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News in Slow Italian
News in Slow Italian is exactly what it sounds like it would be – a weekly news podcast, spoken slowly, for people learning Italian. But, they also have a course for beginners which is very well done and entertaining. While you can access some of the content for free, the most value is found from subscribing. The price varies depending on length, level, and extra features. Read the full review of News in Slow Italian.
Italy Made Easy
This is a site that teaches Italian at all levels. While the courses are not free, a ton of material is free on the YouTube channel. Lessons are easy to follow and funny, with some offering more practical tips such as hacks for travelers, conversational Italian as well as lessons in Italian culture. We found the paid courses to be exceptionally well-made and comprehensive. Read our in-depth review of their courses.
Italian Uncovered (and the similar German, French and Spanish courses) come from Olly Richards, the creator of the super-popular blog I Will Teach You A Language. It’s quite a bit different than most courses as it revolves around a story. It can be a bit more challenging than other courses, as you begin reading somewhat long texts right off the bat. Overall, I found it to be a more fun way to approach language learning that will be great for some but not ideal for others. Review.
Ripeti Con Me
Ripeti Con Me is an Italian course that teaches the language by getting you to speak lots of sentences. The lessons are well structured and build upon each other quite well. The learning method is very similar to Glossika, but I think Ripeti Con Me is much better. The content is better designed and specific to Italian culture. Read our full review of Ripeti Con Me.
Tandem is a language exchange app created to connect learners from around the world. You can teach someone the language you speak and they’ll help you learn the language you’d like to learn. It comes with lots of useful features to make connecting with other users easy and facilitate language practice. Read our full review of Tandem.
Rocket Languages produces some of the most popular language learning courses, including for Italian. It’s quite interesting because the quality of the courses can vary significantly depending on the language. Luckily for Italian learners, Rocket Italian is quite well made. Read the full Rocket Italian review to learn more.
This is a podcast that uses native speakers to teach Italian at all levels. The site uses a combination of spaced repetition and flashcards to teach. The premium plans also have access to quizzes and exercises. Read the full ItalianPod101 review.
Grammar Hero is a product from Olly Richards, the creator of I Will Teach You A Language. It follows the story-based method of teaching languages, but this time with a focus on the most difficult grammar points. You start out by reading a story and the grammar point is underlined, later you learn the rules, then you re-read the story with explanations, and finally you’ll practice using the grammar point to express your thoughts and opinions. It’s a comprehensive method that’s meant to help you internalize the grammar. Review.
Pimsleur is one of the biggest names in language learning but for a long time, their prices were too high for me to recommend using. They’ve added a subscription option which makes their courses much better value. The courses focus on oral, conversational Italian, and are great for getting people to start speaking right away. Read the full review of Pimsleur.
italki is, in my opinion, easily the best place for finding a tutor online. There are tons of teachers available to fit any schedule and budget. You’ll book classes thru the teacher directly which allows you more freedom to find the teacher that’s right for you. There are also options for language exchanges. Another feature I love is “Notebooks” where you can submit something you’ve written in the language you’re learning and have it corrected for free. Read the full review of italki.
Language Transfer uses the ‘Thinking Method’ to teach many different languages, including Italian. It’s beloved by many as a completely free way to get started studying Italian. You’ll learn alongside the host and his student and it does a great job of helping you understand how Italian works. Review.
This is a site that offers free course materials as well as tests that help you track your progress, for all levels. The material is arranged according to the CEFR levels from A1 to C2.
Glossika is a fairly basic platform, but it can also be really helpful for improving your listening and speaking skills. Essentially, you’ll end up listening and repeating lots of sentences. When combined with spaced repetition, this can be very helpful for internalizing the vocabulary and sentence structures. Unfortunately, a subscription is on the more expensive side of things. Read our full review of Glossika.
Maxmondo – Incontro Italiano
Incontro Italiano Audio Magazine is a unique resource for those studying Italian. It’s essentially an online magazine with audio files designed for intermediate level learners of Italian. You’ll be able to listen to the texts, read them, and do practice exercises. It’s a cool way to immerse yourself in Italian and learn more about Italy and Italian culture. One new issue is released each month which you can buy individually or with a membership.
