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    Ciao!

    I've just started learning Italian using a free online Future Learn course and I'm loving it! The course is only 6 weeks long though, so I really need to find some more resources to continue my learning - has anyone got any free/ cheap suggestions or advice?
    I've tried Duolingo and its just too contrived for what I'm looking for - I want to learn practical Italian rather than just copying sentences without fully understanding their meaning.

    Thanks!


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    Anyone at all?


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    I bring this up a lot, but http://ankisrs.net/ is probably one of the best ways to learn a language (in my opinion). Once downloaded, you can browse italian decks here: https://ankiweb.net/shared/decks/italian. It's best used for vocab, so I'd pick up a grammar book at some point as well.

    If that doesn't float your boat I'll split the other resources I'm aware of into blocks: (I don't know your skill level, so I'll start from basics)
    Absolute Beginners Topics
    Part One: Consonants
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Nt_w0GAfgE
    Part Two: Vowels
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hAxkDTQF0xQ
    Part Three: Spelling
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5cQBHSZN9Ho

    Blogs/random links
    http://grammatica-italiana.dossier.net/ - A website completely in italian, which focuses on grammar.
    http://www.zanichellibenvenuti.it/wordpress/ - A blog with lots of articles on the italian language, usually with interactive exercises at the bottom to test what you've studied
    http://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/Italian - Wikibooks italian course
    http://www.wordreference.com WordReference.com english<->italian dictionary
    http://www.orodialoe.it/public/22963...n_italiano.pdf - 1000 most common italian words [PDF]

    Platforms
    http://www.busuu.com - Busuu (free version has limitations)
    http://lang-8.com - lang8
    http://www.memrise.com - Memrise

    I haven't personally used any of the above platforms, but I'd imagine you'd have the same problem as you did with duolingo, so I wouldn't recommend them but by all means give them a try.
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    (Original post by Bananapeeler)
    I bring this up a lot, but http://ankisrs.net/ is probably one of the best ways to learn a language (in my opinion). Once downloaded, you can browse italian decks here: https://ankiweb.net/shared/decks/italian. It's best used for vocab, so I'd pick up a grammar book at some point as well.

    If that doesn't float your boat I'll split the other resources I'm aware of into blocks: (I don't know your skill level, so I'll start from basics)
    Absolute Beginners Topics
    Part One: Consonants
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Nt_w0GAfgE
    Part Two: Vowels
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hAxkDTQF0xQ
    Part Three: Spelling
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5cQBHSZN9Ho

    Blogs/random links
    http://grammatica-italiana.dossier.net/ - A website completely in italian, which focuses on grammar.
    http://www.zanichellibenvenuti.it/wordpress/ - A blog with lots of articles on the italian language, usually with interactive exercises at the bottom to test what you've studied
    http://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/Italian - Wikibooks italian course
    http://www.wordreference.com WordReference.com english<->italian dictionary
    http://www.orodialoe.it/public/22963...n_italiano.pdf - 1000 most common italian words [PDF]

    Platforms
    http://www.busuu.com - Busuu (free version has limitations)
    http://lang-8.com - lang8
    http://www.memrise.com - Memrise

    I haven't personally used any of the above platforms, but I'd imagine you'd have the same problem as you did with duolingo, so I wouldn't recommend them but by all means give them a try.
    Thanks! Will definitely check some of these out Lang 8 is awesome by the way, such a good idea!


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