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Why learn ItalianItalian 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 resourcesThese are listed alphabetically.
- Duo Lingo Learn Italian – "Bite-sized Italian lessons. Fun, effective, and 100% free".
- Italian 101 – This site is designed as a starting point for people who want to learn more about the Italian language.
- Arabic Pod 101 – This is another resource, distinct from the one listed above. There are two types of signup: free or premium. "Short Audio & Video Lessons for Fast and Easy Learning."
- Linguanaut Italian Phrases – Italian Phrases and Common Sentences.
- Linguanaut Learn Italian – This page, among other information, provides links to 14 lessons, covering a range of everyday communication contexts in speaking and understanding Italian.
- This website offers a range of Italian courses.
- Mango Languages – This site offers learning resources for Italian, which is listed on its World Languages page. Subscription access is available through the Canberra Public Library Service.
- Omniglot Italian – Omniglot describes itself as "the online encyclopedia of writing systems and languages". This page includes a summary of the Italian alphabet, including a recording demonstrating pronunciation of the letters. Other pages accessible from the navigation bar on this page include phrases and numbers.
ReferenceOnline 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).
- Bab.la Italian – Type in the word you would like to translate into the search field.
- Cambridge English-Italian Dictionary – Type the expression to be translated into the search field. Use the toggle to select English-Italian or Italian-English.
- Lexilogos Italian dictionary. Lexilogos self-describes as a "comprehensive set of resources for the study of the languages of the world".
- Systran online translation – This uses Systran machine translation technology for translation between languages.
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