The Mimic Method
The Mimic Method is a unique type of course because it’s focus is 100% on pronunciation. This course, called the 32 Elemental Sounds of Italian is one of the best resources around to improve your Italian pronunciation. Read our full review of The Mimic Method.
Audible is Amazon’s audiobook service and also an excellent resource for learning Italian. There are several resources from popular language learning resources such as Pimsleur, ItalianPod101, several books of short stories, and many more. This is in addition to the thousands of regular books narrated in Italian. Best of all, you can get a 30-day free trial which includes two free audiobooks!
Italian Short Stories for Beginners – Talk in Italian
These graded readers are an excellent option for improving your Italian without it feeling like a chore. This book contains ten separate short stories and you can download the audio to help improve your listening comprehension as well.
Coffee Break Italian
This is a free podcast series for absolute beginners or those who want to brush up their Italian. All audio lessons are free, with a premium version that includes bonus audio material, lesson notes and flashcards.
This app is primarily used for reading content, although there are other features. As you read, you can mark words as known and see the total number of words you know. You can also read eBooks on the app, and import content from the web. I have mixed feelings regarding LingQ – on one hand, they offer a lot of interesting content at various difficulty levels, but on the other hand, I feel like they try to do too much and lack focus. Read the full review of LingQ.
If you’re looking for a convenient and simple app to help you learn a language then Word Dive may be a good fit for you. Word Dive provides a rather efficient and effective way to study vocabulary through their spaced-repetition algorithm and entertaining interface. Unfortunately, it lags behind in its grammar explanations which tend to be rather high-level and leave a lot to be desired. It’s likely best used in conjunction with other methods as it doesn’t really provide any support for speaking or listening skills. Read the full review of Word Dive.
Preply is a global platform that allows you to find an Italian tutor online. You can find a number of qualified teachers and pick one according to your needs (business/conversational/intensive Italian, lessons for beginners or children) and budget. They use Skype, which allows you to speak, write and share materials with your tutor, just like you would do in a classroom.
Why Italian is Easy
This is a guide to help those learning Italian to help them get over any challenges they might be facing while learning the language. The guide is written by Benny Lewis of Fluent in 3 Months. He calls himself “ a failed language learner who persisted”.
This Youtube channel is an excellent way for intermediate or higher level students to improve their listening and grammar. With over 400 videos, you’ll find tons of grammar points explained in Italian.
Rapid Italian uses the concept of what they call “stuck song syndrome” to teach Italian. The language is taught through repetitive songs that cause the phrases to get stuck in your head. Think nursery rhymes. It’s a unique way to study, but definitely not for everyone. Read our full review of Earworms.
edX is a platform for massive open online courses (MOOCs). These courses are created by established universities around the world and are completely free. You can also pay if you want to receive a certificate for completing the course. There are several courses available to choose from for learning Italian. Advanced students can also study a different subject in Italian.
Weilà Tom Youtube
This native New Yorker has a very popular Youtube channel all about learning Italian. He can provide lots of good perspective into learning the language, help with grammar and more.
This app has an exceptionally smooth interface and is very visually appealing. It’s a useful tool to learn vocabulary, but not much more than that. Free users are limited to just five minutes per day.
Italian Stories in HD for Children
This is a series of YouTube videos with children’s stories being read. The videos are specifically created for language learners and have subtitles. Great for practicing listening.
If you’re looking to learn a language and make a friend in the process, HelloTalk is for you. This is an app for people who are looking for language partners. The app has an inbuilt chat and call interface, so you won’t need to use third-party applications. You can either have one-on-one conversations or join group chats.
Italian Short Stories for Intermediate Learners
These graded readers are for those who have progressed past the beginner level but are not quite ready for native materials yet. These work as a nice method to bridge the gap. This book contains 8 individual short stories and there is an audio book as well.
ILUSS Italian Online
This is a site that offers structured, interactive content for learning Italian. These lessons are focused on reading, writing, grammar, vocabulary and speaking, organized into four levels: beginner, elementary, intermediate and advanced. You can also pay for an online class with a teacher on the site.
