Best Italian Language Learning Resources
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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Best online Italian audio course
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.
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Learn Italian with podcasts
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.
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Learn Italian using video resources
This is a fantastic tool for learning Italian using subtitled video (check out my FluentU review).
It has many of the same features as Yabla but a wider array of video content to choose from.
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 (I created a Yabla review too).
Learn to speak Italian with music
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 (read my Earworms review for more info).
Italian fluency courses and guides
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 resources 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).
An extremely well-made and very unique Italian course aimed at teaching Italian through a unique “immersion method”.
If you’re looking for a full Italian curriculum that leads you all the way through to fluency, and are facing difficulties getting your head around how Italian works, this will definitely help you.
Inexpensive Italian lessons via Skype
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 (read my italki review).
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 and resources 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.