Italian Course for Beginners

Lessons 1-80 of Ripeti con me! make an excellent Italian course for beginners.

Learn the basics of Italian by speaking – not through boring grammar rules.
These lessons will take you from total beginner (A0) to an elementary level (A2) in no time!

This is the only Italian audio course that prompts you to speak all the time.
Each online lesson comes with audio, transcript, and grammar notes.

Click the lesson you wish to take from the list below.

Beginner Course Program

1. Sei italiano?
Are you Italian?
Grammar notes
Essere
I am, you are…
2. Ho sete!
I'm thirsty!
Grammar notes
Avere
I have, you have…
3. Un bambino, una bambina
A boy, a girl
Grammar notes
Maschile e femminile
Masculine and feminine forms of nouns and adjectives
4. Un gelato, due gelati
One ice cream, two ice creams
Grammar notes
Singolare e plurale
Singular and plural forms of nouns and adjectives
5. La vita è bella
Life is beautiful
Grammar notes
Articoli determinativi
Definite articles (like “the”)
6. Ho un’idea!
I’ve got an idea!
Grammar notes
Articoli indeterminativi
Indefinite articles (like “a,an”)
7. Dove lavori?
Where do you work?
Grammar notes
Presente regolare
Regular verbs: I work, you work…
8. Dove vai?
Where are you going?
Grammar notes
Presente irregolare: andare, venire, dire, dare, sapere…
Irregular verbs: to go, to come, to say…
9. A Roma
In Rome
Grammar notes
Preposizioni a, in
How to say “in” (a place)
10. Studi ancora francese?
Do you still study French?
Grammar notes
Domande e risposte
Turning statements into questions
11. Non bevo
I don’t drink
Grammar notes
Frasi negative
Negative sentences
12. Tè o caffè?
Tea or coffee?
Grammar notes
O
How to say “or”
13. Mi piace l’Italia!
I like Italy!
Grammar notes
Mi piace
How to say “I like”
14. Giochi con noi?
Would you like to play with us?
Grammar notes
Con
How to say “with”
15. Che ore sono?
What’s the time?
Grammar notes
Che ore sono? A che ora…?
Telling time
16. Da quanto tempo?
How long?
Grammar notes
Da quanto tempo…?
Telling time duration
17. Perché non dormi?
Why aren’t you sleeping?
Grammar notes
Perché? Perché…, Per…
Why, because, for (because of)
18. Vado a trovare i nonni
I’m going to visit my grandparents
Grammar notes
Andare a fare…
To go/come do something
19. Anche questo!
And this, too!
Grammar notes
Anche
Also, neither
20. Sai nuotare?
Can you swim?
Grammar notes
Sapere, saper fare, conoscere
To know, to be able to do
21. Posso entrare?
Can I come in?
Grammar notes
Potere
Can
22. Vuoi un caffè?
Would you like a coffee?
Grammar notes
Volere
Want
23. Devi studiare!
You must study!
Grammar notes
Dovere
Must/should/have to do
24. Ho bisogno di te!
I need you!
Grammar notes
Avere bisogno di…
Need
25. Vorrei del tè
I’d like some tea
Grammar notes
“Di” partitivo
Some (tea, friends)
26. C’è un gatto
There’s a cat
Grammar notes
C’è, ci sono
There is/are
27. Ho poco tempo
I don’t have much time
Grammar notes
Poco, un po’
Difference between “a bit” and “not much”
28. È davanti al parco
It’s opposite the park
Grammar notes
Posizioni: davanti, dietro, sopra, sotto, sinistra, destra…
Adverbs of location
29. Il mio ragazzo
My boyfriend
Grammar notes
Possessivi (mio, tuo, suo…)
Possessive adjectives and pronouns
30. Sto a casa
I stay at home
Grammar notes
Stare, essere
Difference between “to stay” and “to be”
31. Non ho capito
I didn’t understand
Grammar notes
Passato prossimo regolare
Past simple of regular verbs
32. Cosa hai detto?
What did you say?
Grammar notes
Passato prossimo irregolare
Past simple of irregular verbs
