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Italian [Italiano]

Italian is a Romance language spoken mainly in Italy, is an official language of Switzerland and the main language of the Vatican City. It is considered the closest modern language to Latin. Around 70 million people speak Italian as their first language.

This page gives access to courses, Italian/English/Italian dictionaries, grammar, vocabulary activities, tutorials, podcasts & blogs,current events, cultural information, free and fee-based software, other resources information.

Courses/Tutorials

Language Courses

Free

Fee-based

  • Cyber Italian
    Find culture while you learn the basics of Italian through interactive work. Links to other resources, sites. Only a small section is free.
  • Learn and Speak Italian
    ‘22 easy-to-manage online lessons teaching you what to say, how to make up your own sentences with the words you have learned’.

Tutorials

  • The Italian Electronic Classroom !
    “Centro Studi Italiani ”. ‘Free on-line, useful information on difficult aspects of Italian language to students, teachers, … ’.
  • Free Language Tutorials
    ‘Free online grammar lessons, useful phrases for work and travel, as well as themed lists of Italian vocabulary words. These tutorials are for those studying either basic or intermediate Italian’.
  • Italian Tutorial Index
    Includes 90+ sections, broken into multiple levels, with links to other resources.

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Language Tools

Alphabets

Videos

Dictionaries

Software

Apps

  • Italian English Dictionary + Freemium
    Apple, Free; In-app purchases. ‘Italian English Dictionary with over 121 000 offline entries. Includes translations, usage examples, parts-of-speech’.
  • Learn Italian 6 000 Words
    Android, Free; In-app purchases. ‘6 000 words with images to illustrate words, phonetic transcriptions and pronunciation recordings by native speakers’.
  • Learn Italian [MindSnacks]
    Apple, Free; In-app purchases. ‘Perfect for beginning and intermediate learners of Italian’.
  • Learn Italian Free
    Apple, Free; In-app purchases. ‘Contains over 800 commonly-used Italian phrases and vocabularies for travellers and beginners’. An Android version is found here.

Free Software

  • Byki Language Learning Software
    ‘Play games, use flash cards, perfect your Italian accent with native speaker sound, test yourself, and take your learning with you on MP3 audio’.

Other Sites

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Language Usage

Grammar

Vocabulary

  • Digital Dialects : Italian
    ‘Free games for learning. Includes games for learning phrases, numbers, useful words, spelling, verb conjugation and alphabets’.
  • Italian Travel Phrases
    Develop basic Italian for when you are travelling.
  • Italian Vocabulary Exercises
    ‘Free interactive exercises to learn basic Italian vocabulary. All Italian words and phrases come with sound samples recorded by native speakers’.
  • Italian Vocabulary Guide
    Audio files for all sections. In Italian but with English translations either direct or on mouse over.
  • Learn Italian
    ‘Our 12 lessons were created with beginners in mind, and will quickly help you master some basic Italian phrases you’ll use while travelling through Italy’.
  • Word of the Day
    ‘Receive Word of the Day mini-lessons in your inbox for a convenient new way to learn a language’.

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Other Information

Culture

Other Sites

  • Free Italian Lessons and Courses
    ‘Free language lessons and courses. Resources such as Italian online newspapers, Italian dictionaries, Italian internet radio sites, other sources’.
  • Italian Encounter
    ‘A blog providing useful content on the Italian language and culture, including posts, grammar sheets and exercises’.
  • Italian Language
    Writing system, history, classification, geographic distribution, dialects, sounds, grammar, examples, sample texts, references, bibliography, links. Wikipedia.
  • Italian Language Guide
    Language facts, pronunciation, grammar, vocabulary, language tools, courses, culture, translations.
  • Italian Online Resources
    University of Cambridge, Department of Italian.
  • Italian Proverbs
    Alphabetical listing in Italian with English explanations. Wikipedia.
  • Jim Becker’s Italian Page
    Collection of links for Italian. Culture, grammar, games, dictionaries, search engines, more.
  • Languages Online - Italian
    Links to Italian sites related to language. Grouped under headings such as Test Your Italian, Quizzes & Tests, Grammar, The Language Classroom, Study Online, Vocabulary, more.
  • New South Wales HSC Online, Italian
    While for the HSC, it provides revision on all aspects of senior secondary Italian.

Podcasts, Blogs, Video Broadcasts

  • Ad alta voce
    Rai Radio 3. Listen to the reading of complete novels in Italian.
  • Audio Stories and Children’s Fables
    Walter’s Blog. ‘Famous fables and stories for children and they’re all available as podcasts’. MP3, in Italian.
  • Ilgur
    ‘Currently, there are 193 lessons on various aspects of Italian grammar’.
  • ItalianPod101.com
    ‘A painless and free way to bone up on the language and culture in a relevant, real world way’.
  • LearnItalianPod
    Free trial but to continue, it is fee-based.
  • Let’s Speak Italian !
    Fee-based to download blocks of lessons but not expensive.
  • Max Mondo - Incontro Italiano
    ‘Listen to the free audio summary for each issue of Incontro Italiano with the players below. These shows are also available as a free podcast. Learn Italian for free with the Italian podcast by native speakers’.
    You need to subscribe for access but this is free.
  • SBS Podcasts : Italian
    ‘Podcast of news stories, sports, entertainment’, more.

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