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Oxford Dictionaries

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Price: From free to €16.99, depending on the language

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Oxford Dictionary has published numerous bilingual dictionaries over the years, many of which are not designed to be comprehensive. While some are “complete” dictionaries, others are called “mini”, “concise”, “essential” or even “shorter”.

Even the smaller ones are pretty thorough, however. The Oxford Mini Greek dictionary contains 40,000 words and phrases, many of which also contain multiple translations. It’s a lot shorter than the Oxford Hindi dictionary, at 100,000 entries, or the New Oxford American English Dictionary at 350,000 – but it’s still got a wider vocabulary than the average English speaker.

You can purchase the books themselves, but most learners will prefer the convenience of the apps with their regular updates and learner-friendly features. Search Autocomplete, Fuzzy Filter, Wild Card and Voice Search help you find words you don’t know how to spell. Favourites help you save useful words and phrases, while Word of the Day will introduce you to new words. Some dictionaries also contain audio recordings and thesauruses. And the freemium Oxford Dictionary with Translator will translate words and paragraphs to and from 14 languages.

For some languages, learners already have plenty of free, thorough dictionaries available to them. Spanish learners, for example, will probably prefer to combine the free apps SpanishDict and Diccionario RAE (Google Play, App Store). Mandarin Chinese learners will likely find Pleco more useful. But for some languages, these dictionaries may well be the most thorough and reliable ones available.

The rating is our best guess, but we haven’t yet had the opportunity to fully test and review this resource.

 

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20 Best Podcasts To Learn Italian In 2021

Finding a great Italian podcast won’t only help you improve your listening comprehension, but it will also bring Italy closer to you. And don’t worry about spending hours searching for that perfect fit—we’ve already done that for you.

Below are 23 podcasts to improve your Italian, organized by level. Most of them are 100% in Italian, and many have free transcripts. We’re sure you’ll find something that can accompany you in your Italian studies that will be both challenging and fun.

You may also want to check out our list of Italian YouTube channels, as some of them have recordings in podcast form.

All Levels

Podcast Italiano

Davide is an experienced online teacher and polyglot with a degree in translation and interpretation. His high-quality YouTube channel and podcast provide excellent Italian immersion for all levels of Italian learners.

With Davide’s podcast, you’ll get free transcripts, vocabulary notes, and translations for each episode. Plus, you can even listen to a series of unscripted conversations to take your comprehension to the next level. 

You can download the audio for all of the episodes on the Podcast Italiano website.

News in Slow Italian

Step into the excitement of Italian current events with News in Slow Italian. Though typically a paid resource, there is some free intermediate content available on Spotify.

The website publishes news at a level-appropriate speed, highlighting important grammar points and expressions in the transcripts.

Upper-level beginners can check out the “Get Up to Speed” course, which will cover the foundations needed to start the intermediate program. Read our full review for more information.

Italianpod101

Although ItalianPod101 requires a paid membership, it comes with some advantages. There are thousands of bite-sized podcast-style dialogues for beginner to advanced learners, plus lesson notes, quizzes, flashcards, and translations.

The site can be a bit confusing with all the available lesson paths and episodes, but once you find your lesson path it will probably be worth your while.

There’s a 7-day free trial when you sign up for a free account, and if you use the promo code “ALLLANGUAGERESOURCES”, you’ll save 25% on a subscription. Read our full review of ItalianPod101 here.

Beginner

Language Transfer

Language Transfer provides a series of introductory audio courses for several different languages — including Italian.

You won’t spend as much time immersed in the language, but you will go into depth about how the Italian language works. You’ll learn major grammar points and develop vocabulary and pronunciation. You’ll also hear the instructor, Mihalis, interact with a beginner student and correct their mistakes. The goal is to respond to prompts as if you yourself were the student.

Language Transfer can support anyone looking to understand the ins and outs of learning Italian. If you’d like to get a better sense of what it’s all about, you can read our full review.

Coffee Break Italian

The Coffee Break Languages series—available in French, German, Spanish, Swedish, Chinese, and Italian—gives you language lessons that last about the duration of a 30-minute coffee break.

Each Italian conversation has an English discussion and analysis, making it a great option if you prefer to have more context to your learning. You’ll get the most out of this series by responding to the prompts aloud. It’s also best to start at episode one if you have no background in Italian.

Extra lesson notes and video pronunciation practice are available in the Premium version. But, you’ll be fine listening to the podcasts on major streaming platforms. To learn more, check out our full review.

Intermediate

Oggi Parliamo

Join Andrea, a certified Italian teacher and CELI examiner, for a different Italian experience four days per week. Mondays you can explore the arts—opera, literature, music, history, and more. Or, tune in on Tuesdays to focus on grammar, follow current events in Italy on Wednesdays, and discuss common Italian expressions on Thursdays.

Supporting Andrea on Patreon will give you full access to the transcripts. You can also sign up for a free trial class with him on his website.

Simple Italian

In Simple Italian, Simone delivers authentic Italian immersion to your home. You’ll hear about some of his personal experiences, gain new perspectives from interviews with other Italian speakers, and get accurate, researched information about topics like sleep or the history of lesser known cities.

If you pay for a membership on his website, you’ll receive transcripts with vocabulary notes in English and German.

Italiano Bello

You might feel more like you’re listening to someone’s train of thought than a structured podcast, but Italiano Bello will give you bite-sized insights into daily life in Italy. Learn about Italian culture, language, and literature, and get some language learning tips along the way.

These 10-minute episodes provide excellent practice for intermediate learners to improve their listening comprehension.

Radio Arlecchino

Created by the University of Texas at Austin, Radio Arlecchino has 22 engaging dialogues to reinforce a series of grammar points: the subjunctive tense, past tense, imperative form, pronouns, and more.

Unfortunately there aren’t more episodes available, but the free PDF transcripts with cultural and grammar notes make this limited series an excellent resource to refer back to throughout your studies.

Keep in mind that, besides the dialogues, this podcast is mostly in English.

Italian Stories in Italian

This relatively new podcast focuses on learning Italian through natural language rather than extensive grammar explanations. Their 10- to 20-minute episodes use Italian at a slower than natural speed, but cover interesting topics like Dante Alighieri, multiple intelligences, carnivals, and festivals.

Each episode comes with a free transcript and vocabulary notes on the Online Italian Classes website.

Upper Intermediate

Quattro Stagioni

Though you can’t see her, Laura’s voice is so dynamic that you may find yourself imagining her facial expressions. She has three different series in her podcast, Quattro Stagioni:

In the main Quattro Stagioni series, you can learn about Italian culture and things that spark curiosity in Laura’s everyday life. If you’re more of a foodie, join Laura as she talks about Italian cuisine in In cucina, or travel around Italy in In viaggio. Every episode is a bite-sized piece of Italian immersion with Laura as your guide.

You can pay for a subscription to receive transcripts of every episode to help you follow along.

Pensieri & Parole

What makes this podcast stand out is the thoughtfulness that Linda puts into every episode, and the skill she demonstrates in her storytelling. She covers a wide variety of topics, from big ideas—like culture, literature, and language—to seemingly simple but important topics—like salt and hand gestures.

If you enjoy these episodes, you can buy study packages for the episodes on the Piccolo Mondo Italiano website.

Italy Made Easy Podcast

Italy Made Easy’s creator, Manu, delivers one of our highest rated Italian courses—and you can get a ton of free material from his free podcast. His lively and engaging personality will make your journey to fluency fun and easy.

Listen to these 100% Italian episodes on major streaming platforms, or sign up on his website for free access to transcripts, transcript translations, and comprehension questions. You can even download the podcast audio onto your computer or phone.

Beginners can check out his YouTube channel for more content in English.

Learn Italian with Lucrezi‪a‬

You may already know Lucrezia through her YouTube channel, but her podcast can keep you company when you need your eyes free. This channel doesn’t focus so much on grammar as it does on interesting information about the Italian language, customs, and festivals. There are also some interviews with inspiring Italian learners and polyglots to give you a boost of motivation.

Make sure to keep an eye out for the images and articles that Lucrezia provides in the description of her podcast episodes.

Ila Zed

If you like well-organized information in audio form, Ilaria has dozens of podcast episodes for you. Besides talking about grammar and culture, she also motivates you with conversations about learning Italian. Get tips about reading articles, watching movies, or creating a daily routine while immersing yourself in the language. Ilaria also shares free transcripts for each episode on her website.

Be Italiano

Stefano has over 5 years’ experience teaching Italian and now produces courses, YouTube videos and podcast episodes to take Italian students closer to fluency.

He invites a variety of guests onto his show—his friends, students, and even his mom—to discuss topics like cooking, distance learning, and what it’s like to get Italian citizenship. With these episodes you can train your ear to different Italian accents, or you can join him for his solo episodes to learn about Italian culture and holidays.

L’Italiano Vero

Inspired by All Ears English, Massimo and his team produce this podcast to make Italian simple and fun. Their entertaining, natural dialogues discuss all sorts of topics: television quiz shows, the hosts’ everyday lives, or advertisements whose influence created popular catchphrases.

They have several interactive transcripts available for free on their website, but for $1 per month you can access all of them—plus download the audio and PDF transcripts to your computer.

Arkos Academy

Arkos Academy reinforces your listening comprehension by recording the same script at a fast and a slow speed. They even provide free transcripts and comprehension questions on their website. Learn about major historical events, or listen to stories about famous people throughout history with these carefully written episodes.

