Jun 02 2008
Italian Language Learning
- General overview of Italian language
- Verb conjugator
- Basic Italian grammar - very clear and concise
- Italian-English Dictionary - (I prefer this one.)
- Link for Italian Language books in the public domain that can be downloaded free
- Songs in Italian (and Roman dialect) about Rome - the lyrics are included too so you can follow along. Really enjoyable.
- Pronunciation of words in Italian - great utility to hear the word pronounced.
Recently people have been asking about how they could go about learning Italian. Of course, the best and most fun is to go to Italy and enroll in a course. I will add a section to this website soon on some resources for that. For others, that may not be feasible or they want to learn a bit before they go. In that case, here are some suggestions:
- A couple of friends have used the Pimsleur Italian courses and have been pleased with the results. Both said they used it only briefly before going to Italy for a vacation and reported that they could have simple conversations and felt happy about that. Since the courses are on CDs or DVDs, they can play them in the car or while cooking dinner, etc., and my friends felt that was a plus as well.
- Others have reported using the Rosetta Stone Italian courses. Those are also very nice and produce excellent results. They are not quite as convenient in that you have to be in front of your computer to use them.
- Another course that is less well known but is very good is the Assimil Italian Language Course.