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Family connections
(You can find out more about the words used in this puzzle on pages 14-15 of the Usborne book Italian for Beginners.)

la famiglia - family
il fratello - brother
i genitori - parents
la madre - mother
il marito - husband
la moglie - wife
la nonna - grandmother
il nonno - grandfather
il padre - father
la sorella - sister
la zia - aunt
lo zio - uncle

essere - to be
(io) sono - I am
(tu) sei - you are
(lui/lei) è - he/she/it is
(noi) siamo - we are
(voi) siete - you are
(loro) sono - they are

- In Italian, you don't have to use the words for "I", "you", "he", etc.

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How old are they?
(You can find out more about the words used in this puzzle on pages 12-13 of the Usborne book Italian for Beginners.)

1 - uno
2 - due
3- tre
4 - quattro
5 - cinque
6 - sei
7 - sette
8 - otto
9 - nove
10 - dieci
11 - undici
12 - dodici
13 - tredici
14 - quattordici
15 - quindici
16 - sedici
17 - diciassette
18 - diciotto
19 - diciannove
20 - venti

avere- to have
(io) ho - I have
(tu) hai - you have
(lui/lei) ha - he/she/it has
(noi) abbiamo - we have
(voi) avete - you have
(loro) hanno - they have

- In Italian, you don't have to use the words for "I", "you", "he", etc.

quanti anni hai? - how old are you
ho…anni - I'm…years old
ho dieci anni - I'm ten years old

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Around the world
(You can find out more about the words used in this puzzle on pages 10-11 of the Usborne book Italian for Beginners.)

l'Austria [f] - Austria
austriaco - Austrian
la Francia - France
francese - French
il Galles - Wales
gallese - Welsh
la Germania - Germany
tedesco - German
l'Inghilterra [f] - England
inglese - English
la Norvegia - Norway
norvegese - Norwegian
l'Olanda [f] - Netherlands
olandese - Netherlander
la Scozia - Scotland
scozzese - Scottish
la Spagna - Spain
spagnole - Spanish

essere - to be
(io) sono - I am
(tu) sei - you are
(lui/lei) è - he/she/it is
(noi) siamo - we are
(voi) siete - you are
(loro) sono - they are

- In Italian, you don't have to use the words for "I", "you", "he", etc.

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A day in the life
(You can find out more about the words used in this puzzle on pages 26-29 of the Usborne book Italian for Beginners.)

alle… - at…o'clock
alto - tall
arrivare - to arrive
l'amico [m] - friend (male)
l'amica [f] - friend (female)
basso - small
biondo - blonde
bruno - brown
la casa - house
con - with
dopo pranzo - after lunch
giocare (a calcio) - to play (football)
…meno cinque… - five to…
…meno un quarto - a quarter to…
…e cinque - five past…
…e quarto - quarter past…
la scuola - school
uscire - go out, leave

arrivare - to arrive
(io) arrivo - I arrive
(tu) arrivi - you arrive
(lui/lei) arriva - he/she/it arrives
(noi) arriviamo - we arrive
(voi) arrivate - you arrive
(loro) arrivano - they arrive

- "arrivare" is a regular verb. This means it has the same endings as other Italian verbs ending in -are. The regular endings are in bold.

uscire - to go out, leave
(io) esco - I go out
(tu) esci - you go out
(lui/lei) esce - he/she/it goes out
(noi) usciamo - we go out
(voi) uscite - you go out
(loro) escono - they go out

- "uscire" is an irregular verb. It has the same endings as other verbs, but the first bit changes.

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Route planning
(You can find out more about the words used in this puzzle on pages 36-37 of the Usborne book Italian for Beginners.)

il biglietto di sola andata - single ticket
costare - to cost
durare - to last
la metropolitana - underground train
il viaggio fino a… - the journey to…
il costo - price

20 venti
30 trenta
40 quaranta
50 cinquanta
60 sessanta
70 settanta
80 ottanta
90 novanta
100 cento

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A break in Borgobasso
(You can find out more about the words used in this puzzle on pages 30-33 of the Usborne book Italian for Beginners.)

accanto a - next to
l'albergo [m] - hotel
a sinistra/destra - (on the) left/right
cambiare un traveller's cheque - to cash a traveller's cheque
la camera - (bed)room
il castello - castle
di fronte a - in front of
il duomo - cathedral
girare- to turn
in fondo a - at the end of
il letto - bed
l'ostello della gioventù - youth hostel
il parco - park
per favore - please
poi - then
scusi - excuse me
la stazione - station
la stazione della metropolitana - underground station
la toiletta - toilet
vorrei - I would like

prendere - to take
(io) prendo - I take
(tu) prendi - you take
(lui/lei) prende - he/she/it takes
(noi) prendiamo - we take
(voi) prendete - you take
(loro) prendono - they take

- "prendere" is a regular verb. This means it has the same endings as other Italian verbs ending in -ere. The regular endings are in bold.

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Big spenders
(You can find out more about the words used in this puzzle on pages 34-35 of the Usborne book Italian for Beginners.)

il berretto - cap
la caramella - sweet
il fiore - flower
il gelato - ice-cream
la mela - apple

uno - one/a
sette - seven
otto - eight
nove - nine
diciassette - seventeen
diciotto - eighteen

avere- to have
(io) ho - I have
(tu) hai - you have
(lui/lei) ha - he/she/it has
(noi) abbiamo - we have
(voi) avete - you have
(loro) hanno - they have

- In Italian, you don't have to use the words for "I", "you", "he", etc.

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Taking orders
(You can find out more about the words used in this puzzle on pages 22-23 of the Usborne book Italian for Beginners.)

prendo - I'll have
il caffè - coffee
la cioccolata calda - hot chocolate
la coca-cola - coke
la crêpe - pancake
l'aranciata [f] - orange juice
la frittata - omelette
il hamburger - hamburger
la pizza - pizza
l'insalata [f] - salad
una fetta di tortino - a piece of quiche

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What are they all doing?
(You can find out more about the words used in this puzzle on pages 24-25 of the Usborne book Italian for Beginners.)

la camicia - shirt
fare wind-surf - to go windsurfing
andare a cavallo - to go riding
andare in bicicletta - to go cycling
grande - big
giocare a pallone - to play ball
il costume - swimming costume
nuotare - to swim
i pantaloni - trousers
basso - small
la maglia - jumper

bianco - white
blu - blue
bionde - blonde
bruno - brown
negro - black
rosso - red
verde - green

andare - to go
(io) vado - I go
(tu) vai - you go
(lui/lei) va - he/she/it goes
(noi) andiamo - we go
(voi) andate - you go
(loro) vanno - they go

- In Italian, you don't have to use the words for "I", "you", "he", etc .

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Lost and found
(You can find out more about the words used in this puzzle on pages 4-7 of the Usborne book Italian for Beginners.)

ciao - hi, hello, bye (use this when talking to someone you know well, or someone your own age)
buongiorno - hello, good morning/afternoon
buonasera - good evening
arrivederci - goodbye
come va? - how are you?
bene, grazie - fine, thanks
come ti chiami? - what's your name?
signora - (a polite way to address a woman)
signore - (a polite way to address a man)

si chiamare - to be called
(io) mi chiamo… - I'm called…
(tu) ti chiami… - you're called…
(lui/lei) si chiama… - he/she/it is called…
(noi) ci chiamiamo… - we're called…
(voi) vi chiamate… - you're called…
(loro) si chiamano… - they're called…

- In Italian, you don't have to use the words for "I", "you", "he", etc.

la chiave - key
il libro - book
la macchina fotografica - camera
la mappa - map
l'orologio - watch
la penna - pen

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