Advanced

Con Parole Nostre

If you want to listen to content for native speakers but you still feel like you’re missing something, Con Parole Nostre wil bridge the gap. This trio of friends speaks in authentic, fast Italian—and they don’t speak with you in mind.

You’ll feel like you’re listening to a conversation on the streets of Italy, but there’s a difference: with Con Parole Nostre, you can follow along with a full transcript of the audio, so even if it’s challenging, you won’t get lost.

You’ll have to sign up for the newsletter to receive a free transcript with each new episode, or you can purchase past ones from the website.

Senza Rossett‪o‬

This feminist podcast dedicates each season to women of different time periods from a literary perspective: season one discusses the challenges women faced in the past; season two identifies prejudices and stereotypes that women experience today; and season three looks to the future for answers on how to establish gender equality.

Advanced learners can listen to the two hosts and authors discuss a variety of subtopics—and maybe get some ideas for their reading list.

Daily Cogito

Rick Dufer is an accomplished writer, performer, and philosopher. Even if you don’t speak a word of Italian, you’ll be impressed by the energy he brings to your ears. Listen to his podcast and improve your Italian through philosophical topics, critical thinking, literature, and pop culture. He often conducts interviews with influencers or professionals in various fields.

Scientificast

Scientificast has over 250 episodes with topics on physics, biology, and medicine. With a group of experts as your hosts—including but not limited to particle physicists, biotechnologists, and astrophysicists—you can explore hypothetical particles like axions or understand why octopuses punch other fish.

It won the Best Italian Podcast in 2016 at the Macchianera Italian Awards.

Rai Radio

From sports to music to news and more, Rai has endless content for advanced Italian learners to immerse themselves in the Italian language and culture. There are also multiple stations for kids so your family can enjoy Italian immersion together.

Final Thoughts

We hope you found something (or many things) to enjoy on this list. If you’re looking for more structure in your Italian studies, you can explore our favorite online Italian courses. Or, you can check out our list of Italian YouTube channels.

23 Fantastic YouTube Channels For Learning Italian

If you’re learning Italian, you’ll find plenty of podcasts and online courses, but some of the best learning strategies are available for free on YouTube. Since Italian is known for having lots of hand gestures, YouTube videos can give you additional insight into the mannerisms of the language that a podcast just can’t cover.

Whether you choose to learn from a native speaker or someone who’s studying Italian just like you, here are a few of the best YouTube channels to put on your playlist.

They’re loosely organized based on the learner’s level, but there can be some overlap, so intermediates shouldn’t necessarily skip right over the beginner section. (more…)

The 23 Best Online Italian Courses Compared: A Showdown

Italian is the language of art, food, music, poetry, fashion – and according to the BBC, even love. (Just don’t tell the French.) It will take you from romantic Venice with its sun-dappled canals to fashionable Milan. You’ll walk the same paths as emperors in Rome and take in the incredible coastlines of Sardinia. And what’s more, you’ll make friends around the world, from Italian nonnas to Erasmus students and language-lovers.

Italian isn’t just a beautiful language, however. It’s also one that’s relatively similar to English, thanks to their shared ancestor Latin. And if you also speak some French, Spanish, Portuguese, Catalan, or Romanian, you’ll have a head start. 

But even though Italian may be generally less challenging for English speakers than, say, Arabic or Korean, that doesn’t mean it’s a walk in the park. You’ve still got a lot to learn, from vocabulary and grammar through to the Italian accent. And the right course will help you by not only teaching you Italian well but also making the process enjoyable.

We’ve gathered our highest-ranking Italian courses – and there were lots to choose from. Here at All Language Resources, we’ve reviewed over 100 Italian resources. Every single course that made it onto this list scores at least 3.5 stars, which puts it above average for our website.

What’s more, these courses have plenty that set them apart. It doesn’t matter whether you’re looking for a five-minutes-a-day gentle introduction, an intense course that throws you into the deep end, or something innovative that doesn’t feel like you’re in the classroom: we’re confident that you’ll find the right course for you on this list.

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Price: $297
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Learn Italian through reading and listening to a story

Fed up of textbooks? Dull dialogues about Luca buying pizza and Sofia asking for directions? Or gamified apps with phrases like “Ana is eating a canary” and “the groom is a hedgehog?” You might prefer Italian Uncovered, which takes an entirely different approach to language learning.

In this course, you’ll start off by reading and listening to the first chapter of an original 20-chapter Italian story – even if you’re a complete beginner. Only after doing that will you study the grammar, vocabulary, and pronunciation relevant to this chapter. You wrap up with a quiz, and then it’s onto the next chapter.

This course is designed to take you from zero Italian knowledge to being an intermediate-level speaker. But it’s not an easy introduction to the language. If you’re looking for something nice and gentle, take a look at one of the other courses on this list, such as  LingoDeer (review) and Babbel (review).

However, if you’re looking for Italian texts you’ll actually get excited about reading, and you don’t mind a challenge, Italian Uncovered might be the right choice for you.

Pros

  • Lots of reading and listening practice
  • A well-written, interesting story
  • It’s fun

Cons

  • Some learners could feel overwhelmed
  • The review/quiz is very basic for the quantity of information you learn per chapter
4.8/5
Price: From $300/course
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Extremely thorough and engaging Italian video courses

Most courses benefit from being paired with supplementary resources, perhaps to expand your vocabulary or get more listening practice. Italy Made Easy, however, really could function as a one-stop resource for casual and serious students alike.

Many of the Italy Made Easy courses have over 150 video lessons, plus extensive drills and activities. You’ll study vocabulary, grammar, listening, reading, writing, speaking, pronunciation, and more. What’s more, if you opt for the VIP course, a native and trained speaker will check your assignments and give you personalized feedback.

The flip-side is that impatient learners looking to make quick progress might get frustrated. There are two beginner-level courses, meaning you’re looking at around 300 video lessons before you reach the intermediate level. And the teacher, Manu, while very likeable, is also very talkative. This is not a quick, lean, “learn Italian in 30 days” type of course.

However, if you’re looking for a solid Italian foundation that will cover all the main skills, Italy Made Easy is an excellent choice.

Pros

  • Extremely thorough
  • You’ll practice all language skills
  • Experienced and personable teacher
  • Can get feedback on your assignments

Cons

  • Some of the videos could be edited down
  • No material for advanced learners
4/5
Price: From $28 per course
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Relaxed podcast-style lessons with a few extra features

If studying Italian feels daunting, give Coffee Break Italian a listen. These relatively short, unintimidating lessons are bound to leave you more confident.

Coffee Break Italian is a freemium course. You can listen along to their free podcast as Katie learns Italian grammar, vocabulary, and culture from Francesca and Mark. Alternatively, you can opt for one of the premium courses: the standard Coffee Break Italian; Travel Diaries; Reading Club, where you get audio lessons alongside weekly texts; and more.

Most of the premium courses follow the same structure. You’ll get the ad-free podcast lessons along with access to lesson notes, a video version of the course, and a bonus audio lesson with additional vocabulary and translation exercises.

Pros

  • Lots of free material
  • Fun, interesting, and unintimidating
  • Cultural insights

Cons

  • Serious learners will need something more in depth
  • No writing practice, and in most courses, no reading practice
4/5
Price: $14.95–$19.95/month
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Quality audio lessons that never feel overwhelming

If you’re drowning in flashcards and can’t remember the difference between vènti and venti, you might find Pimsleur a welcome change. You’ll learn essential phrases, some basic grammar, cultural insights, and more. But where Pimsleur really shines is vocabulary and pronunciation.

The courses are based on the Pimsleur Method, which is made up of four principles: never learning too much at a time, studying new vocabulary in context, revisiting vocabulary after increasingly longer intervals, and giving you time to formulate the correct answer to questions. 

In the 30-minute audio lessons, you’ll first listen to new vocabulary used in a conversation. Then, you’ll hear some brief explanations before practicing saying the target phrases and creating the sentences yourself. To help you master Italian pronunciation, you’ll also use an effective technique called backchaining

Although Pimsleur is a well-designed and structured course, it won’t teach you everything. There’s not a lot of writing or reading practice, while grammar explanations are minimal. And for some learners, the audio lessons might seem too slow.

Pros

  • Well-structured lessons that build on each other
  • The lessons encourage active rather than passive learning
  • The method is backed up by scientific research
  • You can learn on the go

Cons

  • The 30-minute audio lessons can feel sluggish
  • Limited focus on grammar
  • Very little reading and writing practice
  • Visual learners may find it’s not the best resource for them 
  • The supplementary practice activities feel basic and not overly useful
4.2/5
Price: From $12.95/month
Gamified courses for (nearly) all levels and skills

Fed up of having one app for vocabulary, another for grammar, and another for speaking practice? Few courses do it all, but Babbel makes a decent attempt at it.

It has the standard level-based courses for newcomers through to independent (pre-advanced) speakers. Then there are additional courses for grammar, vocabulary, speaking and listening, reading and writing, business Italian, idioms, and Italian culture.

Babbel sits somewhere between the lighthearted Duolingo (review) and intensive courses like Italy Made Easy (review). It’s a gamified app, but the focus is definitely on the language rather than the trophy-winning. In fact, you might end up with flashbacks of school as you fill out conjugation tables and work through slightly repetitive exercises. 

That said, the lessons are well-structured, the explanations are useful, and it mixes vocabulary and grammar drills with comprehension exercises. It’s a good option for casual learners looking for a one-stop course that’s not too challenging. 

