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Beginner Italian Course

A1-Beginner

This course is perfect for absolute beginners of Italian. Optimized for 3 months of study, you will learn the most practical language and about Italian culture. All lesson center around an authentic dialogue so that you will always learn the language in context, not just words and phrases. Start learning Italian today with this course on your smartphone, tablet and computer! 

Hey, Beautiful!

Are you bored with the way you greet your friends? Perhaps you would like to infuse your daily speech with some warmth and a bit of emotion. Well, go continental with us in today's lesson and learn how to say hello to your friends the Italian way. You'll make your friends happy, and look sophisticat...

Topics: friends, greetings

See You Again!

Romance, mystery, passion: this ItalianPod lesson has it all! Be a fly on the wall of this rain-soaked lesson as we learn how to say goodbye to someone who, hopefully, fate will allow us to meet again!...

Topics: rain, relationships, love

What's It Called?

You know that place, you know, the one we used to go to? The one with the awesome, you know? That one...? As you may have guessed today's lesson is about, well, nothing, but you'll learn some important questions that you can use in just about any situation!...

Topics: what_is_it_called, how_to_say, questions

Be Right Back!

Do you ever find yourself needing just a bit more time to do something? Imagine this: you have plans to go out. Your friends are itching to leave right away and you just need that extra second to get ready... Or maybe you're the kind of person always waiting on people who just need "one more minute!...

Topics: police, parking

Pretty Blonde

Run to those confessionals, folks! We've got a great lesson for you. We're in Church for this one, and you'll learn the Italian for describing where you're from, among other things......

Topics: meeting_people, nationality

How Old Are You?

A notoriously sticky topic in many cultures, age is the topic of today's lesson. Learn about asking how old someone is in Italian, and join Catherine and Marco as they discuss this dialog that explores a common social gaffe!...

Topics: embarassment, age

I Love You, but...

It's not all roses and candles for the couple featured on today's lesson. Listen in as they go their separate ways, and find out his big secret!...

Topics: break-up, relationship

Change It

For those of you who have ever been in the car with someone else, you know that musical tastes differ. And when it comes to the car radio, fights often arise because of this very fact. Learn how to discuss likes and dislikes in today's lesson, and you'll be prepared for any future battles over the c...

Topics: choice, music

Watch Out!

An important lesson for anyone who has ever hoped to visit the busy, crowded streets of Italy. Today's lesson will help provide you with the tools to avoid getting flattened by a bus, or, if the case may be, help someone else avoid getting flattened by a bus! Learn all about how to say "watch out" i...

Topics: street, dinner

Speak and Spell

A toy from the youth of many and '80s baby, the focus of today's lesson is - you guessed it - speak and spell! You'll not only learn how to spell things in Italian, but also how to follow directions from a battery-operated box. Enjoy! ...

Topics: spelling, children, education

Buy or Sell?

The craziness of the stock exchange is our setting today: people buying and selling left and right. Join us and learn some key sales words!...

Topics: stock_exchange, stock_market, buy, sell, sale

It Burns

Picture this: you haven't eaten all day. You're starving, but relief is in sight. Your spouse has prepared a delicious soup for you! You go in for that first taste and... OW! Learn how to describe this painful situation in Italian with today's lesson....

Topics: soup, food, burn, hot

Snoring

You're sleeping peacefully, enjoying a good night's rest. And then... a loud rattle and booming noise come from the next room. Snoring, the bane of a light sleeper's existence! In today's lesson you'll be learning all about describing this behavior in Italian....

Topics: instructions, sleeping, snoring

It Hurts

Got a bump on the head? Trip and skin your knee? Get into a fight? (We sincerely hope not...) Today's Italian lesson will help you learn all about talking about things that hurt....

Topics: headache, hurt, pain, fight

Allergy

They flare up for most of us in the fall and spring, but for others they are a part of daily life. Allergies can be anything from slightly annoying to grave, and today you'll be hearing a dialog all about describing allergies. Tune in for this essential lesson on talking about health in Italian!...

Topics: sneeze, doctor, allergy, medicine

You Need a Girlfriend

With a nod to those masters of Italian Cinema Fellini and Antonioni, we have a lesson for you steeped in atmosphere. We're not lacking for emotion on this misty Roman bridge. But we are lacking something else. Join us to learn how to discuss needs in Italian and you'll never want for anything ever a...

Topics: romance, tired

Losing Face (Italian Style)

At this point in the age of technology who hasn't had this experience: your cellphone rings at an inappropriate moment! The horror! The shame! Well Italians love cellphones as much as anyone else, so it should come as no surprise that this situation is a common one. In this lesson learn all about ho...

