Italian Uncovered (StoryLearning) Review: My Own Experience

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A comprehensive Italian course that uses a unique story-based method for building language comprehension.
Italian Uncovered (StoryLearning) Review: My Own Experience

Italian Uncovered (StoryLearning)
Italian Uncovered (StoryLearning)
Pricing: $297 up front or 3 x $99 monthly installments
Positives
  • Very comprehensive course content
  • 100+ guaranteed hours of material
  • Detailed grammar explanations
  • Unique and innovative approach
Negatives
  • Teachable platform
  • Primarily a literacy-based course
  • Expensive

Summary

The Italian Uncovered course extends on the extremely popular StoryLearning method by Olly Richards, applying a story-based teaching methodology that comprehensively covers Italian up to an intermediate level. The course is ideal for those who enjoy a literacy and grammar-heavy approach, but may not be as enjoyable for other types of learners.

Overall, Italian Uncovered is pricey but it offers great value.

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If you’re learning Italian, you may have heard about Italian Uncovered | StoryLearning by Olly Richards (formerly I Will Teach You A Language).

Well I decided to use and briefly review this popular course recently.

Italian Uncovered offers over 100 hours of content from absolute beginner up to (CEFR) intermediate. It’s an impressively comprehensive Italian course in scope, covering pretty much every pertinent topic of Italian for new learners.

Olly and his native Italian speaking tutor, Martina, have taken a unique approach to teaching based on story comprehension.

The gist is that you’ll work through a simplified short story in Italian, covering various grammatical topics as you go, with the end result being that you’ll have read an entire story in Italian by the end of the course.

Frank opinion: This course style will suit people who enjoy a literacy, grammar-heavy approach (it’s very thorough with its explanations), but it may not be ideal if that’s not something you enjoy.

Many learners (myself included) prefer to learn through conversation/use, which this course unfortunately lacks.

The only other aspect of Italian Uncovered that bothers me is the Teachable platform, but that’s a purely aesthetic issue.

Overall, Italian Uncovered is excellent value - a little pricey, but it’s a one-time payment ($297) rather than a recurring subscription (there’s also the option of 3 x monthly installments).

There are alternative online Italian courses available too worth checking out.

Italian Uncovered (StoryLearning)
Pricing: $297 up front or 3 x $99 monthly installments
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