Italian Basics - Learn to Understand and Pronounce Italian
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Italian Basics - Learn to Understand and Pronounce Italian

Learn how to read write and pronounce correctly in Italian!
4.6 (9 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
72 students enrolled
Created by Giulia Macchi
Last updated 11/2016
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  • 2 hours on-demand video
  • 31 mins on-demand audio
  • 12 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Speak Italian with a correct pronunciation
  • Understand basic Italian words
  • Read and write in Italian
  • Visit Italy with a basic vocabulary
  • Have the confidence to speak an Italian!
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  • Device with internet access
  • Printer... should you wish to print out the downloadable materials
  • Do you have Italian origins and wish to explore your Italian?
  • Do you wish to be able to read correctly Italian?
  • Do you simply love Italian food and want to be able to read a menu?
  • Do you want to visit Italy?
  • Do you just love Italy... and Italians :) in general?

If you answered yes to at least one of the above questions... then you are you ready to learn Italian!!!

This Basic course will teach you how to correctly pronounce, read and write in Italian. You will learn the basics of the Italian pronunciation, from an Italian who lives and works in Italy! You will understand why some words are so hard to pronounce than others, learn tricks and do many exercises that will help you develop a great Italian pronunciation.

We will not only look at the basic words "cappuccino, maccheroni, prosciutto" but we will learn together useful sentences that will help you build up your confidence and give you that extra spur to make you speak Italian in no time! I believe that learning 10 sentences is better than learning 100 words... so no boring lists of words to memorize in this course, but stimulating sentences that will be useful in any situation!

After this course you will be able to:

  • Read any type of Italian text correctly (menus, travel information and newspapers)
  • Be able to pronounce correctly any Italian word
  • Write correctly the sounds that you hear
  • Have great self-esteem and confidence to travel to Italy without concerns

What will you physically get:

  • A total of 39 lectures and exercises of me explaining all the fun stuff to you
  • Lots of practical exercises
  • Downloadable materials include, mp3 of the videos and audio materials, pdfs of the important documents.
  • Downloadable PDF of the entire course to help you take notes if needed.

Always remember that I'm there to support you, and should you need to contact me for further information or concerns please do not hesitate to do so in the Q&A section of the course!

As with all the fantastic Udemy courses remember that you have 30 days to think about the course purchased... and should it not meet your expectation you will receive your money back!

So do not be shy!! Start to learn today!




Who is the target audience?
  • Beginners who have never taken an Italian lesson before
  • Intermediate learners who already know the grammar but have a hard time with the pronunciation
  • If you just simply love Italy
  • Tourists who wish to know the basics in order to travel to Italy without problems
  • If you want to be able to understand an Italian conversation
  • If you want to read correctly Italian menus, travel information, brochures... etc...
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Curriculum For This Course
39 Lectures
Introduction to the course
2 Lectures 05:30

Hello and WELCOME! Here is a quick preview of what we will learn toghether.

Preview 03:57

All the information you need to know to follow along the different lectures. In this lecture you will be able to download "The Notebook" to follow along as I speak!

Preview 01:33
The Basics
7 Lectures 40:37

Yes I know... it might sound boring to you... but once you master the Alphabet... you are 90% done... so this is the place to start!!!

The Italian Alphabet

Some easy exercises to get you into the mood of the language!

Exercise with the Italian Alphabet!

We will look at the different sounds of each of the vowels. We will take a quick look also at the phonetics behind the vowels and learn how to pronounce them correctly!


After this exercise you will have mastered the different sounds of the vowel!

Exercise with the vowels

What is a diphthong and why is it so important.


Before moving on to the consonants it is of vital importance to learn a bit more about the syllable and accents.

Syllables and accents

First Pop quiz to check if everything is clear up until now :)

Pop Quiz
5 questions

Important information on the Milano Malpensa Airport! :)

Helpful Hint 1
21 Lectures 01:34:51

An explanation on what are consonants and how they are pronounced in Italian.

Introduction to Consonants

In this section you will learn the different sounds that can be created with the consonant "C".