Pros

  • Courses for newcomers through to “independent” speakers
  • Courses on specific skills and topics, including grammar, vocabulary, speaking and listening, and reading and writing
  • Speech recognition exercises
  • Listening comprehension exercises

Cons

  • Doesn’t have material for advanced learners
  • Less entertaining than other gamified apps
  • The main courses have limited grammar reviews
4.5/5
Price: $19.90/month
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Interesting, quality courses for beginners through to advanced learners

Don’t let the name mislead you: News in Slow Italian is about much more than just the news.

Your subscription to News in Slow Italian gives you access to a slew of materials: a complete beginners course (G.U.T.S.), a grammar course, an expressions course, news-based podcasts and transcripts for intermediate and advanced learners, and stories (fictional and factual) for all levels.

Most of them have the same structure. You’ll begin with an audio recording and transcript, which contains pop-up translations. Most of the courses then have vocabulary flashcards, grammar lessons, pronunciation practice, and quizzes. However, the news-based podcasts have just the pronunciation practice, while the expressions course and the stories don’t have any additional materials. It’s best to treat these as add-ons that offer some extra listening practice and natural phrasing.

All the recordings are interesting, while the lessons are well-organized and easy to understand. New material is constantly being added, so you can learn all the vocabulary and background information you need to understand your neighbour’s rants about today’s politicians.

Pros

  • Fun and interesting
  • Lots of listening and reading comprehension
  • Comprehensive lessons
  • Quality explanations
  • Material from complete beginner to advanced

Cons

  • Limited writing and speaking practice
  • Not all courses have practice activities
4/5
Price: From $19.80/month
Train your pronunciation and intonation

Sounding like an Italian: it’s the ultimate goal, but how are you going to achieve it if your gni still sounds wrong? And let’s not forget the easy mistake of trying to compliment a bald man on his hat (cappelli) but accidentally complimenting his non-existent hair (capelli) instead.

That’s where Ripeti Con Me comes into play. In each 30-minute lesson, you’ll first listen to Italian phrases and then practice shadowing them. This means you’re expected to say them at the same time as the native Italian speaker. You should also pick up some vocabulary and grammar as you move through the material, plus there are free grammar lessons. However, these aren’t the course’s priority.

Unfortunately, Ripeti Con Me doesn’t give you any pronunciation feedback or breakdowns. Nor do you listen to recordings of yourself speaking. As such, you’ll probably still benefit from classes with an Italian teacher who can let you know if you’re making any errors.

Still, few other courses have such a strong focus on helping you perfect your Italian accent as Ripeti Con Me.

Pros

  • Improve your pronunciation and intonation
  • Lots of listening and scripted speaking practice
  • Free grammar lessons

Cons

  • No pronunciation feedback or explanations
  • Can be dull and boring
  • Limited reading and writing practice
  • Not a stand-alone course
4.2/5
Price: $197 per language
A story-based approach to improving intermediate-level grammar

For many people, there’s nothing duller than grammar. Studying sentence structure and conjugation tables just seems dry and dreary – not to mention difficult! – compared to speaking practice, pronunciation drills, role plays, and other more communication-focused study methods.

If you found yourself agreeing with that description, then Grammar Hero might be the course you need. It teaches you intermediate-level grammar through the lens of original short stories, so that you can not only have fun but also immediately see the grammar in context – and hopefully, understand and remember it more intuitively.

First, you read and listen to the story as many times as you need. Then, you’re presented with a grammar breakdown and examples so that you can understand the grammar. However, you’re not encouraged to actively memorize this. That’s supposed to happen gradually through the next two stages. You’ll first get more exposure to the grammar point (re-reading the text), and then you’ll practice it (a series of activities including spotting errors, writing compositions, translation, and fill-in-the-blank exercises).

Grammar Hero is pricier than most grammar courses, but we also think it’s more fun, engaging, and arguably effective than a lot of them. Whether or not it’s worth it depends on you and your preferred learning style. 

Oh, and if you’re looking for something like Grammar Hero, but targeted at beginners or focused on more than just grammar, check out Italian Uncovered (review) from the same brand.

Pros

  • Engaging stories that are different for every language
  • Good-quality audio
  • Focuses on the grammar points that you’re most likely to struggle with

Cons

  • You can study the same grammar topics with other courses for much less – although you might enjoy Grammar Hero more
  • The exercises are pretty standard
  • You won’t get any feedback on your writing composition
3.8/5
Price: From $47
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Beginner-appropriate audio courses with lots of listening practice

Imagine going to an hour-long tarantella dance class and only spending a few minutes dancing. Well, some people would argue that this is a bit like taking Italian lessons in English.

There’s a lot of debate over whether languages should be taught in that same language or not. One thing’s for sure: learning Italian in Italian will give you a lot more exposure to the language, even though it will be more challenging.

Bite Size Languages’ courses are based on the idea that the more Italian you listen to, the better. They use comprehensible input, a language-learning technique that’s backed up by plenty of studies. The idea behind it is that listening to or reading interesting material that you can understand but is slightly above your level will help you learn Italian more naturally. 

As such, in this course, you dive straight into short, Italian dialogues that are designed to introduce you to level-appropriate vocabulary and grammar. You can just listen to the dialogues, which Bite Size Languages believes would be sufficient. However, if all-Italian learning seems too much for you, or you would simply like some extra information, you can make use of additional English-language materials: transcripts, word-by-word translations, cultural tips, and concise grammar notes.

Pros

  • Lots of listening practice
  • The audio recordings slowly get faster
  • Good audio quality
  • Very limited use of English

Cons

  • Grammar explanations may be too brief for some users
  • No practice activities
4.2/5
Price: From $38.97 for 3 months
A huge amount of lessons and practice activities

Ever finished a course and felt like there wasn’t really enough material? That’s unlikely to be the case with Ouino, which contains over 400 lessons, 1,200 exercises, and 60 short stories.

You can either follow their recommended learning path or pick the topics you want to study. This means it’s ideal for false beginners and pre-exam revision. There’s material up to the upper-intermediate level, although higher levels have less content.

You’ll study pronunciation, vocabulary, sentence structure, verb conjugation, natural dialogues, and more. The lessons can seem academic, with lots of explanation, repetitive exercises, and only a smattering of gamification. However, they’ve put plenty of thought into how to help you understand the material, with color-coding drawing your attention to gender, key vocabulary, and more. You can also choose between listening to the lessons or reading them.

Ouino might not be the most exciting of language courses. It’s more Ford Fiesta than Jaguar. Yet like the faithful Fiesta, it’s got plenty of mileage in it. You’ll be hard-pushed to run out of material with Ouino, and all the lessons are high quality.

Pros

  • Huge amount of material
  • Practical conversation practice
  • Detailed pronunciation guide
  • Can study the recommended pathway or pick and choose the lessons that interest you
  • Good for visual and aural learners

Cons

  • You have to download the software
  • The exercises can be repetitive
  • Absolute beginners may find the amount of content overwhelming
  • No pronunciation feedback or voice recognition
3.8/5
Price: From $99.95
Well-structured Italian courses

Ever wished a course would drop the gimmicks and just give you a decent grammatical explanation? You might get on better with Rocket Italian.

This course is unexciting. It lacks the bells and whistles of other courses: Italian Uncovered (review)’s stories, LingoDeer (review)’s gamification, or Coffee Break Italian (review)’s charismatic hosts. 

However, it is effective, well-structured, and full of good insights and practice opportunities. The exercises might at times get repetitive, but you’ll end up memorizing the relevant material.

Modules are based on potential situations you might experience, like asking for directions. There are audio lessons, flashcards, listening and writing exercises, translation tasks, and multiple-choice quizzes. There are also lots of cultural insights.

Rocket Italian isn’t for everyone. But if you’re looking for something a little more traditional, it’s a decent choice.

Pros

  • Good explanations
  • Well structured 
  • Cultural insights
  • Plenty of practice activities

Cons

  • Repetitive exercises
  • Not the most engaging course
3.5/5
Price: From $8/month
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Heaps of audio courses by different teachers

ItalianPod101 is the Netflix of Italian podcast lessons. It’s similar to other courses on this list, such as Language Transfer and Coffee Break Italian. But what sets it apart is just how many courses (called pathways) and lessons your subscription gives you access to.

Most lessons are focused on a dialogue that the hosts will break it down for you. You’ll get some listening practice (although a lot of the instruction is in English), as well as the new vocabulary and grammar breakdowns. Subscribers get access to expansion materials, lesson notes, and a wide range of other features – some more useful than others.

That said, absolute beginners will likely find the pathways too unstructured. They don’t always seem to build on each other, even when the lessons themselves are well structured.

There’s also a limited focus on reading and writing, while the cheaper plans don’t include any speaking practice. Although ItalianPod101 is a good choice for false beginners onwards, you’ll benefit from some extra resources or self-guided practice.

Pros

  • Huge number of lessons with various hosts
  • Premium subscribers get access to extra features, including topic-specific flashcard decks
  • Voice recorder function
  • Fairly decent for grammar

Cons

  • Can feel unstructured
  • Not ideal for absolute beginners
  • Insufficient practice tasks
  • Limited reading and writing practice
  • Too much English, especially at higher levels
4.3/5
Price: $11.99/month or $55.99/year
Fun, gamified app with solid explanations

This cute, entertaining course is designed to take you from complete beginner up to B1 (lower intermediate) Italian. It’s one of our top picks for gamified apps, although serious learners will probably find it’s not enough on its own.

