Online course in Languages & Cultures

Italian for Beginners 4: Likes And Dislikes

In the fourth Italian for Beginners course, learn to talk about your likes, dislikes and preferences.

  • Duration 4 weeks
  • Weekly study 4 hours
  • Learn Free
  • Extra benefits From $54 Find out more

Why join the course?

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

  • say what you like and dislike;
  • talk about your likes, dislikes and interests;
  • compare likes and dislikes;
  • talk about preferences;
  • give reasons.

Learn Italian to talk about your hobbies and interests

During the four weeks of the course, you will learn the vocabulary and expressions to talk about what you like doing in your leisure time.

You will learn how to talk about what you like and dislike, using the piacere (to like) and what you prefer, using preferire (to prefer).

By now, you will be halfway through the Italian for Beginners program, and you will be growing in confidence. You will be coming across longer texts in Italian, and you will read some of them for gist, so you understand what they are about even if you don’t understand all of the words.

You will learn about popular holiday destinations for Italians, about the Università per Stranieri in Perugia and about the Abruzzo region.

What topics will you cover?

  • Talk about your likes, dislikes and interests;
  • Talk about other people’s likes and dislikes and interests;
  • Compare likes and dislikes;
  • Talk about preferences;
  • Give reasons for your preferences.

When would you like to start?

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  • Available now
    This course started 9 Sep 2019

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you'll be able to...

  • Develop skills in basic Italian for interacting in common communicative situations
  • Engage in simple communication in Italian
  • Apply the language introduced to talk about what you like and dislike, and what you prefer
  • Apply the language introduced to talk about what you like doing in your leisure time

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 previous three courses in the Italian for Beginners program. This course is taught through English.

Who will you learn with?

Anna Proudfoot

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

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 to be open to people, places, methods and ideas.

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