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Published November 26th 2019
The Best Things in Life are Italian
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Italian love at the Trevi Fountain (Italia 500)


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 Melbourne.

Italian Project - Anywhere in Melbourne
The Italian Project is the easiest option to master Italiano. Tired of the Melbourne commute? The IP tutors come to you, providing courses or custom lessons in your home or office.

The course for tourists will give you the vocab and confidence to order pizza and gelato, travel and find check in to your hotel or Airbnb. The conversation course covers the basics to chat with locals about popular culture, news and family.

The Kids course for preschoolers uses flashcards and toys, building to broader language for primary and high school exams.

Once you've fallen in love with the language, tackle the Complete Italian course, learning the grammar and vocabulary to become a fluent Italian speaker.

Each course uses the latest study materials, with engaging video, audio, music and games. You'll role-play and learn the unique Italian body language and hand gestures to act like a local in Rome, Venice and Lygon St. To start on the right note, your tutor will give you a free assessment.

There are discounts if you partner with friends, or book the 5 or 10 lesson packages.

Enrol at Italian Project.


Centre of Italian Studies - 247 Cardigan St, Carlton
The CIS experience begins with testing to match you with one of the 5 levels of tuition: Beginner, Post Beginner, Lower Intermediate, Middle Intermediate and Upper-Intermediate. If you're a natural, or you need to slow down to revise, it's easy to change levels mid-course. Take the test athttps://www.italianstudies.com.au/take-a-test/

For beginners, the commitment is 90 minutes/week, ramping up to 3 hours for semi-intensive 10-week courses.
To brush up, try the $10 conversation sessions.

Specialised tutors for children can assist toddlers, up to year 10 students, and preparation for the year 11 and 12 VCE.

The tutors are Italian natives, qualified in language education. Learn about their favourite aspects of Italian culture on the About Us page.

Plan ahead to grab the early bird discounts and offers of free extra classes to fast-track your learning.

Enrol at Centre of Italian Studies.


inLanguage Boutique - 7/10 Hoddle Street Abbotsford and 365A Lygon Street, Brunswick East
The best way to learn Italian is by speaking it. At in Language Boutique, you'll be doing this from day 1.

The centres focus on small group classes, in either a 5-week course for travellers, or a 10-week term for dedicated learners. Classes run throughout the week and on Saturday morning. Study notes are provided.

Keep practising at home with the best textbook for Italian, Arrivederci by Edi Lingua. It's available at a discount for students.

Enrol at inLanguage Boutique.

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Satisfy your hunger for Italian with gelato (Italia 500)


Council of Adult Education - 7/10 Hoddle Street Abbotsford and 365A Lygon Street, Brunswick East
Adult Education providers are usually the best value for language learners. In Melbourne, the CAE has Italian lessons for travellers and 3 levels of elementary and intermediate courses.

There is also a special course "Vivavoce in Italiano", taught over 4 months, to discover the Italian culture and romance as you learn the language.

Enrol at Council of Adult Education.


In 2 Italian - 1/351 Centre Road, Bentleigh
This centre caters for all ages, with 4 courses of tuition at elementary, intermediate and advanced levels.

Younger students can prepare for exams with Uni and VCE sessions.

The 5-week traveller's survival course has regular intakes, making it easy to prime yourself with enough Italian vocab to enjoy your holiday.

Continue learning with workshops for conversation, business and grammar, or join the history, movie or book clubs for cultural discussions.

Connect from your home or office via Skype for follow-up practice sessions.

Enrol at In 2 Italian.


Italian Language Centre - 6 Railway Walk (North), Hampton
ILC may be the best quality Italian tuition in Melbourne. Classes are capped at 6 students and the tutors are highly skilled and experienced after decades as Italian language educators.

Yvonne and Alessandro, both university graduates in Italian, are passionate about teaching, hosting workshops for adults and children, training other teachers in Victoria, and moderating the examination process for our VCE students. Their leisure time is dominated by Italian literature, performing arts, music, and cuisine.

Choose from three levels of tuition - beginner, post-beginner and advanced, to develop the core skills to learn Italian: Writing, Comprehension (both listening and written), Reading, and Conversation.

High school students can receive invaluable guidance to prepare for the VCE and International Baccalaureate exams.

Enrol at Italian Language Centre.


An Italian Affair - Brighton
An Italian Affair is the best choice to learn the language and enjoy the perfect Italian holiday as a reward. AIA teaches practical language skills for real-world situations, e.g. "pass the gelato" = "passare il gelato".

They offer 4 levels, from absolute beginner needing a 5-week crash course to the advanced learner with immersion in spoken and written Italian vocabulary and grammar, developed to conform with the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

During the courses, Antonella shares her love for Umbrian cuisine, with the distinctive slow-food dishes becoming a delicious part of your language learning.

Practise you new Italian confidence on a cultural tour hosted by Antonella to Umbria in central Italy. As a local, she'll share unique access to the best aspects of art, music architecture and ideas in the festival towns of Italy, including Spoleto and Perugia.

Enrol at Italian Language Centre.

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Proudly Italian pasta (TAFE)


Passport to Italy - 1198 Burke Rd, Balwyn North
You'll feel at home in the Passport to Italy because the tutors, Mirella and Giuliana, have turned the classroom into a comfortable Italian lounge room. Learn the language while enjoying the warm Italian hospitality of your tutors, both native speakers and university-qualified.

Choose from beginner, intermediate and traveller courses. The classes are capped to 7 students, and you'll spend 100 minutes each week for 8 weeks, learning all the practical, everyday words and phrases. You'll also receive practise notes.

If you're in a hurry, book the Traveller Express course. It's a 3-hour fast-track session to immerse you in Italian culture when you arrive in the birthplace of the Renaissance (and pizza). Buon Viaggio!

Mastering Italian just takes practise. Book the Caffe e Conversazione to chat about culture and the news headlines in hour-long sessions to boost your confidence.

Enrol at Passport to Italy.


Vocational Language Learning Centre - 160 William St, Melbourne
VLLC have created a 3-tier proficiency structure, guiding students to achieve social, intermediate and then vocational certification. Each course includes reading, writing and speaking, beginning with the foundation social skills including travel bookings, directions, food and drink orders, sightseeing, time and medical queries. Online learning builds on your face-to-face lessons, with homework and chat sessions hosted on the Net.

Intermediate study allows you to settle into Italy, finding an apartment, reading and writing business forms, listening to news stories and cope with the ultimate awkward encounter - the dentist.

Vocational certification will help you with the trickiest job interview questions, resume writing, opening a bank account, discussing current affairs and appreciating cultural nuances. Prices and schedules are customised for your needs, based on your current vocab, aims and availability. Enrol at VLLC.


Language Trainers - throughout Melbourne
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 Melbourne
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.

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


Joke translation:
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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