Memrise is essentially a gamified flashcard app. There are tons of different courses you can choose from. Because the content is user-generated, the quality can vary significantly. This also leads to some rather unique topics for studying. It’s one of the most popular language learning apps – for good reason. Read the full review of Memrise.
Yabla offers lessons for beginner to advanced level. The video lessons cover everything and are classified under categories that cover everything under the sun including animation, science, sports and history. Teachers can use the resources with their students, assigning lessons and monitoring their progress on the site. Overall it’s a pretty good resource, but it probably isn’t for absolute beginners. Read the full review of Yabla.
Lingbe is a language exchange platform that’s a bit different than the others. With Lingbe, you don’t need to find someone to talk with, you simply click the call button and they will connect you with a native speaker of the language you’re learning. That can help get rid of some people’s anxieties and time wasted finding someone to talk with. After the conversation, if both people click the like button, you’ll be added to each other’s friend list and you can chat with them anytime.
Italian Bedtime Stories
With this app, you can access over 1000 children’s stories in Italian. You’ll find classic stories, along with audio recordings and even videos.
The goal of Rype App is to be the go-to app for busy individuals who don’t have a lot of time to learn a language. It supposed to do this through one-on-one Skype lessons available 24 hours a day. For Italian however, the number of available teachers is quite low compared to other resources like Italki. Probably the biggest issue surrounding Rype App is that it just doesn’t offer anything unique that you couldn’t find better elsewhere and for less. One good thing about it is that it offers 30-minute long lessons which does help with the flexibility aspect, but isn’t by any means exclusive to Rype App. Read the full review of Rype App.
FSI Italian Fast Course
Created by the US Foreign Service Institute, this course is very thorough. It uses a traditional classroom-oriented approach to teach Italian. The course is free and is great for all-around learning with lessons covering vocabulary, reading, grammar and pronunciation. Each volume has a student text that can be used to follow the audio lessons.
ItalianEncounter.com is a blog dedicated to teaching Italian online. Started by an Italian tutor, the blog has study materials, as well as helpful articles on Italian culture, tips on how to learn the language and access to Italian tutors.
With this app, you can set your own learning goals and pace. The app uses timed repetition to make sure that learning is being internalized without making it tedious. It can also be used offline.
FluentU teaches Italian by immersing you in real life examples of how every word or phrase is used. The objective is to have you fluent by using real videos (movies, news clips, trailers etc) making it easier to remember what you’ve learnt. Unfortunately, I found the price to be a bit high for what it offers. Read the full review of FluentU.
Another language learning app, Busuu allows you to learn Italian in small, easy to recall sizes, at your own convenience. The premium version offers access to all of the lessons. My favorite feature is that you can have your writing corrected by other users, and this part is free. I found Busuu to be great for receiving feedback, but unfortunately it’s not worth paying for a subscription. Read the full review of Busuu.
This is a blog that’s mostly written in Italian, that covers Italian culture, tips on how to learn the language, hosts for homestays in Italy. Melissa la Studentessa Matta also lists resources she recommends and has a podcast that you can listen to on the blog.
Duolingo is extremely popular and completely free. Each section of a language is arranged sequentially from the basics to the most advanced concepts within that section. This app lets you set the pace for your learning using daily goals, you can easily track your progress, as well as learn a new language with a friend.
Live Lingua is an online language school. The tutors are native speakers from Italy who are required to speak a second language and hold university degrees. The lessons cost $29/hour (the price depends on the certificate you’re after and the number of lessons you purchase at once), but the first one is free. You can also use what they claim to be the internet’s largest collection of free public domain language learning materials. Read the full review of Live Lingua.
Ciao! – Textbook
This is one of the most popular textbooks for both independent learners and those in a more formal setting. It’s great for beginners and will give you a solid base of vocabulary and grammar. This 6th edition also includes an audio CD.
Learn Italian with Lucrezia
Learn Italian with Lucrezia is a YouTube channel that teaches beginner to advanced Italian. Learn grammar rules, common expressions, idioms, Italian culture and life in Italy.
