- Speak Italian From Day 1
Love this course 5Manu, you are such a great teacher! I loved this course and learned so much because it wasn't boring at all. I learned so many great tips and learned so much more than I thought I knew before. Now I'm addicted and have to take the next course from you. I'm going to Italy in September to meet family I've never met before. So many of them do not know English so I have to learn Italian. What do you suggest for the next lesson?
Denise SarigianopoulosBeginner Italian Level 1
Excellent course! 5Manu's teaching is engaging and clear. The included pdf's for each lesson are essentially a textbook, and the course includes many supplemental online resources for things like flashcards, verb conjugations, practice listening, and more. Very high value for money. I will be happy to continue on the level 2!
Stephanie BoyerIntermediate Italian Level 1
Really Practical and Fun 5Manu covers so much really useful material in this course - verb tenses you see all the time and now I am more able to use them correctly. Lots of amazing material in Italian to practice with, too. Even if you've studied the grammar before, now you will understand it and be able to put it to use. And as always, tucked into each lesson are little tidbits of usage and vocabulary that you won't easily forget again! A really good course and so worth the money!
Sharon JohnsonBeginner Italian Level 1
Beginner Level 1 5This course was great. Manu is charming and so much fun to listen to. I have tried a few methods for learning Italian, but now some concepts are locked in my brain. I love the linguistic explanations - so helpful. I am still shy to speak and hope to continue to tackle that as I prepare for another bike trip to Italy - hopefully this year. Thanks, Manu!!! Grazie mille!
Karen D SchillingBeginner Italian Level 1
Ottimo! 5This is an amazing introduction to the Italian language! The lessons were structured in an easy to understand format and in such a way that I felt comfortable using what I learned immediately. The order of the topics, the pace of the lessons and the content were perfect for a student who is brand new to the Italian language as I was. The assignments and quizzes were reflective of what we learned in each unit and challenging enough so that I could really assess how well I learned what was being taught. The feedback that I received from Manu, Cristiana and the team was invaluable, and the supporting resources that were offered such as podcasts, book suggestions, study guides, Quizlet sets and more really brought the course to the next level. Manu's course is definitely not like other language courses I have taken - in a good way, and I can't wait to start Beginner Level 2! What are you waiting for - if you want to start to learn to speak Italian, take this course!
Roberta MontemayorSpeak Italian Like an Italiano
Speak Italian Like an Italian 5I've been teaching myself Italian for 10 years, and even as an Intermediate I still picked up valuable, incremental knowledge about proper pronunciation thanks to Speak Italian Like an Italian. And, I discovered things I was pronouncing incorrectly. I still plan to go back through it all over time to make sure I don't slip back into any bad habits.
Don BellBeginner Italian Level 2
A GREAT WAY TO LEARN. 5Like many students I have tried various Italian language programmes, Rosetta Stone, Babbel, Michelle Thomas, Italian Pod 101 to name just a few, But nothing can compare with Manu's Italy Made Easy. His approach and the rest of the team to learning is infectious and you will learn grammar that other platforms do not cover. Just to give one example the difference between use of the verbs sapere and potere. Italy Made Easy is not only about grammar you will have an introduction to many “things Italian”. I would also like to add that recently I had a technical problem that I could not solve. Once I had made contact with Manu, he could not do enough to help solve the problem. Not only was the problem solved but I felt Italy Made Easy was a community there to help students learn and as a student you are a integral part of that community. Many thanks Tony Atkinson
Tony AtkinsonSpeak Italian Like an Italiano
The help I needed 5I am excited to have found Italy Made Easy and especially this course. I have been learning for a short time and was told last year when in Italy that I sound too Australian. It is one thing knowing words but to be able to be understood is another and that is why I have loved this program. It has shown me where my problems lie and reinforces other learning. I look forward to starting my next course in a few minutes. Thank you.
Helen OgleTop 400 Most Frequent Italian Words
400 Words 5Thank you Manu for your easy to watch, listen and learn from presentation. Your teaching method that I have viewed so far in your Youtube videos enticed me to your website and courses. I am currently doing 2 x 1 hr classes per week though find your method makes it easier to understand and remember. I look forward to continuing my progress of learning the Italian language through your courses and have already shown and recommended them to several of my class members. Thank you.
Helen OgleBeginner Italian Level 2
Ottimo, Ottimo, Ottimo!! 5This course was so comprehensive..... I have learnt so much. Manu is the best Italian teacher ever. Bravo Manu!
