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Learn Italian Language


The official language of Italy is Standard Italian, which is based on the Tuscan dialect of the language. Standard Italian was adopted as the official language following the unification of the country in 1861, as prior to that time a variety of mutually intelligible but distinct regional dialects (many of which are still spoken today in many parts of the country) had developed.

As well as Italian dialects, there are also a variety of other languages spoken in various parts of the country including Venetian, Neapolitan, Sicilian and Sardinian. There are also communities that speak German, Franco-Provençal, Slovene, Ladin, Friulian, Catalan, Albanian, and dialects of Greek and Croat.

Learning to speak Italian is a very useful skill if you plan to visit Italy, whether for business or pleasure. Being able to speak to people in their own tongue will certainly add to the experience, and of course, if you're doing business with Italians, speaking to them in their own language, is sure to be a big advantage.

The good news is that learning Italian need not be impossibly difficult. Today there are a variety of resources that can help you quickly learn the basics, and then gradually move towards becoming fluent. As well as books and audio courses, there are many useful web sites which teach the Italian language, and of course software programs for your computer. With the help of these aids, you might be surprised at quickly you can be speaking like a native!

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Learn Italian Web Sites

Here are some web sites to help you learn Italian:

Software for Learning Italian

If you want to learn Italian, here is some software that may help:

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Learn Italian: Rosetta Stone Bonus Pack Bundle (Lifetime Online Access + Grammar Guide and Dictionary Book Set)

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  • Manufacturer: Fairfield Language Technologies
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  • Model: 91399
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  • Format: Software Key Card
  • Edition: Italian
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Books for Learning Italian

Here are some books about learning to speak Italian:

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Living Language Italian, Complete Edition: Beginner through advanced course, including 3 coursebooks, 9 audio CDs, and free online learning

By Living Language

Living Language
Released: August 9th, 2011
Audio CD (352 pages)

Living Language Italian, Complete Edition: Beginner through advanced course, including 3 coursebooks, 9 audio CDs, and free online learning
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Living Language Italian, Complete Edition: Beginner through advanced course, including 3 coursebooks, 9 audio CDs, and free online learning
  • Manufacturer: Living Language
  • ISBNs: 9780307478573, 0307478572, 8129109301
  • EANs: 9780307478573, 9788129109309
  • PartNumber: 0307478572SR9
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  • Product Category: Audio CD
  • Format: Unabridged
  • Edition: Bilingual
  • Number of Pages: 352
  • Author: Living Language
  • Publication Date: August 9th, 2011
  • Release Date: August 9th, 2011
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  • Size: 8.9 Inches by 6.7 Inches by 3.0 Inches
  • Weight: 4.37 Pounds
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LEARNING ITALIAN FOR BEGINNERS: 2500 ITALIAN PHRASES AND BASIC GRAMMAR RULES

By Italian Academy

Independently published
Released: September 12th, 2019
Paperback (398 pages)

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  • Manufacturer: Independently published
  • ISBN: 1692746057
  • EAN: 9781692746056
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  • Number of Pages: 398
  • Author: Italian Academy
  • Publication Date: September 12th, 2019
  • Release Date: September 12th, 2019
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  • Weight: 1.28 Pounds
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Italian: The Ultimate Guide for Beginners Who Want to Learn the Italian Language, Including Italian Grammar, Italian Short Stories, and Over 1000 Italian Phrases

By Daily Language Learning

Independently published
Released: April 5th, 2019
Paperback (416 pages)

Italian: The Ultimate Guide for Beginners Who Want to Learn the Italian Language, Including Italian Grammar, Italian Short Stories, and Over 1000 Italian Phrases
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Italian: The Ultimate Guide for Beginners Who Want to Learn the Italian Language, Including Italian Grammar, Italian Short Stories, and Over 1000 Italian Phrases
  • Manufacturer: Independently published
  • ISBN: 1092776311
  • EAN: 9781092776318
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  • Paperback
  • Number of Pages: 416
  • Author: Daily Language Learning
  • Publication Date: April 5th, 2019
  • Release Date: April 5th, 2019
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  • Weight: 1.34 Pounds
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Italian Vocabulary Builder: 2222 Italian Phrases To Learn Italian And Grow Your Vocabulary (Italian Language Learning Mastery)

By Lingo Mastery

Independently published
Released: October 27th, 2018
Paperback (262 pages)

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Italian Vocabulary Builder: 2222 Italian Phrases To Learn Italian And Grow Your Vocabulary (Italian Language Learning Mastery)
  • Manufacturer: Independently published
  • ISBN: 1729322352
  • EAN: 9781729322352
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  • Paperback
  • Number of Pages: 262
  • Author: Lingo Mastery
  • Publication Date: October 27th, 2018
  • Release Date: October 27th, 2018
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  • Size: 9.61 Inches by 6.69 Inches by 0.66 Inches
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Italian Grammar For Beginners: The most complete textbook and workbook for Italian Learners

By Talk in Italian

Independently published
Released: January 13th, 2020
Paperback (400 pages)

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  • ISBN: 165833468X
  • EAN: 9781658334686
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  • Paperback
  • Number of Pages: 400
  • Author: Talk in Italian
  • Publication Date: January 13th, 2020
  • Release Date: January 13th, 2020
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Italian Tutor: Grammar and Vocabulary Workbook (Learn Italian with Teach Yourself): Advanced beginner to upper intermediate course (Tutor Language Series)

By Maria Guarnieri

imusti
Released: November 15th, 2016
Paperback (224 pages)

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  • Brand: imusti
  • ISBNs: 9781444796131, 1444796135
  • EAN: 9781444796131
  • PartNumber: 9781444796131
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  • Paperback
  • Edition: 1
  • Number of Pages: 224
  • Authors: Maria Guarnieri, Federica Sturani
  • Publication Date: November 15th, 2016
  • Release Date: November 15th, 2016
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Easy Italian Phrase Book: 770 Basic Phrases for Everyday Use (Dover Language Guides Italian)

By Dover

Dover Publications
Released: May 26th, 1994
Paperback (80 pages)

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Easy Italian Phrase Book: 770 Basic Phrases for Everyday Use (Dover Language Guides Italian)
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  • ISBN: 0486280853
  • UPC: 800759280858
  • EANs: 0800759280858, 9780486280851
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  • Paperback
  • Edition: Dover Language Guides Italian
  • Number of Pages: 80
  • Author: Dover
  • Publication Date: May 26th, 1994
  • Release Date: May 26th, 1994
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Comparative Grammar of Spanish, Portuguese, Italian and French: Learn & Compare 4 Languages Simultaneously

By Mikhail Petrunin

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Released: July 2nd, 2018
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  • ISBN: 198333426X
  • EAN: 9781983334269
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  • Number of Pages: 720
  • Author: Mikhail Petrunin
  • Publication Date: July 2nd, 2018
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