Learn Italian These lessons contain English translations.

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Your biggest challenge in learning a language will likely be maintaining your motivation to study. To start, we recommend learning some common expressions to achieve some early success. Seeing how you can use the new language to create new opportunities for yourself is the best motivator to continue studying. Afterwards, you can start to examine the common sentence patterns to provide insights into how to quickly expand your fluency with the language. Do not start by studying grammar tables, but instead focus on mimicking high-frequency language. OpenLanguage lessons are designed to help you learn this way. Browse some of the links below to get a sense for the language, then jump into the complimentary course to get started.

Introduction to the Italian Language

Italian is a Romance language spoken mainly in Europe: Italy, Switzerland, San Marino, Vatican City, by minorities in Malta, Monaco, Croatia, Slovenia, France, Libya, Eritrea, and Somalia, and by expatriate communities in the Americas and Australia. Many speakers are native bilinguals of both standardised Italian and other regional languages. According to the Bologna statistics of the European Union, Italian is spoken as a mother tongue by 59 million people in the EU (13% of the EU population), mainly in Italy, and as a second language by 14 million (3%). Including the Italian speakers in non-EU European countries (such as Switzerland and Albania) and on other continents, the total number of speakers is more than 85 million.

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