What are the best resources for learning Italian?

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    #1Duolingo

    Duolingo

    With the Duolingo app, you can practice and improve your speaking, reading, listening and writing skills while playing games at the same time. Just answer questions and complete lessons to improve both your vocabulary and grammar skills.

    Apps

    Web, Android, iOS

    Free

    Cheryl Morgan
    Written on January 8, 2017
    "My partner's parents are from Italy and I wanted to be able to talk with them for our first meeting. I downloaded Duolingo to try and practice up. Unfortunately, while I did learn some basic vocabulary, it wasn't very useful in teaching me how to converse, and I could only say a few phrases to my partner's parents. Still, they were impressed enough, and Duolingo is quite good at what it does do!"
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    #23 minute Italian

    3 minute Italian
    Learn Italian in simple, bite-sized chunks. Perfect for the complete beginner with no Italian knowledge who wants to speak from the very first lesson. Learn words and phrases that you can use immediately and build your own sentences without memorisation.
    Course

    $40

    Anthony Montgomery
    Written on April 13, 2017
    "Me and my wife plan on visiting Italy in a few months. We initially thought about trying rosetta stone so we could at least how to order pasta at a restaurant, but I stumbled upon this extreme;y cheap udemy course on italian and gave it a try. Needless to say, me and my wife knows enough italian to order pasta now. "
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    #3italki

    italki
    This service connects you with native speakers for spoken practice on Skype. You can pay tutors for (affordable) one-to-one video lessons, or find a free language exchange partner.
    Websites

    Free- Varies by plan

    Jeffrey Chapman
    Written on February 8, 2017
    "There's really no substitute to face to face interaction with a native speaker if you want to learn a foreign language. So what do you do if you can't get to Italy? Sign up for italki and get lessons through video chat. It's not that expensive."
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    #4HelloTalk

    HelloTalk
    HelloTalk is a language and culture exchange community. It connects you with native speakers of other languages so you can improve the language you're learning by chatting informally with them.
    Apps

    Android, iOS

    Free- With in-app purchases

    Arthur Davidson
    Written on January 1, 2017
    " Would you like to speak Italian? Do you want to be in fluent enough with the language that you can have a conversation with a native? HelloTalk is the perfect app they can help improve your language ability and wait to make small talk with anyone who speaks Italian or any other language for that matter"
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    #5BBC Languages

    BBC Languages
    A collection of videos and tutorials with online lessons with audio, games, vocabulary, grammar explanations and exercises to learn languages.
    Websites

    Free

    Maria Nguyen
    Written on June 26, 2017
    "When I was traveling to Italy, I needed to have quick resources for learning Italian. I was scared that I wasn't going to be able to communicate correctly and appear as the typical "Hand it to me" American that doesn't take time to learn. I found BBC Languages and their guides are perfect! I could quickly find what I needed and if I couldn't pronounce something, I used notes from them to help get it right."
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    #6Clozemaster

    Clozemaster
    Clozemaster is a language learning app that allows you to achieve new vocabulary by completing thousands of sentences with the missing word. Users can use it for free, although subscribers can enjoy advanced features.
    Apps

    Web, iOS, Android

    Free

    Johnny Tran
    Written on March 25, 2017
    "Before being introduced to Clozemaster, I was very unconfident about learning a new language. Now that I am subscribed to Clozemaster, I am becoming a polyglot. Last month I had a business trip in China and I was able to speak with many Chinese officials using my newly learned Chinese vocabulary. Without Clozemaster, I don't think I would have been able to sign a three hundred million dollar investment deal with a Chinese manufacturing firm. Thank you Clozemaster!"
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    #7busuu

    busuu
    Master the basic skills and phrases of the language you want to understand fast with a fully interactive course, anytime and anywhere. You will be helped by hundreds of native speakers.
    Apps

    Android, iOS

    Free- with in-app purchases

    Danielle Reyes
    Written on February 12, 2017
    "This is a great app and it's super easy to use! Learning is completely at your pace and I'd recommend it to anyone. If you feel like they are pronouncing it too quickly, just hold down the button and it'll speak it a little slower (took me a while to figure that out!). "
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    #8FluentU

    FluentU
    FluentU brings language learning to life with real-world videos, movie trailers, news, inspiring talks and more.
    Apps

    Web, iOS

    Free- month. Varies by plan

    Barbara Medina
    Written on January 10, 2017
    "If you want to learn Italian, best thing would be to move to Italy for 3 months. Next best in my opinion is to use FluentU. With so many resources from talks to videos this has a tool to teach both the audio or visual person who learn in different ways."
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    #9Forvo

    Forvo
    Find out how any word is pronounced. Just type the word you're looking for into the search bar and voila!
    Websites

