Learn Italian for Beginners and Travelers - Enjoy Your Trip!
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Learn Italian for Beginners and Travelers - Enjoy Your Trip!

Learn the basics of the Italian language through video to help get you ready to converse and enjoy your trip to Italy.
4.3 (19 ratings)
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511 students enrolled
Created by Larry Aiello
Last updated 5/2015
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  • 3.5 hours on-demand video
  • 5 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Start learning the basics of the Italian language.
  • Learn the vocabulary and phrases needed from a traveler's point-of-view,
  • Learn some travel tips such as where to stay, getting around, etc. that will help make your trip to Italy more enjoyable.
  • Feel more confident about visiting Italy.
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  • This course is geared for the beginning Italian student - no prior experience or knowledge is necessary.
  • There are some bonus downloadable materials in PDF format. It would be beneficial (not required) if the student has Adobe Reader installed on their computer. Most computers come with this program pre-installed.
  • An eager and positive attitude and a desire for learning the world's most beautiful language!

This course is designed for the beginning Italian language student or a future traveler that wants to get the most out of their trip to Italy.

There are typical and most common scenarios that the beginning student or traveler will encounter on their trip to Italy. This course is designed to arm the student with knowledge that will be most relevant for their trip.

The instruction is video-based with audio and onscreen transcripts to provide an effective and efficient learning experience.

Here is what you get:

  • Full, lifetime access to the lessons
  • Future lectures and upgrades and additional material at no additional cost
  • Unconditional Udemy 30 day money-back guarantee - no questions asked - I am confident you will enjoy my course.
  • Material is accessible whenever YOU want - even with iPad, iPhone and Android apps.

There are also downloadable materials in PDF format as a bonus to help you learn the materials or that you can use as a "cheat sheet."

Who is the target audience?
  • It is geared for students wanting to travel to Italy primarily for vacation.
  • This is an introductory course for those with zero or little language of Italian.
  • It can also be useful for the business-traveler that has very little Italian knowledge.
  • People that want to learn the basics of Italian to start communicating with their family or friends.
  • It can also be beneficial for someone wanting to move to Italy.
  • This course is NOT for students interested in learning grammar, verb tenses and more advanced topics.
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Curriculum For This Course
37 Lectures
3 Lectures 19:30

What are some benefits of learning Italian (or any language in general)? I'll explain some of the most important ones like travel, more or better relationships, improved health, etc.

Preview 04:53

It is estimated that there are 85 - 90 million Italian speakers worldwide. Find out where the majority are located.

Where is Italian Spoken?

In this lesson we will look at some useful phrases and greetings that will come in handy during your visit. We'll also look at the proper etiquette involved in using some of these phrases.

Useful Phrases, Greetings, Etiquette, etc.

This quiz will go over the various concepts learned in the previous lesson.

Quiz: Useful Phrases and Greetings in Italian
5 questions
The Basics of the Italian Language
7 Lectures 44:06

In this lesson I will go over the alphabet in Italian. Many are surprised to learn that compared to English there are a few letters that are missing. But they are often used in words of foreign origin. We will look at all the letters and go deeper into pronunciation in subsequent lessons.

The Alphabet in Italian - L'Alfabeto in Italiano

This is the first of a two-part lesson on pronunciation. The focus on this lesson will be on where you place the accent or stress when you are pronouncing an Italian word. We will also look at the intonation or rhythm of the language and the vowel sounds.

Pronunciation - Part One - Accent or Stress, Intonation and Rhythm and Vowels

This lesson will be a quick review over where the accent normally falls in Italian. And we'll also introduce the pronunciation for the consonants and the various consonant combinations that arise in Italian.

Pronunciation - Part Two - Consonants and Various Consonant Combinations

A little quiz going over the pronunciation lessons that we just learned.

Pronunciation Review Quiz
5 questions

Romance languages like Italian, Spanish and French all have the convention of applying a gender (masculine or feminine) when it comes to referring to nouns. In simple terms nouns are items you can touch. The determination of masculine or feminine is usually determined by custom and tradition. In this lesson I will go over how you can usually tell if a noun is masculine or feminine and the importance of the gender.

Nouns and Gender - Delving into the Difference between Masculine and Feminine

Try to guess whether the word is masculine or feminine based on the ending.

