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Free Italian Lessons and Courses

Free Italian Lessons and Courses
We have gathered together here a number of free Italian language lessons and language courses for those learning Italian, along with some other Italian language resources, such as Italian online courses and exercises, podcasts, video lessons, alphabets, dictionaries, lexicons, verb conjugations, language communities, newspapers, articles, and books. Most of these sites will be in English, although a number are multilingual in nature.

  Video Lessons

  Textbook Courses

Wikibooks: Italian Language Course
A comprehensive free Italian language course from Wikibooks, the open source books collection.

  Courses and Exercises Language Portal
"The language portal offers you dictionary translations, language quizzes and games, vocabulary lessons for learning and much more. is interactive: You can enter your own translation, create your own language test or your own vocabulary flashcard set. babla - Loving Languages!". Quizzes, games, vocabulary learning and dictionary aids for English, Chinese, French, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Spanish, and Turkish.
BBC Languages - Learn Italian
An extensive source of Italian learning resources for Beginning and Intermediate students, with extensive audio and video clips. Practise basic grammar, use a number of their different online courses (Italian Steps, Talk Italian, Italianissimo, Italian Journey), learn holiday phrases, use Cool Italian with their audio guide to learn slang, gauge your level in Italian, and get tips on how to improve your learning and listening, and much more.
Centro Studi Italiani
The Italian Electronic Classroom! is a project of Centro Studi Italiani, aimed at providing free on-line, useful information on difficult aspects of the Italian language to students, teachers, translators, writers. This is a work in progress. Periodically we will add new pages on topics covering grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation and so on. Visit our site again and send us your suggestions!
Dentro L'Italiano
An interactive, multimedia course in Italian, with audio and video clips, exercises, grammatical help, and a course guide in a number of European languages. The course has 3 sections - Beginners, Intermediate, and Advanced - and a substantial number of modules, some 25 or so per section, which can be selected by theme. Run by RAI (the public Italian Television) International.'s Italian Vocabulary Tests
With 100 tests of Italian vocabulary, plus 50 Italian crossword puzzles in Java.
The Internet Picture Dictionary: Italian
Picture dictionary in Italian (also with pictorial dictionaries in other languages), divided into a number of different categories. With activities (Flashcards, Fill-in-the-blanks, Word Scramble, Stinky Spelling, Straight Recall).
The Italian Electronic Classroom
The Italian Electronic Classroom! is a project of Centro Studi Italiani, aimed at providing free on-line, useful information on difficult aspects of the Italian language to students, teachers, translators, writers. This is a work in progress. Periodically we will add new pages on topics covering grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation and so on.
Italian-English Translation Games
Huge collection of language games for Italian-English.
Italian Index
Contains an online text of Italian for three levels, treating a large range of different topics. Also includes links to similar texts on the site in other languages.
Italy Magazine Italian Lessons
In response to the popularity of the lessons posted on the frontpage of the Italy Magazine website, we decided to create a dedicated home to the language lessons. Whether you are a beginner just starting out, someone who needs to improve their existing knowledge or an advanced speaker who needs to keep the skills fresh you will hopefully find an appropriate item here. And keep coming back since new lessons and articles will be added regularly. With sections for Italian in Small Bites, Beginner Italian, Intermediate Italian, Advanced Italian, and Articles.
Languages Online Italiano
Beginning course in Italian.
LearnItalianPod enables users to learn Italian on their terms - when and where is most convenient for them. Users can listen to the free daily podcasts on their media device (iPod, MP3 player, computer, etc). Thanks to the nature of podcasts, those depressing language tapes are a thing of the past. Italian
Beginning course in Italian with vocabulary.
Materiali Didattici per L'Insegnamento
Texts and exercises (non-interactive), graded by level, for learners of Italian as a foreign language, using continuously updated material. The exercises are useful resources for teachers of Italian at all levels.
Mydailyphrase Italian
Learn Italian step by step, day by day, phrase by phrase.
Oggi E Domani
20 lessons in Italian, using a total immersion strategy with minimal English translations, with MP3 audio pronunciation soundfiles.
Parliamo Italiano! - An Italian Course for English Speakers
Italian course which drills on nouns, definite and indefinite articles, and numbers, with numerous practice exercises.
Scuola Leonardo Italian Languages Tests
Tests of Italian at Beginning, Intermediate, and Advanced levels. Requires name and email address to be submitted.
Smart Phrase for Italian
Hundreds of useful Italian phrases in 12 categories, with each section linked to lists of related Italian words with their translations, and a Random Phrase Generator interactive facility to practise Italian, or simply amuse yourself with randomly-generated humorous Italian phrases.
Teach Yourself Italian
Grammar and exercises in Italian, with pronunciation audio files in WAV format, with a fairly extensive listing of topics.
Travel Phrases
Travel phrases for Italian and English, categorized as common situations and needs.
You Too Can Learn Italian!
These Italian lessons were written by Lucio Chiappetti after noticing the Spanish lessons that I had made available on the Human-Languages Page. By using the Spanish lessons as a template, he was able to quickly write up Italian versions of the lessons.
World Languages Podcasting: Italian
World Languages Podcasting provides a podcast series in various languages for the intermediate to advanced language student to help improve language skills and knowledge of Australian culture. Each conversation is complimented with a full transcript and a page of language exercises that may be downloaded from the website

