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Beginner Italian Level 1

‘From Zero to Italian’ is a program designed to take you from knowing no Italian all the way to fluency, over a period of time and courses.

This is the first installment, where you build solid foundations and learn how to learn a language.
The focus of this course is rather unique; while you will of course be learning the grammar, this program is created to help you with what really matters: understanding more and more Italian and being able to actually speak it.


Who is this for?

This course is perfect for beginners and students who, despite having studied Italian for a while, are lacking the confidence to speak the language and struggle to form sentences.
It also makes the perfect reference companion for students at higher levels, as the content and the methodology used here are designed to fill the common gaps in a student’s knowledge.


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Course Curriculum

Unit 1
Welcome to ‘From Zero to Italian’! 00:05:00
Hello and welcome to 'From Zero to Italian'. My name is Manu Venditti and I'll be your instructor in this course. Thank you for choosing me as your Italian language tutor.
What’s inside 00:06:00
Learning styles to suit everyone - progress through the content as your knowledge and skills improve
Pre-lesson 00:06:00
In this lesson we talk about motivation and set the 'ground rules' of using 'From Zero to Italian' successfully.
Lesson 1 – Is Italian easy? 00:11:00
Let's discuss what makes Italian a relatively easy language to learn and how you can speed up your learning.
Lesson 2 – Foundations of Italian Pronunciation 00:24:00
The best place to start learning Italian is with its pronunciation. In this lesson we cover the most important aspect of sounding good when speaking Italian.
Lesson 3 – Pronunciation Practice 00:11:00
Can you pronounce these Italian words? Let's practice together and get these sounds right.
Assignment #1 – Pronunciation 00:20:00
It's time to test your pronunciation. Submit your audio recording and I will personally check it!
FZTI A1 – Unit 1 Assignment 50:00
Lesson 4 – Vocabulary 1-20 00:10:00
Today we introduce the first 20 Italian words. Watch the short video to become acquainted with them and in the next lesson you'll get a change to really burn them into your memory.
Lesson 4 – Vocabulary Flashcards 00:15:00
Flashcards are known to be the best way to memorize and recall vocabulary (or anything else, really!). You'll be AMAZED at how this awesome tool helps you learn Italian vocabulary!
FZTI A1 – Unit 1 Quiz 00:05:00
Assignment #2 – Vocabulary 00:00:00
Earn more points by actively looking up words on a dictionary. Submit your word list and I'll personally check it.
FZTI A1 – Unit 1 Assignment #2 50:00
Unit 1 – Dictation Exercise 00:07:00
This will be challenging... but we are not aiming for perfection! Do your best and you'll be glad you gave this exercise a go!
Unit 2
Unit 2 – Welcome 00:05:00
Congratulations on completing Unit 1. This week we get into the more technical stuff of the Italian language. More bricks for your foundations!
Lesson 5 – Gender 00:15:00
We introduce (and conquer!) the not-so-easy concept of gender in Italian nouns. It's an essential aspect of the Italian language so make sure you totally get it!
Lesson 6 – Adjectives 00:24:00
Learn how to describe things in Italian. After Lesson 5 this will be a breeze!
Lesson 7 – Indefinite Articles 00:28:00
This is tricky but once you get it, you'll be happy you did (it has a lot of implications!). We learn how to say 'a', as in 'a book'!
Unit 2 – Practice Activity #1 00:15:00
In this lesson we bring it all together. We're basically saying a mini sentence!
Lesson 8 – Vocabulary 21 – 40 00:12:00
Twenty new words for you to add to your arsenal. You kind of know most of these ones already, so don't hate me when I give you twenty more in the next lesson!
Lesson 8 – Vocabulary 41 – 60 00:10:00
Here are twenty adjectives for you to learn! You'll need them in the next unit...!
Unit 2 – Assignment 1 00:02:00
Get proactive about learning Italian vocabulary! This Task (worth some points!) is easy and you'll be glad you completed it!
FZTI A1 – Unit 2 Assignment #1 75:01
Lesson 9 – Pronunciation: Consonants 00:20:00
How do Italian consonants sound like? Learn a few tricks in this lesson, before we start looking at the specifics of the more difficult sounds in the next unit.
Unit 2 – Assignment 2 00:05:00
Sounding good is essential in Italian and it's often the one thing that holds students back. Not in our case... We work hard at our pronunciation and this Task rewards you for that!
FZTI A1 – Unit 2 Assignment 50:00
FZTI A1 – Unit 2 Quiz 00:10:00
Unit 2 – Dictation 00:00:00
Impress yourself with this second Dictation exercise. Dictations are difficult but I know for sure you will do great at this one!
Fast Forward – Comprehension Exercise 00:00:00
This is a new type of 'Fast Forward'. It's a comprehension exercise from centuries ahead... but I know you'll be surprised at how well you do at this!
Unit 3
Unit 3 – Welcome 00:05:00
Congratulazioni! You've made it to Unit 3! This Unit is MASSIVE and massively useful! Enjoy it and don't rush it!
Lesson 10 [Part 1] – Italian Subjects 00:11:00
Find out what the possible subjects are in Italian and learn how to use them right.
Lesson 10 [Part 2] – Formal vs Informal 00:35:00
Learn about formal/informal speech. The dangers of not using it right and the best trick to never offend anyone!
Lesson 11 – Introduction to Italian Verbs 00:16:00
Verbs are notoriously a monster... we are going make them our friends instead!
Lesson 12 – Italian Present Tense 00:38:00
Learn this super versatile tense...it does a lot more than you expect!
Lesson 12 – Practice 00:21:00
Try this for yourself. Can you conjugate these Italian verbs?
Lesson 13 – Irregular Verbs 00:08:00
Why? Why? Why? Learn to love irregular verbs... they are the ones you'll be using the most!