    Free

    Christian Hunter
    Written on September 18, 2017
    "My wife and I are planning a trip to Italy next summer and I wanted to brush up on my Italian before we go. I had tried some books, but was looking for something online to help me pronounce words. I tried out the website Forvo and have loved it ever since. I am able to type in any word and hear the correct way to pronounce the word. It is exactly what I'm looking for. "
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    #10Conversation Countdown

    Conversation Countdown
    Have your first conversation in a foreign language in just seven days. You can achieve that with an alternative method that is very different from the others listed.
    Course

    $67

    Ricardo Andrade
    Written on May 28, 2017
    "This service was truly the key for me to learn Italian. Due to time constraints, I spent most of my time attempting to learn on my own and from a book. I would always hit a wall that I didn't know how to break through. I realize that wall for me was a lack of social interaction with fluent Italian speakers. Once I started interacting with other speakers, it took my progress to another level. "
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    #11Flock Talk

    Flock Talk
    A language learning app that allows you to freely talk with other language learners around the world. Read and comment with others in the language of your choice. Gain points by participating in the flock, either by posting/commenting or by liking other posts and comments.
    Apps

    iOS

    Free

    Roger Pearson
    Written on September 18, 2017
    "Flock Talk is an app available on the itunes store that lets you learn a language by talking to other people trying to do the same thing. It is like social media that helps you learn. It is a pretty good idea. It could be helpful in keeping you motivated to learn the language. It does fit the topic."
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    #12Verbling

    Verbling
    Learn all kind of languages (Spanish, French, Italian...) with native teachers taking lessons via video call.
    Course

    $6- Varies by plan

    Carol Medina
    Written on February 27, 2017
    "Learning a language in person has always been the best way to go, and if you can't be there physically, being there remotely is the next best thing. Learning a language via Skype/video chat through Verbling works really well, even if buffering is occasionally an issue."
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    #13WordReference

    WordReference
    WordReference is an online translation dictionary for English-French, English-Italian, English-Spanish, French-Spanish, Spanish-Portuguese, English-Japanese, English-Portuguese and more. You can also find definitions, synonyms, antonyms and conjugations.
    Websites

    Free

    Christian Jordan
    Written on March 9, 2017
    "Word Reference is an excellent site for all your word finding needs when you don't particularly want to use Google. Just plug the word in and choose the appropriate thing you need to search for. Simple as that. Not flashy but definitely worthwhile."
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    #14WorldLingo

    WorldLingo
    WorldLingo, is a provider of translation and localization services and technology.
    Websites

    Free

    Roger Turner
    Written on September 18, 2017
    "I'm traveling to Italy soon, and wanted to use the resources on the web to pick up a little Italian. I found WorldLingo in my searches, and while I have to say that it is a very effective translator from and into Italian, the site is only a translation tool, and so doesn't do much to help me learn Italian. "
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    #15Wordfast

    Wordfast
    Wordfast is a user-friendly, platform-independent translation memory technology for translators, LSPs, corporations, and educational institutions.
    Websites

    Free

    David Sanchez
    Written on April 2, 2017
    "This translation and learning software looks great. It can implemented in common word processors and can be accessed anywhere. The downside, from what I see, is that the "learning" aspect only comes from memorizing and use when translating--it doesn't look like it actually teaches."
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    #16Glossika

    Glossika
    Glossika has an effective and easy to master method for learning new languages using only 20 to 30 minutes a day.
    Websites

    $99.99- Varies by plan

    Gloria Rodriguez
    Written on October 26, 2017
    "I have used a couple programs for trying to learn italian. I found Glossika to be outdated and boring to use. The graphics were childish and I found myself wandering while trying to complete the days goal. I was able to learn some italian so that is a plus, but I preferred other software to this. It was more expensive than others and less effecting. The one positive I can give it, is it allowed me to choose what I would like to focus on, like dining, or other topics"
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    #17Langademy

    Langademy

    Langademy allows you to learn languages online through many different ways. You can make video calls with native speakers or exchanges all around the world, focusing on the language you want to learn. 

    Websites

    Free

    Moar Agirre
    Written on November 26, 2017
    "Langademy is a language learning social networking site. It has tutors to learn Italian and also provides many tools for online language exchanges so you can practice Italian for free: online meetups, web based video calls, Italian language chat rooms, personalized scheduler and much more."

Summary

Best What are the best resources for learning Italian
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1DuolingoApps 28 Free
23 minute ItalianCourse 28 Paid
3italkiWebsites 23 Free
4HelloTalkApps 21 Free
5BBC LanguagesWebsites 19 Free
6ClozemasterApps 18 Free
7busuuApps 15 Free
8FluentUApps 13 Free
9ForvoWebsites 12 Free
10Conversation CountdownCourse 10 Paid
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