno is pronounced “NOHN noh”. Very important to be aware of the doubles!

Common Phrases

La cucina - literally, the kitchen, but also “Food” as in la cucina italiana “Italian food”

Buongiorno - Good day, Hello (during the day)

Buona sera - Good evening. You can start to say this as you’re preparing dinner.

Salve! - Hi!

Buona notte - Good night

Come va? How goes it?

Come stai? How are you? (said to an acquaintance or someone of the same age and status)

Come sta? How are you? Formal, said to someone you don’t know, someone older or a famous Chef!

Grazie - Thank you

Prego – You’re welcome (literally , I pray – sort of like “I prith thee”old English..

Bene, grazie! Well, thank you!

Va bene – it’s going well.

Non c’e male. Not bad, literally “there is no badness”

Mi scusi Excuse me

Buono! Buona! GOOD! As in yummy! Note one ends in a O and the other with an A. Italiian is a language with gender, some things are masculine and end in an O and some are feminie and end in an A. Il cibo è buono – the food is good! La mela è buona – the apple is good.

Delizioso! - Delicioius

Per favore – Please

Prego – Your welcome

Per piacere – Please, a tad more formal than Per favore.

Bravo! - Great! Good job! Excellent!

Si - yes No - no

Downloadable: Script Italian Intro 1-4 TLC 

Andiamo in Cucina


Vittorio- Salve Chiara!

Chiara – Buongiorno, Vittorio!

Vittorio-  Come stai?

Chiara – Bene e tu?

Vittorio – Io ho fame!

Chiara – Allora mangiamo!

Vittorio – Andiamo in cucina

Chiara – Allora hai fame

Vittorio-  Si, ho molta fame.

Chiara – Cosa mangiamo?

Vittorio – Mangiamo la pasta!

Chiara – Si, con funghi?

Vittorio – Si si!  Fantastic!  Hai sete?

Chiara – Si, un po’.

Vittorio – Voglio un po d’acqua?

Chiara – Vuoi un po di pane?

Vittorio – Si, voglio un po’ di pane con olio.

Chiara – Buon’idea, sei veramente un cuoco!

Vittorio – Non sono un buon cuoco.!

Chiara – Quale pasta prendiamo?

Vittorio – Gli spaghetti o le penne?

Chiara – Io preferisco le penne.

Vittorio – Anch’io preferisco le penne.

Chiara – Vuoi un’insalata?

Vittorio – Si si, buon’idea!

Chiara – con pomodori, no?

Vittorio – Si, senz’altro!  Chiara, anche tu sei veramente un cuoco!                            

Vittorio – E con la pasta, pane e insalata, vuoi del vino?
Chiara – Certo!
Vittorio – Allora, abbiamo un Chianti secco oppure vino fatto in casa.
Chiara -  fatto in casa?  chi fa il vino qui?
Vittorio – Ogni autunno  mio papa ed io , facciamo il vino
Chiara -  Fate del rosso e bianco?
Vittorio – Di solito facciamo solo il rosso, Salute!


Let’s go in the kitchen


Vittorio – Hi Chiara!

Chiara- Hi (Good day) Vittorio!

Robert – How are you?

Chiara- Well and you?

Vittorio – I’m hungry!

Chiara – So, let’s eat!

Vittorio – Let’s go in the kitchen!

Chiara- So are you hungry?

Robert – Yes, I am very hungry.

Chiara- What shall we eat?

Vittorio – Let’s eat pasta!

Chiara – Yes, with mushrooms!

Vittorio – Yes, yes, fantastic. Are you thirsty?

Chiara – Yes a little.

Vittorio – I want some water.

Chiara – Do you want some bread?

Vittorio – Yes, I want some bread with olive oil.

Chiara - Good idea! You really are a good cook!

Vittorio  - I am not a good cook!

Chiara – What pasta shall we have?

Vittorio – Spaghetti or penne?

Chiara  - I prefer penne.

Vittorio – I also prefer penne.

Chiara – Do you want a salad?

Vittorio – Yes, yes, a good idea.

Chiara – with tomatoes, yes?

Vittorio – Yes, of course!  Chiara, you are also a cook!                                              Vittorio -  And with the pasta, bread and salad, do you want some wine?
Chiara – For sure!
Vittorio –  Ok then, we have a dry Chianti o home-made wine.
Chiara -  Home-made wine? Who makes the wine here?
Vittorio – Every Autumn, my father and I, we make thewine
Chiara – Do you make red  or white?
Vittorio –  Usually , we just make red.  Cheers!