Ciao, come va? Learn the Italian language with award-winning Babbel courses

Build confidence and skills on the road to fluency with the help of Italian native speakers and real-life situations

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Quick summary

  • 63 million first language native speakers
  • Italian is classed as a “Romance” tongue, with close links to Spanish, Romanian, French and Portuguese
  • The Babbel method is a researched technique promoting language skills through voice-recognition technology

Become conversational fast with a Babbel Italian course

The beautiful language of Italian is spoken as a first language by around 63 million people worldwide. That’s a huge number of potential friends, travellers, business contacts and co-workers! Another three million speak it as a second language, and Italian is spoken in various countries alongside Italy itself, such as Switzerland, the Vatican, Albania, San Marino, parts of Slovakia and Croatia and in large areas of the USA. So you can really broaden your own horizons if you even learn the basics of this beautiful, melodic language. There are lots of great reasons to learn Italian. Whether you’re planning ahead for your summer adventure or because of your company’s business links with Italy, make it vital for employees to have some Italian language skills. No matter the reasons for embarking on Italian language learning, you’ll discover the Babbel route to language acquisition gives you the confidence to speak Italian after just a couple of hours tuition.

Picking up Italian and having the confidence to chat with native speakers is far easier using the conversational language learning techniques offered by Babbel. Our award-winning language app can be tailored to exactly meet your Italian learning requirements, whether you prefer to learn aurally, orally, or visually. With all words, sentences and phrases displayed in large type on your mobile device or computer screen, you’ll soon get the hang of written Italian, too! Italian is one of the top 20 spoken languages in the world today, with about 63 million first language native speakers. An additional three million people speak Italian as a second language. Babbel Italian courses help you to understand far more about Italy’s history and culture.

Speak Italian like a native and have fun doing so

Italian is classed as a “Romance” tongue, with close links to Spanish, Romanian, French and Portuguese languages - which are all based on the common form of Latin. With the use of practical teaching methods that help retain vocabulary, and built-in voice recognition to help improve pronunciation and fluency, conversational Italian may be closer than you think.

The Babbel learning method is a tried and tested technique which works on communicative and techniques to build language skills. All lessons are interlinked, to provide the quickest Italian learning curve. What’s more, when you register as an Italian language learner with Babbel, our learning app uses your native language’s grammatical structures and common words to aid your learning. For example, your Babbel learning app skips out all words that are roughly the same in your native tongue and Italian, but builds on the common grammar structures of the two languages to present you with an easy route to successful conversational Italian and long term language learning.

Features of this Italian course

1 Bite-sized lessons that take no more than 15 minutes at a time

2 Real-world topics to get you speaking Italian fast and with confidence

3 Authentic regional accents to grow your understanding

4 Voice-recognition technology that tells you instantly if your pronunciation needs adjustment

5 A dynamic review dashboard so you can see at any time how you are progressing.


An easy introduction to Italian: basic vocab, grammar, and pronunciation.

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Beginner I

Learn the most important expressions for everyday life and the basics of Italian grammar.

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Beginner II

Discover more words and expressions for many different life situations.

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Consolidate what you've learnt and start expressing yourself in a more nuanced way.

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Improve your skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing at an intermediate level.

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Continue reinforcing your skills: practice listening, speaking, reading, and writing at an independent level.

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Ideal for anyone who studied Italian a long time ago or wants to test their knowledge.

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Grammar practice in easy, understandable steps. Drills and exercises with clear and concrete examples.

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Listening and Speaking

Here you'll find courses which will help you focus on your listening and speaking skills.

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Countries and Traditions

In these courses, you won't just learn the language, but also gain useful knowledge about Italy.

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Here you'll find courses in which you can refresh your memory and learn idioms.

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Words and Sentences

Improve and train your vocabulary with over 3000 words and example sentences you can use in everyday life.

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Italian pronunciation

With the integrated speech recognition tool you can test and practice your pronunciation. It works directly in the browser. You will only need a microphone and the latest Flash-Player.

Learn Italian Vocabulary

Learn online grammar, vocabulary and phrases, practice in optimal intervals: At Babbel, you’ll get the basic and advanced vocabulary for Italian. The Review Manager makes sure that you’ll exercise the vocabulary and grammar rules that were hard for you.

iPhone app

You can use the Italian iPhone app together with the Babbel website. Your learning progress will be synchronized between them, so you can learn and review anywhere, anytime.