Italian

This site contains a wide range of materials to help you learn Italian. Pick up some basic phrases, expand your vocabulary, or find a language partner to practise with.

About the Italian language

Italian is spoken by about 70 million people worldwide, of whom 60 million speak it as a first language.

It is the main language of Italy, and is also spoken in the Canton Ticino region of Switzerland, Croatia, as well as by a large number of emigrants around the world.


Todi, Umbria, Italy

So why learn Italian?

Travel
Any trip or stay in Italy will be enriched if you take the time to learn a little of the language before you go.

Better appreciate Italian culture
From Italian cuisine through to opera, a little knowledge of Italian will help you better appreciate Italy's many contributions to world culture.

It sounds beautiful
Italian is generally considered to be one of the most beautiful-sounding languages in the world.

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