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Instant Italian

This dynamic course will teach you how to express yourself comfortably in Italian. You'll learn practical, everyday words and phrases that will make your stay in Italy more enjoyable. You'll read, hear, and practice dialogues based on typical situations that you're likely to encounter while staying in Italy. The dialogues and follow-up exercises of each lesson will teach you to communicate in Italian in a wide variety of settings. You'll be surprised by how quickly and easily you can learn many useful expressions in Italian! This course will make it simple to master your pronunciation of Italian. Essential words and phrases are written phonetically by using sounds that are familiar to you from English words. The audio feature lets you hear the words and phrases spoken aloud with just a click of your mouse. Short exercises are included with each lesson to help you reinforce what you've learned and gauge your progress, making it easy to pinpoint areas that you still need to review. The exercises also give you immediate feedback—you'll know whether you answered correctly as soon as you finish.  

By the end of the second lesson, you will have already learned about the Italian language's impact on the world, the Italian alphabet, phonetics, and pronunciation, proper forms of address, expressions of courtesy, and how to make introductions. When you reach your final lesson, you will know how to ask for help, ask directions, navigate Italian shops, book a hotel room, order a meal, and much more! Cultural notes are included throughout the course to help you better understand Italians and their way of life. You' will learn what various gestures mean to Italians, which ones to use, and those you should avoid. This course will convince you that learning a language is both fun and rewarding. 

6 Weeks / 24 Course Hrs
Starting October 18, 2017

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Instant Italian Details + Objective

Course Code: iit

You Will Learn
  • Learn the history of the Italian language
  • Discover the Italian alphabet and pronunciation rules
  • Learn how Italian articles, nouns, verbs, and adjectives work in singular and plural forms
  • Learn everyday expressions that will help you get directions and find locations
  • Learn the days of the week, months, dates, seasons, and discuss the weather
  • Learn to tell time, ask the time, and understand transportation and schedules
  • Learn how to ask questions about shopping and renting
  • Learn to comfortably get hotel accommodations and purchase bus, train, and boat tickets
  • Learn how to get help in emergencies and discuss health issues with a doctor or pharmacist
  • Learn to order meals and feel comfortable with the what is in the dishes and how they are served
How the course is taught
  • Instructor-led course
  • 6 weeks in duration
  • Courses begin each month
  • 2 lessons released each week
  • 24 course hours
How you will benefit
  • Be able to express yourself comfortably in Italian
  • Learn practical, everyday words and phrases that will make your stay in Italy more enjoyable
  • Build skills and prepare you for your next adventure in Italy
Instant Italian Outline
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Week 1

In this first lesson, you will discover that Italy is actually a relatively young nation. You will learn that many Italian words have been adopted into English and share the same origin with English words, which makes them very easy for you to recognize and master. Then you will explore the Italian alphabet and phonetics. You will learn all 21 letters of the Italian alphabet and the sounds they make. You will learn the five letters that Italian borrows for writing and speaking words that originated in other languages. With the tools you gain in this lesson, you will be able to read and correctly pronounce virtually all words and phrases in Italian. 

Week 2

Discover why the names of places and things have gender in Italian. You will learn how to pluralize nouns in Italian. You will discover eight ways to say the work the in Italian. Then you will continue exploring some basic elements of the Italian language.

Week 3

This lesson will teach you to ask and give directions. You will learn how to ask whether a location is nearby or far away. You will practice the navigating skills you have learned and increase your understanding of Italian culture by learning several ways Italians greet one another. Then you will learn the numbers 1 through 100 and explore ways you can put these numbers to practical use.

Week 4

Explore the calendar, learning to ask about and express days and dates. You will learn some helpful techniques that make remembering the days of the week and the months of the year much easier. You will go over two verbs that will be especially helpful when discussing the weather. Then you will apply the numbers knowledge you have gained to the clock and to schedules. You will continue learning about the Italian culture, which should help put you more at ease while traveling.

Week 5

In this lesson you will learn how to handle situations when making purchases or taking any form of transportation. You will learn how to ask about and purchase train, boat, or bus tickets, ask about prices and make purchases, and even rent a vehicle while in Italy. Then you will learn how to discuss and book accommodations. You will practice making a phone call to a hotel.   

Week 6

In this final lesson, you will learn how to ask for help. You will discover how to describe health and medical concerns. You will practice an authentic dialogue to put you at ease with emergency situations. Then you will become well versed in the various types of eateries in Italy, the types of meals you can expect to find in them, and how meals are typically served. By the end of this lesson, you will be fully prepared to order a meal at any Italian eatery.

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Instant Italian Instructors
Robert Bertoldi

Robert Bertoldi has been mastering Italian for the past 25 years, and teaching college-level Italian in the classroom since 1987. He holds a Master of Arts in Italian literature, and has taught the language at several universities, colleges, and private language institutions. Bertoldi's proficiency in Italian has earned him university scholarships and a resident academic position in Italy. His enthusiastic teaching style has earned him the praise of hundreds of students, including fellow language instructors.

Instant Italian Requirements / Prerequisites

There are no prerequisites for this course.

You'll need Windows Media Player (which comes included with most versions of Windows) or RealPlayer FREE

Instant Italian Frequently Asked Questions
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When can I get started?

A new session of each course opens each month, allowing you to enroll whenever your busy schedule permits!

How does it work?

Once a session starts, two lessons will be released each week, for the six-week duration of your course. You will have access to all previously released lessons until the course ends.

How long do I have to complete each lesson?

Keep in mind that the interactive discussion area for each lesson automatically closes 2 weeks after each lesson is released, so you’re encouraged to complete each lesson within two weeks of its release.

What if I need an extension?

The Final Exam will be released on the same day as the last lesson. Once the Final Exam has been released, you will have 2 weeks plus 10 days to complete the Final and finish any remaining lessons in your course. No further extensions can be provided beyond these 10 days.

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