Free Italian Lessons

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  • Talk ItalianWeb Site
    • A lively introduction to Italian presented by the BBC.
  • BBC ItalianissimoWeb SiteYouTube
    • Italianissimo was a TV series to learn Italian first broadcast in 1992 and repeated regularly over the next 10 years. You can watch the videos online.
  • Italian Language and Culture: BeginnerMassive Open Online Course (MOOC)
    • In this language course from Wellesley College, you will learn the four basic skills (speaking, listening, reading and writing) in the context of major themes in Italian culture. By the end of the course you will be able to describe people, events and situations, both in the present and the past, and you will have acquired the necessary vocabulary to communicate about everyday situations.
  • Italian Language and Culture: IntermediateMassive Open Online Course (MOOC)
    • In this language course from Wellesley College, you will enhance your Italian language skills, enrich your vocabulary and expand your conversational skills. You will learn how to have exchanges on a variety of topics, and continue your immersion in the Italian culture through unique videos and interviews. You will also become more confident as you continue practicing your reading and writing skills.
  • Italian Language and Culture: AdvancedMassive Open Online Course (MOOC)
    • Learn how to perfect your skills in Italian (speaking, listening, reading and writing), and by the end of this course you will be able to express opinions and hypotheses, and sustain an argument using a variety of registers. You will also expand your vocabulary to include topics beyond everyday conversation. This course is from Wellesley College.
  • Duolingo Italian – Web Site  
    • A popular free language-learning and crowdsourced text translation platform. As users progress through lessons, they simultaneously help to translate websites and other documents.
  • Foreign Service Institute Italian Head Start – Web site
    • Textbook, glossary, culture notes (PDF) and 21 audio lessons (MP3).
  • Foreign Service Institute Italian Fast CourseWeb site
    • Includes a textbook (PDF) and 30 audio lessons (MP3).
  • Foreign Service Institute Italian Programmed Course – Web site
    • Textbook and instructor’s manual (PDF) and 24 audio lessons (MP3).
  • Introduction to ItalianMassive Open Online Course (MOOC)
  • Let’s Speak Italian – iTunes FreeFeed
    • This collection will help you learn Italian in small, manageable 5-minute bites.
  • Speak Italian with Your Mouth Full – Web site
    • MIT instructor Dr. Paola Rebusco uses cooking to help her students learn to speak Italian.

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