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Hey all you Italy lovers and Italian language learners out there! If your dream is to become fluent in Italian, this article is for you. I have collected all the best apps, YouTube Channels, podcasts, websites, and books to help you along in your Italian language-learning journey.
Keep reading to get the best resources for becoming fluent in Italian!
Okay, we all know that the two best ways to learn Italian are to speak with Italians on a regular basis, and take a course. But sometimes, we need to supplement these learning methods with additional resources.
You see, when learning a language, you really need to have different kinds of input of the language from different sources, and that’s why these resources can really help.
While nothing can substitute for regular spontaneous conversation in Italian, you can certainly improve your vocabulary and improve your knowledge of grammar through other resources.
Here’s a look at what you’ll read inside this article:
I did a survey of people who are non-native Italian language speakers, to find out their most frequent go-to resources, and I have added a few of my personal favorites as well. So without further adieu, let’s find out what those resources are. Here goes!
Check out our YouTube video Top Resources for Learning Italian
We’ll start with apps. The 10 best apps for learning Italian are the following:
Then, there are two other apps which have slightly different functions.
AnkiApp is great for making flash cards for studying languages, and Earworms helps you learn languages through music.
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As you probably know, most apps have a free version as well as an upgraded, paid one.
Now, it’s time for YouTube Channels! As you know, YouTube is an excellent source of free information and tutorials. Check out the list of YouTube Channels that made the list of the best among Italian language learners:
Speaking of free resources, now let’s see the top podcasts.
I found that Coffee Break and Easy Italian are also on Spotify for the Spotify lovers out there.
For those of you who like learning from audiobooks, try Audible for good Italian language learning resources:
You can also find it on Amazon here: Pimsleur Italian
And then we have websites. The first one is:
With italki, you can take live, online lessons via Skype or Zoom. It’s a wonderful website with a huge database of teachers around the world for many different languages, with a wide price range and skill set for you to choose the teacher according to your needs.
The site is very user-friendly and I like it because I can pay for lessons and choose lesson times right there within the platform. It’s convenient because you can choose times to suit your schedule, and of course you study in the comfort of your own home.
Therefore, you save time in traveling to a language school and back, although of course, studying language in person is probably a better option, the next best thing is italki. My Italian teacher on italki is Elena.
For you cartoon lovers out there, you can get Italian cartoons translated on webtoons:
And finally, the following site is not a language-learning site but more of a resource:
What I like about context reverso is that you can put in any phrase and translate it to Italian. But this is not your everyday translator, as translators sometimes aren’t exactly accurate.
Context reverso is unique because it shows many different versions of translations in different contexts, so that you can choose the one that is most suitable for what you want to express.
Now, moving on to some more traditional resources, the first one is TV for learning Italian.
And finally, last but not least, I had to include one traditional source of learning material: books. We can’t forget about the good old paperbacks and their value in teaching us language!
This is my personal favorite that I used when I first came to Italy years ago. With a mix of grammar explanations, exercises, and audio tracks, I found it to be a very comprehensive learning program.
The above two books both came highly recommended by learners of Italian as a second language.
This book is a must-have that lives on my desk. Italian verbs are much more complicated that English verbs, and have more conjugations and tenses than we are used to.
Therefore, a guide which you can easily flip through and find the entire conjugation for so many verbs is a really handy (and sometimes necessary!) resource.
Novels by Stefano Zecchi
Stefano Zecchi is my personal favorite Italian author. I have found that with Italian books, although I am completely fluent in conversational and business Italian, it’s not so easy to just pick up any novel and read it. However, Stefano Zecchi’s books are all very easy for non-native Italian speakers to read, plus he’s just a wonderful writer.
I have read ALL of Stefano Zecchi’s books and I highly recommend them. Here are the links to my favorites by Stefano Zecchi:
So that’s all! I hope these resources help you along in your Italian learning journey, and I wish you all the best in achieving fluency in Italian language. Feel free to comment below if you have any other resources to add, and to find out more about my journey to becoming fluent in Italian.
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Check out my other YouTube video “How to Become Fluent in Italian in 3 months.”
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