This is a website that teaches Italian from beginner to advanced level. The beginner course units are divided into two components: grammar and vocabulary. The intermediate units are focused on grammar. The site offers resources for improving in every aspect of the language from reading, writing, pronunciation, grammar, and listening comprehension. Unfortunately, it’s not as well put together as I’d like to see in a resource that requires a subscription. Read the full review.
Italearn is a site run by Silvia, an Italian teacher. You can choose to study the language with her, or simply use the resources she has on the website.
Anki is one of the most popular resources for language learners. This flashcard app (and website) is extremely customizable. Using SRS software like this is a great way to review vocabulary that you’ve learned. There are also shared flashcard decks which are extremely convenient to use.
The Liber Liber library gives access to lots of books and audiobooks for free. Some of the books are by Italian authors, but they also have several translations like Little Women by Louisa May Alcott and several titles by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe.
Mindsnacks is an app that uses games to reinforce learning. After presenting new grammar or vocabulary in short, simple lessons, learning is “tested” through a series of games. The app tracks progress and shows you how much more you need to learn before reaching proficiency in a skill.
I Love Italian Movies
One of the best ways to learn a new language is to immerse yourself in it. If you can’t travel to Italy, watching Italian movies can be just as good. This is a site that lists Italian movies that are available on Netflix.
Forvo is the largest pronunciation dictionary in the world. You can look up words in just about any language and hear them pronounced by a native speaker.
This is essentially a directory of all the available Italian podcasts. Each of the podcasts listed here is tagged with a theme and has a short description of what the podcast topics typically are.
Il Post is an online Italian newspaper that covers many different topics.
Italian Grammar You Really Need to Know
This grammar book is a good option for those looking to improve their understanding of Italian grammar.
This tool is very useful for practicing Italian verb conjugations. You can choose all tenses or to focus on one specific area that you’re struggling with.
Prego! An Invitation to Italian
This popular beginner’s textbook is often used in universities. It’s on the more expensive side but can be a good option for building a solid foundation.
Assimil – Italian with Ease
Though quite old (think CD’s), this language learning product is highly regarded. It’s split into two parts. The first part is passive where you’re only expected to read or listen. The second part is more active where you’ll begin forming your own sentences.
One of the first online language learning platforms, Babbel teaches by progressively building upon lessons learnt, starting with single words until the learner can express a full sentence. Best for beginners, the app helps you learn the basics pretty quickly using flashcards, images, and audio examples. Read our full review of Babbel.
This site has various audio clips and reading available for different levels of Italian learners. He also included translations for some of the more difficult words.
Verbling is a good platform for finding tutors online and you can book lessons directly from the teacher. You can see how many lessons each teacher has given, their rating on the site, and a short video introduction of their experience. However, prices are higher and the number of teachers lower compared to italki. You can read the full review of Verbling here.
The Italian Experiment
The Italian Experiment is a useful website for beginners. It offers online courses as well as children’s stories translated into Italian. Perfect for travelers who need the basics to be able to get around.
University of Texas Austin
This 22 lesson podcast has a unique and interesting style. You can also download the lessons and PDF transcripts.
Living Language is another older language learning resource – even older than both Pimsleur and Rosetta Stone. I expected to see an extremely high price tag, but was pleasantly surprised to see the course available on Amazon for under $30 and that seems to include quite a bit of content.
Fluenz is another older and overpriced language learning product. It comes from a generation when language learning was prohibitively expensive. Luckily, there are better options nowadays.
OptiLingo uses a process called Guided Immersion to teach the most common words and phrases in the language you’re learning and place them in the context of everyday activities. It also incorporates Spaced Repetition Systems so that you can retain information more efficiently. They focus a lot on listening and speaking to help you develop an ear for the language.
Dictionarist – Popup Dictionary
This browser extension for Chrome makes it much easier to look up the meaning of words in Italian (and other languages) while reading online. A tool like this can make reading challenging content much more manageable.
Udemy is a platform where anyone can upload a course on just about any topic. Because of this, there are quite a few different courses for learning Italian, but the quality and content can vary significantly.
This BBC series was created in the early 90’s to teach Italian to beginners. It uses a mixture of English and Italian and is aimed at beginner level students. The videos can be found on youtube.