Preview 05:13

LISTENING EXERCISE!!! Learn to pronounce correctly the different sounds of the consonant "C".

Exercise with C

Since we have already learned a lot about the "C" sound we can tackle the similar "G" sound. By the end of this you will have everything a bit more clear and you will never make mistakes in pronouncing C & G!

The challenges in the "G" sound

We will understand how the tricky sounds of GN and GL are pronounced!

Preview 03:39

LISTENING EXERCISE!!! Learn to pronounce correctly the sounds that can be made with the letter "G".

Exercise with G

A tiny quiz to review what we have done so far!

Pop Quiz
8 questions

Hint on Italians and cash!!! :P

Helpful Hint 2

We will review examples and analyse the two consonants.

B and P

LISTENING EXERCISE. You will learn to differentiate the sound of "B" and "P".

Exercise with B and P

We will review examples and analyse the two consonants.

D and T

LISTENING EXERCISE! The difference between D and T!

Exercise with D and T

We will review examples and analyse the two consonants.

F and V

Fun Tongue twisters! Let's listen to two different sounds!

Exercise with F and V

We will review examples and analyse the two consonants.

M and N

Listen to Italian songs that have M and N in them!

Exercise with M and N
5 pages

At the end of this lecture you will be able to understand and pronounce correctly the "rolling R" that is used in the Italian Language... lot's of fun exercises!

Check out the Notebook to follow along the lecture!

R and L (lecture and exercise)

Q is a tricky consonant with an important legacy with a language of the past... LATIN... do not be scared!!! You will master it in no time in this lecture!

The Q challenge (lecture and exercise)

You will understand the differences between the soft and the hard sounds so as to never make mistakes! We will also talk about the tricky sounds SCI / SCE and SCHI / SCHE.

The two sounds of consonant S (lecture and exercise)

Just like we did for the S sound we will learn to distinguish the two different sounds of the consonant Z.

The two sounds of consonant Z (lecture and exercise)

You will find out the importance of the double consonants and you will learn to recognize their sound when you hear it!

The double consonants (lecture and exercise)

Let's have a quiz on the tricky sounds.

Pop Quiz
5 questions

Hint on menus and restaurants!

Helpful Hint 3
Let's begin to talk!
6 Lectures 20:26

You will learn the most common greetings and you will understand in which occasion you will be able to use them.

Preview 04:06

Let's see if you remember Greetings!

Pop Quiz
5 questions

You will learn about numbers, how to pronounce them and use them to practice!


Need to take a train! Here is an important thing that you should be aware of!

Helpful Hint 4

If you need to book a hotel you will absolutely need to know these! Not a problem!!! You will master them in no time!

The days of the week and the months

Hopefully you will never need to use the emergency numbers... but since you never know... it's best you learn them from this lecture!


Renting a car in Italy!

Helpful Hint 5

Quiz on days and months.

Pop Quiz
5 questions
The End
2 Lectures 00:48

You are now half Italian!


Here you will find all the resources that I have used to create this course!

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Bonus Videos
1 Lecture 02:19

Italian is a spoken language... but to say the truth... a lot of things are said with the body language... check this video out and have fun!

Italian without words
About the Instructor
Giulia Macchi
4.6 Average rating
9 Reviews
72 Students
1 Course
Italian / English Coach

I'm a young Italian with a degree in Languages and Foreign Literature. My degree has given me the chance to explore the world of linguistics and phonetics.

I'm a freelance translator and Italian / English coach meaning that I teach Italian to foreigners and English to Italians... coach and not tutor or teacher because I believe that my passion for languages and teaching is a gift that I have to share and pass on to others.

I have lived in the United States and in Switzerland for many years where I have studied and gained knowledge of new teaching techniques that make it fun and easy to learn a language... trust me they work...I'm fluent in 4 languages thanks to the techniques that my teachers have used and passed on to me in these years!

I truly believe that learning a new language is the best gift that you can give to others or to yourself... and I teach keeping this in mind.