How to learn italiano 🇮🇹

If you’ve been in Italy for a short while, you may have found it difficult to learn the language. Don’t worry, it’s hard for everyone!

Whether you’re preparing to enroll in school, apply for a job or just buy food at the market, learning Italian can make life easier.

But sometimes it’s hard to know where to start. That’s why we’ve put together some language learning options for you — all in one place. Check them out below 👇

Online learning 💻

Online learning platforms allow you flexibility to learn at your own pace, whenever and wherever you want.

  • Duo Lingo is a very popular, free language learning website and app for Android and iOS. It already has over 300 million registered users worldwide, and lets you compete with friends and earn in-game currency to spend on various features.
  • The BBC is another well-regarded online resource which offers basic Italian lessons to English speakers for free. Their website includes video tutorials, a guide to essential phrases and even a “BBC Learn Italian” Facebook page.
  • Italian Ministry of Labour and Social affairs online learning portal. This portal has a list of free online learning options at various levels including A1/A2 and B1/B2, offered in English and other languages.

In-person courses 👩‍🏫

Aside from camps and centers, organizations across Italy offer refugees free classes in Italian.
Here are some options from our service map:


Naga Har
💬 What: A listening center and help desk that also offers free Italian and IT classes.

When: Open every day, from 2:30 to 6:30 p.m.

📝 How: No appointment required. The first time you go, you’ll be given a registration card which you’ll need bring with you the next time you come.


Associazione la Tenda

💬 What: Free Italian classes and workshops for women.

When: Mondays from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

📝 How: Register in person at the Associazione la Tenda during opening hours.

Il Passo Social Point

💬 What: Free Italian, English and Arabic classes for children and adults.

When: Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

📝 How: Register in person at the Il Passo social point during opening hours.


Centro Astalli

💬 What: Free classes at beginner, intermediate and advanced levels. You can get certified at different levels     including A1/A2 and B1/B2.

When: October 2018 through May 2019.

📝 How: Register in person at Fondazione il Faro during opening hours.

Baobab experience

💬 What: Free Italian and English lessons at a center run by volunteers

When: Open every day from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

📝 How: Visit or call them for more information.


Centro Astalli

💬 What: Free Italian language and reading classes.

When: 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., Monday to Friday.

📝 How: The first time you go, you’ll need to register. Registration times are from Monday to Friday between 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., and between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m.

There are other websites that list free, in-person Italian learning options in major cities like Rome and Milan.

You may also want to check out the Europass language reference framework to understand what each level of language proficiency means.

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Happy learning!