Quirky comics: Italian – Buon compleanno! 1

This beginner text is about a young man who receives a mysterious phone call that leads him to different places.

The Quirky comics video texts support the teaching of 'Understanding texts' outcomes in the Modern Languages K-10 Syllabus. This can be done in many ways, including:

  • Students can use the provided transcripts to read the stories aloud and record themselves perform the stories as plays.
  • They can summarise, sequence, extend and change the beginning or ending of the stories.
  • They can write profiles of the characters and then put them in different situations.

The texts can also lead to communicative 'Interacting' or 'Creating texts' tasks, such as, telling a nurse why you don’t feel well or writing an invitation to a birthday party.

Watch 'Buon compleanno! – Level 1' (2:23)

Buon compleanno! – Level 1

(Duration: 2 minutes 23 seconds)

Frame 1-1

Man with blue hair: Pronto?

Telephone: Andrea, vai al bar della stazione alle nove.

Man with blue hair: Pronto? Chi è? Pronto? Pronto?

Frame 1-2

Man with blue hair: Alla stazione! Alle nove! Perché?

Frame 2-1

Woman with orange hat: Ciao. Come ti chiami?

Man with blue hair: Andrea!

Woman with orange hat: Ecco!

Man with blue hair: Grazie. Cos'é?

Woman with orange hat: Un biglietto. Ciao.

Frame 2-2

Man with blue hair: URGENTE. Dove - dal parrucchiere a Piazza Venezia. Ora - alle dieci.

Frame 3

Woman with purple sunglasses: Ciao. Sei Andrea?

Man with blue hair: Sì. Sono Andrea. E tu?

Woman with purple sunglasses: La parrucchiera. Prova questi.

Man with blue hair: Parrucca! Baffi! Perché?

Woman with purple sunglasses: Ascolta bene! Vai a Via Nazionale, 60.

Man with blue hair: Quando? Perché?

Woman with purple sunglasses: Alle undici. Vai! Presto!

Frame 4-1

Woman with pink wig: Ciao. Come stai?

Man with blue hair: Bene, grazie. E tu?

Woman with pink wig: Bene. Prova questa.

Man with blue hair: Cos'è?

Woman with pink wig: Una giacca!

Frame 4-2

Woman with pink wig: Bene, sei pronto!

Man with blue hair: Sono buffo!

Woman with pink wig: Sei carino. Vai all'Albergo "La Lupa".

Man with blue hair: Quando? Perché?

Woman with pink wig: Alle dodici. Vai, presto!

Frame 5-1

Woman with eye patch: Buongiorno.

Man with blue hair: Buongiorno. Sono Andrea.

Woman with eye patch: Benvenuto Andrea. Prova questi.

Man with blue hair: Occhiali? Ma…

Woman with eye patch: Bene, sei pronto. Andiamo al quinto piano.

Frame 5-2

Man with blue hair: Pronto? Baffi? Parrucca? Occhiali? Boh!

Frame 6

Elevator (woman’s voice): Primo piano.

Elevator (woman’s voice): Secondo piano.

Elevator (woman’s voice): Terzo piano.

Elevator (woman’s voice): Quarto piano.

Elevator (woman’s voice): Quinto piano.

Woman in elevator: Sorpresa, buon compleanno!

[End of transcript]


Please note:

Syllabus outcomes and content descriptors from Languages K-10 Syllabus © NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) for and on behalf of the Crown in right of the State of New South Wales, 2019

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