1.   Weather expressions

2.   Avere expressions

3.   The verb “essere”

4.   Sapere vs. conoscere

5.   Definite articles

6.   Indefinite articles

7.   Present tense conjugations (& definitions) of the following:

·     Lavorare, essere, leggere, andare, rispondere, scrivere, venire, viaggiare, pulire, spedire, chiamare, cominciare


8.   Gender & number agreement between adjectives and the nouns they modify (i.e. gli studenti americani, la donna bella, l’uomo italiano, etc..)

9.   Time


10.               General vocabulary:

Vero – true

Falso – false

Amici intimi – close friends

Insieme – together

Una bisteca – beefsteak

Un segreto -  a secret

Nuotare – to swim

Invito – invitation

Il compleanno – birthday

L’indirizzo – address

La nascita –the  birth

Data di partenza – date of departure

Luogo di nascita – place of birth

Il cognome – last name

La firma – signature

Mi piace – I like

Scambiare – to exchange

Il liceo – high school

La letteratura – literature

Un campione – a champion

I capelli castani – dark hair

Occhi castani – dark eyes


11.               ALSO:  for your writing topic, you should review your general adjectives of description (mostly from packets 1 &2). You should be able to 1) pretend that you have become pen pals with an Italian student and write to him, describing to him such things as your interests, classes, teachers, school, friends, family, your home city; or 2) pretend that you are an American student from Buffalo studying in Italy and writing a letter back home in Italian (to show off your mad skills), describing the city in which you are staying, the other students, teachers, daily life, new friends, activities, etc.  *This section carries a 6 sentence minimum in Italian, so it’s not a brain buster.