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Online course

Italian for Beginners 2: My Friends and Family

Learn how to introduce people, exchange information about them and talk about your family.

Free:

  • Access to the course for its duration + 14 days, regardless of when you join (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps, quizzes)
  • No access to course tests
  • No certificate

Upgraded:

  • Unlimited access to the course, for as long as it exists on FutureLearn (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps, quizzes)
  • Access to course tests
  • A Certificate of Achievement when you complete the course

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Italian for Beginners 2: My Friends and Family

This course is part of the Italian for Beginners program, which will enable you to learn basic Italian, and discover Italy and its language and culture.

Why join the course?

This free online course is the second of six in the Italian for Beginner program. It will introduce you to the language that you need to:

  • introduce people;
  • exchange contact information (address, telephone number, e-mail);
  • use numbers;
  • exchange information about people;
  • talk about your family;
  • describe people and the clothes they wear.

Talk about people and family in Italian

During the four weeks of the course, you will learn the vocabulary and phrases you need to talk about friends and family, and the present tense of some basic verbs, such as avere (to have). You will also learn how to ask questions in Italian. You will continue to develop your speaking, listening, reading and writing skills, through the activities and the audio resources.

You will find tips and advice on how to develop your study skills, as well as cultural information about people in Italy and about the Italian regions.

What topics will you cover?

  • Introduce people;
  • Exchange contact information (address, telephone number, e-mail);
  • Use numbers;
  • Exchange information about people;
  • Talk about your family;
  • Describe people and the clothes they wear.

When would you like to start?

  • Date to be announced

What will you achieve?

  • Develop skills in basic Italian for interacting in communicative situations
  • Engage in simple communication in Italian
  • Apply the language introduced to exchange information about people and contact details, make introductions and use numbers
  • Apply the language introduced to talk about your family and describe people and the clothes they wear

Who is the course for?

This course is aimed at people with little prior knowledge of Italian, who want to learn the basic language and find out about Italy and its regions and culture. The course assumes that you have already studied the first course in the Italian for Beginners program. This course is taught through English.

Who will you learn with?

Anna Proudfoot

Lecturer in Italian at the Open University, author of Italian course books. I'm Scottish but learnt Italian in Italy when young. I love singing, dancing and travelling around Italy.

Anna Calvi

OU associate lecturer and materials writer. I have written materials on business communication, Academic English and Italian.

Who developed the course?

The Open University (OU) is the largest academic institution in the UK and a world leader in flexible distance learning, with a mission is to be open to people, places, methods and ideas.

Buy a personalised, digital and printed certificate and transcript

You can buy a Certificate of Achievement for this course — a personalised certificate and transcript in both digital and printed formats, to prove what you’ve learnt. A Statement of Participation is also available for this course.

Certificate of Achievement + transcript £49.00

Statement of Participation £34.00

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Charges to your account will be made in GBP. Prices in local currency are provided as a convenience and are only an estimate based on current exchange rates.