Each tea-break-sized lesson introduces you to a grammar point and some vocabulary. You’ll drill it by matching the phrase to the right picture, writing sentences, answering multiple-choice quizzes, identifying the extraneous word, and more. Units finish with listening comprehension and speaking exercises, although there’s no feedback on the latter. There’s also a good explanation of the target grammar or language at the start of the unit (just swipe to the left). 

The course is generally well-structured and fun, but it’s hard to learn a language thoroughly in just a few minutes a day. If you’re using LingoDeer as your main course, you’ll probably benefit from some extra studies, whether that’s making your own sentences with the material or reviewing additional vocabulary apps or lists. 

Alternatively, you could use LingoDeer alongside a textbook, online Italian lessons, or a different course. It’s enjoyable enough to make studying feel like downtime. 

LingoDeer also has a companion app, DeerPlus. It contains extra vocabulary, grammar, and comprehension exercises to round out your studies. Bear in mind that it isn’t included in your premium subscription, however.

Pros

  • Engaging
  • Clear explanations
  • Well-structured course
  • Listening comprehension activities

Cons

  • Subscribing to two different apps, while optional, is annoying
  • Less thorough than some courses
  • No speaking feedback
4.3/5
Price: Free
5-minute podcast lessons will teach you how to build your own sentences

Some courses start you off with memorizing important phrases, like “How are you?” and the ironic “I speak Italian.” Language Transfer couldn’t be more different.

The short-and-sweet lessons are set up so that you listen in on conversations between Mihalis and his students. As you do so, you’ll learn how Italian works so you can quickly make your own sentences, expand your vocabulary, and more. It’s relaxed and entertaining, and yet you learn a surprising amount of useful content.

On its own, Language Transfer won’t be enough. You’ll want to combine it with additional practice activities, particularly for writing, reading, and listening, as well as courses that will teach you essential phrases.

However, Language Transfer gives you a solid foundation that you can then build on. It will help you feel capable of expanding beyond the material in other courses, textbooks, and apps – and it will only take a few minutes of your day.

Pros

  • Helps you understand how Italian works so you can expand beyond learned material
  • Relaxed yet effective
  • Interesting

Cons

  • No survival phrases
  • No expansion activities and drills to help you practice reading, writing, listening, and speaking
4.3/5
Price: Free
FSI
Comprehensive but dated textbooks and audio files

In the 1960s, when US diplomats were assigned a role in Italy, they would first attend intensive language classes provided by the US Foreign Service Institute’s School of Language Classes. Fast-forward to the 2020s, and most of the textbooks files are in the public domain. They’ve been scanned and converted into PDF and audio files, and hosted on numerous websites.

These textbooks are generally comprehensive and well-structured, with a heavy focus on polite, effective communication. (In fact, the first 200 pages of the Italian Programmed textbook is devoted solely to pronunciation and intonation.) If you’re not in a position to pay for a course, they are some of the most in-depth options available to you.

However, they do have their downsides. The files are hard to read and use, with old-fashioned fonts and tables of content that don’t correspond to the page number assigned by your PDF reader.

They are also dated, with the most recent published in the early ‘90s and the rest being even older. You won’t learn words like sito di social networking or spoilerare. Social attitudes and cultural examples at times seem antiquated – right down to the assumption that students are male.

If you opt for these courses, make sure to use them alongside other resources so you can get speaking practice and learn up-to-date vocabulary. The ‘60s may have been iconic, but you don’t want to sound like you’ve walked straight off the set of Mad Men.

Pros

  • Free
  • Comprehensive
  • Strong focus on intonation and pronunciation
  • Well-suited to more academic learners

Cons

  • Dated
  • The scanned materials can be hard to read
  • Only in PDF format
4/5
Price: €49.90
Translation-based learning with authentic dialogues

There’s a school of language learners that believes you should study languages like children do, with a focus on learning through exposure instead of memorizing conjugation tables. And that’s the theory behind the Assimil method.

With this e-course, you’ll learn just like a child does: by hearing native Italian speakers talk and then copying them. In fact, you won’t begin speaking and actively learning about grammar and sentence structure until lesson 50. Until that point, you’ll just be listening and doing comprehension exercises.

Assimil is a language-learning powerhouse that’s been publishing textbooks and now e-courses for almost a century. It has some passionate advocates who believe the Assimil method, while slow to get started, helps them achieve conversational fluency.

However, it’s not for everyone. If you prefer to take a more active role in your learning or like the idea of speaking Italian straight away, then you’re probably best off using a different course.

Pros

  • Realistic dialogues
  • Extremely thorough grammar indexes and appendixes
  • Some cultural information
  • High-quality audio

Cons

  • Heavily focused on translation instead of output
  • The pronunciation explanations and feedback could be improved
  • Less engaging than other courses and apps
4/5
Price: Freemium; subscriptions from $8.99/month
Gamified flashcards plus a host of community-made courses

Memrise is often considered a Duolingo alternative, but you’ll quickly spot the differences between them. And no, we’re not just talking about Memrise’s flower pots versus Duolingo’s lime-green owl.

Both apps use gamification to teach you a smattering of Italian in just five minutes a day. Memrise, however, is primarily a flashcard app. You’ll add mnemonics to help you remember words, and there are several handy review activities. Some courses also have videos featuring native speakers. Grammar exercises, however, are often minimal.

In addition to the official Italian courses, there are also free, community-made ones. These touch on idioms, pronunciation, TV shows, grammar, and much more. They’re a great way to learn more specialized vocabulary. In fact, if there’s a topic you’d like to study, you can easily create your own course out of a vocabulary list.

Memrise isn’t the perfect course. However, it’s an engaging way to drill essential Italian phrases and vocabulary in just a few minutes a day. You could pair it with just about any of the courses on this list, and you would see the benefits.

Pros

  • Good for memorizing essential phrases and vocabulary
  • Lots of community-made courses
  • Variety of review activities
  • Videos featuring a variety of native speakers

Cons

  • Not all features are available on the web app
  • Not as thorough as some courses
  • Best used as a supplementary resource
4/5
Price: Freemium; subscriptions from $10.99/month
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Beginner-level lessons with good grammatical explanations

Wishing your language apps had more thorough grammatical explanations? You might like Wlingua.

The short-and-sweet lessons might remind you of Duolingo and other gamified apps, but there’s an above-average focus on grammar. Nearly all the lessons are focused around a single grammatical point, whether it’s irregular verbs or the articulated preposition.

What’s more, the grammatical explanations are far better than in most language apps (with the potential exception of LingoDeer) and color-coding is used to help you recognize patterns. You’ll also drill grammar with questions that ask you, for example, to identify the correct noun gender.

Wlingua also introduces you to plenty of vocabulary, but you might find yourself overwhelmed with it. There are limited vocabulary-related drilling activities, and you’ll often be introduced to a dozen words in a row. Although later lessons use the same vocabulary, it’s a challenging start to the course.

Pros

  • Well-structured course that builds on previous lessons
  • Good grammar explanations

Cons

  • Lots to remember
  • Mostly drills recognition rather than recall
  • Reading tasks don’t test your comprehension
4/5
Price: From $187
Comprehensive courses with a variety of practice activities

There’s something about Fluenz that feels old-fashioned, but that’s not a bad thing. It doesn’t have Duolingo-style gamification. You can choose to download the Fluenz software onto your computer. And the detailed video tutorials combined with a wide range of practice activities almost make you feel like you’re back at school.

Fluenz is also more well-rounded than the average course. It will train you on vocabulary, grammar, speaking, writing (including spelling!), reading, and listening. What’s more, the lessons are well-structured and build on each other. You’ll role play dialogues, work on dictation, and more. For dedicated students, there’s little to dislike.

Some learners, however, might find Fluenz is too thorough for their liking. Or they might simply want more gamification and faster-paced tutorials.

Pros

  • Comprehensive: teaches grammar, vocabulary, spelling and writing, speaking, reading, and listening
  • Well-structured course 
  • Plenty of practice activities
  • Thorough explanations

Cons

  • Can feel slow and repetitive
  • Flashcards don’t use spaced repetition
  • The learner community isn’t very active
4/5
Price: Freemium; subscriptions from $12.99/month
Gamification galore in this 5-minutes-a-day course

Few language courses have achieved as much fame or notoriety as Duolingo. Some love it. Others hate it. But one thing’s for sure: it has transformed our attitudes toward language acquisition.

While there are plenty of Duolingo-esque apps on the market today, when it first launched, it was groundbreaking because of its short, gamified lessons with almost zero grammar explanations.

Duolingo’s heavy gamification makes it addictive. Many learners find themselves using it every single day for months or even years on end, just so that they can maintain their learning streaks. Then there are the levels, points, bonus topics, certificates, golden skills… Self-studying normally relies on internal motivation, i.e. your discipline. But with Duolingo, there’s plenty of external motivation to keep you studying – even if you’re not really in the mood to study “sports” or “business”.

However, there’s a limit to how much you can learn in these miniscule study sessions, while the explanations can be insufficient for a thorough understanding of the grammar. The course is based on translation, with limited speaking, reading, and listening practice. There are also complaints that the Italian course is error-prone and in need of an update.

Duolingo won’t get you fluent in Italian. However, you will likely have fun, alongside learning Duolingo-isms like “I would like some new software for my brain” and “Children, why are you bleeding?” Alternatively, for a well-structured gamified app with good explanations, take a look at LingoDeer (review). Or, for something more in depth, try Italian Uncovered (review) or Coffee Break Italian (review).

