Italian Basics - Learn to Understand and Pronounce Italian

Learn how to read write and pronounce correctly in Italian!
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  • Lectures 39
  • Length 3 hours
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English
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About This Course

Published 2/2016 English

Course Description

  • 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!




What are the requirements?

  • Device with internet access
  • Printer... should you wish to print out the downloadable materials

What am I going to get from this course?

  • 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!

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...

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

Forever yours.
Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.


Section 1: Introduction to the course

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


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!

Section 2: The Basics

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!!!


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


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!


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.

5 questions

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


Important information on the Milano Malpensa Airport! :)

Section 3: Consonants

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


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


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


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


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

8 questions

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


Hint on Italians and cash!!! :P


We will review examples and analyse the two consonants.


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


We will review examples and analyse the two consonants.


LISTENING EXERCISE! The difference between D and T!


We will review examples and analyse the two consonants.


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


We will review examples and analyse the two consonants.

5 pages

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


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!


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!


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.


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


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

5 questions

Let's have a quiz on the tricky sounds.


Hint on menus and restaurants!

Section 4: Let's begin to talk!

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

5 questions

Let's see if you remember Greetings!


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!


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


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!

5 questions

Quiz on days and months.

Section 5: The End

You are now half Italian!

1 page

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

Section 6: Bonus Videos

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!

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Instructor Biography

Giulia Macchi, 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.

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