Free Online Italian Classes

Take a few of these free online Italian classes and you'll be prepared to watch foreign films or confidently order a gelato on your next trip to Florence. The free online Italian classes listed in this directory can help any type of learner. Whether you prefer to study through reading, listening to audio recordings, or watching videos, you'll find something that suits your style.

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Young man taking free online Italian courses from cafe.
Free online Italian courses can be taken from anywhere - even a cafe. Betsie Van Der Meer / Taxi / Getty Images

The About.com guide to Italian offers detailed lessons, tips, and learning materials. Beginning lessons cover grammar, spelling, pronunciation, and vocabulary. You can also take advantage of exercises, study guides, and quizzes.

This free online Italian class provides dozens of grammar examples and exercises. Their fill-in-the-blank exercises offer instant solutions to help you check your answers (and re-try when you get too many wrong). More »

Use this free online Italian class to learn the language while having fun. In addition to their simple tutorials, they provide learning games such as crossword puzzles and hangman. You can even practice your new knowledge with an Italian speaking pen pal (or Skype pal). More »

Use this site to listen to Italian lessons in audio podcast format. Beginner, intermediate, and advanced lessons can be downloaded to your computer or loaded onto an MP3 player for on-the-go learning. Learn from lessons that can help you actually make the most of your time in Italy: "Renting a Fiat  500," "Skiing in Corina," "Talking on the Phone," and more. More »

Through this 12-week BBC program, you'll be taken on a multi-media adventure designed to help beginners learn the language in a natural and fun way. Watch videos, complete exercise, and figure out the ending to your own Italian mystery. More »

Busuu is all about interactivity. Their simple free online Italian course will walk you through the basics without overwhelming. Listen to audio clips and respond. Then, when you're ready, branch out to chat with Italian speakers around the globe. More »

Ready for a bit of culture? Take this free course from Dartmouth to learn the essentials of listening to, critiquing, and enjoying the classics of Italian opera. More »