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Made in Italy, song by Ligabue

Video, song lyrics, and verb exercise!

As a tourist in Italy, it’s easy to see the rich culture and stunning landscapes and think of Italy as an idyllic place. Living in the country, however, you can also see the inefficiencies and corruption. The truth of Italy— the authentic Italian experience— is a combination of both and the concept behind Ligabue’s latest album— Made in Italy, which releases on November 18.  The title song explores the main cities of Italy, and not just their stereotypical beauty, but some of their dark sides as well. Watch the video (with illustrated lyrics— a language teacher’s dream!) and see if you understand the meaning. If you’ve been to the cities, also see if you can relate to Ligabue’s depiction of them:


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After watching, review the meaning of the main verbs below.  Then complete the Verb Conjugation Exercise that follows.

Verbi

abbondare to be plentiful
abbracciare to hug
accogliere to welcome
affondare to sink
cambiare to change
celebrare to celebrate
chiedere to ask
danzare to dance
essere composto di to be made of
fare una scelta to choose
fermare to stop
offrire da bere to offer a drink
ricomporsi to compose oneself, put oneself together
ridere to laugh
sapere to know
smettere to quit, stop doing something
spaccarsi to split, become divided
spingere to push, press on
stringere to tighten, squeeze

Testo – Lyrics with Verb Exercise

Fill in the blanks with the appropriate form of the verb.  The infinitive, or unconjugated, version of the verb is given— sometimes you will need to conjugate it, and sometimes it will remain as is. Beginners can watch the video and fill in the blanks as they go (it’s valuable practice to listen and write down what you hear!)— and more advanced students can complete the conjugations from context.

 

Milano ci  a braccia conserte un mezzo sorriso d’Europa.

Bologna ha nel cuore una vecchia stazione e canzoni d’amore del dopo

Venezia che , bellezza che

a Torino i mistero

In centro a Firenze una tipa che
e la primavera

C’è un treno che non mai, non mai, non mai
è un treno che non è mai stato una volta in orario

Tutte queste vite qui
Qui nel Made in Italy
Quel po’ di male al cuore

E Roma e
non è come noi la pensiamo

C’è un vecchio barbone che ci
poi ride per quelli che siamo

E Napoli è un’isola sempre e per sempre
e tu che mi più forte
mi chiedi di cosa siamo composti
che tanto già la risposta

C’è un treno che non mai, non mai, non mai
è un treno che non è mai stato una volta in orario
Tutte queste vite qui
Qui nel Made in Italy
Sotto queste lune qui
Tutti Made in Italy belli come il sole

E Bari e Palermo fra cielo ed inferno
non sempre puoi

Il mare che la costa che
L’insegna c’era una volta

è un treno che non mai, non mai, non mai
è un treno che non è mai stato una volta in orario
Tutte queste vite qui
Qui nel Made in Italy
Sotto queste lune qui
Tutti Made in Italy belli come il sole

 

Got it? Use the video to check your answers, and then practice singing along to help solidify the meaning and work on your pronunciation!

 

Additional Vocabulary

a braccia conserte with arms crossed, folded
barbone, il bearded man or homeless person, vagabond
tipo/tipa, il/la guy, lady used generically- as in “There was this lady at the station selling books”

 

Che ne pensi? What do you think? Comment on your experience of Italy in the comments below.

Buon Ascolto!

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