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Recommended Italian textbooks and other tools for independent learners 

Rocket Italian (self-paced Italian course)

This, in my opinion, is the best platform for independent learners who are just getting started or have already started but want a structured learning path.
The price is reasonable, and they offer a 60-day money-back guarantee.
It is divided into three levels (one of which is for complete beginners), with each level divided into theme-based classes on relevant and gradually progressive grammar and vocabulary topics.
They teach you the grammar and other important aspects of the language in English, making it easier for you to understand the logic and more complex parts of the language.
You can read my review on the course here.


Italian conversation classes and tutoring

reasonably priced tutor marketplace which connects you Italian native speakers and tutors.  It’s an excellent strategy if you can’t commit to regular classes, need a refresher, or simply want to maximize your Italian speaking routine.
Discount: Use this link to get 50% OFF discount on your first class 


Italian textbooks 

        Italian advanced textbooks 

I‘m a fan of textbooks because they lay out a progressive learning itinerary for us to follow.  If, like me, you like knowing where you are in your learning journey and working on all aspects of language learning (listening, reading, grammar, writing, speaking) at the same time, these textbooks are for you.
They are designed with English speakers in mind and include a digital version with easy access to audios, exercises, and videos.  The blu books cover the pre-intermediate and beginner levels.  The intermediate and advanced methods are covered in the first read.
These are the textbooks that I also use with my private clients. 

Short Stories in Easy Italian with Slow Italian Audio 

Do you enjoy learning new Italian words or idioms? It is best to do so using simplified Italian texts and short stories.  Stories will provide you with a visual to relate to new words or idioms, making it easier to retain new information.

Short stories are excellent for improving your vocabulary and sentence building ability in Italian at all levels. If you’re new to this method, you can read more about it in this article  (how to speak understand Italian better with short storiesor have a look at my short stories with slow audio narrated by me, here


ItalanPod101 has a lot of short and sweet podcast episodes for people of all skill levels (from total beginners to advanced learners).
Every episode has a different theme and is short enough that you won’t be overwhelmed by the end of the game.
Every episode contains English explanations and transcriptions, as well as a bilingual vocabulary list.
 The basic membership is free, but for a small monthly fee, you can gain access to exercises, flashcards, and other useful learning tools.

More Italian podcasts here 

Italian grammar books

All the books for Practice makes Perfect are an excellent reference for English native speakers, as they teach Italian from the stand point of English speakers. Every respectful Italian course should include at least one the above textbooks.