2. You should take the train


Bruno and Scotty are visiting the smallest region of Italy: the Aosta Valley! With the series Turisti in Valle d’Aosta tourists in the Aosta Valley you’ll learn Italian by following Bruno and Scotty traveling from the city centre of Aosta to the Fénis castle. After an introduction about the region, you’ll learn how to ask for information and directions and how to buy a train ticket and an entrance ticket. At the end we’ll visit the castle together and we’ll even meet its ghost! Enjoy watching the series and learn useful vocabulary and sentences. Right below the videos you’ll find the script and the translation for you to review the sentences.

Episodio 2: Dovete prendere il treno

Bruno and Scotty want to visit the Fénis castle. But how can they get there from the city?


Dovete prendere il treno

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Bruno and Scotty are in Aosta and want to visit the castle of Fénis, but they don’t know how to get there*.
So Scotty asks a passer-by for information.

*Ci (andarci) has different meanings. In this case stands for there. It refers to a place already mentioned (il castello di Fénis). It is used to avoid repetitions.

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Scotty: “Excuse me, an information.”
Signora: “Tell me (like “yes please”)”
Scotty: “Do you know how to* get to the Fénis Castle from here? (lit. Do you know how one arrives…)

*si is an impersonal subject. The verb is conjugated in the 3rd person. In English it corresponds to one.

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Signora: “The Castle of Fénis? It’s not here in Aosta. You have to take the train to Nus.”
Scotty: “Thank you. How long does it take* from here to Nus?”

*ci vuole it takes (time). Review the verbs volerci and metterci here.
The polite form for several persons is voi (2nd person plural), as is the non-polite form.
The polite form for one person is Lei (3rd person singular).

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Signora: “About* ten minutes.”
Scotty: “Thank you!”

dieci minuti ten minutes vs. una decina di minuti about ten minutes.
Review the time here.

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Signora: “But then you have to take the bus to reach the castle, or walk.”
Scotty: “I see. Will it take long to walk?”

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Signora: “No, only about* 20 minutes. In some points there’s no pavement, but the road is not very busy.”
Scotty: “Thank you very much! You were really nice!”

venti minuti twenty minutes vs. una ventina di minuti about twenty minutes.

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Signora: “You’re welcome.”
Scotty: “Come Bruno, let’s take the train!” (lit. let’s go take the train)

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