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Getting started with Italian 1

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Are you fascinated by the Italian culture and lifestyle, cuisine, historic cities, art and beautiful landscapes?  Have you always loved the sound and musicality of the Italian language?   Perhaps you’ve visited an Italian city and wished you could chat with local people. Or maybe you would like to be able to read a menu, talk about yourself, your job and find out about other people’s. Whether you have no previous experience of Italian  or you have already picked up some words and phrases from travelling across Italy, this introduction gives you a chance to start an exciting new learning experience, with a range of activities.  This introduction offers the perfect opportunity to develop the skills needed to communicate effectively in Italian in everyday contexts!This OpenLearn course is an extract from the beginning of the Open Centre for Languages and Cultures short course, LGXI001 Beginners Italian 1: primi passi. After completing this free course, you may wish to register for the full course to continue your learning!


  • Introduction
  • Introduction
  • Open Centre for Languages and Cultures
  • Acknowledgements
  • Week1Week 1: Drinks and snacks at an Italian bar
  • Introduction
  • 1 Drinks sold at the bar
  • 2 Pronouncing the names of drinks
  • 3 Listening practice
  • 4 Nouns and their gender
  • 5 Distinguishing between masculine and feminine nouns
  • 6 Indefinite articles
  • 7 Practice
  • 8 Un bar tipico
  • 9 Plural nouns
  • 10 Reading a bar menu
  • 11 This week’s quiz
  • 12 Summary of Week 1
  • Acknowledgements
  • Week2Week 2: Ordering at the bar
  • Introduction
  • 1 Al bar
  • 2 Un caffè per favore
  • 3 Paying for drinks and snacks
  • 4 Desidera?
  • 5 Key phrases
  • 6 Vocabulary practice
  • 7 Speaking practice
  • 8 Historic Italian coffee house
  • 9 Listening for more detail
  • 10 Definite articles
  • 11 This week’s quiz
  • 12 Summary of Week 2
  • Acknowledgements


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