Pros

  • Fun and motivating
  • Good for beginner-level vocabulary
  • Unintimidating
  • Community forums and events

Cons

  • Grammar explanations are minimal and often insufficient
  • Focused on translation rather than thinking in Italian
  • Limited reading, writing, and speaking practice
3.8/5
Price: Freemium; paid-for courses from €19
Italian-only courses for beginners through to advanced learners

Put your conjugation tables aside: One World Italiano places conversational Italian and listening comprehension at the forefront of their courses.

That’s not to say you won’t study tenses and the subjective mood. It’s just not the main attraction of One World Italiano’s courses. The lessons contain dialogues, vocabulary lists, grammar explanations, quizzes, dictation exercises, and more. There are also plenty of practice activities focused on vocabulary, listening comprehension, and more.

One World Italiano’s courses can feel disorganized, and you’ll want to supplement them with additional speaking, reading, and writing practice. However, they’re a decent option for extra practice activities.

Pros

  • Fair amount of practice activities
  • Teaches new language in context
  • Listening practice

Cons

  • Not suited to complete beginners as the courses are entirely in Italian
  • Vocabulary lists are poorly presented
  • Limited speaking, reading, and writing practice
3.8/5
Price: Freemium; prices vary
A variety of university courses

Studying with edX is a bit like ordering from a menu you don’t fully understand. You might get something delicious, or you might find you can’t stomach what’s on your plate.

You’ll find language courses for beginner through to advanced students from various universities on edX. And if you’ve mastered all those, you can even study courses in Italian about other topics, such as Italy’s numerous dialects, Italian history, and marketing.

The content, quality, teaching style, and price will vary, so it can be hard to know whether a course is a good use of your time beforehand. However, they tend to be freemium, so it’s easy to sample them before committing.

Pros

  • University courses
  • Huge range of courses

Cons

  • Quality can vary
  • Often no feedback or corrections
3.5/5
Price: From $7.99/month
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Compare your pronunciation (and intonation!) to a native speaker’s

There’s just something about Italian pronunciation, or more precisely, intonation. It doesn’t matter if you can’t speak a word of the language – you can immediately recognize it. 

Learning how to reproduce that typical Italian way of speaking is easier said than done. But that’s where Mango Languages’ Italian course comes in. 

At first glance, it seems very similar to Pimsleur, despite not being an audio course. The lessons begin with a dialogue, after which you’ll get grammar or cultural explanations and practice building your own sentences and questions. Bear in mind repetition is a key feature of this method.

A stand-out feature of Mango Languages, however, is the ability to record yourself speaking an Italian phrase and then lay it over a native speaker’s recording. Many courses allow you to record yourself, listen back, and even switch between your recording and a native speaker’s. Few, however, allow you to listen to both of them at the same time. And this immediately shows you where your cadence, stress, and pronunciation aren’t quite right. 

Although there’s a lot to like about Mango Languages, it’s mainly focused on speaking and listening. For reading and writing practice, you’ll need to pair it with a different resource.

Pros

  • It’s great for spotting unnatural pronunciation and intonation
  • You’ll practice constructing your own sentences from the first lesson
  • Lessons build on each other well
  • Some North American libraries and universities offer free access

Cons

  • Limited focus on writing and reading
  • Some users find the heavy drilling monotonous
  • Only caters for beginner and lower-intermediate learners
4.8/5
Price: From $300/course
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Extremely thorough and engaging Italian video courses

Most courses benefit from being paired with supplementary resources, perhaps to expand your vocabulary or get more listening practice. Italy Made Easy, however, really could function as a one-stop resource for casual and serious students alike.

Many of the Italy Made Easy courses have over 150 video lessons, plus extensive drills and activities. You’ll study vocabulary, grammar, listening, reading, writing, speaking, pronunciation, and more. What’s more, if you opt for the VIP course, a native and trained speaker will check your assignments and give you personalized feedback.

The flip-side is that impatient learners looking to make quick progress might get frustrated. There are two beginner-level courses, meaning you’re looking at around 300 video lessons before you reach the intermediate level. And the teacher, Manu, while very likeable, is also very talkative. This is not a quick, lean, “learn Italian in 30 days” type of course.

However, if you’re looking for a solid Italian foundation that will cover all the main skills, Italy Made Easy is an excellent choice.

Pros

  • Extremely thorough
  • You’ll practice all language skills
  • Experienced and personable teacher
  • Can get feedback on your assignments

Cons

  • Some of the videos could be edited down
  • No material for advanced learners
4.5/5
Price: $19.90/month
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Interesting, quality courses for beginners through to advanced learners

Don’t let the name mislead you: News in Slow Italian is about much more than just the news.

Your subscription to News in Slow Italian gives you access to a slew of materials: a complete beginners course (G.U.T.S.), a grammar course, an expressions course, news-based podcasts and transcripts for intermediate and advanced learners, and stories (fictional and factual) for all levels.

Most of them have the same structure. You’ll begin with an audio recording and transcript, which contains pop-up translations. Most of the courses then have vocabulary flashcards, grammar lessons, pronunciation practice, and quizzes. However, the news-based podcasts have just the pronunciation practice, while the expressions course and the stories don’t have any additional materials. It’s best to treat these as add-ons that offer some extra listening practice and natural phrasing.

All the recordings are interesting, while the lessons are well-organized and easy to understand. New material is constantly being added, so you can learn all the vocabulary and background information you need to understand your neighbour’s rants about today’s politicians.

Pros

  • Fun and interesting
  • Lots of listening and reading comprehension
  • Comprehensive lessons
  • Quality explanations
  • Material from complete beginner to advanced

Cons

  • Limited writing and speaking practice
  • Not all courses have practice activities
4.3/5
Price: $11.99/month or $55.99/year
Fun, gamified app with solid explanations

This cute, entertaining course is designed to take you from complete beginner up to B1 (lower intermediate) Italian. It’s one of our top picks for gamified apps, although serious learners will probably find it’s not enough on its own.

Each tea-break-sized lesson introduces you to a grammar point and some vocabulary. You’ll drill it by matching the phrase to the right picture, writing sentences, answering multiple-choice quizzes, identifying the extraneous word, and more. Units finish with listening comprehension and speaking exercises, although there’s no feedback on the latter. There’s also a good explanation of the target grammar or language at the start of the unit (just swipe to the left). 

The course is generally well-structured and fun, but it’s hard to learn a language thoroughly in just a few minutes a day. If you’re using LingoDeer as your main course, you’ll probably benefit from some extra studies, whether that’s making your own sentences with the material or reviewing additional vocabulary apps or lists. 

Alternatively, you could use LingoDeer alongside a textbook, online Italian lessons, or a different course. It’s enjoyable enough to make studying feel like downtime. 

LingoDeer also has a companion app, DeerPlus. It contains extra vocabulary, grammar, and comprehension exercises to round out your studies. Bear in mind that it isn’t included in your premium subscription, however.

Pros

  • Engaging
  • Clear explanations
  • Well-structured course
  • Listening comprehension activities

Cons

  • Subscribing to two different apps, while optional, is annoying
  • Less thorough than some courses
  • No speaking feedback
4.3/5
Price: Free
5-minute podcast lessons will teach you how to build your own sentences

Some courses start you off with memorizing important phrases, like “How are you?” and the ironic “I speak Italian.” Language Transfer couldn’t be more different.

The short-and-sweet lessons are set up so that you listen in on conversations between Mihalis and his students. As you do so, you’ll learn how Italian works so you can quickly make your own sentences, expand your vocabulary, and more. It’s relaxed and entertaining, and yet you learn a surprising amount of useful content.

On its own, Language Transfer won’t be enough. You’ll want to combine it with additional practice activities, particularly for writing, reading, and listening, as well as courses that will teach you essential phrases.

However, Language Transfer gives you a solid foundation that you can then build on. It will help you feel capable of expanding beyond the material in other courses, textbooks, and apps – and it will only take a few minutes of your day.

Pros

  • Helps you understand how Italian works so you can expand beyond learned material
  • Relaxed yet effective
  • Interesting

Cons

  • No survival phrases
  • No expansion activities and drills to help you practice reading, writing, listening, and speaking
4.3/5
Price: Free
FSI
Comprehensive but dated textbooks and audio files

In the 1960s, when US diplomats were assigned a role in Italy, they would first attend intensive language classes provided by the US Foreign Service Institute’s School of Language Classes. Fast-forward to the 2020s, and most of the textbooks files are in the public domain. They’ve been scanned and converted into PDF and audio files, and hosted on numerous websites.

These textbooks are generally comprehensive and well-structured, with a heavy focus on polite, effective communication. (In fact, the first 200 pages of the Italian Programmed textbook is devoted solely to pronunciation and intonation.) If you’re not in a position to pay for a course, they are some of the most in-depth options available to you.

However, they do have their downsides. The files are hard to read and use, with old-fashioned fonts and tables of content that don’t correspond to the page number assigned by your PDF reader.

They are also dated, with the most recent published in the early ‘90s and the rest being even older. You won’t learn words like sito di social networking or spoilerare. Social attitudes and cultural examples at times seem antiquated – right down to the assumption that students are male.

If you opt for these courses, make sure to use them alongside other resources so you can get speaking practice and learn up-to-date vocabulary. The ‘60s may have been iconic, but you don’t want to sound like you’ve walked straight off the set of Mad Men.

Pros

  • Free
  • Comprehensive
  • Strong focus on intonation and pronunciation
  • Well-suited to more academic learners

Cons

  • Dated
  • The scanned materials can be hard to read
  • Only in PDF format
4.2/5
Price: From $12.95/month
Gamified courses for (nearly) all levels and skills

Fed up of having one app for vocabulary, another for grammar, and another for speaking practice? Few courses do it all, but Babbel makes a decent attempt at it.