Lesson 14 – the verb ‘ESSERE’ (to be) 00:10:00
Without a doubt the most useful verb in any language! ESSERE is irregular, but it'll become your friend very quickly!
Lesson 15 – Sentence Structure 00:18:00
In this introductory lesson on Italian sentence structure you'll see how easy it is (now!) to make up full sentences in Italian. With the extra tips you'll also learn how to progress much faster, on your own!
Unit 3 – Challenge 00:06:00
Test your knowledge with this (optional but awesome) Challenge!
Lesson 16 – Vocabulary 61 – 80 00:20:00
Well, even at 'From Zero to Italian' we get to the point of teaching you some greetings. But this time you'll know when to use which one!
Lesson 17 – Vocabulary: Nationalities 00:14:00
Here are another useful 2set of words. This set is a bit different as it will keep growing (but the video and pdf will stay the same, of course!). As you ask me about specific nationalities, I'll add them to the set.
FZTI A1 – Unit 3 Quiz 00:10:00
Unit 3 – Dictation 00:00:00
Fast Forward – Translation Exercise 00:08:00
This one will be tough, but oh, so rewarding! Let's translate a text into English and see how much we understand. You'll be surprised! There are some tricks that can help you!
Unit 4
Unit 4 – Welcome 00:06:00
This is going to be another big Unit. Once completed you'll be able to say a lot more! Your own words, not memorized sentences!
Lesson 18 – Plurals 00:17:00
When if you have more than one? Italian plurals!
Lesson 19 – Strange Cases (plurals) 00:16:00
Of course not everything works as by the book. Here are some exceptions!
Practice Activity #1 00:14:00
Let's see how you go with these words and their plurals!
Lesson 20 – Definite Articles 00:25:00
How do we say 'THE' in Italian? Find out what the 7 words are. Ouch!
Practice Activity #2 00:13:00
Let's add articles to these words!
Lesson 21 – Strange Cases & Tricks 00:11:00
Are these weird or what?
Lesson 22 – Negative Sentences 00:08:00
Find out how easy it is to speak in negative sentences!
Lesson 23 – Questions 00:25:00
Asking questions in Italian is fairly easy, once you know the trick!
Lesson 24 – Vocabulary 81 – 100 00:07:00
Another deposit of 20 words for your word bank!
Unit 4 – Dictation 00:00:00
Assignment – Pronunciation 00:08:00
Let me hear how you sound! Another pronunciation assignment. It's getting harder though!
FZTI A1 – Unit 4 Assignment 50:00
FZTI A1 – Unit 4 Quiz 00:10:00
Unit 5
Unit 5 – Welcome 00:02:00
This Unit is going to be very different from the other ones! Its when I start asking you to do a LOT of practice...
Lesson 25 – Going over Tasks for Unit 1 00:25:00
We go back to Unit 1 and discuss the assignments that you submitted. Lot's to learn here!
Lesson 26 – Going over Tasks for Unit 2 00:28:00
And now we look at the Assignments from Unit 2. You're definitely on a good path to success!
Lesson 27 – Italian Verbs Drill 00:23:00
Time to really get good and fast with Italian verbs. They have to become second nature before you can really make any significant progress. Here's a great exercise!
Lesson 28 – Italian Articles Drill 00:10:00
And now you must get fast with Italian articles! You can be in the top 10% of students of Italian who never get an article wrong!
Lesson 29 – Italian Prounciation Drill 00:04:00
This is a very unusual way to practice your Italian pronunciation. But it's fun and it works!
Lesson 30 – Italian Intonation Drill 00:06:00
Learn how you can pick up a more authentic Italian intonation with this (pretty difficult) exercise!
Lesson 30 – Shadowing Practice 00:16:00
Time to test this 'shadowing' out! it's tough but totally worth it!
Lesson 31 – Translating for faster learning 00:10:00
Translating sentences into Italian (or from Italian) is a great way to speed up your learning. In this lesson we discover how.
Lesson 32 – Organizing & Tracking your time 00:09:00
In order to achieve fluency you need to know where your efforts are going. This is my 'secret weapon' to make sure you get there!
Lesson 33 – Italian Accents & Dialects 00:12:00
In this lesson we demystify the fear for Italian Dialects and understand a bit more what they are and how they differ from accents.
Sample of Italian Dialects 00:04:00
Watch this Italian comedian go through a handful of dialects, from North to South of Italy. Pay attention to the melody and persona that comes with each (because we are definitely not going to understand a single word!).
Unit 6
Unit 6 – Welcome 00:04:00
Just checking you are ready to move on to Unit 6. It's important that you only proceed if you feel confident about the foundations we laid in the first 5 Units.
Lesson 34 – Pronouncing & Writing C 00:22:00
This is probably the trickiest Italian letter to read/write for English speakers. But don't worry, after these lessons you will no longer hesitate!
Lesson 34 – Practice 00:03:00
Now that you know how C works... it's time to test yourself!
Lesson 35 – Pronouncing & Writing G 00:11:00
C has a sister, and it's G. Since they behave pretty much the same way, you'll be fine with this one, for sure!
Lesson 35 – Practice 00:03:00
A quick check that your G's are right!
Lesson 36 – Vocabulary: ARE verbs 00:34:00
Coming to us straight from Unit 5, we now look at the specifics of these essential ARE verbs.
Lesson 37 – ERE Verbs 00:15:00
Now that you're a wizard at conjugating ARE verbs, it'll be a breeze dealing with verbs that end in -ERE. Only slightly different and equally awesome!
Lesson 38 – Vocabulary (ERE verbs) 00:18:00
This week's vocabulary focuses on Verbs. You need these ones!
Lesson 39 – What’s up with these verbs? 00:12:00
Some verbs can be regular and yet tricky. Let's look at some 'strange' patterns!
Lesson 40 – How to introduce yourself 00:28:00
Now that you have a solid understanding of how the Italian language words, you'll find it pretty easy to introduce yourself and start a basic conversation!
Lesson 40 – Practice 00:17:00
Ready to introduce yourself?
Unit 6 – Assignment 00:03:00
