Instant Italian

Instant Italian

Learn to express yourself comfortably in Italian. You'll be surprised how quickly and easily you are able to learn Italian in this course, which provides knowledge of practical, everyday words and phrases you are likely to hear if you vacation in Italy.

6 Weeks Access / 24 Course Hrs

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Details

This dynamic course will teach you how to express yourself comfortably in Italian. You'll learn practical, everyday words. You'll read, hear, and practice dialogues based on typical situations that you're likely to encounter if you plan to vacation 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.

As you go through the lessons, you will learn 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. By the end of the course, 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 also 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.

Enrollment Options:
Instructor-Led
6 Weeks Access Course Code: iit
Start Dates*Sep 13 | Oct 18 | Nov 15 | Dec 13
*Choose start date in cart
$115.00 USD
Self-Paced
3 Months Access Course Code: T9684
No Instructor, Start Anytime
$115.00 USD

Syllabus

In this first lesson, you'll discover that, despite the Italian peninsula's long and rich history, Italy is actually a relatively young nation—much younger than the United States, for example. You'll also learn that many Italian words have been adopted into English, including many that you might say or hear on a regular basis—and not just spaghetti, pizza, and biscotti. You'll also be pleased to learn that there are many cognates in Italian. Cognates are words that share the same origin with English words, which makes them very easy for you to recognize and master. By the time you finish this lesson, you'll also know how to greet others properly and introduce yourself in Italian.

In the second lesson, you'll explore the Italian alphabet and phonetics. You'll learn all 21 letters of the Italian alphabet, along with the various sounds they make, whether alone or in combination with one or more other letters. In addition, you'll learn five letters that Italian borrows for writing and speaking words that originated in other languages. With the tools you'll gain in this lesson (and some practice), you'll be able to read and correctly pronounce virtually all words and phrases in Italian.

This lesson will discuss why, unlike in English, the names of places and things have genders in Italian. That's right, all nouns—even inanimate objects—are either masculine or feminine. You'll also learn that to pluralize nouns in Italian, you don't add "s" or "es" at the end of the word. Instead, you'll simply change the final vowel. For example, "one spaghetti noodle" is "spaghetti-o," while "spaghetti noodles" is "spaghetti-i." You'll also discover eight ways to say the word "the" in Italian. By the end of this lesson, you'll have a good grasp on some fundamental parts of speech, making it that much easier to put them together and use them.

In this lesson, you'll continue exploring some basic elements of the Italian language.

While visiting Italy's many spectacular sites, you'll want to be able to ask for assistance. In this lesson, you'll learn to ask and give directions to places, making it easier for you to navigate the country's many historic cities and towns. By the time you reach the end of this lesson, you'll know how to say "to the right," "to the left," and "straight ahead." You will also know how to ask whether a location is nearby or far away. In addition to all the practical navigating skills you'll gain in this lesson, you'll also increase your understanding of Italian culture by learning several ways Italians greet one another.

Numbers are handy in many daily situations, and in this lesson, you'll learn the numbers 1 through 100. You'll explore ways you can put these numbers to practical use by asking and stating phone numbers, addresses, and bill totals. You'll even visit an Italian bar or caffè and learn to order breakfast. At the end of this lesson, you'll be able to discuss telephone numbers and addresses, ask and say how much things cost at the bar, and how and where to pay for them.

In this lesson, you'll explore the calendar, learning to ask about and express days and dates. You'll learn some helpful techniques that make remembering the days of the week and the months of the year much easier. The lesson will also go over two key verbs—"avere" and "fare." Both verbs are especially helpful when discussing the weather. By the end of the lesson, you'll be able to talk about days and dates, and to ask about and describe the weather.

In this lesson, you'll apply the numbers knowledge you gained to the clock and schedules. You'll learn to ask and tell the time, and to ask and express key time-relate terms, such as "when," "early," and "late." You'll continue learning about Italian culture, and find out how important labor strikes are in Italy. Because strikes often impact travel, you'll learn how to ask when they'll begin and when they'll end. All of these things should help put you more at ease while traveling. By the end of the lesson, you'll know how to tell time and read business schedules in Italian.

