• The Open University

Italian for Beginners 4: Likes And Dislikes

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

51,986 enrolled on this course

  • Duration

    4 weeks
  • Weekly study

    4 hours

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.

Learning on this course

On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.

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?

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.

I am a Lecturer in Italian at The Open University. I am Italian but live in the UK. I love learning new languages, reading novels, walking in the country, listening to music and yoga.

Who developed the course?

The Open University

As the UK’s largest university, The Open University (OU) supports thousands of students to achieve their goals and ambitions via supported distance learning, helping to fit learning around professional and personal life commitments.

  • Established

  • Location

    Milton Keynes, UK
  • World ranking

    Top 510Source: Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2020

Learning on FutureLearn

Your learning, your rules

  • Courses are split into weeks, activities, and steps to help you keep track of your learning
  • Learn through a mix of bite-sized videos, long- and short-form articles, audio, and practical activities
  • Stay motivated by using the Progress page to keep track of your step completion and assessment scores

Join a global classroom

  • Experience the power of social learning, and get inspired by an international network of learners
  • Share ideas with your peers and course educators on every step of the course
  • Join the conversation by reading, @ing, liking, bookmarking, and replying to comments from others

Map your progress

  • As you work through the course, use notifications and the Progress page to guide your learning
  • Whenever you’re ready, mark each step as complete, you’re in control
  • Complete 90% of course steps and all of the assessments to earn your certificate

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