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Online course

Introduction to Italian

Learn basic Italian and explore Italian culture, with this free online Italian course.

Why join the course?

Have you been dreaming of visiting cities like Venice, Rome and Florence? Have you always wanted to learn Italian and get to know Italian culture? If so, this course is perfect for you.

Over six weeks you’ll develop the skills to interact in common conversational situations. You’ll learn how to introduce yourself, answer simple questions, ask for information, and talk about your interests, food and clothes.

You’ll develop your listening and speaking skills through watching short videos which introduce sentences frequently used in spoken Italian as well as vocabulary and grammar patterns.

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Skip to 1 minute and 0 secondsCiao, Italy is beautiful, isn’t it? My name is Francesca and I am going to guide you during your journey through your discovery of the Italian language. With me, there will be two teachers, Marco and Sabrina who will help you understand the language better. In these six weeks, you will also meet Mike, Anna and Lisa the three main characters in the video you will watch. Mike, Anna and Lisa are studying at the University for Foreigners of Siena a center specialized in Italian culture and, of course, in the teaching of Italian.

Skip to 1 minute and 34 secondsEvery year, hundreds of students of all ages, from all over the world come to Siena to study Italian, where they also have the opportunity to start friendships with Italian students too. Well, what else? We are waiting for you. Join us! Ciao!

What topics will you cover?

  • How to introduce yourself and/or oneself
  • How to say your age, job and nationality
  • How to say information about your family
  • How to ask for/give directions and to indicate something
  • How to contact someone in different situations
  • How to ask whether something else is needed
  • How to apologise and to answer
  • How to describe your habits and the place where you live
  • How to propose a social activity
  • How to discuss prices

When would you like to start?

  • Available now

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
  • Develop the skills to understand and use everyday expressions in Italian
  • Develop the skills to introduce oneself and others in Italian

Who is the course for?

The course is for people who have little or no prior knowledge of Italian and who are interested in discovering Italian language and culture.

Who will you learn with?

Andrea Villarini

Andrea Villarini is a Professor of Modern Language Teaching at the University for Foreigners of Siena. He is currently Head of the Research Institute for Teaching Language with Technological Support

Who developed the course?

The University for Foreigners of Siena (UniStraSi) is a public university specialized in the teaching of Italian and other languages and in research on language and culture.

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