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.
- Dentro l’Italiano
“V. 4 Corso Elementare”. ‘An online course from Italy’s public broadcaster RAI’. This is the guide to introduce you to the course. Start Dentro l’Italiano 4.0 Corso Elementare here.
- Foreign Services Institute - Italian
4 Books, 42 MP3 tapes for audio presentations.
- Italian Course
LANGMaster. ‘Try out all levels of the course without logging in. If you login, you will gain access to additional functions’.
- Learn Italian : a Course for English Speakers
A basic course for beginners.
- Learn Italian Free Online [Livemocha]
- Learn Italian Online [Busuu]
‘Register for free’.
- Oggie Domani
‘The Interactive Course that Makes Italian Easy to Learn’. Select the lesson, audio & video, grammar & pronunciation, culture.
- 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’.
- 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.
- Alphabet and Pronunciation
‘Click on each picture to listen to the sound of the letter and the word starting with that letter’.
- Alphabet & Pronunciation [Tutorino]
‘These free audio downloads will teach you the sounds of Italian’. Alphabet overview, links to other areas.
- Letters In The Italian Alphabet
Letter, name, English approximation, Italian example [includes audio], Memorisation Tips.
- Italian Lesson n.1 - Italian Alphabet
Video of almost 5 minutes length.
- Italian for Beginners 1 - Italian Alphabet [Alfabeto]
15 minute video.
- English Italian Dictionary [Babylon]
‘General, encyclopaedic, slang & informal terms. 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’.
- 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.
- Online English to Italian to English Dictionary
- The Internet Picture Dictionary : Italian
Browse by 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’. Multiple filters.
- Italian English Dictionary +
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.
- 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’.
- Free Italian Language Learning Resources
‘Focus on grammar, writing, vocabulary, listening, online speaking, video. Speaking practice is available’.
- Italian Workbook Exercises
‘Worksheets, drills, activities, review’.
- Languages Online
DET, Victoria. ‘Make your own interactive tasks’. Multiple languages including Italian. Updated topics.
- Quia Shared Activities
‘658 activities. Only the first 100 shown’ but you open the others to view as well. You need to subscribe to continue using the site.
- Type Italian Characters Online
Step by step information, links to help for specific 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. Extensive, detailed, but not updated for some time.
- Italian Verb Conjugator
Verbix. Check Verb Notes. Allows for translation from English, then conjugation.
- Italian Language Primer
45 lessons including pronunciation and grammar in particular including word types, tenses, 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
‘Guide to the structure and use of the Italian Language. Joseph Martin Carro’. V. 2, 2014. 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. Link to a free verb conjugator.
- 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’.
- Digital Dialects : Italian [Advanced]
‘Click on links to begin the Italian language learning games’.
- 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.
- Italian for Beginners
About.com. Links from lessons to study guides, exercises to grammar.
- Italian Tutorial
Basic lessons on grammar and vocabulary to help develop language skills.
- Learn How to Speak Italian
Basics, Grammar, Words and Phrases, practice and exercises, other links.
- Culture of Italy
Art, Cuisine, Education, culture, people, language, media, politics, religion, sports, references, more. Wikipedia.
- Italian Culture : What’s Important In Italian
Brief overview covering multiple aspects.
- Italian Customs and
Multi-page presentation describing how Italian traditions work.
- People and Culture
Overview and several sections. Find other cultural sections in the menu on the left.
- 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.
‘Currently, there are 193 lessons on various aspects of Italian grammar’.
‘A painless and free way to bone up on the language and culture in a relevant, real world way’.
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.