It's time for me to hear how you're doing. Are you game enough to introduce yourself in Italian in exchange of a badge?
FZTI A1 – Unit 6 Assignment 50:00
Lesson 41 – Checking Assignments from Unit 3 (Part 1) 00:21:00
We now look at the various interactive exercises from Unit 3.Great way to learn and expand on what you already know!
Lesson 41 – Checking Assignments from Unit 3 (Part 2) 00:20:00
We now look at the translation exercise from Unit 3. It was a tough exercise, but so rewarding when used right!
Fast Forward: Comprehension Exercise 00:08:00
Are you ready for a challenge? Here's a video 100% in Italian. How much can you understand?
FZTI A1 – Unit 6 Quiz 00:10:00
Unit 7
Unit 7 – Welcome 00:03:00
Introduction to another knowledge and skills filled Unit! Are you excited?
Lesson 42 – The two sounds of S 00:15:00
The Italian consonant S is a bit tricky. This lesson will help you know exactly how to pronounce it and most importantly, how to hear it.
Lesson 42 – Practice 00:07:00
Ready for some practice? Consonant S, here we come!
Lesson 43 – The two sounds of Z 00:08:00
And here's another tricky consonant! Also with two distinct sounds. Oh mamma!
Lesson 43 – Practice 00:04:00
Now it's consonant Z's turn!
Lesson 44 – More on Italian Plurals 00:17:00
Thought we were done with plurals? Not quite! Here are some more exceptions!
Lesson 45 – Negative sentences with double negation 00:12:00
Kids usually love this. Italian gives you permission (well, it forces you) to use double negation. Today we look at the most common!
Lesson 45 – Practice 00:09:00
Let's have some fun with this double negation thing! Practice time!
Lesson 46 – The verb FARE (to do / to make) 00:12:00
Time to introduce you to your second irregular verb. You'll love this one, it's SOOOO useful!
Lesson 46 – Practice 00:09:00
You have to get good with FARE. Here's some help!
Lesson 47 – Prepositions 00:15:00
Prepositions are tiny words but oh, they carry so much meaning! In fact, they can change a whole sentence!
Lesson 48 – Pop Quiz 00:16:00
Well, not quite! But close. In this lesson you'll have an opportunity to express a few concepts in Italian. Whole sentences. For real!
Lesson 49 – Vocabulary: 101 – 120 00:11:00
Twenty new words for your Italian vocabulary bank. You are richer and richer every day!
Unit 7 – Assignment: pronunciation 00:04:00
How good are you are distinguishing between S and Z? Let's find out with this assignment!
FZTI A1 – Unit 7 Assignment 50:00
Lesson 50 – Ordering at a cafe in Italy 00:21:00
You are now ready to get yourself a nice coffee! Here's how to do that!
Lesson 50 – Practice 00:05:00
I'm your barista, at your service. Ready to order?
Lesson 51 – Going over Exercises from Unit 4 00:16:00
Time to discuss the exercises you completed back in Unit 4.
Unit 7 – Dictation Exercise 00:07:00
Here's another text for you to listen to carefully and transcribe. You're getting good at this, but this one will challenge you for sure!
Unit 7 – Comprehension Exercise 00:05:00
This one is different. I'll speak to you 100% in Italian. I just what you to follow along and do your best to understand what I'm saying.
FZTI A1 – Unit 7 Quiz 00:20:00
Catch Up Week
Catch Up Week 00:08:00
This week has no new content and it's designed to allow you to catch up on / review the content so far covered. It's a lot, and you need to be fully comfortable with it before moving on to Unit 8.
Unit 8
Unit 8 – Welcome 00:06:00
Find out what you'll learn and practice in this Unit!
Unit 8 – Dictation Exercise 00:07:00
We start this Unit with a dictation exercise! It's good to change things around! You'll test yourself again at the end of the Unit.
Unit 8 – Comprehension Exercise 00:10:00
Another challenge for you! Can you understand this recording and can you answer these questions?
Lesson 52 – Double consonants 00:21:00
Italian is full of double consonants. Learn how to detect and produce these sounds!
Lesson 52 – Practice 00:15:00
Let's practice your pronunciation (and understanding) of Italian double consonant sounds!
Lesson 53 – Verbs ending in -IRE 00:19:00
We introduce the third and last group of Italian verbs. This one's super easy!
Lesson 53 – Practice 00:19:00
Let's conjugate these verbs together!
Lesson 54 – Modal Verbs 00:09:00
These verbs are all irregular BUT bring great value to your Italian and you'll love using them!
Lesson 55 – POTERE (can / may) 00:15:00
This is your first modal verb. It's super useful but also a bit tricky. OK, very tricky!
Lesson 55 – Practice 00:06:00
Time to practice this awesome verb: POTERE!
Lesson 56 – VOLERE (to want) 00:10:00
Another modal verb, this time much easier and straightforward! Still irregular, of course!
Lesson 56 – Practice 00:07:00
Time to practice this awesome verb: VOLERE!
Lesson 57 – DOVERE (must, to have to) 00:08:00
Third and final modal verb for this unit. Nice and simple and very useful!
Lesson 57 – Practice 00:07:00
Time to practice this awesome verb: DOVERE!
Lesson 54, 55, 56 & 57 – Practice 00:18:00
Time to bring it all together and see what you can do with this Unit's three modal verbs!
Unit 8 – Assignment 00:03:00
Here is your Assignment for this Unit. It's tough and it will require some prep time. Are you ready? Sei pronto/a?
FZTI A1 – Unit 8 Assignment 50:00
Lesson 58 – Saxon Genitive in Italian 00:25:00
Find out how to express possession in Italian and how to avoid a bunch of common mistakes!
Lesson 59 – Vocabulary 121 – 140 00:18:00
Twenty new words for you! This Unit focuses on restaurant vocabulary.
Lesson 60 – How to order at the restaurant 00:25:00
New skill for this Unit: ordering at the restaurant in Italy.
Lesson 60 – Practice 00:09:00
Ready to place your order with me? Time for some fun practice!
Flashback – Dictation Exercise 00:03:00
We bring back a text we used back in Unit 2. How much better will you do this time?
FZTI A1 – Unit 8 Quiz 00:10:00
Unit 9
Unit 9 – Welcome 00:02:00
Let's get started with this Unit. You're crushing it!!!
Lesson 61 – Tasks from Unit 4 00:27:00