Masculine or Feminine
5 questions

Definite articles refer to something specific. In English we only use one and it is the word "the," which is the most common word in the language. However, in Italian there are a few more. That is because the definite article must agree in number and in gender to the noun(s) being described. In this lesson we will go over the definite article for singular cases (masculine and feminine).

Definite Articles - For Singular Circumstances

This lesson is a continuation for looking at the definite article in Italian. However, in this video we will look at the definite article to use when the noun(s) being described is plural (masculine and feminine).

Definite Articles - Plural Circumstances

In this quiz we will review what we learned for using the appropriate definite article. Even if you don't know what the particular word means, try to guess based on the characteristics of the word (the beginning letters and the ending letter).

Definite Article Review
6 questions

Indefinite articles refer to something general or non-specific. An example would be A cat. As opposed to a definite article which would be THE cat. This lesson will go over the indefinite articles in Italian looking at the scenario when the noun being described is masculine or feminine.

Indefinite Articles - A or An

From the multiple-choice answers, please select the appropriate indefinite article that would pertain to the selected words.

Indefinite Article Review Quiz
5 questions
Verbs - Verbi
4 Lectures 11:08

A look at the Italian verb Essere, which means "to be." It is one of the most important verbs in the Italian language to know. We'll look at the verb conjugation along with some examples. Bonus: Be sure to check out the downloadable tab for a PDF file that goes over the conjugation for essere.

The Verb Essere - To Be (Video)

This is a PDF file you can download that goes over the previous lesson regarding the verb essere.

The Verb Essere - Downloadable Bonus PDF
2 pages

Please insert the correct form of the verb essere (to be).

Essere Quiz
5 questions

Another important verb in the Italian language is the verb Avere, which means "to have." We'll also look at the conjugation in the present tense along with some examples .

The Verb Avere - To Have

This is a PDF file that you can download that goes over the verb conjugation for avere.

The Verb Avere - Downloadable Bonus PDF
2 pages

A short quiz on the verb avere. Fill in the blank with the correct form of the verb AVERE (to have).

Avere Quiz
5 questions
The Numbers - I Numeri (Both Cardinal and Ordinal)
7 Lectures 24:36

This lesson is one of four lessons that go over the cardinal numbers in Italian. This lesson will specifically look at number zero through ten.

Cardinal Numbers - Lesson 1 (Zero through Ten)

This lesson is one of four lessons that go over the cardinal numbers in Italian. This lesson will specifically look at numbers eleven through twenty.

Cardinal Numbers - Lesson 2 (Eleven through Twenty)

This is the third of four lessons that go over the Italian cardinal numbers. In this lesson we will look at numbers 21 through 100. Bonus: If you want to see all the numbers from zero through one-hundred in PDF format then be sure to check out the next lesson for downloadable materials.

Cardinal Numbers - Lesson 3 (Twenty One through One Hundred)

This is the fourth and final lesson of the cardinal numbers. We will go from 101 and onward.

Cardinal Numbers - Lesson 4 (One Hundred One and Upward)

This bonus lesson goes over the previous 3 lessons showing all the cardinal numbers in Italian from zero through one-hundred. This is in PDF format for easy download.

Downloadable Bonus: The Cardinal Numbers 0 - 100 in PDF format.
5 pages

This quiz will go over the cardinal numbers in Italian using simple math and other techniques.

Cardinal Numbers - Review
5 questions

Ordinal numbers describe a position in a series. For example, first, second, third, etc. They must also agree in number and in gender to the object being described, since they are adjectives. Cardinal numbers do not have to agree with the gender. BONUS: the next lesson includes a downloadable file in PDF format which shows the ordinal numbers highlighting the differences in gender and number.

Ordinal Numbers in Italian

This PDF file highlights the ordinal numbers from the previous lesson and it shows them in columns for the various gender and number instances in Italian (i.e. masculine singular, masculine plural, feminine singular, feminine plural). Please take note of the last letter each instance.

Downloadable Bonus: The Ordinal Numbers in Italian
1 page

A short quiz to go over the information learned in the Ordinal Numbers video. Remember, ordinal numbers are like adjectives. Therefore, they must agree in number and in gender with the noun(s) they are describing.

Ordinal Numbers - Quiz
6 questions
Other Practicalities - Telling Time, the Euro, Meeting People, etc.
5 Lectures 34:24

We all know time is the most precious resource on this planet. Therefore, this lesson is extremely important as it will help you plan out your days and figure out time schedules that pertain to store hours, appointments, train arrivals, departures, etc.

