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The Open University

Italian for Beginners

The Open University via FutureLearn Program


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.


Courses under this program:
Course 1: Italian for Beginners 1: Meeting, Greeting and Eating
-Learn how to order food and drink, greet people, and introduce yourself, in this first Italian for Beginners course.

Course 2: Italian for Beginners 2: My Friends and Family
-Learn how to introduce people, exchange information about them and talk about your family.

Course 3: Italian for Beginners 3: My Daily Life
-In the third Italian for Beginners course, learn how to talk about your daily life and your leisure activities.

Course 4: Italian for Beginners 4: Likes And Dislikes
-In the fourth Italian for Beginners course, learn to talk about your likes, dislikes and preferences.

Course 5: 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.

Course 6: Italian for Beginners 6: Out And About
-In this sixth Italian for Beginners course, learn to book holiday accommodation and order a meal.


Taught by

Anna Proudfoot and Anna Motzo


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