If you’re looking to brush up on your skills, learn a little bit of Italian for traveling, or want a beginning crash course in the Italian language, turn to these free online study guides rather than attending time-consuming classes or spending money on expensive software.
Learn Italian (Speak7) http://italian.speak7.com This website includes seven free lessons in beginning Italian, as well as an “Italian Expressions” page, which lists many common expressions for everyday use. The lessons are good for learning the basics as stepping stones to fluency, or for travelers, and are organized into easy-to-read charts and conversations for quick, simple study.
BBC Italian http://www.bbc.co.uk/languages/italian/ Run by the BBC, this website is very comprehensive, offering a free 12-week course for beginning speakers. A free test can help you gauge your language skills (beginner, intermediate, advanced, or in-between), and the website includes links to videos, audio clips, worksheets, Italian culture and travel, daily phrases RSS feeds, and more. Users can even download audio phrases directly to their mobile phones (although standard text-messaging rates apply).
ItaliansRUs www.italiansrus.com This website includes free lessons for the beginning speaker, beginning with the Italian alphabet and covering verbs, grammar, sentence construction, and more. A great resource for travelers, the website also has forums and dozens of articles on Italian history, culture, cooking, folklore, and much more.
Learn Italian Onlinehttp://learnitalian.elanguageschool.net/ With grammar lessons organized both alphabetically and by subject, this website provides a bulk of information for the beginning learner, as well as good review material for intermediate or advanced speakers. It does not include audio or video clips, but has vocabulary and expressions lists geared towards using Italian in everyday life.
ProfessorGio.com http://www.professorgio.com This website is very comprehensive and well-organized, including easy-to-use audio clips that don’t require you to download anything. The lessons begin with the Italian alphabet and pronunciation exercises then move on to grammar and vocabulary for intermediate and advanced learners as well as beginners. The vocabulary is organized by subject (greetings, weather expressions, numbers, telling time, etc), but unfortunately isn’t very thorough. There is a small forum area for general questions as well as questions about the lessons, and a link to the Italian American Cultural Organization.