It has the standard level-based courses for newcomers through to independent (pre-advanced) speakers. Then there are additional courses for grammar, vocabulary, speaking and listening, reading and writing, business Italian, idioms, and Italian culture.

Babbel sits somewhere between the lighthearted Duolingo (review) and intensive courses like Italy Made Easy (review). It’s a gamified app, but the focus is definitely on the language rather than the trophy-winning. In fact, you might end up with flashbacks of school as you fill out conjugation tables and work through slightly repetitive exercises. 

That said, the lessons are well-structured, the explanations are useful, and it mixes vocabulary and grammar drills with comprehension exercises. It’s a good option for casual learners looking for a one-stop course that’s not too challenging. 

Pros

  • Courses for newcomers through to “independent” speakers
  • Courses on specific skills and topics, including grammar, vocabulary, speaking and listening, and reading and writing
  • Speech recognition exercises
  • Listening comprehension exercises

Cons

  • Doesn’t have material for advanced learners
  • Less entertaining than other gamified apps
  • The main courses have limited grammar reviews
4.2/5
Price: $197 per language
A story-based approach to improving intermediate-level grammar

For many people, there’s nothing duller than grammar. Studying sentence structure and conjugation tables just seems dry and dreary – not to mention difficult! – compared to speaking practice, pronunciation drills, role plays, and other more communication-focused study methods.

If you found yourself agreeing with that description, then Grammar Hero might be the course you need. It teaches you intermediate-level grammar through the lens of original short stories, so that you can not only have fun but also immediately see the grammar in context – and hopefully, understand and remember it more intuitively.

First, you read and listen to the story as many times as you need. Then, you’re presented with a grammar breakdown and examples so that you can understand the grammar. However, you’re not encouraged to actively memorize this. That’s supposed to happen gradually through the next two stages. You’ll first get more exposure to the grammar point (re-reading the text), and then you’ll practice it (a series of activities including spotting errors, writing compositions, translation, and fill-in-the-blank exercises).

Grammar Hero is pricier than most grammar courses, but we also think it’s more fun, engaging, and arguably effective than a lot of them. Whether or not it’s worth it depends on you and your preferred learning style. 

Oh, and if you’re looking for something like Grammar Hero, but targeted at beginners or focused on more than just grammar, check out Italian Uncovered (review) from the same brand.

Pros

  • Engaging stories that are different for every language
  • Good-quality audio
  • Focuses on the grammar points that you’re most likely to struggle with

Cons

  • You can study the same grammar topics with other courses for much less – although you might enjoy Grammar Hero more
  • The exercises are pretty standard
  • You won’t get any feedback on your writing composition
4.2/5
Price: From $38.97 for 3 months
A huge amount of lessons and practice activities

Ever finished a course and felt like there wasn’t really enough material? That’s unlikely to be the case with Ouino, which contains over 400 lessons, 1,200 exercises, and 60 short stories.

You can either follow their recommended learning path or pick the topics you want to study. This means it’s ideal for false beginners and pre-exam revision. There’s material up to the upper-intermediate level, although higher levels have less content.

You’ll study pronunciation, vocabulary, sentence structure, verb conjugation, natural dialogues, and more. The lessons can seem academic, with lots of explanation, repetitive exercises, and only a smattering of gamification. However, they’ve put plenty of thought into how to help you understand the material, with color-coding drawing your attention to gender, key vocabulary, and more. You can also choose between listening to the lessons or reading them.

Ouino might not be the most exciting of language courses. It’s more Ford Fiesta than Jaguar. Yet like the faithful Fiesta, it’s got plenty of mileage in it. You’ll be hard-pushed to run out of material with Ouino, and all the lessons are high quality.

Pros

  • Huge amount of material
  • Practical conversation practice
  • Detailed pronunciation guide
  • Can study the recommended pathway or pick and choose the lessons that interest you
  • Good for visual and aural learners

Cons

  • You have to download the software
  • The exercises can be repetitive
  • Absolute beginners may find the amount of content overwhelming
  • No pronunciation feedback or voice recognition
4/5
Price: €49.90
Translation-based learning with authentic dialogues

There’s a school of language learners that believes you should study languages like children do, with a focus on learning through exposure instead of memorizing conjugation tables. And that’s the theory behind the Assimil method.

With this e-course, you’ll learn just like a child does: by hearing native Italian speakers talk and then copying them. In fact, you won’t begin speaking and actively learning about grammar and sentence structure until lesson 50. Until that point, you’ll just be listening and doing comprehension exercises.

Assimil is a language-learning powerhouse that’s been publishing textbooks and now e-courses for almost a century. It has some passionate advocates who believe the Assimil method, while slow to get started, helps them achieve conversational fluency.

However, it’s not for everyone. If you prefer to take a more active role in your learning or like the idea of speaking Italian straight away, then you’re probably best off using a different course.

Pros

  • Realistic dialogues
  • Extremely thorough grammar indexes and appendixes
  • Some cultural information
  • High-quality audio

Cons

  • Heavily focused on translation instead of output
  • The pronunciation explanations and feedback could be improved
  • Less engaging than other courses and apps
4/5
Price: From $28 per course
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Relaxed podcast-style lessons with a few extra features

If studying Italian feels daunting, give Coffee Break Italian a listen. These relatively short, unintimidating lessons are bound to leave you more confident.

Coffee Break Italian is a freemium course. You can listen along to their free podcast as Katie learns Italian grammar, vocabulary, and culture from Francesca and Mark. Alternatively, you can opt for one of the premium courses: the standard Coffee Break Italian; Travel Diaries; Reading Club, where you get audio lessons alongside weekly texts; and more.

Most of the premium courses follow the same structure. You’ll get the ad-free podcast lessons along with access to lesson notes, a video version of the course, and a bonus audio lesson with additional vocabulary and translation exercises.

Pros

  • Lots of free material
  • Fun, interesting, and unintimidating
  • Cultural insights

Cons

  • Serious learners will need something more in depth
  • No writing practice, and in most courses, no reading practice
4/5
Price: $14.95–$19.95/month
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Quality audio lessons that never feel overwhelming

If you’re drowning in flashcards and can’t remember the difference between vènti and venti, you might find Pimsleur a welcome change. You’ll learn essential phrases, some basic grammar, cultural insights, and more. But where Pimsleur really shines is vocabulary and pronunciation.

The courses are based on the Pimsleur Method, which is made up of four principles: never learning too much at a time, studying new vocabulary in context, revisiting vocabulary after increasingly longer intervals, and giving you time to formulate the correct answer to questions. 

In the 30-minute audio lessons, you’ll first listen to new vocabulary used in a conversation. Then, you’ll hear some brief explanations before practicing saying the target phrases and creating the sentences yourself. To help you master Italian pronunciation, you’ll also use an effective technique called backchaining

Although Pimsleur is a well-designed and structured course, it won’t teach you everything. There’s not a lot of writing or reading practice, while grammar explanations are minimal. And for some learners, the audio lessons might seem too slow.

Pros

  • Well-structured lessons that build on each other
  • The lessons encourage active rather than passive learning
  • The method is backed up by scientific research
  • You can learn on the go

Cons

  • The 30-minute audio lessons can feel sluggish
  • Limited focus on grammar
  • Very little reading and writing practice
  • Visual learners may find it’s not the best resource for them 
  • The supplementary practice activities feel basic and not overly useful
4/5
Price: From $19.80/month
Train your pronunciation and intonation

Sounding like an Italian: it’s the ultimate goal, but how are you going to achieve it if your gni still sounds wrong? And let’s not forget the easy mistake of trying to compliment a bald man on his hat (cappelli) but accidentally complimenting his non-existent hair (capelli) instead.

That’s where Ripeti Con Me comes into play. In each 30-minute lesson, you’ll first listen to Italian phrases and then practice shadowing them. This means you’re expected to say them at the same time as the native Italian speaker. You should also pick up some vocabulary and grammar as you move through the material, plus there are free grammar lessons. However, these aren’t the course’s priority.

Unfortunately, Ripeti Con Me doesn’t give you any pronunciation feedback or breakdowns. Nor do you listen to recordings of yourself speaking. As such, you’ll probably still benefit from classes with an Italian teacher who can let you know if you’re making any errors.

Still, few other courses have such a strong focus on helping you perfect your Italian accent as Ripeti Con Me.

Pros

  • Improve your pronunciation and intonation
  • Lots of listening and scripted speaking practice
  • Free grammar lessons

Cons

  • No pronunciation feedback or explanations
  • Can be dull and boring
  • Limited reading and writing practice
  • Not a stand-alone course
4/5
Price: Freemium; subscriptions from $8.99/month
Gamified flashcards plus a host of community-made courses

Memrise is often considered a Duolingo alternative, but you’ll quickly spot the differences between them. And no, we’re not just talking about Memrise’s flower pots versus Duolingo’s lime-green owl.

Both apps use gamification to teach you a smattering of Italian in just five minutes a day. Memrise, however, is primarily a flashcard app. You’ll add mnemonics to help you remember words, and there are several handy review activities. Some courses also have videos featuring native speakers. Grammar exercises, however, are often minimal.

In addition to the official Italian courses, there are also free, community-made ones. These touch on idioms, pronunciation, TV shows, grammar, and much more. They’re a great way to learn more specialized vocabulary. In fact, if there’s a topic you’d like to study, you can easily create your own course out of a vocabulary list.

