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Published November 27th 2019
The best things in life are Italian
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Ready for Italy? (Ciao Bella)


Italian, the language of opera, is the most commonly spoken second European language in Australian homes. Join over 70 million other Italian speakers, mastering the phrases to enjoy rich Italian culture, science, cuisine, literature and art.

As a bonus, once you've learnt Italian, you'll be able to giggle at this Dad joke (or skip to the end of this article for a translation):
Il ragazzo romano entra in un bar, tiene due dita e dice: "Cinque, per favore".

You won't need classic Italian hand gestures once you're a maestro with these top choices for Italian language learners in Brisbane.


Ciao Bella School - Kenmore
Lucia runs personal tutoring and small group classes from her home in the quiet suburban street. She's a university-qualified teacher with over a decade of experience training thousands of students in Germany, the UK and Australia.

The classroom is a fun and engaging space, with bright natural light and colourful props, posters and maps. The lessons are just as vibrant, with games, songs, role-plays, music and film.

The lessons are based on the best practices of language learning, using the industry's best textbooks but bringing the language to life as you use it in the real world.

The course for travellers equips you with the dialogue to handle the common scenarios as you explore Italian cities. With the right words, you'll safely ride public transport, order delicious food and book comfortable accommodation.

Experience Brisbane's Italian culture with Lucia's social events. Highlights include gelato workshops, film nights, and evenings at the opera - imagine the delight when you realise you don't need the surtitles!
Learn to cook the world's favourite cuisine in workshops with Lucia's nonna. She'll reveal the family recipes to some of Italy's best dishes.

Connect to Lucia via Facetime for online learning.

Enrol at Ciao Bella School.


LaPont - Southbank, CBD, Manly and Newmarket
The teachers at LaPont are native speakers, familiar with the spoken and written language and the etiquette of Italy.

Besides the intermediate and elementary courses, there are 2 beginner options, each 90 minutes for 10 weeks, starting at $280.

Enrol at LaPont.

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Find love at the Trevi Fountain (Italia 500)


Dante Alighieri - 26 Gray St, New Farm
The Dante Alighieri Society, founded in the 19th century and spreading to over 450 international sites, is one of the best places in Brisbane to immerse yourself in Italian language and culture. After progressing through the language courses, from beginner 1 to advanced 3 and beyond, you'll be able to read Dante's greatest work, the Divine Comedy, in the original, poetic Italian.

The society also offers private lessons, HSC courses and school holiday and after-school programs for children. Cultural events invite thought-provoking discussion to practise your Italian, including a recent talk about Shakespeare's Italian links. A term of 2-hr/week lessons starts at $250.

Enrol at Dante Alighieri.


University of Queensland - St Lucia
The institute of modern languages at our state's university offers tuition in over 30 languages, from Farsi to Swahili.

Start your Italian adventure with the Beginners Short Course for 16 hours of instruction. You'll learn the correct pronunciation of words and phrases in the topics of numbers and shopping, family, food, navigation and accommodation.

Travellers can fast-track with the Italian Survival course. It's 6 lessons to give you the basic conversational skills to chat with the locals on your Italian adventure.
To expand your vocab, continue with the Level 1 A and B courses, focusing on family, jobs, places, countries and counting.

In the Level 2 A and B courses, you'll deepen your appreciation for Italian language and culture in the units on business and politics, travel and weather, eating, past events and future plans.

There are early-bird discounts and summer intensives. Enrol at University of Queensland.

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Gelato? Sė, per favore! (Italia 500)


Italian Language School - 58 Heidelberg Street, East Brisbane
Attenzione - The ILS was founded with a love of Italian language, and dedicated to a 19th century Nobel laureate and Italy's national poet, Giosuč Carducci.

The group classes, capped at 10 students each, are guided by teachers with university qualifications and broad classroom teaching experience in Australia and overseas.

They offer 3 instruction levels - beginner, intermediate and advanced. Courses are taught for 2 hours each week for 15 weeks.

If you're in a hurry, choose the 5-week starter course, taught in 2 two-hour lessons per week.

All students can join the monthly lunchtime conversation class at a local Italian restaurant.

Arrange the perfect gift for a loved one (or yourself) with a 3-hour Italian in the Kitchen workshop. Participants will learn to make a fresh egg pasta with bruschetta and bolognese, carbonara and Napoli sauces.

Enrol at Italian Language School.


Italian Language Centre - 42 Newbery Street, Newmarket
The ILC has provided Italian language training to adults and school children for over 3 decades.

The experienced teachers teach Italian through a series of structured lessons, starting with Beginner and Improver levels, through to Intermediate and Advanced.
As your confidence grows, share your love of Italian novels and music in the centre's fortnightly culture discussion group.

Talk It is a 3-part course for travellers, focused on the conversation and reading skills to enjoy and practical and cultural aspects of an Italian holiday. The course includes CDs and booklets for at-home practise.

For children, primary and high school afternoon and summer school classes are available. Children's playgroups provide a fun space for our youngest learners to grow their Italian vocabularies.

Enrol at Italian Language Centre.

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Watch Italian screen icon, Sophia Loren, without subtitles (Italia 500)


Language Trainers - throughout Brisbane
Take the free online Italian language test or a trial Skype lesson, before learning the lingo at a time and place of your choosing, with worksheets and guides provided.

Managed by Cambridge-qualified directors with decades of experience in language tutoring, LT carefully selects tutors to help you master Italian.

You'll progress through the basics of speaking and listening, with greetings, numbers and travel queries. You'll also learn to write the flowing script and read the romantic prose.

As the lessons are all one-on-one, the content is highly customised, with pricing dependent on your aims and instructor preference.

Enrol at Language Trainers.


Listen and Learn - throughout Brisbane
Listen and Learn to differ from the conventional classroom group lessons, providing one-on-one Italian tutoring based on your needs, time and place preference and current skill level, with prices starting at around $55/hour.

The tutor can provide the lesson in your home or office, with either general-purpose conversational Italian for social or travel goals or business-level language, to hone the techniques to wow prospective employers, investors or corporate clients.

If you're learning with a friend or a corporate group, one-to-many lessons can be arranged, with L&L's client list including the Department of Education.

If you prefer to learn via a webcam, Skype sessions are available, with prices starting at approx. $35/hour. Get started with a free 15-minute online test.

Enrol at Listen and Learn.


Joke translation:
A Roman guy walks into a bar, holds up two fingers and says, "Five, please."


Where do you feast on Margherita Pizza or sweet Cannoli as you learn Italian? We'd love to hear your comments.



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Where: Throughout Brisbane
Cost: Free starter options available
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