It's been some time since you had a go at these tasks. Time to talk about them!
Lesson 62 – Pronouncing R 00:31:00
This consonant has a very distinctive sound and most English speakers find it hard. Let's see if we can change that with this powerful lesson full of drills!
Lesson 62 – Practice 00:06:00
Now that you can (maybe, hopefully) pronounce Italian R, try and pronounce these words!
Unit 9 – Assigment: Pronounce these words 00:07:00
This is how you roll! Take a deep breath and give these words your best shot!
FZTI A1 – Unit 9 Assignment 50:00
Lesson 63 – The verb SAPERE (to know) 00:20:00
Here is another irregular verb. It has two tricky usages. One as a normal verb and one as a modal verb. Let's fix the confusion!
Lesson 63 – Practice 00:13:00
Let's see if SAPERE makes sense now!
Lesson 64 – The verb AVERE (to have) 00:26:00
Now this verb is super important! It means 'to have' but it's used in many creative ways! Let's find out!
Lesson 65 – The verb STARE (to stay / to be) 00:21:00
This is an awesome yet confusing verb. Let's remove the confusion and just leave the awesomeness!
Lesson 66 – Asking “How are you?” 00:14:00
If you ever wondered why we hadn't covered this topic so far.. here is your answer! But now you can finally ask people how they are doing!
Lesson 67 – An introduction to numbers in Italian 00:03:00
In this 4-part lesson you will leave how to say number from zero to 999 in Italian. Urrà!
Lesson 67 – Numbers in Italian: 0 to 10 00:04:00
Here are the first 10 numbers! Pretty easy, right?
Lesson 67 – Numbers in Italian: 11 to 20 00:05:00
These are probably the trickiest numbers to memorize and recall. But nothing some repetition and drills can't fix!
Lesson 67 – Numbers in Italian: 21 to 999 00:08:00
Now that the hard bit is behind us we can quickly more on and learn how to say any number past 20, all the way to almost 1000! Almost!
Lesson 67 – Numbers in Italian: Practice 00:11:00
Now that you are a master at numbers in Italian... can you say these numbers?
Lesson 68 – Vocabulary: 141 – 160 00:13:00
In this Unit we talk about time... so here we are learning the days of the week and the months of the year. And since these words are 'easy'... expect 20 more words in the next Lesson!
Lesson 69 – Vocabulary: 161 – 180 00:18:00
You'll love this set of words. They are SO useful! You'll see...
Lesson 70 – Talking about time 00:42:00
While telling the time in a foreign language is not a particularly useful skill these days, knowing how to time works in Italian is definitely a must to lead a normal social life!
FZTI A1 – Unit 9 Quiz 00:10:00
Unit 10
Unit 10 – Welcome 00:04:00
Find out what this cool unit is all about and how it can propel you forward with your Italian.
Lesson 71 – Going over Unit 6 00:44:00
Time to check what we did in Unit 6! Great opportunity to review the content and make sure you'll all good with it!
Lesson 72 – Going over Unit 7 00:36:00
We keep going with our discussion on the assessment and practice from Unit 7.
Lesson 73 – Going over Unit 8 00:22:00
... And we conclude with checking the exercises from Unit 8.
Lesson 74 – Self Talk #1 00:12:00
In this lesson we introduce what is probably the most valuable exercise you can do by yourself, when learning a language: self talk!
Lesson 75 – Self Talk #2 00:00:00
This is the more advanced, challenging and effective version of the Self Talk exercise.
Lesson 76 – Amazing Learning Tool 00:11:00
Find out how this Chrome extension can change your life. Well, at least when it comes to learning and practicing Italian!
Lesson 77 – Reading Italian beyond your level 00:22:00
The more you read, the more you learn. Right? Well, time to get reading Italian then! In this lesson we take a look at how you can read Italian beyond your level.
Lesson 78 – Finding resources online 00:09:00
The Internet is full of great stuff... but what is useful and right for you?
Lesson 79 – The number 1 trait you need 00:29:00
Can you guess what is the most important trait you must possess (or develop) to learn a language?
Unit 10 – Shadowing Practice 00:03:00
By now you should be a master of shadowing the first video that was introduced a few Units back. Well, don't sit back! We have another one!
Unit 10 – Comprehension Exercise 00:03:00
Got some extra time today? How about you watch this video 100% in Italian and do your best to understand as much as possible? You'll surprise yourself!
Unit 11
Unit 11 – Welcome 00:02:00
Get ready for another awesome Unit! It's BIG, just like the results you'll get!
Lesson 80 – Going Over Unit 9 00:17:00
What's there to learn from Unit 9's assignments? Let's find out!
Lesson 81 – Pronouncing Tricky Sounds: STU, TR, STR, AU 00:12:00
Not all English speakers struggle with these, but check the sounds out to see if you can improve how you pronounce these combinations of letters in Italian.
Lesson 81 – Practice 00:11:00
Time to pronounce some words with those pesky sounds.
Lesson 82 – The Verb ANDARE (to go) 00:21:00
It's finally here! We learn how to express the idea of GOING! This verb is not as mean as they portray it.
Lesson 83 – Prepositions with ANDARE 00:31:00
Now this is the real nightmare! Let's have a look at what preposition to use with the verb ANDARE and when! Not easy. But also, we don't need to get it right all the time right now!
Lessons 82 & 83 – Practice 00:20:00
Let's say some things using the verb ANDARE.
Lesson 84 – Learning with Sentences 00:18:00
This is a practice video... but not really! I'm going to challenge you to say difficult things, so you can learn from the way we say them!
Lesson 85 – The verb DARE (to give) 00:19:00
Here's another useful (and obviously irregular) verb! It's not a difficult one, in and of itself. What makes it tricky is the pronouns that go with it. But don't worry. One thing at the time!
Lesson 86 – Indirect Object Pronouns 00:29:00
Oh mamma!! Bear with me while we conquer this monster! Super useful set of pronouns. Totally worth learning them!
