The interwebs are a vast, interesting, unique place and that kind of ecosystem attracts a lot of really awesome people doing really amazing things.
Since The Iceberg Project is dedicated to bringing you the best resources for learning Italian, I wanted to put together a list of the people I think are doing Italian online better than anyone else.
What standards did I base this on?
- They post regularly – at least twice a month.
- Their information is well researched and accurate.
And most importantly…
- They REALLY love Italy and Italian.
Let’s start with Italian language lessons, shall we?
Free Italian Language Lessons
Lucrezia’s lessons for vocabulary and grammar are engaging and easy to understand, and I love her vlogs with her just speaking in Italian about whatever as they’re great practice for audio comprehension.
What’s more, she often includes the subtitles so you can follow along.
Favorite lesson: Uses and Meaning of “Magari”
Fiorella has a style that’s equal parts laidback and education, and I really love it. Besides her videos on grammar, I find the most value from her videos on idioms and proverbs.
Favorite lesson: Cosa significa “porca misera”?
When you look for images dedicated to learning Italian, they can be pretty cheesy.
So when I found Rosangela’s site with her beautiful drawings of Italian words and phrases, I was hooked.
Plus, using visuals with vocabulary words and phrases boost your retention. Go to her site now! :]
Allora, now let’s move onto Italian culture.
While I have no idea how often Michael San Filippo posts on this site, the free information available here is astounding.
They have articles on every grammatical subject under the sun, as well as exercises with answers so you can see how well you understand what you’ve learned.
What’s more they have a library full of audio so you can practice the word out loud and be sure you’re saying it right.
Favorite article: 100 Ways to Say ‘I Love You’ in Italian
I also don’t know how often they post on this site, but there’s so much cool stuff that I couldn’t leave it off the list.
Favorite exercise: Lunapop – 50 Special
Melissa talks about everything in Italian culture, from cooking to music and holidays.
She writes in both Italian and English, which is great practice for comprehension, and she has a podcast called Tutti Matti, which often has guests from Italy along with transcripts.
You might know Dianne as the author of the book La Bella Lingua, or more recently the book Mona Lisa: A Life Discovered.
I love reading her site because she writes about stuff that I always tend to miss out on within the Italian culture, like holiday rituals and Italian opera.
Favorite post: Learning from Mistakes in the Italian Language
Rick’s site is fun to read because he has the expat insider perspective as well as the insights that come from being married to an Italian.
What I love most though are his in-depth articles and tutorials on how to get stuff done so you can move to Italy, like obtaining your permesso di soggiorno and hunting for apartments.
Favorite post: Italian Habits I Used to Think Were Strange
What about you? Who do you think is doing Italian really well online? Let me know in the comments below!