Telling Time

A short little quiz that goes over telling time Italian.

Telling Time Quiz
5 questions

This lesson will go over the seven days of the week Italian and a cool little trick to help you remember them.

The Days of the Week - I Giorni Della Settimana

This lesson will go over the euro which is the monetary unit for Italy and most of Europe.

The Euro - Monetary Unit

This lesson will introduce various colors in Italian and also go over the three different types of color categories and the rules for each one.

Getting Colorful with Colors! (The Colors in Italian - I Colori in Italiano)

Here is a brief quiz on what we learned about the Italian colors.

A Quiz on the Colors
6 questions

This lesson is divided into two parts: the first part will go over some tips and strategies that might help you meet people in Italy. The second part of the lesson goes over specific vocabulary and phrases to serve as ice breakers.

Meeting People in Italy
Getting Around Italy
4 Lectures 27:37

Getting lost in Italy is something that is inevitable! But it is something that can be enjoyable and will give you an "excuse" to talk to the locals. Here are some useful phrases to help you get out of your predicament.


Here are a few questions going over the material in the directions tutorial.

Directions Quiz
4 questions

This lesson is geared more towards the aspect of train travel as opposed to the Italian language. We will go over the types of trains you can find in Italy including the High Speed (Freccia Series), Intercity, Espresso and Regionale. In addition, we'll look at if it makes sense to buy a Eurail pass along with other places to buy tickets.

Train Travel Basics

Here are some useful phrases in Italian that will help you get through the train station.

Train Travel Useful Phrases

In this lesson I will go over whether or not it makes sense to drive in Italy with your own vehicle or by renting a car. And if you do rent a car in Italy, I will go over the requirements necessary.

Driving - Should I Drive or Rent a Car in Italy?
Lodging - Hotels, Bed and Breakfast, Pensione, Hostels, Couchsurfing, etc.
3 Lectures 21:13

This first part of where to stay in Italy will go over the 5-star classification system used to classify places of business that provide accommodations.

Where to Stay - Part I

This part of the lesson we'll look at some non-traditional places where you can stay during your visit to Italy.

Where to Stay - Part II

In this lesson I will go over some useful vocabulary and phrases that would come in handy while you are booking a room in Italy.

Booking a Room
Mangia! - Dining and Eating
3 Lectures 20:28

It is virtually impossible to get a bad meal in Italy. There are so many places to eat and have a good meal. Obviously, a home-cooked meal prepared by a native would be your best option. But if you do have to go out for a meal, this lesson will highlight the various options that are available including a bar, restaurant, trattoria, tavola calda and a pizzeria.

Preview 07:57

If you have ever been to an Italian household during a Sunday dinner or even a holiday dinner, you know that there are many courses that comprise the experience. This lesson will go over what you can expect for the whole gamut of an Italian meal.

The Anatomy of an Italian Meal

If you are on a budget (and who isn't?) then this lesson will go over some ways to save money in Italy with regards to food. Italian restaurants are great and should be part of the Italian experience, but if you are not careful you can go through a lot of money very quickly dining in restaurants. This video will offer some money-saving tips for eating in Italy.

Money Saving Tips for Eating in Italy
The End - But Really, the Beginning!
1 Lecture 00:00

A short little thank you from myself and an invite to "like" my Facebook page so you can continue your learning. Any future courses will be announced on this page and you will have the first chance in getting discounts.

Grazie! Thanks from Larry Aiello the instructor.
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About the Instructor
Larry Aiello
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511 Students
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"Il Professore"

I am an Italian-American living in Florida. I grew up speaking Italian at home and developed a love for the Italian language at a very young age as we would travel back-and-forth every year to visit my family and friends.

Early on I realized that knowing another language is indeed a gift. It allows you to have relationships and friendships that you never otherwise would have had. It also allows you to travel and enjoy various cultures and new experiences.

During my stint as President of one of the Sons of Italy organizations, I was asked to teach Italian to many of the members. So I put together a little instructional course and it went over well.

Over the years I've continued to teach Italian and recently put together an in-person course where I've used the proceeds to raise money for a local charity. The course has gotten many good reviews and I also get good reviews from my Italian lessons through my local meetup group.

I've utilized many of the same techniques from my in-person classes in this video series.

I love sharing my knowledge of Italian and Italy with others. That is why I've put together this course to help others learn the Italian language and improve their lives.

Buon Viaggio!