Memrise isn’t the perfect course. However, it’s an engaging way to drill essential Italian phrases and vocabulary in just a few minutes a day. You could pair it with just about any of the courses on this list, and you would see the benefits.

Pros

  • Good for memorizing essential phrases and vocabulary
  • Lots of community-made courses
  • Variety of review activities
  • Videos featuring a variety of native speakers

Cons

  • Not all features are available on the web app
  • Not as thorough as some courses
  • Best used as a supplementary resource
4/5
Price: Freemium; subscriptions from $10.99/month
wlingua
Beginner-level lessons with good grammatical explanations

Wishing your language apps had more thorough grammatical explanations? You might like Wlingua.

The short-and-sweet lessons might remind you of Duolingo and other gamified apps, but there’s an above-average focus on grammar. Nearly all the lessons are focused around a single grammatical point, whether it’s irregular verbs or the articulated preposition.

What’s more, the grammatical explanations are far better than in most language apps (with the potential exception of LingoDeer) and color-coding is used to help you recognize patterns. You’ll also drill grammar with questions that ask you, for example, to identify the correct noun gender.

Wlingua also introduces you to plenty of vocabulary, but you might find yourself overwhelmed with it. There are limited vocabulary-related drilling activities, and you’ll often be introduced to a dozen words in a row. Although later lessons use the same vocabulary, it’s a challenging start to the course.

Pros

  • Well-structured course that builds on previous lessons
  • Good grammar explanations

Cons

  • Lots to remember
  • Mostly drills recognition rather than recall
  • Reading tasks don’t test your comprehension
4/5
Price: $297
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Learn Italian through reading and listening to a story

Fed up of textbooks? Dull dialogues about Luca buying pizza and Sofia asking for directions? Or gamified apps with phrases like “Ana is eating a canary” and “the groom is a hedgehog?” You might prefer Italian Uncovered, which takes an entirely different approach to language learning.

In this course, you’ll start off by reading and listening to the first chapter of an original 20-chapter Italian story – even if you’re a complete beginner. Only after doing that will you study the grammar, vocabulary, and pronunciation relevant to this chapter. You wrap up with a quiz, and then it’s onto the next chapter.

This course is designed to take you from zero Italian knowledge to being an intermediate-level speaker. But it’s not an easy introduction to the language. If you’re looking for something nice and gentle, take a look at one of the other courses on this list, such as  LingoDeer (review) and Babbel (review).

However, if you’re looking for Italian texts you’ll actually get excited about reading, and you don’t mind a challenge, Italian Uncovered might be the right choice for you.

Pros

  • Lots of reading and listening practice
  • A well-written, interesting story
  • It’s fun

Cons

  • Some learners could feel overwhelmed
  • The review/quiz is very basic for the quantity of information you learn per chapter
4/5
Price: Freemium; subscriptions from $12.99/month
Gamification galore in this 5-minutes-a-day course

Few language courses have achieved as much fame or notoriety as Duolingo. Some love it. Others hate it. But one thing’s for sure: it has transformed our attitudes toward language acquisition.

While there are plenty of Duolingo-esque apps on the market today, when it first launched, it was groundbreaking because of its short, gamified lessons with almost zero grammar explanations.

Duolingo’s heavy gamification makes it addictive. Many learners find themselves using it every single day for months or even years on end, just so that they can maintain their learning streaks. Then there are the levels, points, bonus topics, certificates, golden skills… Self-studying normally relies on internal motivation, i.e. your discipline. But with Duolingo, there’s plenty of external motivation to keep you studying – even if you’re not really in the mood to study “sports” or “business”.

However, there’s a limit to how much you can learn in these miniscule study sessions, while the explanations can be insufficient for a thorough understanding of the grammar. The course is based on translation, with limited speaking, reading, and listening practice. There are also complaints that the Italian course is error-prone and in need of an update.

Duolingo won’t get you fluent in Italian. However, you will likely have fun, alongside learning Duolingo-isms like “I would like some new software for my brain” and “Children, why are you bleeding?” Alternatively, for a well-structured gamified app with good explanations, take a look at LingoDeer (review). Or, for something more in depth, try Italian Uncovered (review) or Coffee Break Italian (review).

Pros

  • Fun and motivating
  • Good for beginner-level vocabulary
  • Unintimidating
  • Community forums and events

Cons

  • Grammar explanations are minimal and often insufficient
  • Focused on translation rather than thinking in Italian
  • Limited reading, writing, and speaking practice
4/5
Price: From $187
Comprehensive courses with a variety of practice activities

There’s something about Fluenz that feels old-fashioned, but that’s not a bad thing. It doesn’t have Duolingo-style gamification. You can choose to download the Fluenz software onto your computer. And the detailed video tutorials combined with a wide range of practice activities almost make you feel like you’re back at school.

Fluenz is also more well-rounded than the average course. It will train you on vocabulary, grammar, speaking, writing (including spelling!), reading, and listening. What’s more, the lessons are well-structured and build on each other. You’ll role play dialogues, work on dictation, and more. For dedicated students, there’s little to dislike.

Some learners, however, might find Fluenz is too thorough for their liking. Or they might simply want more gamification and faster-paced tutorials.

Pros

  • Comprehensive: teaches grammar, vocabulary, spelling and writing, speaking, reading, and listening
  • Well-structured course 
  • Plenty of practice activities
  • Thorough explanations

Cons

  • Can feel slow and repetitive
  • Flashcards don’t use spaced repetition
  • The learner community isn’t very active
3.8/5
Price: From $99.95
Well-structured Italian courses

Ever wished a course would drop the gimmicks and just give you a decent grammatical explanation? You might get on better with Rocket Italian.

This course is unexciting. It lacks the bells and whistles of other courses: Italian Uncovered (review)’s stories, LingoDeer (review)’s gamification, or Coffee Break Italian (review)’s charismatic hosts. 

However, it is effective, well-structured, and full of good insights and practice opportunities. The exercises might at times get repetitive, but you’ll end up memorizing the relevant material.

Modules are based on potential situations you might experience, like asking for directions. There are audio lessons, flashcards, listening and writing exercises, translation tasks, and multiple-choice quizzes. There are also lots of cultural insights.

Rocket Italian isn’t for everyone. But if you’re looking for something a little more traditional, it’s a decent choice.

Pros

  • Good explanations
  • Well structured 
  • Cultural insights
  • Plenty of practice activities

Cons

  • Repetitive exercises
  • Not the most engaging course
3.8/5
Price: Freemium; prices vary
A variety of university courses

Studying with edX is a bit like ordering from a menu you don’t fully understand. You might get something delicious, or you might find you can’t stomach what’s on your plate.

You’ll find language courses for beginner through to advanced students from various universities on edX. And if you’ve mastered all those, you can even study courses in Italian about other topics, such as Italy’s numerous dialects, Italian history, and marketing.

The content, quality, teaching style, and price will vary, so it can be hard to know whether a course is a good use of your time beforehand. However, they tend to be freemium, so it’s easy to sample them before committing.

Pros

  • University courses
  • Huge range of courses

Cons

  • Quality can vary
  • Often no feedback or corrections
3.8/5
Price: From $47
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Beginner-appropriate audio courses with lots of listening practice

Imagine going to an hour-long tarantella dance class and only spending a few minutes dancing. Well, some people would argue that this is a bit like taking Italian lessons in English.

There’s a lot of debate over whether languages should be taught in that same language or not. One thing’s for sure: learning Italian in Italian will give you a lot more exposure to the language, even though it will be more challenging.

Bite Size Languages’ courses are based on the idea that the more Italian you listen to, the better. They use comprehensible input, a language-learning technique that’s backed up by plenty of studies. The idea behind it is that listening to or reading interesting material that you can understand but is slightly above your level will help you learn Italian more naturally. 

As such, in this course, you dive straight into short, Italian dialogues that are designed to introduce you to level-appropriate vocabulary and grammar. You can just listen to the dialogues, which Bite Size Languages believes would be sufficient. However, if all-Italian learning seems too much for you, or you would simply like some extra information, you can make use of additional English-language materials: transcripts, word-by-word translations, cultural tips, and concise grammar notes.

Pros

  • Lots of listening practice
  • The audio recordings slowly get faster
  • Good audio quality
  • Very limited use of English

Cons

  • Grammar explanations may be too brief for some users
  • No practice activities
3.8/5
Price: Freemium; paid-for courses from €19
Italian-only courses for beginners through to advanced learners

Put your conjugation tables aside: One World Italiano places conversational Italian and listening comprehension at the forefront of their courses.

That’s not to say you won’t study tenses and the subjective mood. It’s just not the main attraction of One World Italiano’s courses. The lessons contain dialogues, vocabulary lists, grammar explanations, quizzes, dictation exercises, and more. There are also plenty of practice activities focused on vocabulary, listening comprehension, and more.

One World Italiano’s courses can feel disorganized, and you’ll want to supplement them with additional speaking, reading, and writing practice. However, they’re a decent option for extra practice activities.

Pros

  • Fair amount of practice activities
  • Teaches new language in context
  • Listening practice

Cons

  • Not suited to complete beginners as the courses are entirely in Italian
  • Vocabulary lists are poorly presented
  • Limited speaking, reading, and writing practice
3.5/5
Price: From $7.99/month
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Compare your pronunciation (and intonation!) to a native speaker’s

There’s just something about Italian pronunciation, or more precisely, intonation. It doesn’t matter if you can’t speak a word of the language – you can immediately recognize it. 

