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.
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.
Pimsleur is 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. Their new subscription model changes that and makes it much more reasonable. With Pimsleur, Italian is taught orally, primarily through listening and speaking while grammar is ignored. You'll have to pay attention and participate in the lessons. 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.
Babbel is a course that falls somewhere between Duolingo and more expensive options like Italy Made Easy or Rocket Italian. It's not free, but very affordable. The course isn't the most exciting thing you'll find and is somewhat similar to Duolingo. Babbel, however, adds a lot more depth with better-structured lessons and more thorough explanations. Review.
italki is one of the best language learning resources around. 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.
Ripeti Con Me teaches Italian in a manner that's very similar to Glossika - by speaking lots of sentences. However, Ripeti Con Me only has lessons for Italian learners and overall is a much better product in just about every way. 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.
Rocket Languages offers courses in several languages and while I'm not a huge fan of all of them, Rocket Italian is quite good. The courses are a bit on the expensive side, though still reasonable. Lessons start from the absolute beginner and slowly build up. There are tons of opportunities to practice what you've learned with exercises designed for various skills. 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.
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.
|Name||Rating (out of 10)|
|Italy Made Easy||9.33|
|News in Slow Italian||9|
|Ripeti Con Me||8|
|The Mimic Method||6.33|
|Michel Thomas Method||3.33|