Italian

Coffee Break Review: Italian, French, and German Courses

Quick Review

Summary

The Coffee Break Languages series teach languages through podcast-style lessons. The lessons have a casual feel and offer lots of explanations, building on each other nicely. Courses are available for a one-time purchase, but much of the material is also available for free as podcasts or Youtube videos.

Quality

The audio is of high quality and the instruction is thoughtful.

Thoroughness

There are lots of explanations, and you can start as an absolute beginner, but practice opportunities are limited.

Value

There is a lot of high-quality content available for free; the paid courses might not be worth the price for some.

Languages

Italian, German, French, Spanish, Mandarin Chinese, Swedish, English

Price

Many audio lessons are free. The premium version of each season includes extra materials and costs £80 (roughly $100). 

One Season £80
Two-Season Bundle £145
Three-Season Bundle £210
Four-Season Bundle £255

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Cudoo Review — I Wouldn’t Even Use it if it Were Free

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0.6 

Summary

Cudoo is an online learning platform that offers courses in over 160 languages. The platform also offers courses teaching soft skills and other professional development courses. Certificates are available upon course completion, and courses are provided to libraries and non-profits for free. We feel that the quality of the language courses is quite low, and that the prices are relatively high.

Quality

It’s nice to have native speaker audio, but I personally found the course to offer very little learning potential.

Thoroughness

The course didn’t cover everything listed under “Course Content” and offers no explanations.

Value

This course is way overpriced in my opinion. I wouldn’t even use it if it were free.

Languages

There are courses in over 160 languages on Cudoo. You’ll find languages as rare as Alsatian, Jerriais, and Navajo alongside more popular languages like Spanish and German.

Price

Price varies by course, from $4.99 to $24.99, with language bundles costing up to $199.

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Yabla Review — Affordable and Effective Video-Learning

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4.3 

Summary:

Yabla is a language-learning platform that uses videos with interactive subtitles and language games to help users learn a language. It’s currently available on the web and for iOS, with an Android app in development. Its videos are of varying difficulty levels and types, and are either sourced from the internet or originally produced, but all videos use native speakers.

Platform

It’s very easy and enjoyable to use, but the flashcard feature could be more developed.

Platform

While they vary slightly for each language, the video libraries are extensive and full of interesting content.

Value

It’s most valuable for learners at the intermediate and advanced levels and is priced very fairly, but you’ll only get access to one language.

Languages

Chinese, Italian, German, French, Spanish, English

Price

After a 15-day free trial, users can subscribe to one of the following options:

One Month $12.95
Six Months $54.95
One Year $99.95

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FluentU Review — More Expensive than the Competition

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3.1 

Summary

FluentU is a language-learning platform that uses real-world videos and interactive subtitles to create an immersive learning experience. The videos take on a variety of forms, including commercials, music videos, interviews, and more. Accompanying quizzes give users the chance to practice language used in videos. 

FluentU offers videos in nine different languages and is available for iOS, Android, and on the web. Most of its content is beyond the beginner level, but it has videos for learners at all levels.

Platform

It’s very straightforward and easy to use, though not especially visually pleasing.

Content

There is a wide variety of videos, but they’re short and disconnected. They also aren’t suitable for absolute beginners.

Value

It’s not a very complete way to study a language, which makes it hard to justify the subscription price.

Languages

Chinese, Spanish, French, German, English, Japanese, Italian, Korean, Russian

Price

After a 14-day free trial, users can purchase one of two subscription options. Subscriptions grant access to all FluentU languages.

Monthly Subscription: $30/month

Annual Subscription: $240/year ($20/month)

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The 30 Best (And Worst) Online Italian Courses In 2020

While it’d be great to hop on a plane to Rome and study Italian for six-months, that’s simply not an option for most people.

Fortunately, you don’t need to be in Italy to study Italian.

There are actually some online Italian courses that are as good (if not better) than any university course you’ll find. Of course, there are also those that, frankly, are pretty awful.

It can be hard to figure out which ones are worthwhile and which ones are junk without spending tons of time trying them all out.