Topics: going_out, cell_phones

My Favorite Footballer

Football is an essential part of Italian life. Just about everyone has his or her favorite team. In today's lesson you'll meet the one Italian who doesn't seem to know a bit about the sport. You'll also learn how to ask peoples' names....

Topics: match, football_player, football

I'm Scared

Spiders. Heights. Water. Snakes. Everyone's afraid of something, and with today's lesson you'll learn how to express these fears in Italian. We're also going to have a blast at a theme part. Go figure!...

Topics: fear, rollercoasters

It Doesn't Work

Today's lesson is absolutely essential. You'll learn all the Italian you need for describing things that don't work!...

Topics: cellphone, phone, broken

Bored to Tears

Indecision is at the heart of today's lesson. You'll learn the special Italian word that is, in many ways, un-translatable, to express both boredom and frustration. Uffa!...

Topics: going_out, restaurant, boredom

Can I Get Your Opinion on Something?

To each his own, as we say in English. But on today's lesson on artistic taste, someone's feelings are about to get hurt! Listen to this lesson as we discuss some essential Italian for talking about art and your opinions....

Topics: artist, opinion, taste, art

Disgusting

Italians are very specific about how their food should be eaten. And they should be! It's delicious. Listen to today's lesson and learn all about a food faux-pas....

Topics: food, eating, pizza

Discoteca

It's Friday night. You're itching to go out. You want music, noise, dancing. You go to the... discoteca! Not the discos of the 1970s, we're talking about those ubiquitous Italian clubs where you can boogie down. In today's lesson we listen in on a not-so-efficient conversation between a guy and... w...

Topics: dance, noise, club, discoteca

Do You Remember?

This one's for Sofia - a lost friend, a lost lover. Whoever she was she is sorely missed. Listen to today's lesson to find out how she will be celebrated and remembered!...

Music Lesson

Most of us were there back when we were children - struggling through "The Entertainer" with our music teachers identifying every little mistake. Well join ItalianPod today as we put you right back into those music lessons of our youth with this lesson. You'll be learning all about how to describe s...

Topics: music, teacher, music_lesson

To Your Health

Today we'll be discussing one of the questions that has plagued man since he (or she) discovered how to ferment grape juice over 6,000 years ago... What should you drink? Red or white? White or red? Join ItalianPod hosts Marco and Catherine as they explore an innovative approach to making this most ...

Topics: going_out, wine

Getting a Shot

Nobody likes going to the doctor to get a shot. Least of all the protagonist of today's dialog. Check out this ItalianPod lesson to learn all about getting your shots (and acting like a baby)!...

Topics: doctor, medicine, shot

The Emergency Room

The emergency room is never a place anyone wants to end up, but should the need arise, it's important to know how to describe it. It's also important to know how an emergency room operates in a different country! Join us today and learn all of these things, and more!...

Topics: accident, hospital, emergency_room, emergency

Where Is the Station?

Lost and in need of directions? Have directions but don't know what they mean? Check out today's dialog for some help getting where you want to go, in Italian!...

Topics: travel, directions

At the Gas Station

Filling the car up with gas in Italy can not just present linguistic hurdles, but cultural ones as well! Learn all about handling these challenges and more in this lesson....

Topics: driving, car, filling_up, petrol, gas

Taxi Chase

Today's lesson is all about furtively following someone in a car! Don't worry - you'll be learning all about basic directions (left and right) and about how give and take directions....

Topics: directions, taxi, cab, following

Hold On Tight

One of the preferred modes of transportation in Italy is the bicycle. This, while environmentally friendly and convenient, is often the cause of congested streets and terrifying, near-death experiences. Well, maybe we exaggerate, but in today's lesson we'll be joining two people as they fly through ...

Topics: wishes, transportation, bicycle

Where Is the Bathroom?

Today's lesson will introduce you to one of the most basic and important of sentences in any language. After this lesson you shouldn't ever have a problem getting directions to a bathroom in Italy!...

Topics: busy, bathroom

It's Too Far

Today we've got a cliffhanger of a lesson for you. In this lesson learn how to describe things that are both near and far in Italian....

Topics: space, length, distance

Tickets, Please!

Ever have a nightmare in which you got on the wrong train and ended up in a place unknown to you, far away from your desired destination? We'll today's lesson is all about that dream... becoming a reality! You'll be learning the names of two of Italy's most famous cities, as well!...

Topics: travel, conductor, tickets, train, Italy