Most Recommended Resources For Learning Italian
News in Slow Italian is one of the most fun resources we’ve tried. As the title suggests, they teach Italian with new stories, read slowly. This makes the content much more accessible to learners while also being more interesting than typical study materials. There are subscription plans depending on your Italian level with some differences in the content, but it’s all really good. Review.
One of the best language learning resource. There’s nowhere that’s as affordable or convenient for finding an Italian tutor. You’ll find that tutors charge less than you may have expected (often less than $10/hr) and there are hundreds to choose from. Plus, extra features like language exchanges and writing corrections make it possible to improve without spending any money at all. Review.
The courses on Italy Made Easy are probably the best online Italian courses we’ve seen. The lessons are taught by a charismatic teacher that makes it more fun. Additionally, the content is extremely thorough with lots of practice exercises throughout. For those willing to pay a little bit extra, they can even have assignments corrected by a real tutor. Review.
Ripeti Con Me teaches Italian in a manner that’s very similar to Glossika – by speaking lots of sentences. Ripeti Con Me only has lessons for Italian learners and overall is a much better product. Sentences build up with new components slowly introduced so that eventually you can express a lot of different ideas. I also like how the lessons are specific to Italian culture. Review.
One of the biggest names in language learning but for a long time, they charged far too much money for me to ever recommend their courses. New subscription model changes that and makes it more reasonable. With Pimsleur, taught orally, primarily through listening and speaking while grammar is ignored. You’ll have to pay attention and participate in the lessons. Review.
Italian Uncovered is a unique type of Italian course. It’s made for beginners, but instead of starting out learning vocabulary or grammar, you’re thrown right into a story. At first, you’ll struggle to understand much of it, but as you go through the lessons, you’ll start to figure out how the language works. It’s more challenging but also more effective than most other courses you’ll find. Review.
Duolingo is free and offers lessons in lots of different languages, including Italian. While the lessons aren’t the most in-depth, often lack explanations, and sometimes have nonsensical translations, it’s still a good way to get started. It’s best for casual learners who just want to study some for fun. They do a great job of motivating students to come back and study a bit each day. Review.
Memrise, like Duolingo, is completely free to use and makes learning a bit more fun. Their method of teaching is essentially gamified flashcards. You’ll study new words and practice them repeatedly. If you make mistakes, you’ll see those cards more often, and if you know it, you’ll see it less often. It’s best for learning vocabulary and there are tons of courses to choose from. Review.
Babbel is a well-known online language-learning platform with over 1 million active users. It’s available on the web, for iOS, and for Android. Its goal is to get learners to a conversational level as quickly as possible through the use of a variety of exercises and spaced repetition for review. The courses are well put together and relatively inexpensive compared to other resources that exist. Overall a decent resource for those looking to learn Italian. Review.
Reading often it one of the best and most enjoyable ways to improve your Italian. As imperfect as LingQ is, it’s the best option I’ve found so far to get more reading practice. There are quite a few lessons across various difficulty levels – some added by LingQ and others added by users. You can read and listen to the content, looking up and marking words you know as you go. Review.
Tandem is a language exchange app created to connect learners from around the world. You can teach someone the language you speak and they’ll help you learn the language you’d like to learn. It comes with lots of useful features (as well as a large, active user base) to make connecting with other users easy and facilitate language practice. There’s also a tutoring service offered in the app for those who are interested. Review
Language Transfer is a fantastic beginner level audio course that’s completely free. The Italian course has 45 lessons with most lasting between 6-12 minutes. The instructor teaches a student Italian by using what he calls, ‘The Thinking Method.’ This works great as it gets students to really understand how the Italian language works. Review.