17 Minute Languages
More than half of the reviews on Trustpilot rate 17 Minute Languages as ‘Bad’ and unfortunately we don’t disagree. The courses are full of bad translations which makes it difficult to trust other aspects of the courses. There are also no explanations to anything and the exercises themselves aren’t at all engaging. One good thing about the courses however are that they use audio from native-speakers which isn’t that impressive for a language like Italian, but can be for less-common languages. As far as learning Italian is concerned we definitely recommend taking a look at other resources as there isn’t really any reason to use this one. Review.
This instructor led course can be found on the ed2go platform. It last six weeks (about 24 hours) with two lessons each week. The course has a rigid start date with a new opening available each month. It is rather expensive, costing $149.
Radio Rai Podcast
This podcast is presented by the main Italian broadcaster, Rai. There are hundreds of podcasts to listen to categorized into over 30 different themes, all available for download or streaming.
Cudoo is not a course that we recommend. The quality is very low and the price is quite high. The material is not very engaging, contains no language explanations other than translations, and doesn’t give you a lot of opportunities to practice. One of the only good things about Cudoo, other than the fact it contains native speaker audio, is that it offers a wide variety of languages including rare languages that can be difficult to find other resources for. Fortunately, a language like Italian has many options available so there’s no reason for you to need to use Cudoo. We wouldn’t even recommend it if it were free. Read the full review of Cudoo.
Italian Short Stories for Beginners – Olly Richards
This book comes from Olly Richards of I Will Teach You a Language. It has 8 short stories for beginners that will help you get comfortable reading in Italian and to expand your vocabulary. There are a variety of genres included. This is a great resource that will make learning Italian more fun.
This is a unique resource that utilizes music to teach you Italian. You’ll be able to watch various music videos that show the subtitles – but there’s a twist. You’ll choose your difficulty level and then a certain amount of words will be blocked out. You’ll test your listening comprehension by filling in the blanks of the missing word that you heard.
This is a site that has tons of recipes for Italian food. Each dish has a detailed recipe as well as a video explaining how to prepare it. Why not learn how to make an Italian dish while practicing your listening skills?
Transparent Language offers thousands of language courses to individuals and institutions. For personal learning, the course is available online. It has inbuilt speech recognition allowing you to practice your pronunciation, as well as typing exercises so you can practice writing (typing) in a foreign language. Progress is monitored, with periodic reminders to review previous lessons. Unfortunately, their courses aren’t that good. Review.
This is an Italian magazine that curates the most interesting news from around the world and translates them into Italian. The digital edition is published every Thursday, and the print version every Friday.
Mango has a slightly unique take on language learning. You are presented with a sentence, which is then broken down into individual words, which you then recombine bit by bit until you reconstruct the full sentence, essentially teaching you how to put words together to form meaningful sentences. Culture notes are also included in each lesson so you understand the cultural context and not just grammar. Read our full review of Mango Languages.
This is an online platform most suitable for travelers who want to learn the basics fast. There are 17 themes to choose from with titles like “looking for someone”, “restaurant”, and “transportation”.
The app has a database of about 6000 Italian words. It’s best used with a supplementary tool as it focuses solely on vocabulary.
This is another digital newspaper for those who want to keep up to date with the news in Italy. It is published daily and has local editions for all the major cities in Italy. La Reppublica is also the oldest newspaper in Italy.
Mondly has an Italian course with over 1000 lessons. The app offers tracking of words learnt, how much time you’ve spent on each chapter and how much more it estimates it will take you to complete the chapter. It doesn’t offer interaction between users, but it does have a conversational chatbot that can be used to practice. Unfortunately, we were pretty disappointed. Read our full review.
This is an online verb conjugator. It’s an extremely useful tool for those who want to learn or verify how to conjugate Italian verbs. Simply type in the verb and the entire conjugation table will be provided.
This is a free online Italian dictionary. It feels a bit dated, but the database seems to be large.
Italy Magazine focuses on publishing stories about Italian culture. You can find places to stay, learn more about travel in Italy, find recipes for Italian dishes, and even find properties for sale in the country.
Italian Virtual School
The school offers online classes with native teachers from Italy. For those interested in immersion classes, they have homestay courses offered in Turin, where you will be hosted by your teacher. The also offer standalone conversation classes for those who wish to improve their spoken Italian.
