Beginners Italian Course Outline

This Open Group Italian Course is the ideal option for Complete Beginners Italian language students. In this course, you will study the most crucial vocabulary, expressions, and grammar rules, so you can start engaging with your course mates and your teacher in Italian as soon as possible. You will work together to complete elementary tasks, learn how to ask and answer personal questions, and role-play common scenarios (ordering at a restaurant, booking a stay in a hotel, etc.).

Recommended Student Level:


Number of lessons:


Duration of the course:

15 hours

Lesson length:

1.5 hours


Nuovo Contatto A1*
Book your place

Lesson 1

You will learn how to use informal and formal greetings; to ask/answer “how are you?”; useful words and phrases: thank you, please, sorry, etc.; how to introduce yourself.

Lesson 2

You will learn nationalities and professions; how to introduce other people; useful classroom phrases (e.g. how do you say that, please?); numbers (0-30).

Lesson 3

You will learn to ask somebody’s age & say yours; to give your number and ask for somebody else’s; personal pronouns; important verbs: essere (to be), chiamarse (to be called), abitare (to live), avere (to have).

Lesson 4

You will learn to ask personal questions; to talk about people; adjectives; how to say where you are from; negative sentences; about Italian cities; the Italian alphabet.

Lesson 5

You will learn how to introduce other people; demonstrative pronouns; to ask questions with perché; how to give reasons for going to/living in Italy by using per; the indefinite article.

Lesson 6

You will learn how to ask and answer questions; interrogative pronouns: chi, che, dove, come, perché; vowels of the Italian alphabet; how to read accents and pronounce words.

Lesson 7

You will learn how to write a short email; Italian hand gestures and how to use them in conversation; places in town; various useful objects; how to book a room in a hotel.

Lesson 8

You will learn how to express your preferences; about accommodation in Italy; to ask for something and how much it costs; how to associate symbols with words in Italian; hotel amenities.

Lesson 9

You will learn numbers (30-100); to say the time; how to ask and say when shops open and close; Italian nouns and adjectives ending in o, a, e; the plurals of feminine and masculine nouns.

Lesson 10

You will learn definite articles: il, l’, la, i, le; how to conjugate the verbs essere (to be), avere (to have), and lavorare (to work); how to read and reply to an email; how to use the right intonation.

* You do not need to buy a textbook to complete your course. Your teacher will share their materials (excerpts from textbooks, audio files, videos, etc.) with you during the classes using screenshare. Your teacher may also recommend other textbooks and grammar books to help supplement or continue your studies, but Language Trainers bears no responsibility for your decision to make such a purchase.

Join an open group italian Course

Our Italian Teachers


Raffaella is a true global citizen and polyglot. After completing High School with a specialization in linguistics in her home country of Italy, she worked in Iceland and Spain, and attended the Erasmus Program at the University of Vienna, Austria. She returned to Italy to study her Bachelor’s Degree in Languages & International Relations in Milan, before completing a Master’s in Communication for Development from Malmö, Sweden. She even spent a year in Fortaleza, Brazil, teaching English to disadvantaged children. So, in addition to her native Italian language, Raffaella speaks English, Spanish, and German to a high level, is proficient in Portuguese, and even speaks some Arabic and French.
Since starting as a professional Italian trainer in 2015, Raffaella has taught non-native language learners of all abilities, with a specialty for tutoring Beginner to Intermediate levels. Her multilingual skills and her love for travel and teaching international groups mean she is extraordinarily effective at motivating her students to communicate with one another during online lessons, encouraging learning via cross-cultural exchange. She has taught individuals and groups of all ages, from 3 years old to adults, and completed digital courses that make her particularly accomplished at conducting Internet-based Italian courses.
Raffaella’s worldwide teaching experience, coupled with her non-profit work with UNICEF and the Red Cross, has equipped her with a remarkable talent for organization, patience, and communication. When she isn’t traveling and acquiring new languages, she enjoys reading, meditation and yoga, and—above all—meeting new people!


Valentina is a highly qualified, creative, and committed native Italian language trainer, who has been teaching adults and children in one-to-one and group lessons since 2006. She has a Bachelor of Italian Modern Literature, as well as a Master of Linguistics, both from the Sapienza University of Rome, Italy. Valentina also studied law at the above-mentioned university, and she is fluent in English.
She has worked as a freelance trainer in Italy and taught Italian, History, Geography, English, Art, and Math to children aged 6-13, as well as adults of different professions. In 2015, Valentina moved to the UK and started to teach face-to-face and online Italian language lessons to our students. Valentina quickly proved to be an excellent trainer, and we received nothing but great praise from her students:
“I love Valentina. She was wonderful and I am looking forward to my next lesson this evening. She is very knowledgeable and I feel she is very much tailoring the course to suit me and my level. I am very, very, very happy so far.”
“My lessons are going really well, thank you. I have no complaints whatsoever. Valentina is a great teacher.”
Valentina is a caring and compassionate individual who has volunteered her teaching and translation services to various institutions, including the “Monteverde Anti-razzista” and “Ranieri de’ Calzabigi” cultural associations, where she organized events, translated stories, and assisted teaching a group of students.

Please note that Language Trainers has many highly qualified and experienced native language trainers who teach courses for us. Your specific teacher may be one of those profiled here on this page or may be a different, similarly qualified teacher.