  Grammars and Verbs

Descriptive Grammar of the Standard Italian Language
Comprehensive online grammar of the Italian language; some sections are yet unfinished.
La Grammatica Italiana
You will find here explanations of the basic structures of Italian grammar, as well as many exercises through which you can practice what you have learned. From Cristina Mazzoni, Professor at the Dept. of Romance Languages, University of Vermont.
Italian Irregular Verbs
This is a list of about 110 most common Italian irregular verbs; you can filter the verb set displayed with a number of options.
Trieste Verb Conjugator
Online verb conjugation engine from the University of Trieste.
Verbix Verb Conjugator
Online verb conjungation engine for Italian.

  Language Communities

Let's Learn Italian!
A free forum where you can meet people from around the world who are learning Italian, share tips to improve your Italian language skills, receive a free bi-monthly newsletter, and register and participate on the online forum "La Bacheca".
Polyglot is a non-profit community dedicated to language exchange. Polyglot allows you to find the right person ready to exchange languages with you. You will search for penpals according to age, gender, location, hobbies, etc. Polyglot is fully customizable. You will choose your own icons, styles or post your own Polyglot translations, so that more people speaking your language can become a member.
Speak Any Language Online Community is a web-based, global community dedicated to making the world a smaller place through understanding of languages and cultures. Our Forums area gives each of our users the opportunity to communicate with each other. Our Chat area gives everyone the opportunity practice speaking in the languages of their choice. Best of all, the services on these pages are free.
UniLang Community
The main purpose of the UniLang Community is to provide an online site where people interested in languages can unite, openly discuss, and find resources related to language(s), linguistics and translations. We are an open non-profit organization, meaning that everything on our site is publicly accessible at no cost, and membership is also free and open for everybody. All data, unless otherwise stated, is licensed under an open licence, the UniLang Public License, as opposed to a restrictive copyright.

  Other Italian Resources

Digital Dante Project
The ILTweb Digital Dante Project is a long-term effort of the Institute for Learning Technologies at Columbia University to prototype and develop an online, multimedia Dante-related academic resource combining traditional elements of scholarly research with new communication and presentation possibilities enabled by networked digital technology. In essence, the Digital Dante Project is (or will be) a multimedia translation of The Divine Comedy.
Italian Dictionaries Online
Comprehensive listing of Italian dictionaries, technical reference, grammars, and other language aids.
Italian Internet Radio and Online News Radio
Large directory of internet radio programs with conversation and music in a number of different audio formats.
Italian Newspapers Online
Directory of online Italian newspapers.
Italian Literature in HTML
Classics of Italian literature online in HTML format; site is entirely in Italian.
Super Italian Websites
Abundant link page of Italian resources, with a large amount of language learning content.
University of Virginia Electronic Texts Links for Italian Literature
Link list of projects devoted to Italian literature.
The World of Dante
The World of Dante offers a hypermedia environment for the study of the Inferno. This project is designed to appeal to the different purposes of a wide range of readers, not simply those with scholarly interests. This version of the Inferno is generated by software from a densely encoded electronic text. Unlike other versions of the poem presently online, this copy of the Inferno has been tagged using SGML (Standard Generalized Markup Language).
Yale University Library Italian Language and Literature
Extensive link list of pages devoted to Italian literature.