Lessons 85 & 86 – Practice 00:13:00
Time to say stuff in Italian! This time using the verb DARE and some pronouns...
Lesson 87 – Numbers: Thousands and beyond! [intro] 00:01:00
More on numbers in Italian. I bet you'll find these mini lessons very interesting. You'll learn how to say (and read) big numbers in Italian! Including dates/years!
Lesson 87 – Numbers: Thousands and beyond! [Part 1] 00:05:00
In this Lesson we're going to look at numbers in the thousands and millions. Scary, but now that hard, once you get the gist of it!
Lesson 87 – Numbers: Thousands and beyond! [Part 2] 00:09:00
In this lesson you'll earn how to deal with really big numbers!
Lesson 87 – Numbers: Thousands and beyond! [Practice] 00:15:00
Time to bring it all together and do some practice! 2.282.478. ^_^
Lesson 88 – Vocabulary 181 – 200 00:15:00
While you surely have learned a lot more words than 200, this lesson marks such anniversary! How are you going to celebrate?
Unit 11 – Assignment 00:04:00
Which is correct? In this task you'll have to submit the correct form of a sentence using ANDARE...
FZTI A1 – Unit 11 Assignment 50:00
Lesson 89 – How to Chit Chat 00:18:00
Keen to start a conversation with the next Italian sitting next to you? Here's how!
Unit 11 – Dictation Exercise 00:08:00
Back to checking your listening and spelling abilities! How will you do at this dictation exercise?
Unit 11 – Additional Exercises 00:02:00
Craving some practice? Here it is!
FZTI A1 – Unit 11 Quiz 00:10:00
Unit 12
Unit 12 – Welcome 00:04:00
Time to start another Unit! Are you ready for it? Or do you need to spend more time with previous Units? It's totally OK (and advisable) to pace yourself!
Unit 12 – Dictation 00:06:00
These dictations are getting harder and harder... but you also getting better and better!
Unit 12 – Translation 00:03:00
Last time we tried this, it was in Unit 3, the very beginning of your journey. How will you do now?
Unit 12 – Comprehension 00:03:00
Can you answer a few questions about this video (in Italian)?
Lesson 90 – The verb VENIRE (to come) 00:18:00
Another irregular verb. Another essential one!
Lesson 90 – Practice 00:11:00
Let's work on these sentences together!
Lesson 91 – Pronomi Tonici (stressed pronouns) 00:17:00
These pronouns are stressed. But not the way you think!
Lesson 91 – Practice 00:06:00
Let's work together on these sentences!
Lesson 92 – Prices in Italian [Intro] 00:02:00
Now that you know how numbers in Italian work, it's time to use them to talk about prices! Shopping!
Lesson 92 – Prices in Italian 00:08:00
Now that you know how numbers in Italian work, it's time to use them to talk about prices! Shopping!
Lesson 92 – Prices in Italian – Practice 00:08:00
Let's talk money! How do you say these prices?
Lesson 93 – Vocabulary: 201 – 220 00:17:00
Twenty new words for you!
Lesson 94 – Buying tickets 00:19:00
New skill. Super easy! Buying tickets. All sorts of tickets!
Lesson 95 – Interview Practice 00:06:00
What? Interview? yes... in the sense of you telling me stuff about yourself!
Unit 12 – Assignment 00:03:00
Your task for this Unit is to record your answer to my question. In bocca al lupo!
FZTI A1 – Unit 12 Assignment 50:00
FZTI A1 – Unit 12 Quiz 00:10:00
Unit 13
Unit 13 – Welcome 00:02:00
This is your last Unit of content for Beginner Italian Level 1! Congratulazioni! With a very unique style to it, this Unit will cover one big topic...
Lesson 96 – Il verbo PIACERE #1 00:22:00
This is a tricky verb and it will take a few lessons to covert most of the essentials! Let's get started!
Lesson 96 – Il verbo PIACERE – Practice #1 00:28:00
Let's how if it all gels together!
Lesson 97 – Il verbo PIACERE #2 00:15:00
We keep looking into this awesome verb!
Lesson 97 – Il verbo PIACERE – Practice #2 00:13:00
Another checkpoint. As usual we keep learning during the "Practice".
Lesson 98 – Il verbo PIACERE #3 00:17:00
Let's learn to put emphasis in our statements!
Lesson 98 – Il verbo PIACERE – Practice #3 00:14:00
More practice, more sentences, more distinctions!
Lesson 99 – Il verbo PIACERE #4 00:29:00
Agreeing and disagreeing with likes and dislikes. Now this is an interesting one!
Lesson 99 – Il verbo PIACERE – Practice #4 00:12:00
Let the fun begin with this Practice lesson!
Lesson 100 – Shopping for groceries 00:21:00
In Italy you'll probably be shopping at markets for fresh fruit and veggies (you should). Here's how it's done!
Lesson 100 – Practice 00:12:00
Let's buy some groceries!
Unit 13 – Assignment 00:04:00
Time to submit your assignment! What will it be this time?
FZTI A1 – Unit 13 Assignment 50:00
FZTI A1 – Unit 13 Quiz 00:10:00
Unit 14
Unit 14 – Welcome 00:02:00
It's time to wrap this course up. We covered a lot of ground in the past Units... let's look back at the essentials!
Lesson 101 – Going Over Unit 10 & 11 [Part 1] 00:10:00
Time to look back at what we learned and practiced in Units 10 and 11.
Lesson 101 – Going Over Unit 10 & 11 [Part 2] 00:21:00
We continue looking back at what we learned and practiced in Units 10 and 11.
Lesson 102 – Going Over Unit 12 00:15:00
Let's check how we did in Unit 12!
Lesson 103 – Going Over Unit 13 00:27:00
This is very recent. Great to re-visit!
Lesson 104 – Vocabulary Review 00:13:00
Ready for a mega set of vocabulary Flash Card?
Lesson 105 – Verbs Review 00:10:00
And now... a mega set of verbs Flash Cards! Let's get conjugating!
Lesson 106 – Say these things… 00:24:00
Ready to show off all your Italian? Let's make sentences!
Graduation - Final Exam
Level 1 – Final Quiz 00:05:00
Before I can send you off a successful 'From Zero to Italian - Beginner Italian Level 1' student, you need to do one more thing, and that is to pass this quiz!
Beginner Italian Level 1 Final Exam 00:20:00
WEBINARS
Q&A Webinar – March 12, 2017 00:53:00
Q&A Webinar – June 3, 2017 01:21:00
Q&A Webinar – August 27, 2017 00:52:00
Q&A Webinar – December 4, 2017 00:45:00
FZTI – A1 – Q&A Webinar – February 28, 2018 00:54:00
Q&A Class (March 25, 2018) 00:47:00

