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.
Italian Language Courses
- 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.
- Dentro l’Italiano
“V. 4 Corso Elementare”. ‘An online course from Italy’s public broadcaster RAI’. Enter and select English/Inglese. You need Flash player. You have other options regarding presentation.
- Italian - BBC Languages
Online beginner’s interactive game called La Mappa Misteriosa. The Intermediate level has multiple activities and resources. Get a Quick Fix, which has printable holiday phrases with audio and mp3 downloads, try Italianissimo and access to Cool Italian, an audio guide to Italian slang, with mp3 downloads.
- Italian Language Free
Free online course.
- Italian Language Primer
45 lessons from pronunciation to weather expressions. Covers grammar in particular including word types, tenses, more.
- Language Speedway
‘Full text of the course and all audio recordings are currently available free of charge for personal use. Full access to exercises requires a subscription, but the first lessons are free of charge for you to try’.
- Learn and Speak Italian
‘Breaks down the language into situations you are likely to find yourself in through 22 easy-to-manage online lessons teaching you what to say, how to make up your own sentences with the words you have learned’. Fee-based.
- Learn How to Speak Italian
Learn Italian with free online lessons - Basics, Grammar, Words and Phrases, practice and exercises, other language links.
- Learn Italian : a Course for English Speakers
A basic course for beginners.
- Oggie Domani
‘The Interactive Course that Makes Italian Easy to Learn’. 20 interactive lessons with sounds and pictures.
- The Italian Electronic Classroom ! ™
“Centro Studi Italiani ™”. ‘Aimed at providing free on-line, useful information on difficult aspects of Italian language to students, teachers, translators, writers’.
- Free Language Tutorials
‘Welcome to our collection of free Italian language tutorials. Here you will find 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 podcasts [see below] and a link to a comparative study between French and Italian tutorials.
- Learn Italian - Free Online
‘We offer some great free online resources or Italian learners’.
- English Italian Dictionary
‘Comprised of general, encyclopaedic, slang & informal terms. It covers a wide range of professional fields. These dictionaries feature all inflected and derived forms of every entry and a searchable database of over 2 million words, phrases, abbreviations and acronyms’.
- Free Italian Dictionary
‘Use our search to translate Italian to English and translate English to Italian. “More Translation” means there is more than one translation’.
Links to general as well as specialist dictionaries [e.g. Computers, Business, Finance, … ].
- Italian Language
About.com. Dictionary, links to other specialist dictionaries and glossaries, and related articles.
- Italian Online Dictionaries
Italian/Other Language universal dictionary; dictionaries, multiple Bilingual dictionaries including English/Italian.
- Italian-English On-line Dictionary
TravLang. link to an English-Italian Dictionary.
- Online English to Italian to English Dictionary
- The Internet Picture Dictionary : Italian
Browse by initial letter or category. For younger children.
- The WordReference English-Italian Dictionary
‘A living, growing dictionary. Contains over 50 000 terms and 100 000 translations in both English and Italian and continues to grow and improve’.
- Free Italian Language Learning Resources
Extensive listing of links to free resources. Each link indicated as supporting one or more of the following areas - Grammar, Reading, Vocabulary or Listening.
- Free Italian Lessons and Courses
‘Free language lessons and courses for those learning Italian, along with some Italian language resources, such as Italian online newspapers, Italian dictionaries, Italian internet radio sites, other sources relevant to the student of Italian’.
- Italian 100 Exercises
University of Victoria, Canada. Designed to accompany their First Year Italian course. Covers vocabulary, some grammar.
- Italian for Beginners
About.com. Links from lessons to study guides, exercises to grammar.
- 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 Workbook Exercises
‘Worksheets, drills, activities, review’.
- Languages Online
Victorian Education Department. ‘Resources for language teachers and students. Downloadable Game Maker templates enable teachers and students to build their own multimedia games and activities using any language installed on your computer.’. Covers multiple languages including Italian.
- Learn Italian [Guide]
Sections on aspects of the language, language facts, information about fee-based courses in various parts of Italy. Also advice on choosing courses and destinations.
There are two sections to this site - the Free and the Premium Fee-based. The first provides access to a smaller range of information, while the Premium gives full access. Cost is reasonable for the Premium section.
- Online Education Tools
In German, French, Italian. No longer free.
- Quia Shared Activities
‘354 activities. Only the first 100 shown’. You need to subscribe to continue using this but there is a free 30-day trial. Various activities are included.
- Yes Italian
A small but growing number of lessons provided for free. These cover the basics and specific language areas.
- Descriptive Grammar of the Standard Italian
Extensive information done in sections for specific topics.
- Free Internet Italian Grammar
Extensive presentation from Alphabet, sentences, grammatical parts through to Idiomatic Verb Constructions.
- Grammar Tips
Tips are integrated into the episode information. Select “Episode [number]” then “Grammar”. From the BBC.
- Italian Verb Conjugator
Verb ix. Check information included in the Verb Notes.
- Italian Verbs
Conjugations, FAQs, most wanted verbs, more.
- La Grammatica Italiana
‘Explanations of the basic structures of Italian grammar, and many exercises by which you can practice what you have learned’.
- Learn Italian Grammar
‘A guide to the structure and use of the Italian Language A text written by Joseph Martin Carro’. Good explanations.
- Lessons on Italian Verbs
‘Formation, tenses, table of conjugations’.
- Online Italian Grammar
Multiple pages on grammatical areas from active and passive voice to Italian expressions.
- Italian Travel Phrases
Develop basic Italian for when you are travelling.
- Italian Tutorial
Basic lessons on grammar and vocabulary to help develop language skills.
- 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. Lesson 1 focuses on greetings and how to introduce yourself or a friend in Italian’.
- Digital Dialects : Italian
‘Features free to use online games for learning languages. Language resources include games for learning phrases, numbers, useful words, spelling, verb conjugation and alphabets. Games use Flash Player’.
- Digital Dialects : Italian [Advanced]
‘Click on links below to begin the Italian language learning games. Buttons with the round speaker icon indicate games that include audio’.
- Italian Online Resources
University of Cambridge, Department of Italian.
- Italian Proverbs
20 alphabetical listing in Italian with English explanations. Wikipedia.
- Italian Resources Online
From the Department of Italian Studies at the University of Toronto at Mississauga.
- 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.
- On-line Italian Language Resources
- Type Italian Characters Online
Step by step information, links to help for specific areas.
- Years 1-10 Languages other than English [Italian]
Podcasts, Blogs & Videos
from Rai Radio 3. Learn by listening to the reading of complete novels in Italian.
- Audio Stories and Children’s Fables
Walter’s Blog. ‘Find famous fables and stories for children and they’re all available as podcasts’. MP3, in Italian.
‘Currently, there are 193 lessons on various aspects of Italian grammar’.
- Italianinitaly’s Blog
Covers Italian classes, learning Italian in Italy, school’s activities and more.
‘On this website you’ll find audio and video files that you can listen to while reading the script of the spoken words at the same time. There is an index of the available titles when you follow the link that says “Titoli Disponibili”’.
Free trial but to continue, it is fee-based.
- 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.
- MyDailyPhrase.com Italian
100+ podcasts available.
‘We hope you enjoy the new Pastacast as we continue to provide you with great lessons in Italian !’
- Radio Arlecchino
‘Arlecchino, Pulcinella and other masks of the Italian Commedia dell’arte will help you learn the subtleties of Italian grammar, one zany episode at a time’.