MegBeginner Italian Level 1
I've been want a course like this for so long. 5I've tried so many ways to learn Italian, and up until now always lost motivation and stopped after some time. I always wanted a full course that took me right through from the fundamentals, but at the same time understood what I needed to learn and what I didn't need to learn. Manu does just this in From Zero to Italian, he's great at keeping motivation up and has been teaching for so long he fully understands just where the students will struggle and where they will need additional info. Just fantastic Manu, thank you so much. I've still got a long way to go, but I'm totally loving learning Italian with you!
Paul KrysikBeginner Italian Level 1
Wonderful course 5I've taken a couple short courses from Manu before and they worked like a charm. After two trips to Italy, I can attest to the fact that his courses are absolutely effective in "the real world." Because I now require more in-depth Italian for work purposes, I've signed up for this more comprehensive course and I am loving it. Manu is an exceptionally strong teacher, not to mention a very personable and motivating one. Instead of dreading my lessons, I actually look forward to the time I spend each day online doing the course - it's colorful, engaging and most of all effective. Manu also offers a lot of insight about Italy and Italian culture that beautifully complements the language lessons. All stuff you will use if you travel, guaranteed (I did). If you really want to learn Italian, do yourself a favor and enroll. You won't regret it 🙂
dm2Intermediate Italian Level 1
Great program 5It was a great journey. I loved this course, it's very practical and interesting. Manu knows what he is doing, he has a great personality and big passion for languages. I feel that this program is really working for me and I am looking forward to continue studying Italian at Italy Made Easy.
Sergi IvanchenkoIntermediate Italian Level 1
Another outstanding course 5I recently completed this course and could not wait to start the next one. I'm grateful to be in the Beta course for Intermediate Italian 2 now. I don't know what else I can say that has not already been said about this outstanding program, except for... I just had a telephone conversation with an Italian family member. We spoke for about 15 minutes in Italian (no English) and was amazed at how I was able to communicate effectively. I understood everything and was understood. I credit Manu, From Zero to Italian and Italy Made Easy for enabling me to do this. Thank you so much!
Mila NapoliBeginner Italian Level 1
This is the way to learn Italian! 5What a trip! I have been scouring the internet for Italian content since I started learning 6 months ago and this is by far the most thorough, well thought out and fun way to learn. Manu is a born teacher, and is clearly enthusiastic about what he does . Technically, the software is easy to navigate....whether its taking quizzes, finding PDF's or submitting voice recordings. By the way, the voice recording exercises are GENIUS and I love getting the feedback on those. Being a skeptical Americana 😉 , I was not sure this would be worth the cost and time but it was 100% the way to go. I am excited to take the next course and continue to improve. Im also going to sign up for the chat functions, to see if that cures my fear of speaking to other Italian speakers. Time to dive in! Thank you for creating this platform, you all rule! Stacie
Stacie VanchieriIntermediate Italian Level 1
THIS COURSE WILL MAKE AN IMMEDIATE AND LASTING IMPACT ON YOUR ITALIANO 5The course material with Manu is simply fantastic. No other course will offer you this variety of teaching approaches and variety of methods for practice. With every lesson you will leave with a new "nugget" and with every assignment you will truly solidify some knowledge for the long haul. Pay attention to Manu and don't cut corners -- follow every suggestion he makes as each one is approaching the learning from a different angle. If you have taken other courses and not been successful then you should try Manu's courses as he will set you on the right track; if you have taken other courses with "some success" then Manu's courses will help you to "double down" on that knowledge base; and if instead you are like me, and have been mostly learning on your own, then I can tell you that the resources here are of a much greater variety than what I've found anywhere else, and the practice exercises much more practical towards actual FLUENCY.
Mary NIntermediate Italian Level 1
Splendid course! 5I don't even have to think about it: I'm giving this course five stars. Although I'm not a native English speaker I find Manu's explanations very easy to follow - he expresses himself very clearly. It's obvious from the get-go that Manu is an experienced and excellent teacher. What I liked most about this course are the units where he talks about the differences between the two Italian past tenses (passato prossimo and imperfetto). It isn't an easy task to tell when to use one or the other, but thanks to Manu I've gotten the hang of it. I heartily recommend this course to everybody wanting to improve their knowledge of Italian. Grazie mille per il corso, Manu! Come detto in inglese, ti do cinque stelle: te le meriti tutte!
Jouko KarvinenBeginner Italian Level 1
GRAZIE MILLE MANU AND TEAM!!!!!!!! 5My dream is to visit Italy (planning Fall 2020) and learn this beautiful language. I started out watching various You Tube videos and buying Italian language books, I even purchased a Rosetta Stone app on my phone. BIG MISTAKE. While i did learn some pronunciation, the whys and hows were never explained. Needless to say, I got bored. Oh and some of those You Tube videos were just robots reading information. YAWN. Then I found Italy Made Easy on You Tube. At first I thought there is no way I can do this, he speaks so fast even in English, but I kept coming back and was learning! Then the Academy was formed and I signed up for the Beginner Level 1 class. FUN, INFORMATIVE, LAID BACK. It took me over a year to complete the course, lost my motivation for awhile, I wanted to move on and learn more but I still had the final quiz to take. I reviewed some of the lessons and just took a chance and I passed. I look forward to beginner level 2!
Lisa CraftBeginner Italian Level 2
5Great course. You take it and study at your own speed. You can go back and review when it is needed.
Edward HinsbergerIntermediate Italian Level 1
Excellent! Cannot praise highly enough! 5Salute Manu! Complimenti! Questo era un corso grande e molto utile. Mi sento che abbia migliorato fra le sei settimane che abbia fatto il corso Intermedio 1. Sono una di quelli che abbiamo fatto tutto i corsi gramatici tra due anni, ma non sapevamo tenere una conversazione, non capivamo un film o video su YouTube d’Italini neanche quelli simplici, perché non abbiamo la capace per ascoltare e capire con l’intuizione. Nelle tue lezioni “intermedio 1” , nonostante i concetti della gramatica erano familiari, ho imparato molto, però per me, la cosa più importante era l’usa della gramatica ha diventato più intuitivo. Anche, il tuo focus per ascoltare tanti risorsi tante ore ogni giorno, le lezioni dettato , le lezioni compression erano completamente diverse degli oltri Nelle sei settimane so che ho migliorato molto, perché nel gruppo conversazione privata, anche al corso al’Istituto , non sono più facevo un sacco di fatica per capire le lezioni in italiano Consiglio questo corso a tutti. Grazie Manu e salute , Gen
GenTop 400 Most Frequent Italian Words
Another 5 Stars 5I have been doing this course alongside some of the others on offer and I feel it's a great companion. I like the videos because I get to hear Manu pronounce the words; so you have a better chance of getting them right yourself. He also has little tips and tricks on remembering them. And then sometimes he gives insights into Italian culture along the way like how women say they are in their 'antas' to avoid revealing their exact age. Yeah I'm going to start doing that too! It's a sort of painless way to get that vocab learnt, just a little bit each day. Now that I've completed the course I went back to see if I could remember all the words and found only 14 had slipped from my immediate memory. So the method has worked for me.
NicolaBeginner Italian Level 1
Allowed me to truly understand concepts 5When I began this course I knew a bit of Italian, but was perpetually confused because so many concepts were unclear to me. Manu was able to explain them in a manner that allowed me to not only understand them, but to put them into practical use. The focus on communication and application of grammar, not just rote memorization and regurgitation, makes this course unique and the most beneficial of anything I have used prior including college courses. If you want to speak Italian, this is the perfect first step! I highly recommend it.
JaniceBBeginner Italian Level 1
Best on the internet 5I'm a bit over halfway through the Beginners course while also attending a weekly Italian beginners course in my home town. I can honestly say that I have got more from this course at the halfway point (about 5 months in my case) than I got in a whole year at the weekly 2 hour course. I was sceptical to enrol at first but I find Manu explains stuff so well and the course itself is in such a logical easy to follow order. I constantly can't wait to get to the next lesson. If you're looking to learn the Italian language from a TRUE Italian, then the is is the course for you.
TerryBeginner Italian Level 1
The best ever 5As a current student, I can 100% recommend beginner Italian to anyone interested in learning the language. I originally signed up for the course and made it about halfway through before having to take an extended break (over a year). After returning to finish, I found that I still remembered a significant amount of what I had learned which I attribute both to Manu’s gifted teaching methods and the quality of the course. I previously experimented with duolingo and a few other italian courses, but there is simply no comparison. Personally, I find that it is all of the “extra info” that manu gives in the videos that really helps one remember the information. The added explanations and context he gives (real-life examples, for instance) helps a non-native speaker gain a far greater understanding of the language than from simply learning vocabulary and grammar. I think regardless of what pace a student progresses through the course (sprint or marathon), learning is guaranteed.
CristySpeak Italian Like an Italiano
Wonderful stand-alone class but also the perfect compliment to the Italian classes I am taking at school! 5I have been taking continuing education Italian classes at Stanford University for the past two quarters with moderate success but sometimes feel stuck between classes as there is no one to ask if I have questions. I have learned so much from Manu's classes and the best part is that I can go back and review specific units whenever I need to. I can also practice speaking and pronunciation every single day with Manu as my virtual professore! The manner in which Manu presents the material is very similar to, and in the same order as, my on-campus classes so it's the perfect supplement! I'm actually thinking of just studying with Manu and eliminating the on-campus classes. I love his style, pace and wonderful explanations in each unit.! Having completed this course, I'm excited to go purchase the next course level. I can't recommend Italy Made Easy enough!! Grazie mille!!
Laurie SpearsBeginner Italian Level 1
FIRST CLASS 5It 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.
StanTop 400 Most Frequent Italian Words
GREAT FOR BEGINNERS! 5Amazing start for beginners! For someone that has lived in Italy it was a great recap, wish there was more in depth examples of some of the words (on how to use them in conversations, for example) however since it is 408 essential words for beginners it was good to just get the jihst without being bombarded with a lot of unnecessary (which is what a lot of other books/tutorials would do). Therefore top presentation, professional .and to the point. Would love the same for intermediate level to know more colloquial phrases/words which is what I was really after. Nonetheless, thank you Manu! Angelina
Angelina RozBeginner Italian Level 1
The best course. 5Dears. 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.
Aziz AlahmedSpeak Italian Like an Italiano
Pure Gold 5This course is PURE GOLD from start to finish. I'm really glad I found it. I've been trying to learn Italian properly for about 6 weeks now (other online methods) and have been struggling with pronunciation. I sort of instinctively knew Italian was phonetically constructed but couldn't seem to grasp the underlying 'rules' properly. Under certain conditions the sound of any given consonant particularly C and G seemed to change. The 'e' vowel sound was driving me mad as I could hear subtle differences at times but I didn't know what was going on. No real explanation was emerging either so I was potentially learning every Italian word as a unique entity. That's hopeless really. Having done this course, I now have a way of tackling every new word I see. That feels really good. It has given me lot more confidence. Manu is delightful. Such a skilled and knowledgeable teacher. I'm ditching all the other online courses now and going with Italy Made Easy.
NicolaTop 400 Most Frequent Italian Words
Not Just 400 Words 5This course is an excellent way to build your Italian vocab. Manu gives clear guidelines on pronunciation plus detailed explanations of the words. Doing this course has answered many of those 'so why do I use xxx here instead of yyy?' questions. Thanks, Manu, another great course!
FionaBeginner Italian Level 2
Il Professor Manu e i suoi corsi sono fantastici 5FZTI is a fantastic course. It is built brick by brick in a logical way from the basic principles and those most useful to a pupil. Manu is a natural teacher and a gifted linguist, he explains everything clearly and his personality comes over to an extent you feel you are having a one to one lesson with him, his experience really shows. When I joined I was not totally new to the language having used other study methods, so I subscribed to Level 2. This has brought my Italian on leaps and bounds, and I have gained a greater understanding of the grammar and vocabulary, which has lead to me speaking more fluently and with greater confidence. If you invest the time and follow his recommendations then I am sure you will gain as much as I have.
Mark HBeginner Italian Level 2
Manu’s Italy Made Easy is the best 5Manu’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.
DonnaBeginner Italian Level 1
Manu cracked the code on how to teach Italian 5Manu’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.
DonnaSpeak Italian Like an Italiano
raccomando questa classe 5mi piace molto la classe. io davvero migliore il mio italiano. adesso sono capace di sentire le parole e parlare più chiara
TyronSpeak Italian From Day 1
The Best 5This course not only helps you learn in the best way ever, but gives you fun facts and tips and includes SO MANY resources for you. It is evident Manu actually cares about teaching us Italian and helping us learn about and appreciate the culture. Yay! Thanks Manu!
jessica.namiBeginner Italian Level 2
mi sono divertito 5mi sono divertito le lezioni. io davvero imparo molto
TyronBeginner Italian Level 2
5I have been studying Italian for many years but always with the feeling that I wasn’t getting anywhere. Indeed, my lack of progress had almost caused me to give up, roll up in a ball, hide in the corner etc and then, and then... I found Manu! Without a doubt he is the best teacher around and his courses are proving to be real game changers for me. If you haven’t already enroled, do so. You will not be sorry!!!
Kate ORiordanBeginner Italian Level 1
Just do it ! 5The best course I ever subscribed . Learn Italian in a fun and logical way. I can only recommend 1 thing. Subscribe and learn from Manu
Alice CuccuBeginner Italian Level 1
Great course 5I 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
Carl MagnoBeginner Italian Level 2
The best! 5Finishing A2; just came from a visit to Italy and it was great that I was able to communicate well in most of the cases. And yes, it was very encouraging when Italians did not switch into English once I started speaking to them in Italian! Looking forward to take the next course. Thank you Manu! Also, Cristiana and Alessia are such amazing professionals, so kind and helpful in the chats. Manu, Cristiana and Alessia are a wonderful team!
KareenBeginner Italian Level 1
Amazing Course - Italy Made Easy has accomplished the impossible - virtual lessons that work 5I 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!!
Helen NomuraSpeak Italian From Day 1
Great and easy to follow 5My husband and I took this course before went to Italy. Not only were we able to communicate with the locals, we learned a lot of helpful information about navigating our way around. Manu explains things in such an easy to learn manner. His positive and eager attitude is infectious and makes you want to succeed.
Cheryl FischerBeginner Italian Level 1
Manu is the BEST Italian instructor, bar none 5If 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!
gatticattiviBeginner Italian Level 1
A great way to learn 5You 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.
FionaBeginner Italian Level 1
5I 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. . 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..
Gordon McDermottBeginner Italian Level 2
As with beginner 1, can't be beat 5This is the continuation of the beginner one course, and the goodness continues. I'm actually in school and sometimes have to take an extended 'break' from my studies to keep up with my graduate course load. Another great part of Manu's course is that i can pick back up where I left off easily, and go over the previous lessons if I forget what they were about. And there's no guilt because it's online and at my own pace! Convenient, and more importantly effective.
justineBeginner Italian Level 1
Whether you're starting to learn Italian for the first time or the fifth time.. 5This 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.
justineTop 400 Most Frequent Italian Words
Great way for passive practice! 5I definitely loved this course because it was helpful to be able to listen to the audio while working or driving. I used to look up top x words on YouTube, but it is difficult to find trustworthy videos! After going through this course I’m able to remember the vocabulary so much better because of Manu’s silly and funny pneumonic tricks! Usually the YouTube videos just say the word once in Italian and once in English, but Manu explains each word in detail, causing me to actually learn the word. Another reason why I enjoyed this course is because I never know which words are “correct” or if the pronounciation is accurate, but with Manu’s videos I can actually trust them! Great for beginners for sure.
Greg TalamoIntermediate Italian Level 1
Manu really DOES take you from zero to Italian! 5For most of my life I failed at languages and just thought that I did not have an aptitude for learning them. After using a few apps to learn a little bit of Italian vocabulary, I found Manu on YouTube and when he announced that he was starting his From Zero to Italian course I signed up for it immediately and have never looked back! From day one I have been totally addicted and feel quite lost if I have not “tuned in “ to him that day. He just knows how and when to introduce new learning material and makes sure that we review work before moving on to the next topic. He explains how the language works and tells you secrets to sounding more like a native. The lessons and assignments are fun and you get personal feedback on both written work and recordings of your own voice. I especially love the quizzes because they are a good measure of what you understand and let you know what you need to brush up on. You can print off the pdf written explanations of almost all the lessons and keep them in a file for future reference. There is a forum where you can write any questions you may have and a chat facility where you can text or speak Italian to other students around the world or to Manus’ native speakers. I was able to make myself understood on holiday in Italy this year and am thrilled to find that I can even understand the slower speakers on Rai tv and radio now. I have progressed from Beginner 1 and 2 to the intermediate course and can honestly say that these courses are totally the best and can be fitted around your lifestyle and at a pace that suits you. Don’t hesitate if you are considering taking a course from Manu!
Anne MacPheeBeginner Italian Level 1
Engaging with fantastic foundation skills 5I 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.