Italian

Michel Thomas Method Review – Avoid At All Costs

Quick Review

1.6

Summary:

One of the most famous language teaching courses out there, Michel Thomas is a household name and his audio lessons aim to teach you your language of choice, naturally, intuitively and without any memorization involved. With 18 languages for you to choose from, the courses are aimed at absolute beginners and at the end you should be able to understand and speak to a basic level. I tried out the French foundation course and found it to be severely lacking and as such cannot recommend it at all. You may, however, have more luck with the other language courses that they offer.

Quality

Very easy to use, the audios are decent quality but Michel Thomas’ discouraging manner means that students get flustered and this detracts from the content’s quality.

Thoroughness

Michel Thomas doesn’t go into much depth and any explanations he offers up are just at a surface level.

Value

I wouldn’t use these even if they were free due to Michel Thomas’ teaching style which ruins the material.

Languages: Arabic (Egyptian), Arabic (Modern Standard), Dutch, French, Greek, German, Hindi, Italian, Irish, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, and Swedish.

Price

There are several different courses available with prices ranging from $11.99 to $100.

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Italy Made Easy Review – My Favorite Italian Courses

Quick Review

4.6 

Summary:

Italy Made Easy offers incredibly comprehensive Italian courses. Currently, there are four courses available for those at the beginner to intermediate levels. The courses include lots of video lessons, with assignments, quizzes, exercises, and other features to make sure you’re able to actually use the Italian you’ve learned. They’re easily the most thorough Italian courses available.

Quality

Very easy to use and well-structured tool. Great tips and practice opportunities for all language learning skills.

Thoroughness

Everything is explained thoroughly, occasionally to a fault. The theory is complemented by plenty of exercises that ensure you’re learning the material.

Value

While the courses certainly aren’t cheap, they contain everything you’d need.

Price

Each level costs $197 for lifetime access. Alternatively, the VIP version costs $248 which includes checking of assignments and customized feedback.

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The 23 Best (And Worst) Online Italian Courses In 2019

While it’d be great to hop on a plane to Rome and study Italian for six-months, for most people, it’s just not possible to do so.

That’s not a problem though. You don’t need to be in Italy to study Italian.

There are some online Italian courses that are as good (if not better) than any university course you’ll find.

But, there are also more than a few courses that, frankly, kind of suck. It can be hard to figure out which ones are worthwhile and which ones are junk, that is unless you try a bunch of them.

Fortunately, we’ve tried pretty much all the online Italian courses and written super in-depth reviews of each of them.

In this post, we’ll give a rundown of all the best online Italian courses. They’re loosely organized with our favorites at the top, the okay ones in the middle, and the worst courses towards the end of the list.

Let’s get started with the best Italian course…
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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.

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Language Transfer Review – Better Than A Lot Of Expensive Courses

Quick Review

4.3 

Summary:

The Language Transfer’s courses approach language learning with what has been coined as “The Thinking Method’. These audio courses serve as a great introduction to the nine languages currently available. They go into lots of depth on how each language works, teaching you all of the main grammar points and giving you the tools needed to learn independently and intuitively. For beginners looking to learn a language, these free courses are an effective and efficient way to start your journey.

Quality

Might look a bit basic but the content is very well designed.

Thoroughness

The courses don’t follow the traditional learning path but have a lot of depth.

Value

It’s completely free and better than most paid resources.

Price

Completely free, but if you find the courses to be useful, consider making a donation.

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