I figured why not learn another Romance language. I spoke a bit with a former employer who was from Modena. I got it right about 70% of the time.  Currently learning Italian (Italiano) through French.


  1. Ba Ba Dum  – interactive flashcards available for several languages.
  2. BBC Languages – Italian – although it is no longer being updated, it’s still a good resource.
  3. Coffee Break Italian Podcast
  4. Easy Languages – “Learn language from the streets!” They have other languages available. It’s one of my favorite YouTube channels.
  5. Free Language – Italian – free language resource library with other languages available.
  6. Garzanti Linguistica – paid; this is one way to kick it up a notch!
  7. IELanguages – Italian – free language resource library with other languages available.
  8. Lingua – choose from 5 languages. Vocabulary games, spaced repetition.
  9. Linguanaut: Learn Italian – another free language resource with other languages available.
  10. Live Lingua – Italian – I discovered this one kind of late. They have other languages available is probably one of the most comprehensive online language learning libraries I’ve seen to date.
  11. One World Italiano
  12. Online Italian Club
  13. Speak 7: Italian – another free language resource with other languages available.


  1. Beelinguapp: Learn Languages with Audiobooks free with in-app purchases. Available for iOS and Android, I love this app. You can read and listen to books in two languages.
  2. Duolingo – FREE. I know many folks who don’t like Duolingo, but it has its upsides. It’s easy to start, just download the app or head over to their site and start learning. I especially love chatting with the bots and trying to earn more lingots (in video game speak, cash, coins, and rubies) to unlock more culture lessons. Get the TinyCards (iOS/Android) app to create your flashcards too! Available for iOS and Android.
  3. Mango Languages – subscription required; $19.99/month or FREE with any participating library. I used to get this for free from my local library, and one day they suddenly stopped supporting it. It’s similar to Duolingo, but it focuses more on visual and audio. The monthly subscription is $19.99, but you’ll have over 70 languages at your fingertips. I love that in between lessons, it will give you culture tips. You can access Mango Languages via web and download lessons through the app (iOS and Android) on to your phone or tablet.
  4. Polly Lingual – free with in-app purchases. This used to be called Molto Bene Italian and now is part of a language suite where you can learn other languages also. I have this on my AppleTV as well as on my iPhone for easy access and learning on the go. If you want to unlock all 13 languages, you’ll need to get the Polly Passport. The annual fee is $9.99. I love this subscription because I can also access it on other devices. It’s also one of the cheaper options out there. One thing to note is that you can also hire a Polly Ambassador who are live video tutors.  Their rates and experience are listed clearly.
  5. Speak and Translate by Apalon Apps free with in-app purchases. Available for iOS only.


  1. Barron’s Learn Italian The Fast and Fun Way
  2. Berlitz Italian Phrasebook and Dictionary 
  3. Bescherelle L’Italien Pour Tous – learning Italian through French
  4. Better Reading Italian by Daniela Gobetti
  5. Cortina Conversational Italian in 20 Lessons
  6. Collins Easy Learning Italian Conversation
  7. Collins Easy Learning Italian Grammar
  8. Collins Easy Learning Italian Phrasebook
  9. Collins Italian Verbs
  10. Harper-Collins Italian Dictionary
  11. Hide This Italian Book: Uncensored Version by Eve-Alice Roustang-Stoller
  12. Hugo Italian in Three Months
  13. Il Souvenir Italian Phrasebook and Journal by Alex Chapin and Daniel Franklin
  14. In-Flight Italian Learn Before You Land by Living Language
  15. Italian At A Glance by Mario Costantino
  16. Language Hacking Italian by Benny Lewis
  17. Modern Italian Grammar: A Practical Guide by Routledge
  18. Speak Italian with Confidence by Marina Guarnieri
  19. The Berlitz Self-Teacher: Italian  
  20. The Everything Learning Italian Book
  21. Wicked Italian by Howard Tomb

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