33. Parli bene cinese?
Do you speak good Chinese?
Grammar notes
Bene, male, buono, cattivo, bello, brutto, bravo
Adverbs vs. adjectives: well-good, badly-bad…
34. Non ci vado più
I don’t go there anymore
Grammar notes
“Ci”
“There” as in “I go there”
35. Non ho ancora finito
I haven’t finished yet
Grammar notes
Ancora, già, appena, sempre, mai
Adverbs of time: still, yet, again…
36. Appena sono tornato
As soon as I got home
Grammar notes
Appena
As soon as
37. È proprio vero!
Very true!
Grammar notes
Proprio
A typical Italian word meaning “just, exactly, right”
38. Sia i gatti, sia i cani
Both cats and dogs
Grammar notes
Sia… sia…, né… né…
Both A and B, neither A nor B
39. Se non piove
if it’s not raining
Grammar notes
Se
If clause (type 0/1)
40. Quando sono arrivato
When I arrived
Grammar notes
Quando
When vs. if
41. Dopo cena
After dinner
Grammar notes
Prima, dopo
Before, after
42. Ma non so cucinare
But I can’t cook
Grammar notes
Ma
But
43. Anche se è ricco
Even though he’s rich
Grammar notes
Anche se
Even if, even though
44. Tutti tranne me
Everyone but me
Grammar notes
Tranne
Except for
45. Oltre al tedesco
Apart from German
Grammar notes
Oltre a
Other than
46. Cos’è questo?
What is this?
Grammar notes
Questo, quello
This, that…
47. Che musica ascolti?
What music do you listen to?
Grammar notes
Che, quale
What vs. which
48. Allora non esci?
Then you’re not going out?
Grammar notes
Allora, quindi
Then (logical consequence)
49. Insomma, cosa vuoi dire?
So, what do you mean?
Grammar notes
Insomma
A typical Italian word vaguely similar to “all in all”
50. Almeno non piove
At least it’s not raining
Grammar notes
Almeno
At least
51. Magari funziona
Maybe it works
Grammar notes
Magari
Maybe, possibly (with hope)
52. Non ho voluto chiedere
I didn’t want to ask
Grammar notes
Participio passato di volere, potere, dovere
Simple past of want, can, must
53. Un biglietto apposta
A special ticket
Grammar notes
Apposta
A typical Italian word meaning “on purpose, specifically, all the way”
54. Ormai è estate
By now, it’s summer
Grammar notes
Ormai
By now (it’s too late)
55. Infatti non guido
That’s why I’m not driving
Grammar notes
Infatti
A false friend of “in fact”, actually closer to “indeed, in reality”
56. Visiteremo il museo
We’ll visit the museum
Grammar notes
Futuro regolare
Future simple of regular verbs
57. Pagherò domani
I’ll pay tomorrow
Grammar notes
Futuro irregolare
Future simple of irregular verbs
58. Non potrò venire
I will not be able to come
Grammar notes
Futuro di potere, volere e dovere
Future simple of can, want, must
59. Poi ho fatto la spesa
Then I bought groceries
Grammar notes
Poi
Then (as in an ordered list)
60. Tra tre mesi
In 3 months
Grammar notes
Espressioni di tempo: in, tra, fa
Time expressions: in, ago…
61. Li conosci?
Do you know them?
Grammar notes
Lo, la, li, le
Direct pronouns, as in “I ate it”
62. Mi chiamo Pino
My name is Pino
Grammar notes
Mi chiamo, mi lavo, mi sento…
Basic reflexive verbs
63. Dove mi porti?
Where will you take me?
Grammar notes
Portare, prendere
To take/bring (someone somewhere), to pick up
64. È davvero bella
Is really beautiful
Grammar notes
Davvero, veramente…
Really
65. Torno subito!
I’ll be right back!
Grammar notes
Subito
At once, immediately
66. Metà degli italiani
Half of Italians
Grammar notes
Metà, mezzo
Half
67. Stasera usciamo?
Are we going out today?
Grammar notes
Uscire, andare
To go out vs. to leave
68. È inutile discutere
It’s useless to discuss
Grammar notes
Utile/inutile, contento/scontento…
Useful/useless, happy/unhappy…
69. