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.
If you’re just starting out, choose from some of these beginner-level channels. The instructors often present the lessons in English to make it easy to follow along. Some channels only cover the basics, while others progress to intermediate levels.
Italy Made Easy is a channel hosted by Manu and has videos with English instruction as well as lessons that are entirely in Italian. You can start with the basics, such as learning the Italian alphabet and pronunciation, and move on to videos in slow Italian to practice your listening comprehension. For intermediate learners, you can learn about regional cuisine and regional dialects along with other cultural topics.
Manu is a fun and engaging host who speaks clearly and is easy to follow. If you like his style, you can find additional lessons at the Italy Made Easy Academy, which has both free and premium content. His courses are exceptionally well done and comprehensive. So, if you’d prefer a structured course, I’d highly recommend these ones. You can read our review of Italy Made Easy’s courses for more information.
Be sure to check out Manu’s helpful pronunciation guides, including how to roll your “r”s when you speak Italian. If you’re planning on traveling to Italy, you might like his guide to safety in Italy, which covers Italian money, bargaining, and avoiding “weird situations.”
Lucrezia is a native Italian speaker who produces lessons and vlogs on a range of topics suitable for beginners and intermediate learners. If you’re just starting out, you can watch her lessons on the numbers, days, months, and seasons in Italian. Intermediate learners can watch vlogs in which she visits places in Rome and speaks to people in Italian.
Lucrezia also has a series on Italian idioms, which is great if you want to pick up some colorful expressions that locals use. And there are several videos in which her listeners send her a writing sample and she corrects it on camera. This is ideal for learning about some common mistakes and the differences between spoken and written Italian.
Lucrezia is young and hip and knows how to engage with her viewers in a natural and authentic way. She’ll even teach you how to make pasta and pesto if you watch one of her cooking lessons!
Marco is a native Italian who offers lessons at several learning levels on his YouTube channel. One of the things that’s unique about his channel is that he offers lessons for both English and Spanish speakers, so if English isn’t your first language and you’d rather have instruction in Spanish, this is a good channel for you.
Marco’s lessons are fun and entertaining, and cover basic words and grammar while Marco types out phrases on his computer screen. In some of his videos, he takes his camera on trips around Italy, so you’ll get to learn a bit about the culture too.
The Travel Linguist offers basic lessons in multiple languages intended for travelers. You won’t learn comprehensive Italian here, but their videos are great for people who just want to pick up a few words and phrases before a trip to Italy. They cover topics including greetings, asking for directions, shopping, dining, safety, and more.
Start with this channel if you want to learn some phrases you can use right away, but without diving too deeply into pronunciation or grammar.
ItalianPod101 is a subscription service that offers lessons to every level, though there’s much more material targeted to beginners. In our review of ItalianPod101, we found it to be alright, but not amazing. They offer tons of lessons, and although most of them are audio lessons, there are also videos as well. A subscription also gives access to various other resources to make your studying easier.
You can actually try out a lot of videos for free on their YouTube channel. The videos include introductory lessons like “Learn Italian in 30 Minutes” as well as an “Ask An Italian Teacher” playlist that covers verb conjugations, “false friends,” and loan words.
There’s also a 24/7 Italian channel that cycles through a variety of topics with several different instructors that you can tune into throughout the day. The videos are well-produced and up-to-date, and they’re creating new material all the time, so you won’t have to worry about running out of lessons any time soon.
Learn Italian With Me is a channel hosted by Luana, an Italian tutor who will introduce you to everything you need to know to get started in Italian. Her videos are arranged in helpful categories, such as family words, question words, and food words. You’ll learn how to write a Valentine’s Day card and how to say you love someone in Italian.
If you’re ready to move on to intermediate material, you can learn about parts of speech with her “Italian Grammar Pills” playlist. She also has a “Postcards From Italy” playlist in which she offers tips on how to enjoy the Amalfi coast or rent a scooter in Ravello. Her love of Italian culture really shines through in her fun and playful lessons.
The Dolce Vita channel is hosted by Luca and Marina and is aimed at tourists who are planning to visit Italy. They have several educational video series, including “100 Useful Expressions” and “Learn Italian in 30 Days”. Start with the basics, such as learning the months in Italian and progress to more formal grammar lessons.
They also include travel tips to places like Lazio and Umbria, and some helpful cultural content, such as “5 Ways to Piss Off Italians.” Use this channel to prepare for your trip while learning a bit more about the Italian way of life.
No list of YouTube channels would be complete without at least one playlist for kids. As more and more families learn a language together, Dino Lingo is the perfect way for you to practice Italian with your children. These videos include colorful animation and real Italian children’s songs to make it fun and easy to learn new vocabulary.
These YouTube channels are best for intermediate learners. While some of them may still have beginners lessons, they focus mostly on intermediate material and the hosts mostly speak in Italian rather than in English. These channels will help you get more familiar with Italian grammar and build on the skills that you’ve already learned.
The Easy Languages channel is one of the best ways to learn a language as it’s really spoken. These videos feature “man-on-the-street” interviews in which the hosts interview everyday Italians about their favorite foods, holidays, films, and more. You’ll learn how to order a coffee and what life is like on the Italian border.
While the videos are entirely in Italian, they have subtitles in both Italian and English so even if you’re still a beginner you’ll be able to follow along. Or, cover up the subtitles to practice your listening comprehension skills. This is a great series for training your ear and learning to recognize regional dialects spoken at a natural pace.
One World Italiano is a YouTube channel hosted by Veronica that includes lessons from levels A1 – B1 and beyond. Although there are a few elementary lessons in English, a lot of the content is entirely in Italian, making them most suitable for intermediate learners.
Veronica offers premium courses at the One World Online School, and also teaches in Italy if you want to take a class with her in person! The school is located in Cagliari on the island of Sardinia, so you’ll get a bit of a different accent and lifestyle in her videos than you will get from the teachers based in Rome and other parts of Italy.
Many of the videos include fun sets and costumes, making the videos fun to watch and the lessons easy to remember. Her teaching style is the “Direct Method,” which means you’re expected to pick up the language from context rather than translation, so try to follow along as much as possible without relying on subtitles.
If you prefer to learn from another student, try watching the videos on this channel hosted by Melissa Muldoon. Although a native English speaker, she’s been practicing Italian for over 15 years and understands the language from the inside-out. She’s also a bit older than most of the instructors on this list, so if you can’t keep up with the hip millennial YouTube slang, Melissa’s approach may be more your speed.
She doesn’t have many formal lessons on this channel, and most of the videos take an immersive approach, bringing you along on outdoor adventures like horseback riding or visiting a vineyard. She also has a novel called Dreaming Sophia that’s set in Italy. If you’ve ever wondered what it might be like to retire in Italy, this channel is for you!
She’ll also teach you how to find a homestay and buy train tickets from an automatic vending machine, which may come in handy on a trip to Italy.
Tom is a student of many languages, and this YouTube channel aims to help English speakers learn Italian (and Italian speakers learn English). His approach is immersive, and his introductory video is all about how to consciously make your world more Italian by surrounding yourself with books, music, and media in your target language. He even recommends changing the language on your phone so you can learn words that you wouldn’t ordinarily encounter in a textbook!
There are some formal lessons on this channel, and you can download written exercises on his website. But most of the advice Tom gives is in English and will help you learn to speak Italian faster by using reference phrases and other mental techniques. He also has several listening comprehension exercises and practice dialogues.
Italiano Automatico is for people who have studied some grammar and vocabulary but still have trouble speaking quickly and fluently. Host Alberto keeps things simple so you can focus on communicating well and not on complex grammar rules. He even brings his nonna into the series to teach you some authentic Italian hand gestures!
Some of his video topics including getting over the fear of speaking in another language and keeping yourself motivated during your studies. Most of the videos have subtitles in both English and Spanish, and there are even some with fast and slow versions so you can listen at the speed that you’re most comfortable with!
This channel also includes some travel videos and interviews on the street with native Italian speakers, making this a well-rounded channel for intermediate students! Check out Alberto’s website if you want to purchase his premium courses.
This channel is a little bit different than most of the others on this list. Many of the videos simply consist of a pen and paper as the host narrates grammar lessons off-camera. It’s perfect for grammar nerds who want to get their Italian sentences just right. You’ll learn everything you need to know about accent marks and the apostrophe.
There are a few more unconventional videos too, including one in which the host uses excerpts from the Italian translation of Harry Potter to explain the subjunctive tense! This channel definitely isn’t for beginners but is sure to improve your Italian grammar.
On this channel, Graziana and Rocco host language lessons with instruction in Italian and subtitles in both Italian and English. There are lessons ranging from level A1 all the way up to C2, so beginners and intermediate learners will all find something to like here. In addition to grammar and vocabulary lessons, they have fun videos that will teach you colloquial expressions and how to use split sentences.
They also have premium content available on their website if you want more structured content. But the YouTube videos are entirely free and even include some travel videos showing you around popular tourist sites like Florence.
Your Italian Teacher is another channel hosted by a native speaker who offers lessons entirely in Italian. Valeria’s lessons aren’t for beginners, but will be helpful if you want to expand your knowledge of a particular aspect of the language. The premium courses available on her website include courses in Business Italian and Sardinian Work & Pleasure. Her free videos also include some quizzes to test what you’ve learned.
Sgrammaticando is a YouTube channel specifically devoted to grammar. This one won’t be suitable for beginners, but is great for recognizing common mistakes that even native Italian speakers make. Fiorella loves to analyze grammar and will bring up phrases that even Italians can’t agree upon to debate whether they’re grammatically correct! Use this channel to improve your understanding of formal Italian usage. She also has a book for sale with the written version of some of these lessons.
These advanced channels are perfect for immersing yourself in the Italian language and learning more about the culture. Rather than language lessons, these videos are aimed at native speakers and are made by Italian broadcasters or YouTube stars. Watch these videos to practice your listening comprehension and learn Italian slang and dialects.
Luca is a language coach and speaker of many languages. While his channel mostly consists of general language-learning tips, he’s a native Italian speaker and has a few videos entirely in Italian, such as “The Secret to Learning New Words Effectively.” Use these videos to practice your listening comprehension and pick up some strategies for improving your Italian or any other language you want to learn.
Mery is an Italian YouTuber and digital nomad. If you’re tired of formal language lessons and want to get out of the classroom, you can follow along on her adventures to Hawaii, Tokyo, South Africa, and more. She speaks entirely in Italian, so you can practice your listening skills and learn about traveling the world while you’re at it.
Cook Around is an Italian YouTube channel devoted to cooking. There are no language lessons here, but you’ll pick up plenty of Italian by watching these professional chefs at work and practicing your cooking skills at home. Many of the recipes are classic Italian dishes like penne all’arrabbiata, but there’s plenty of international cuisine as well.
Fan Page is a massively popular YouTube channel with nearly 1.5 million followers. There are plenty of videos to choose from, including human interest stories, journalism, interviews, pranks, and more. You’ll find VICE-style inquiries into corruption and videos about the effects of sexism on children. They’re intended for native speakers, so you’ll get a glimpse into Italian culture while practicing your comprehension skills.
This comedy channel is where you go to learn Italian humor. In fact, this comedy troupe has several different YouTube channels, featuring sketch comedy, music, and more. The performers speak with Neapolitan accents, so you can train your ear to understand a new regional dialect and learn plenty of Italian jokes while you’re at it.
Breaking Italy is an online news show hosted by Alessandro Masala that covers current events and social issues. A new episode is released several times per week, and topics range from the light-hearted to the serious. Alessandro covers everything from wages in the gig economy to the arrest of Julian Assange. The videos are entirely in Italian (with a Sardinian accent) and there aren’t any subtitles, so do your best to follow along.
Hopefully, you found some good YouTube channels from this list. If you have any other recommendations, please let us know!
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This post was originally written by Chris – an amazing freelance writer and experienced language learner.
It was edited by me – Nick Dahlhoff.
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