Do you plan to make some purchases while in Italy, or take a train, boat, or bus? This lesson will go over how to handle these situations. You'll learn the vocabulary and phrases you need to discuss items such as transportation tickets and their prices. You'll learn to use the always-handy expression "vorrei", which means "I would like", to request information or items. By the end of this lesson, you'll know how ask about and purchase train, boat, or bus tickets, ask about prices and make purchases, and even rent a vehicle while in Italy.

Even before you arrive in Italy, you'll probably need to discuss and book your accommodations, and you'll explore how to do just that in this lesson. You'll learn to describe the kind of room you're looking for and ask about availability. By combining new vocabulary with elements you've learned in previous lessons, you'll be able to ask very specific questions about your lodging. You'll know how to confirm whether your room has air conditioning and Internet service, and if the price includes breakfast. You'll practice making a phone call to a hotel to ensure you can book your accommodations long before you arrive at your destination.

This lesson will go over something really important: How to ask for help—"aiuto" [ah-YOO-toh]—in any situation. More specifically, you'll learn to describe health and medical concerns to a pharmacist or doctor. You'll practice an authentic dialogue with each to help put you at ease while you're in Italy. You'll also learn to ask others to help you by calling the police or an ambulance. By the time you finish this lesson, you'll be able to handle virtually any emergency situation in Italian.

Italy's world-renowned cuisine is as important as its many historical monuments (some might say it's even more important!). In the final lesson, you'll 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. You'll practice using all the vocabulary you'll need to order food, whether it's a snack in un bar or an entire four-course meal in una trattoria. You'll learn how to ask about typical regional or local specialties, and how to say that you'd like to try a particular wine or dish. When you reach the end of this lesson, you'll be fully prepared to order a meal at any Italian eatery.

Requirements

Prerequisites:

There are no prerequisites to take this course.


Requirements:

Hardware Requirements:

  • This course can be taken on either a PC, Mac, or Chromebook.

Software Requirements:

  • PC: Windows 8 or later.
  • Mac: macOS 10.6 or later.
  • Browser: The latest version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox are preferred. Microsoft Edge and Safari are also compatible.
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader.
  • Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.

Other:

  • Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.

Instructional Material Requirements:

The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment and will be available online.

Instructor

Robert Bertoldi

Robert Bertoldi has been mastering Italian for the past 35 years and has been 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 has dual citizenship in Italy and the U.S. and his 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.

Instructor Interaction: The instructor looks forward to interacting with learners in the online moderated discussion area to share their expertise and answer any questions you may have on the course content.

Reviews

Excellent course - extremely useful, friendly, well-constructed.

Excellent class! Very effective assignments and helpful additional resources; easy to follow instructions and explanations that really work for a self-study course; a nice balance of linguistic and cultural references. I really enjoyed the class, and would definitely sign up for more classes with Professor Bertoldi.

This was a wonderful way to learn AND I was able to fit it into my schedule as time allowed. Thanks so much for offering this format for the class!

I enjoyed this course tremendously. I learned basic Italian and feel confident moving forward to learning it more in depth. Thank you for offering this online class, which was perfect for me and a solace from the 117-degree days in Arizona.

I am so glad I was signed up for this course as I hope to learn fluent Italian in the following year so I can go back to Italy and talk to my grandparents without using a translator.

This is a great intro to Italian for travelers to Italy. I would gladly take a next level course with this instructor if he offers one.

This course was extremely helpful in learning Italian. The lessons were appropriate and functional for basic learning of the language. The course was definitely worth it.

The Professor was pleasant and very knowledgeable and answered questions immediately. The course was well laid out and it was easy to follow and understand. Thank you Professor.

Very nicely presented. The material was subject-specific, that is, dining, shops, hotels, etc., which would make it easier to communicate in Italy. Option to download the material is also a big plus. Looking forward to advanced study of the language.

Enjoyable course; very interesting and well put together. The instructor made improving my Italian fun!

Professor Bertoldi is wonderful! I'm traveling to Italy and found this course ver.y helpful practical and useful. I'm planning to speak Italian when I go.

The instructor was very active in the discussion posts and helpful to the students in the class. I would take another course with him. I hope he offers another Italian course soon. I found the audio clips and phonetic spelling helpful for learning and practicing correct pronunciation. Would recommend that the discussion slides be fixed so that you can view the whole discussion when you print the lesson for review.