Course Reviews

4.9

4.9
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  1. 5

    Fantastic intro to Italian. Marvelous video lessons.

  2. It's the best source to begin your language journey

    5

    Forget the rest, welcome to the best

  3. From Zero to Italian @ItalyMadeEasy

    5

    Okay. Listen Up. I’ve tried it all – Rosetta Stone, Duolingo, Babbel! Manu Venditti’s course methodology @ Italy Made Easy is so valuable. I learned vocabulary from the other resources but my true understanding and skills have rocket-shipped with IME. The coursework is presented in a clear and concise manner. The webinars are thoughtful; the interaction so fun and motivational.. The cultural insight Manu provides has saved me embarrassment! ie: Ciao è maleducato! I hope you will support this incredible resource. You will not regret it. The value far exceeds the cost. No one works harder for language learners that Manu and his team.

  4. Thank goodness I found this course!

    5

    I am so happy I found this course, I have just finished the beginner level 1 course and I can already speak some Italian! It has given me such a solid foundation. Manu teaches so well, explaining EVERYTHING in both Italian and English. I have gone from someone who really struggles to learn to someone who now enjoys it. Thank you Manu you really made some magic!!

  5. excellent course

    5

    Really enjoying this course and I’ve learned a lot in a short space of time. Manu is a excellent tutor,I would highly recommend .

  6. The best course ever.

    5

    I am an English teacher, and I am very particular about languages and how they are taught.
    I have searched for a long time to find a course that suits my style of learning.
    These well presented, well structured classes are excellent.
    I would recommend them any time.

  7. Beginner 1

    5

    What can I say? TAKE THIS COURSE!! I have been trying to learn Italian on and off for 40 years!
    Manu is a superb teacher. He makes the lessons easy to understand and fun. The community’s great and the resources exceptional.
    I have learned so much with Italy Made Easy, much more than with any other course (and I’ve tried a few!)
    Grazie mille Manu!

  8. Fantastic Course and Tutor

    5

    I have been following Manu’s youTube videos, and greatly appreciated them. I love his style of teaching, and decided to come over here to have a complete, structured course. This guy is a great teacher. The course is well worth it. Once I have finished Zero to Italian for beginners, I’ll sign up immediately for the Intermediary level.

  9. Fantastic course structured and delivered by a wonderful teacher

    5

    If you want to learn Italian and also the structure of learning a language Manu and Italy Made Easy are for you. I really enjoy watching the videos and doing the tasks. The use of Manu’s quizlet sets is amazing for learning the vocabulary and such a fun way to pass the time on the train etc. Invest in yourself with the course and also the community which is growing around this wonderful contribution to learning and understanding. Looking forward to the next course.

  10. Best way to learn

    5

    Honestly, this is the only way I’ve made any progress in learning other than actual immersion. Italy Made Easy works because you understand the “why and how”, or the basic underpinnings of the language. Of course, there are plenty of tips and tricks, as well as clarified exceptions. Thank you!

  11. Eccellente!

    5

    What a great course! Manu is such a wonderful teacher, just right for me. The course has a nice pace and is focused on learning Italian, not phrases or traveler Italian, but actually lays the foundations for fluency. I am enjoying myself and actually learning another language, something I have wanted to do for years! Thanks Manu!

  12. THE BEST WAY TO LEARN!

    5

    MANU IS A TALENTED TEACHER AND A KIND PERSON! HIS TEACHING METHODS ARE CLEAR, ORGANIZED AND REALLY EFFECTIVE! HE IS A LINGUIST WITH A LOT OF EXPERIENCE AT LANGUAGE LEARNING SO HE KNOWS HOW TO TEACH A PERSON TO REALLY SPEAK ITALIAN! I CANNOT IMAGINE STUDYING ITALIAN WITH ANYONE ELSE AND MY LEVEL OF PROGRESS IS AMAZING. DO NOT HESITATE TO JOIN THIS COURSE! MANU HAS CREATED A WONDERFUL COMMUNITY OF STUDENTS WITH A LOT OF SUPPORT FOR US ALL. HIS TEACHING METHODS YEILD SUCCESS!

  13. I LOVE THIS ONLINE COURSE - I'm a total beginner - VERY FIRST TRY AT LEARNING ANOTHER LANGUAGE

    5

    Why do I love this course so much? I have access to all of Manu’s inspiring, entertaining, and straight forward lessons whenever and wherever I want. I contemplated taking a leisure course in Italian at a local university – but how great is it if I want to listen to “How to conjugate a verb?”; “indefinite and definite articles”; “plural nouns and adjectives”; etc and all I have to do is go online and rewatch the video! If I had taken a class, I would only have my notes to refer to. Manu has notes for all of his lessons ready to print out and file in your study folder. If you are truly dedicated to learning Italian, Manu will help you and make it fun along the way. His technique is totally working for this native english speaker and I’ll bet it can work for you too. Good luck. Manu – thanks for choosing to share your talents with all of us.

  14. Smart, personal, and fun

    5

    The best at what he does. The next best thing to having a new Italian friend who is dying to teach you the language.

  15. Best Online Italian Language Program Bar None

    5

    Manu Venditti has created the most comprehensive, in depth, innovative, safe, caring, friendly, fun and responsive community for learning Italian on the Internet. Period. I have tried all of the big programs, which will remain nameless, and there is nothing even close to Italy Made Easy. I started just over a year ago as an absolute beginner and now am a confident intermediate student. I can’t wait to listen to Manu’s lessons, whether it is one of the free courses or the paid. Nothing short of incredible. Manu and his team rock!

  16. good course

    3

    Good course, but too few exercises..

    • Grazie per il feedback, Susanna! I will make sure to specify the different nature of my program on the presentation page! It is by design that I do not include too many exercises, as it is the traditional exercise-centric approach of language teaching/learning that most commonly fails students, having them focusing too much on grammar correctness and too little on communication and comprehension. As the program proceeds, you will find that speaking and understanding Italian is a lot easier with this approach than with the traditional one, filled with exercises! I hope you give Beginner Italian Level 2 a chance! Un abbraccio, Manu

  17. First timer

    5

    My first time at learning a second language ….So I was worried things would not sink in but I had firstly seen some of Manu’s videos on you tube and thought he had such a great way with people with teaching and also such enthusiasm so I enrolled on the Italian from day course . After this I have now started the beginners course which is so good . I found the grammer dificult to grasp at first but the course is so good I love the revision side which helps so much

  18. This is the course to take!

    5

    Like many language learners, I tried many methods on my own- from informal apps to self taught books to podcasts. It wasn’t until I took this course that I really started to speak and learn Italian. Manu is an excellent, fun-loving teacher that makes learning the language fun! I first met him on YouTube and decided to be one of the first to try out this course. I can speak from experience that I owe him for taking my Italian from Zero to Italian! This is a comprehensive, in-depth course will almost assure you of learning this language from the beginning to fluency. Believe me when I say that no other program out there can do it in a fun and easy to understand way. Within a few lessons, you will be speaking Italian. You learn so much about pronunciation, grammar, culture in a way that is fun and will stick with you. Manu’s courses are excellent and I highly recommend them.

  19. Beginner Level 1 Great Course

    5

    I have tried many self-taught approaches and this is the one that really works! I like his emphasis on learning enough grammatical structure so I can have small conversations in Italian, as opposed to memorizing certain phrases. His enthusiasm and love of teaching is very evident in the lessons which are well structure to help build an understanding of the language. I also like the fact that he deals with the 85% of the language and does not overwhelm you with exceptions, which will eventually be important, but for the present are just too much detail.
    I can’t recommend his courses enough!
    Grazie mille Manu for all of your hard work and dedication to teaching!

  20. BEST ITALIAN COURSE EVER!!!

    5

    I have studied Italian for approximately four years. Even after finishing the advanced Rosetta Stone software (super expensive!) I was still unable to converse in Italian. That is because their courses are poorly constructed. Grammar, verb conjugations, and the pronunciations of a simple alphabet are not even addressed. I also tried other various teaching systems that missed the mark as well.. Now after two months of studying Manu’s system in Beginning (Level 1) I am capable of conveying ideas in Italian. Because I now live in an Italian speaking area that is very important to me. You can immagine the boost it gives me with self confidence!.

  21. Manu is the best teacher!

    5

    This program is the best that I have tried…and I have tried many! The live chats have really boosted my speaking skills and confidence. The whole team here is just always so helpful and nice! Thank you Manu for this fantastic program!!

  22. JOIN THE FUN!

    5

    Like many others I have tried to learn Italian by various different methods, learning set phrases (great until the person responds with a completely different sentence than the one you have memorised!), from books, private tutor, Rosetta Stone, etc. Why is this course different from the rest? In my experience because it is FUN AND ENJOYABLE, I actually look forward to learning Italian with Manu and the team at Italy Made Easy. Even though I had completed several beginner courses, with no lasting results, I started this one and realised that I had been trying to climb a ladder with half the steps missing! This course will fill the gaps in your knowledge and give you confidence and a strong foundation in the language, and if this is your first time trying to learn Italian, lucky you, you’ve hit the jackpot first time.

  23. Excellent!

    5

    This course is not just very informative; it’s very organized! You learn at your own pace and can review past units as much as you need to. There’s guidance as well as flexibility for each individual. I appreciate the solid foundation ‘from zero-Italian I’ is building for me. All of Manu’s lessons are fun, relevant and comprehensive. If you’ve gotten yourself this far to read the student reviews—go ahead and enroll in the course! Then look for me in the student chat because I need more practice ? Good luck!

  24. YOU COULDN'T ASK FOR A BETTER COURSE, PLATFORM AND INSTRUCTOR!!!!

    5

    I cannot say enough good things about this amazing course! Manu has put together something truly remarkable. Not only are the videos fabulous and loaded with great information that is easily digestible, there are course notes to download, quizzes to push and check on your progress. There’s a whole community of people with whom you can practice and discuss. There are native Italian speakers available to help virtually any time you want one. There are webinars and so much more, including excellent ‘support’ if something comes up and you need to contact them.

    I wish I could spend my days just playing in this course. It’s so much fun!! It’s an amazing program with loads of extra resources. I am so grateful to Manu for creating it, and for being the wonderful, kind soul that he is (and he’s funny, too, which adds a whole other enjoyable element to the course!)

  25. Great Course!

    5

    As a new language learner, I appreciate the straightforward way Manu teaches this course. The foundation building is critical for learning the language. I’m excited about building skills that will allow me to put things together in a personal way. I have been hesitant to learn Italian, feeling that it would be too difficult for me. Manu does a great job giving people confidence that they can do it!

  26. Engaging with fantastic foundation skills

    5

    I have checked out a couple of different Italian classes. FZTI is by far the most outstanding.
    The method is very sound by teaching the foundation skills that are then built on in a logical order. By learning the foundations of the language you can make up sentences, rather than learning how to mimic a few phrases.
    Manu is a skilled and passionate teacher. He is very generous with his knowledge and tools. When you submit assignments you get individual feedback which is great.
    Manu is funny and engaging and makes learning stick by providing lots of information and tips.
    If you want to learn Italian, this is by far the BEST course there is.

  27. Whether you're starting to learn Italian for the first time or the fifth time..

    5

    This course is a really great resource for getting to know the Italian language. I have tried learning Italian before and nothing ever stuck for me, it was all memorization and copy work. The way Manu structures this course gives the learner a more intuitive grasp of the language. Instead of teaching standard phrases that will supposedly get you by on a week long trip to Italy, he breaks down how the language actually works. I had some knowledge going into this course, but after going over what I thought would be a simple refresher, I felt like ‘wow, so that’s why it’s like that’, I had a lot of aha! moments with small grammar or stucture points that I thought I knew, or finally got some of those basic ideas that I didn’t get before thanks to his explanation. Manu gives in depth explanations, sometimes throwing little historical or etymological tidbits in there, and presents the information in a patient and friendly manner. Concepts are paired based on helping you better grasp the function of parts of speech, rather than sequentially going through how to translate a sentence, which is how some other courses approach language. This is the best Italian language course I’ve taken, I can’t say enough good things.