Learning how to reproduce that typical Italian way of speaking is easier said than done. But that’s where Mango Languages’ Italian course comes in. 

At first glance, it seems very similar to Pimsleur, despite not being an audio course. The lessons begin with a dialogue, after which you’ll get grammar or cultural explanations and practice building your own sentences and questions. Bear in mind repetition is a key feature of this method.

A stand-out feature of Mango Languages, however, is the ability to record yourself speaking an Italian phrase and then lay it over a native speaker’s recording. Many courses allow you to record yourself, listen back, and even switch between your recording and a native speaker’s. Few, however, allow you to listen to both of them at the same time. And this immediately shows you where your cadence, stress, and pronunciation aren’t quite right. 

Although there’s a lot to like about Mango Languages, it’s mainly focused on speaking and listening. For reading and writing practice, you’ll need to pair it with a different resource.

Pros

  • It’s great for spotting unnatural pronunciation and intonation
  • You’ll practice constructing your own sentences from the first lesson
  • Lessons build on each other well
  • Some North American libraries and universities offer free access

Cons

  • Limited focus on writing and reading
  • Some users find the heavy drilling monotonous
  • Only caters for beginner and lower-intermediate learners
3.5/5
Price: From $8/month
italianpod101
Heaps of audio courses by different teachers

ItalianPod101 is the Netflix of Italian podcast lessons. It’s similar to other courses on this list, such as Language Transfer and Coffee Break Italian. But what sets it apart is just how many courses (called pathways) and lessons your subscription gives you access to.

Most lessons are focused on a dialogue that the hosts will break it down for you. You’ll get some listening practice (although a lot of the instruction is in English), as well as the new vocabulary and grammar breakdowns. Subscribers get access to expansion materials, lesson notes, and a wide range of other features – some more useful than others.

That said, absolute beginners will likely find the pathways too unstructured. They don’t always seem to build on each other, even when the lessons themselves are well structured.

There’s also a limited focus on reading and writing, while the cheaper plans don’t include any speaking practice. Although ItalianPod101 is a good choice for false beginners onwards, you’ll benefit from some extra resources or self-guided practice.

Pros

  • Huge number of lessons with various hosts
  • Premium subscribers get access to extra features, including topic-specific flashcard decks
  • Voice recorder function
  • Fairly decent for grammar

Cons

  • Can feel unstructured
  • Not ideal for absolute beginners
  • Insufficient practice tasks
  • Limited reading and writing practice
  • Too much English, especially at higher levels

News in Slow Italian

Quick Review

4.5 

Summary:

News in Slow Italian is an excellent learning resource; it’s very comprehensive and offers all the necessary tools to be able to practice all the aspects of the language. It’s also one of the most fun and original language learning tools I’ve seen and manages to be so without sacrificing on quality. This program is helpful for anyone who wants to learn Italian.

Quality

They really thought of everything when creating this program – audio lessons, PDF files, exercises, grammar and expressions catalogs, podcasts.

Thoroughness

Clear and explanatory grammar lessons, expressions and idioms included in every lesson, lots of vocabulary to practice and plenty of information to help you become fluent.

Value

News in Slow Italian is a great learning resource and students of all levels should try it.

Price

7-day free trial, then $19.90/month. You also have the option to prepay for any amount of months at a time, which doesn’t change the monthly price.

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Mondly

Quick Review

2.7 

Summary:

Mondly is a language-learning app that teaches basic vocabulary and grammar structures. It seems most appropriate for learners with little to no exposure to their target language.

The activities mostly rely on passive recognition of vocabulary and phrases, and therefore are not very challenging. However, they are varied enough that you probably wouldn’t get bored with short, daily practice sessions.

Although I wouldn’t recommend Mondly to anyone looking to seriously learn a language, it may be appropriate for individuals studying languages with less available resources, or for individuals who are preparing to travel abroad.

Quality

Both the interface and the course itself could be designed better.

Thoroughness

It’s decent for learning vocabulary, but I thought a lot of the material wasn’t explained very well.

Value

It’s fairly inexpensive.

Price

There are three plans…
$9.99 per month for one language
$47.99 per year ($4/mo) for one language
$47.99 per year ($4/mo) for all languages

Strangely, I was able to access multiple languages even though I only signed up for one month at $9.99.

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Lang Workbooks

Price: $5.99

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For learners of languages that use unfamiliar writing systems, the Lang Workbooks series can be a helpful and practical way to master the intricacies of writing in their target languages. Among numerous other writing systems, the series includes the Korean, Russian Cyrillic, and Armenian alphabets; Persian and Thai script; the Hindi Devanāgarī abugida; Chinese characters; and Japanese Hiragana and Katakana. The series also covers languages that use the Latin alphabet with diacritical (accent) marks, such as French, German, and Portuguese.

Many books in the series have been translated into other languages, such as Italian, French, German, Spanish, and Portuguese. The series also covers writing systems that may have fewer available resources for learners, such as Lao script and the Cherokee syllabary.

Each book in the series presents its featured writing system with suggested pronunciations. The practice pages in each workbook have useful features for each letter, symbol, or character, such as a recommended stroke order, font variations, example words, and a “Trace and Learn” section.

Each workbook is relatively inexpensive. In addition, the publishers of the series have granted teachers and students a license to make photocopies of the workbook pages for personal use, so you can get unlimited chances to practice. Considering the depth of information in each language’s workbook, the books in this series can provide great value for learners.

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LingQ

Quick Review

Summary:

LingQ is a language-learning platform that focuses on extensive reading for over 30 different languages. You can import your own content or choose from the community library of books, articles, podcasts, YouTube videos, and more.

The app highlights unknown words across every lesson and makes them reviewable via different types of SRS flashcards. The more you read, the more accurately you will be able to identify content that is suitable for your level.

Although I did not find it beneficial for languages I had never studied before, I think LingQ can be helpful for upper-beginner to advanced language learners who enjoy reading. It is especially helpful if you struggle to find graded readers in your target language.

Quality

The LingQ reading app is enjoyable in most languages, easy to use, and can expand your vocabulary. However, I found the user content frustrating to navigate.

Thoroughness

With the import function, users can choose to study almost anything they want.

Value

Now that other apps provide similar functions, the monthly subscription may be a bit overpriced. However, the yearly subscription seems fair.

Languages

Japanese, Chinese, Spanish, English, Korean, French, Russian, German, Portuguese, Italian, Swedish, Dutch, Greek, Polish, Esperanto, Belarusian, Latin, Ukrainian. There are also 20 additional languages in Beta.

Price

Premium membership costs $12.99/mo, $71.94/half-year, $107.88/year, $191.76/2-years; single-language lifetime membership costs $199

When I first signed up for LingQ, I wasn’t very impressed. Its seemingly random lesson library, filled with custom cover photos and inconsistent title formats, made me want to click on just about anything to get away from that page.

However, after exploring every function I could find, I realized that the reading tool has several useful functions for anyone trying to learn a language through extensive reading. Most importantly, it makes reading in other languages feel manageable.

The site has three main pages: Lessons, Tutors, and Community. Within them, you can find free and purchasable lessons, coins, an avatar, writing exchanges, a community forum, audio playlists, and challenges.

I mostly used LingQ for reading in Spanish and dabbled in French, Chinese, Japanese, Swedish, and Korean.

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OPLingo

3.5 
Price: Freemium, Premium Subscriptions cost $6.99/mo, $60/Year

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OPLingo is a community-oriented, non-profit language learning site. It essentially combines the functions of LingQ, LangCorrect, Readlang, iTalki, and HelloTalk.

The free version gives you limited access to some functions, but by paying for a membership you support ethical causes — such as building a primary school in Tanzania.

You can browse user-contributed texts or easily import your own YouTube videos, articles, or ebooks into the Reading Tool. OPLingo has also developed hundreds of audio conversations in several languages, including Tagalog, Cebuano, Thai, Swahili, and Russian.

Within each page, you can read a transcript and get definitions and pronunciations of unknown words. By identifying which words you don’t know, the next passages you read will highlight the number of known or unknown vocabulary words.

In their Write & Correct section, you can write in over 100 languages and exchange corrections with other users, although Spanish, French, and English learners have a better chance of receiving corrections than other languages at the moment.

You can also practice a language by texting with fellow community members, or by hiring a teacher in your target language.

OPLingo has a lot of potential and is a good alternative to LingQ, but it needs a community of learners to help it grow — so check it out!

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AmazingTalker

2.5 
Price: From around $10 per 50-minute class

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AmazingTalker is an italki and Verbling competitor that lets you book classes with language teachers and academic tutors of your choice. It has a lot of attractive features for students, but teachers complain about high commission rates and lack of support.

It boasts a 3% acceptance rate for teachers and a 100% satisfaction guarantee. If you’re not happy with your class, they’ll rebook you another one for free. There are lots of teachers to choose from, or you can also use their AI Matching Service to find a tutor. The teachers’ profiles include videos, reviews, and their résumé.

However, AmazingTalker doesn’t seem a great choice for teachers. It charges English and Japanese teachers astonishingly high commission rates of up to 30%. While these rates fall as teachers earn more through the site, they have to make $1,500 a month before the commission reaches levels comparable to italki and Verbling. Making it worse, there’s an additional 8% fee for payment processing and tax that all teachers have to pay, no matter what language they teach. 

There have also been complaints on Reddit from teachers claiming to have been harassed by students and fellow teachers. However, we cannot corroborate these.

Given all this, we’d recommend trying italki (review) or Verbling (review) first. Alternatively, check out our guide to the best platforms for online language classes.

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