Here are my most highly recommended resources for learning the Italian language.
I frequently refer to them in many of the articles I write on this site either because I know they’re fantastic or they’ve been crucial to my own learning.
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Learn Italian With Podcasts
ItalianPod101: This is an excellent Italian course in the form of audio podcasts and downloadable lessons.
As well as podcast-style lessons, you’ll find videos, a vocabulary database and dictionary, grammar explanations and various other useful features.
Best Online Italian Audio Course
Rocket Italian: This is one of my favorite online courses which has some of the highest quality Italian dialogue material available.
Rocket Italian doesn’t follow a ‘cookie cutter’ approach like other well-known programs such as Rosetta Stone or Pimsleur, and it has a tonne of excellent audio content for all levels ranging from beginner to advanced.
Here’s a video I made recently showing the new edition’s features:
Learn Italian Using Video
Yabla Italian: This is an excellent site for using video to learn Italian where you can control the speed of playback and select words from the subtitles for definitions.
Yabla has recently had some major improvements and new video content added making it well worth a try.
Learn To Speak Italian With Music
Rapid Italian: This is the most unique and effective Italian phrasebook alternative I’ve ever seen and one I frequently recommend on this site.
Based on solid research into memory and ‘stuck song syndrome’, Rapid Italian teaches you the language over the top of highly repetitive tunes that cause the phrases to ‘get stuck’ in your head. It’s surprisingly effective and is so enjoyable that it doesn’t feel like study at all.
Best Mobile Apps To Learn Italian
MOSAlingua Italian: This app for Android and iPhone is a fantastic mobile tool to study Italian that includes over 3000 flashcards, excellent dialogues, progress tracking and more.
The best part is it’s only a couple of bucks (currently at €4.99).
Italian Fluency Courses And Guides
Glossika Italian: This is another very unique product that improves your fluency through a highly repetitive ‘listen and repeat’ approach.
It is, in my opinion, one of the the most useful tools I’ve seen for training Italian listening comprehension. Definitely not a conventional course but you’ll be amazed at how effective it is at improving your Italian fluency if you use it daily (read my Glossika review).
Why Italian Is Easy: A great guide put together by Benny Lewis, author of Fluent In 3 Months, for overcoming the most common hurdles in Italian.
If you’re just starting out with Italian and facing difficulties getting your head around features of the language, this will help you.
Inexpensive Italian Lessons Via Skype
italki: Not too long ago it was really difficult or impossible to practice Italian without actually traveling to Italy.
Thankfully, tools like italki have made it possible to connect with native speakers from all over the world to practice or to take personalized lessons over Skype.
The great news is, Italian lessons over Skype through italki are incredibly cheap compared to most teachers in person (many are as low as $6-8 an hour depending on what language you’re learning!). All the frustration of payments and scheduling is handled brilliantly by italki too which makes it very easy and stress free to arrange sessions.
Other Free Tools To Help Your Italian
Memrise: This is an outstanding online vocabulary training tool that lets you select French ‘courses’ to study (or create one yourself). Many of the courses also include audio.
AnkiSRS: A highly versatile flashcard app.
Forvo: If there’s ever a French word or expression that you’ve seen written but don’t know how to pronounce, you can search for it here (or request it) and hear a native speaker pronounce it for you.
Duolingo Italian: Duolingo is a fun, free and effective way to study Italian grammar.
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