  28. 5

    I have been studying Italian since Manu started his Zero to Italian course last year. I am amazed at the amount of work he has applied to the structure of his courses and I have thoroughly enjoyed his dedicated approach and professional approach to all he does. A born ‘teacher’ he possesses the unique character of being able to put people at ease and his explanations of the course content is fantastic. I recently visited Italy for some 5 weeks with my wife and we had a great time roaming the country and speaking my level of Italian. At a restaurant one night in Roma, I was ordering a meat dish and tried to pronounce the word ‘carne’ but because I did not roll my R’s the word came out as ‘cane’ which in Italian means dog. After the very surprised waitress explained that they did not serve dog in their restaurant, I was extremely embarrassed to say the least and for the next few minutes or so I received a gratuitous lesson on how to roll my R’s. So Manu’s teaching on this specific is really worth noting. I should add that as we were departing the restaurant our lovely waitress approached me and thanked me very much for trying to speak in their tongue. I must admit that I was absolutely delighted with her very sincere and encouraging words.
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    I am now studying Beginner level 2 and I can say that Manu’s courses are very inspiring and I shall do my very best to do better next time I visit Italy. Thank you Manu for a great experience and I look forward to further studies with you and your wonderful team..

  29. A great way to learn

    5

    You know the old saying…”you’ve tried the rest, now try the best”? Well, that’s so true with this course. I’ve tried apps, books, cds, you name it and it’s probably sitting in my bookcase. I’ve made amazing progress since I started FZTI. I attend a language school but don’t always understand the grammar or vocab.

    With Manu, I have the opportunity to sit, in a virtual one-on-one setting, and listen for as many times as I need. Manu is a great teacher and because of all his experience, can predict where students are likely to struggle or misunderstand. This has helped me so much other students in my class have noticed and asked what I’m doing at home. It’s that obvious.

  30. Manu is the BEST Italian instructor, bar none

    5

    If you have been struggling to learn Italian through other methods and not getting the results you hoped for like I was, then don’t hesitate to take this course with Manu. Before signing up for this class I thought perhaps I was already too advanced and wouldn’t learn much, but boy was I mistaken! There’s so much great info in this class you are bound to greatly improve your knowledge of Italian no matter how long you’ve already been studying the language. What I most appreciate about Manu’s teaching method is that he takes time to explain everything in great detail. It’s like he has ESP and knows exactly all of the questions us English speakers have. That has been truly invaluable. It goes without saying that Manu is the hardest working instructor on the planet and will do everything in his power to bring you to fluency in Italian. Grazie tantissimo Manu!

  31. Amazing Course - Italy Made Easy has accomplished the impossible - virtual lessons that work

    5

    I have tried Pimsleur, Yabla, Babble, other online courses – all have been lacking in so many ways. Before signing up
    I wondered if a virtual course could truly teach me Italian. Don’t hesitate to sign up for an Academy.italymadeeasy.com course, it works. The lessons are well thought out and the content excellent.

    For me personally, this is what stands out about Academy:

    The course feels personal even though it is virtual, Manu is engaging, positive, truthful, funny and much much more.
    The videos have taught me what to look for in a teacher (see above). I now understand why it is is important to learn from a native speaker who is also current on the culture of Italy.

    Manu’s teaching methods are amazing. The course fills you in on what is going on with pronunciation, grammar, intonation and how the language is really spoken in Italy. No one else does that on-line, or in any other course I’ve tried. It would be difficult to find an instructor (even at a college or university) who presents language instruction as effectively as Manu.

    Thanks Italy Made Easy!!

  32. Great course

    5

    I began following italy made easy after a 3 part you tube series. When the academy was formed I joined. There is no way I could have learned what I learned using the free Android apps or even the pay subscription apps. The reason is the detail they leave out. You can’t not truly grasp a language with images alone. I have completed level one and than did it again because the material is always available.

    This is a great class and I recommend it highly

    Carl

  33. Excellent course in spite of the glitches

    4

    I felt that the content of the course was 5 stars. Manu was a very personable and entertaining teacher who was an expert at holding my attention to the lesson. I guess it was all those years of experience teaching bored college students.
    I especially enjoyed it when he explained how the language got to where it is today or told us something about it’s relationship to other European languages.
    That being said, I took this course right after it was migrated to the new site and at the time there were many glitches that made the content difficult to access at times and things didn’t function well at others. I put a lot of time and effort into completing the course and had a 95% average on the assignments and quizzes. When I finished the course it said I passed with a 70%.. I think this must have been an error but couldn’t get an answer about the discrepancy and I got discouraged and quit. This is the first time I’ve been back to the site in 6 months.

  34. Just do it !

    5

    The best course I ever subscribed . Learn Italian in a fun and logical way. I can only recommend 1 thing.
    Subscribe and learn from Manu

  35. Manu cracked the code on how to teach Italian

    5

    Manu’s Italy Made Easy is the best. If you ever felt that you could not learn Italian, taking Manu’s course will change every negative language learning experience you have had in the past. Manu cracked the code on how to teach Italian. He understands the goals of his students who want to learn Italian. His enthusiasm for his work and his desire to see you achieve your goal is unsurpassed. His method engages you in a way that breaks through every psychological block you may have developed from previous bad language courses. He lifts your spirits and he is inspiring. Just when I was ready to give up on learning Italian, I stumbled on Manu’s course. I immediately knew that I had found in him the perfect teacher. I feel incredibly lucky that I found his course. Manu has made all the difference and I am deeply grateful.

  36. The best course.

    5

    Dears. Take my advice. Don’t waist your money and time on other stupid applications or courses. Only here you can find the best way to learn italian with a fantastic teacher Manu.

  37. FIRST CLASS

    5

    It seems after listening and reading about the experience of other Italian language students, I have been fortunate in finding “Italy Made Easy” relatively early, on my Italian language learning journey. I did attend a few evening classes at my local college, but the amount of content being crammed into a 2 hr per week lesson, set phrases, no structure, hardly any explanation of grammer, hopeless. I researched a couple of online courses but these didn’t fill me with confidence, especially as one was introducing “Passato Prossimo” way too early as pointed out by an experienced reviewer. Manu is an excellent teacher with a unique style, the real gem of his course “From Zero to Italian” is its structure, it’s methodical flow of content, the right info at the right time, building a solid foundation and confidence to learn this beautiful language. I have just completed “Beginner Italian Level 1” and I’m really enjoying the course including being able to interact with the lovely, friendly and helpful Italian speakers in the Academy. So to anyone researching where to begin their Italian journey, I absolutely recommend “From Zero To Italian”. Jump onboard, why travel economy when you can travel First class.

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