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Learn basic Italian, and discover Italy and its language and culture

Have you ever visited Italy and wished you spoke some Italian so you could get around more easily and interact with the locals? Do you have Italian family, friends or colleagues and want to know more about their language and culture? Are you interested in the food, music, cinema, art or literature of Italy? Or do you simply want to get to know the country and its many and varied regions better?

Whether you want to learn Italian to go on holiday, for work or study, or simply to learn a new language, this Italian for Beginners program will help you discover one of Europe’s most beautiful languages, and the diverse and fascinating world of Italy and its regions and culture.

The program is designed for learners with no prior knowledge of Italian, and provides a solid foundation at level A1 of the CEFR.

Accessible for free on desktop, tablet or mobile, and delivered in bite-sized chunks, the six, four-week courses in the program provide a flexible way to learn to understand and talk about everyday and familiar situations in Italian.


To get an award you will need to get a Certificate of Achievement for each course on this program. This means upgrading some courses to qualify for a certificate and buying a certificate separately on others. You will always need to complete at least 90% of each course and score an average of 70% or above on any tests to qualify for a Certificate of Achievement, regardless of whether you upgrade or buy the certificate separately.

Once you have qualified for and bought all Certificates of Achievement you will receive a FutureLearn Award.

This program will require 24 weeks of learning and cost a total of £294.00 + shipping.

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Learn with experts in online language teaching

The Italian for Beginners program has been developed by a team of language educators at The Open University – a pioneer in online and distance teaching and learning.

Since its launch in 1969, The Open University has enabled nearly 2 million learners to achieve their career and life goals. It has a thriving program of language offerings at undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

Learning outcomes

Through the Italian for Beginners program, you will learn to:

  • understand and communicate in Italian in a range of everyday situations;
  • develop basic skills in speaking, listening, reading and writing in Italian;
  • learn vocabulary and expressions to talk about everyday and familiar topics;
  • become more aware of the culture and diversity of Italy and its regions;
  • and develop your study skills to become a successful language learner.

In particular, you will learn the language necessary to:

  • order food and drink, greet people, and introduce yourself;
  • introduce people, exchange information about them and talk about your family;
  • talk about your daily life and your leisure activities, what you do during the day and when things happen;
  • talk about your likes, dislikes and preferences;
  • ask for information on trains and buy train tickets;
  • and book holiday accommodation and order a meal.