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Italian Language Lessons

Steve Cohen

If you are in the major tourist areas such as Florence, Venice and Rome, you can get away with not speaking Italian. However, if you are staying in a vacation rental in a small town or out in the country, you will need to know some Italian - the more the better. Many Italians do speak English, but you will go to many places where no one speaks a word of English.

Language Lessons

Counting to 20: Learn to count in Italian.

Counting to 100: Learn to count in Italian.

Counting to 1000: Learn to count in Italian.

Counting to a million: Learn to count in Italian.

Counting past a million: Learn to count in Italian.

Time Talk: Seconds, hours, days, weeks, months!

The Alphabet: How to say the letters of the alphabet.

Conversation Bookends: The words you need at the start and the end of a conversation.

Caffe Talk: The vocabulary you need to go into a caffe, order your drinks and food, and pay - essential knowledge for slow travelers.

Dinner Reservations: The vocabulary you need to phone ahead for dinner reservations.

Out for Dinner: The vocabulary you need to go out for dinner including some notes about the food.

Clean Talk: The vocabulary you need for getting your laundry done.

Italian Placenames: The pronunciation of some Italian cities and towns.


Resources: How to type accents on Italian words, Steve's favorite websites for Italian language things, lists of language schools

Language Books: Steve's favorite language books and courses

Slow Travel Resources

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Reggio Lingua: www.reggiolingua.it
Study Italian abroad programs and study Italian at the teacher's home in Reggio Emilia (see the classified)

Lucca Italian School: www.luccaitalianschool.com/
Italian language courses and cooking classes in Lucca, Tuscany (see the classified)

Il Sasso - Italian Language School: www.ilsasso.com
Learn Italian @ Il Sasso Language School in Montepulciano, Tuscany (see the classified)

Pauline likes to think of Steve as a language expert (although he would never call himself that). He studies Italian and speaks when she and Steve visit Italy. He put together these language lessons to give you the basics you will need to get by in Italy.

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