Treccani is a good resource for those at an intermediate or advanced level in their Italian. It is an Italian dictionary with all definitions in Italian, with no translations into any other language.
This is a bilingual dictionary, offering thousands of definitions and translations in Italian. The dictionary also has a community forum where words not in the main dictionary can be found.
This is a popular and overpriced language learning platform. It doesn’t use the typical teaching method of going through grammar rules and such, rather takes a similar approach to how a child would learn a language: listening and speaking. Concepts are presented as images (kind of like flashcards) and the learner selects the correct word. Read our review.
This is a language learning software targeted at beginners. The courses are recordings of Michel Thomas teaching two students. It teaches by starting with simple words, gradually adding more and more until you have a full sentence, while connecting this to English for easier understanding. Unfortunately, the courses aren’t that great. Review.
One World Italiano
This is a website that teaches Italian from beginner to Intermediate level. The beginner course units are divided into two components: grammar and vocabulary. The intermediate units are focused on grammar. The site offers resources for improving in every aspect of the language from reading, writing, pronunciation, grammar, and listening comprehension. It even has a section that explains culture in different Italian cities, and one for Italian news.
Speak Italian With Your Mouth Full
This is a series on the MIT OpenCourseware channel that teaches Italian through cooking lessons. In the first part of the series, the chef teaches vocabulary to a class. In the next part, the students cook an Italian meal, while practicing what they learnt in the first part.
Learn Italian With Marco
This is an Italian course with 20 videos that teach the basics of Italian. Best for absolute beginners who want to ease into learning the language. It touches on commonly used words and phrases, some culture, and pronunciation.
Ad Alta Voce by Rai Radio3
Rai Radio3 offers several audiobooks in the Ad Alta Voce section. Listeners can either listen to recorded episodes or join a live show.
This YouTube channel offers comprehensive Italian lessons for beginners and intermediates. It also has videos that explain vocabulary related to food, colloquial expressions, proverbs and even how to curse!
A Q&A app created by the Lang-8 team. You can ask questions to native speakers of Italian, and answer those made by the learners of your language. Available on iOS and Android. Read our full review of HiNative.
Cyber Italian is an online language learning school that offers four different types of study options to ensure you get the most from the learning experience. You can choose between self-study, work with a tutor, or have private lessons. They also offer programs for students in middle and high schools.
As the name suggests, Left is a magazine published by those who believe in left-wing politics. It publishes very interesting articles about current reality. Parts of the magazine are free, others can only be viewed on a subscription basis, or bought for download.
Live and Learn Italian
This is a program that offers Italian learning holidays. Learn Italian by living with an Italian family in Agnone, Italy. In addition to local tours, there is a language course taught by Italian teachers.
This channel uses animated videos to teach Italian to children. The videos incorporate songs and games making learning easier and fun for kids. While it is best for beginners, children of all levels can sing along to the songs and brush up on their vocabulary with these videos.
Lang-8 is an online language learning community that connects native speakers from all over the world. How does it work? You write a sentence in Italian and a native will check and correct you. Unfortunately, they’re no longer accepting new sign-ups. I’d recommend the notebooks feature of italki as a suitable alternative.
Speaky is a social language-learning app for those looking to engage with others while learning their target language. The app contains a large database of users with which you can chat, share photos, leave voice messages and even have voice calls. There is a paid version that allows you more than five automatic translations when chatting with someone, but for the most part the app is free. There definitely are other resources out there that do more or less the same thing, so if you’ve used other social language apps then you probably have a good idea as to what to expect with Speaky. If you aren’t a total beginner and want some practice with real-life individuals then Speaky may be something to look into. Read the full review.
As the name suggests, TripLingo is aimed at travelers who want to learn or brush up on the language before their trip. The app’s phrasebook is designed to use more commonly used words and phrases to help you be understood on your trip. Those with the full version can also use the inbuilt voice translator, or even dial a translator when completely unable to communicate.
Best for beginners, Speak7 is an older site that offers more traditional learning. Lessons are heavily focused on grammar, with more and more vocabulary being introduced as you advance through each level.