Online course in Languages & Cultures

Italian for Beginners 5: Time To Travel

In the fifth Italian for Beginners course, learn to ask for information on trains and buy train tickets.

  • Duration 4 weeks
  • Weekly study 4 hours
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This course is part of the Italian for Beginners program, which will enable you to learn Italian as you discover the culture of Italy .

Why join the course?

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

  • talk about arrival and departure times;
  • enquire about train times;
  • buy a train ticket;
  • ask for information;
  • talk about journey times and distances.

Learn Italian to travel, ask about trains and buy tickets

During the four weeks of the course, you will learn the vocabulary and phrases you need to travel around Italy, such as getting information about train times, buying a ticket or asking how long the journey is.

You will learn to use si (yes) to say how things are done and learn the verbs dovere (to have to), potere (can) and volere (to want). You will continue to develop your language skills, and practice asking for information in Italian. And you will find out about local transport and the rail network and about the geography of Italy.

What topics will you cover?

  • Talk about arrival and departure times;
  • Enquire about train times;
  • Buy a train ticket;
  • Ask for information;
  • Talk about journey times and distances.

When would you like to start?

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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 travel, journey times and distances
  • Apply the language introduced to say how things are done and to ask for information

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

Who will you learn with?

Anna  Calvi

Anna Calvi

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

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.

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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