Fortunately, we’ve tried out the majority of online Italian courses and have written super in-depth reviews 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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17 Minute Languages Review: I Wouldn’t Recommend Using It

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1.5 

Summary

17 Minute Languages is a language-learning program that uses spaced repetition and native-speaker audio to teach a wide variety of languages. In our opinion, the courses aren’t very engaging; the courses we tried included significant errors and didn’t offer any language-specific explanations. There are leaderboards for comparing your progress with other users and a language forum that’s available after four days of use.

Quality

Native speaker audio is the only thing that impressed me in the courses I tried; mistakes and glitches were many.

Thoroughness

Explanations are lacking, which I found made some material misleading.

Value

I think there are far better ways to spend your time and money studying a language.

Languages

There are courses in 80 languages. 

Price

The Beginner’s Course is $39.95 and the Complete Package is $97. There is a free 48-hour trial.

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The Best Apps For Learning Italian: From Trying Out Dozens

It wasn’t too long ago that using apps to study Italian wouldn’t have gotten you very far. Well, a lot has changed in the past few years. Now apps can do quite a lot, and while they shouldn’t be the only way you study Italian, they’re worth taking advantage of.

They’re no longer limited to teaching the language through games or basic phrasebooks. Many entire courses, even the old-school ones, have developed apps to accommodate the growing number of people studying on their phones.

The huge number of apps for studying Italian has made this list quite long, and it’s still in no way a complete compilation. We’ve instead included our favorites in addition to some popularly recommended options, sorted by what they do best. (more…)

Speechling Review – I Didn’t Know I Was Saying That Wrong!

Quick Review

4.3 

Summary:

Speechling is a website and app that makes it easy to improve your speaking skills in several languages. The free version is an incredbily valuable resource that makes it easy to practice mimicking native speakers. The Unlimited Plan provides unlimited corrections of your recordings by a teacher.

Quality

Speachling makes it easy to improve your speaking rhythm and pronunciation.

Thoroughness

Lots of different ways to practice speaking.

Value

The free version is better than most paid resources and the paid version provides outstanding value.

Price

The Forever Free Plan is complete free. A monthly subscription to the Unlimited Plan costs $19.99 per month.

Use the promo code “ALR123”” to save 10% on Speechling’s Unlimited Plan.

Languages: English, French, Spanish, Chinese, German, Russian, Italian, Portuguese, Korean, and Japanese

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Rocket Languages Review: Some Courses Are Ok, Others Are Bad

Quick Review

3.2 

Summary

Rocket Languages is a comprehensive resource offering courses in several commonly learned languages. There’s a range of quality between the different language options. Some aren’t very good, some are worth looking at, but none of them are truly outstanding. While the material is often well-structured and full of practice opportunities, uninteresting content and repetitive exercises often keep the experience mediocre.

Quality

The platform is well-designed and easy to use, but the content is often uninteresting.

Thoroughness

There are lots of explanations and practice opportunities, but exercises are repetitive.

Value

The price is on the high side for what competing resources offer.

Languages

Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, English, and Sign Language

Price

The price seems to change semi-regularly with frequent discounts. At the time of writing, they are:

$99.95 for Level 1 

$249.90 for Level 1 and 2

$259.95 for Level 1, 2, and 3

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Speaky Review: Better Than Other Language Exchange Apps?

Quick Review

3.7 

Summary

Speaky is a social language-learning app for people interested in language exchange. It’s available for iOS, Android, and the web. Users can chat with other language learners, share photos, leave voice messages or even have voice calls. The basic features on Speaky are free to use, but access to more than five translations per day requires a subscription.

Community

There are some dedicated language learners on Speaky but not as many as similar apps.

Features

The platform is easy to use but lacks advanced features.

Value

Speaky is mostly free to use, extra features are available for a subscription.

Languages

There are over 100 languages on Speaky. These include popular languages like Spanish, French, German, Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Russian, Portuguese, Italian, Arabic, etc.

Price

The basic features on Speaky are free to use. A premium membership is available for a subscription.

1-month Subscription $5.99/month
6-month Subscription $4.83/month
12-month Subscription $3.91/month

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