You can learn to speak Italian without even picking up a pen. Watching videos is a great way to learn a language; you can hear a variety of voices, listen to correct pronunciation, and decide when and where you want to learn. In this article, Italian teacher Liz T. takes you through 10 of her favorite YouTube channels for learning Italian…
With the advent of the internet, learning a language today is easier than ever before. Advances in computer technology, social media platforms, and smartphone apps have given you everything you need to educate yourself – and it’s all available at your fingertips!
YouTube is one of the most effective and inexpensive ways you can learn a new language. Instead of searching through hundreds of channels on YouTube, we thought a quick guide for the top 10 YouTube channels to learn Italian would help you out! Let’s take a look at the channels, which are in no particular order.
This channel teaches basic vocabulary and phrases for multiple languages, and Italian is no exception! In Italian 101, you can see as many as twenty different videos with “How To” survival vocabulary, common words and phrases, greetings, directions, dining, shopping, and safety lessons. Each of the lessons are tiered into different learning levels; for example, you’re able to advance from “Greetings Level One” to “Greetings Level Two,” and so on.
Check out this example video on Dining Level One:
On this channel, Italian native Marco Nisida helps viewers prepare for their next journey to Italy! Marco shares some of his unique tips and tricks for learning Italian, which derive from his own rich cultural experiences. His channel includes videos with three different learning levels, as well as technical videos that help you conjugate verbs.
Check out this example video of Lesson 1:
This channel will help you become more confident when speaking Italian in public. It’s also great at showcasing the appropriate uses of being polite and informal in social settings. There are over 100 videos, and if you view just one of these, you’ll learn a whole new topic or subject, including “Summer Vacation Words,” Holidays,” and “Vacation Plans.”
Check out this example video on 25 Must-Know Italian Adjectives:
Italian teacher Manu uses his unique humor in some funny Italian videos made for beginners! His videos include “How to Survive in Italy Without Being Fluent,” “How to Roll R’s Like an Italian,” and “Speak Italian Like an Italiano.” He also offers webinars and more advanced levels of Italian for a cost beyond his YouTube channel.
Check out this example video on Vowel Pronunciation:
This channel features Italian native Lucrezia coming up with very creative conversations, stories, and scenarios to help you get the most out of your Italian learning experience. She has many videos ranging for beginners, such as “A Day in the Life” videos, videos on verbs, and videos on food and recipes. Learning Italian through cooking is a great way to simultaneously indulge in the language and the culture.
Check out this example video on Italian Vocabulary – Family:
On this channel, you’ll learn Italian with Veronica and the rest of her team in Cagliari, the heart of the island Sardinia. They built an actual school for tourists and newcomers to Italy, which is where they share these teachings on their YouTube channel. She uses visuals, costumes, and on-location settings to make her Italian-learning videos more interesting and fun to watch!
Check out this example video on Lesson 1:
Having trouble with those Italian verbs? Verbademy breaks down how to use Italian verbs effectively whether you’re using regular, irregular, possessives, or adjectives. This channel has lessons on describing peoples’ appearances, how to talk about the weather, and Italian travel phrases for beginners.
Check out this example video on Lesson 1 – Greetings:
8) Dino Lingo
This one is for the kids! Dino Lingo has videos to help kids understand and learn Italian through animations and childrens’ voices. This channel is all about wanting your kid to learn Italian in a fun, relatable, and nurturing way. Once they watch one lesson, they may not be able to stop!
Check out this example video on one of Dino Lingo’s learning games:
9) Dolce Vita
This channel is a go-to guide on how to interact with Italians and their culture. The channel’s funny hosts, Luca and Marina, show you how to deal with Italian traditions in a light and humorous way, which is a very good approach to take! You’ll start feeling more like an Italian the minute you watch their videos.
Check out this example video on Useful Common Expressions:
On this channel, Italian student Melissa Muldoon has a lot of fun describing current Italian trends and expressions used in Italy. Her videos, such as “How to Buy a Train Ticket From an Automated Machine in Italy,” “Going Show Shopping,” and “Finding a Homestay in Florence,” will help you experience and feel more comfortable with the Italian culture on your next visit to Italy.
Check out this example video on 11 Questions About Learning Italian:
I highly recommend each and every one of these YouTube channels for learning and improving your Italian skills. While I encourage you to check out all of these Italian language channels and more on YouTube, I also encourage you to continue with your private lessons, or start with a private instructor on TakeLessons! While YouTube can be very helpful for getting you started, it’s hard to advance your Italian skills without that one on one attention from a live tutor.
I hope this article is a great starting point for your Italian learning endeavors! Happy learning!
Did any of these YouTube channels help you learn Italian? Know any others? Comment below with your thoughts!