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Why learn Italian

Italian is the first language of between 65 and 85 million people according to United Language GroupIt is the official language of Italy, and it is also an official language in Switzerland and several other countries and regions in Europe.It is one of the working languages of the European Union and is a significant minority language in several other European countries, in parts of Africa and South America, and in Australia. It provides access to rich resources in music, literature, architecture, fashion, cuisine and the arts. Italy is a major centre for a wide range of manufacturing industries, such as the automotive industry. For Australian learners, Italian is a relatively easy language to learn. Spelling is predictable from the way words are pronounced, and a large proportion of words are from the same source as their English equivalents.

Guides, online courses and tutorial resources

These are listed alphabetically.


Online sources to look up words and phrases – a quick option is to run a Google search with the required expression in English followed by the words "in Italian", eg accommodation in Italian, then select from sources (some of which also provide an audio version of the Italian) such as the ones listed below (listed here alphabetically).

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