Welcome to the Italian page on Kick Start Languages! Congratulations on choosing such an interesting and exciting language! You're going to love it! This page is designed to help you with my free 10 week language learning course on YouTube so make sure you've checked that out to fully make sense of what's to come!
Don't forget there is no 'right or wrong' way to learn the things I'm asking you to learn during the 10 week course (scroll down this page to find specific videos to help you each week). These books and videos are only here as a guide - if you find better resources use them and tell me about them on my Facebook page or in the comments on my YouTube videos!
Also, don't listen to all the nonsense about how 'hard' Italian is because Italian people 'speak too quickly' - as soon as you get used to listening to lots of Italian on a daily basis you'll be amazed how quickly you adjust to the Italian speech rate. A quick hack to help you with this is to speed up YouTube videos to double speed - whilst this might seem mad by getting used to hearing Italian people speak even quicker than they really do you'll be in a great position to understand them easily when you listen to them for real! Plus when people know you're learning a language they always slow down to help you! You've got this!
Good luck and enjoy these resources!
Books to help you learn Italian:
The Dummies Guide to Italian : A great book which takes you through all the basics and gives you a CD with lots of dialogues to help you learn what Italian sounds like.
Lacking Hacking Italian: Benny Lewis' excellent conversational guide to Italian.
Kindle Unlimited: There are loads of books on Italian and written in Italian here. You can get a free 30 day trial and then it's £7.99 a month thereafter if you choose to carry on your subscription.
Useful YouTube channels for Italian:
Easy Italian: A great channel for getting used to spoken Italian.
Italian Pod 101: A good channel with lots of lessons in Italian (quite a bit of English chat though).
Specific videos for the Course:
Week 1: Greetings and numbers and a bonus cognates video (if you want it):
Week 2: Numbers 11-20 and question words.
I want you to search out your own way of learning the numbers 11-20 - either Google a list of them or search YouTube. This is important as I want you to start discovering your own favourite ways of learning rather than totally relying on me! Here's a video on the question words though (there are loads of others available if you search on YouTube if you don't like this style):
Week 3: Verbs 'to have' and 'to be':
Week 4: Learn these words!
If there is more than one translation for these terms you need to find out the differences - it is important that you do this for yourself. Several of these words have even more definitions but these should do to begin with. However, do not EVER worry too, too much about using the exact wrong word - it is far better to say something and get it wrong than to paralyse yourself going for the precisely correct term and end up saying nothing at all.
A/an = una, un', un, uno
The = l', la (there are several plurals too to learn - Google for details!)
This = questo, questa
That = quello, quella
Those = quelli, quelle
These = questi, queste
Person = persona
People = persone
Place = posto
Places = posti
Thing = cosa
Things = cose
Week 5: 'To like' and 'To want':
Week 6: Time frames
Day before yesterday: L'altro ieri
Day after tomorrow: Dopodomani
Week 7: Conjugating Verbs
Week 8: Months and Family Members
Week 9: Size, location and direction and body parts
Week 10: Possession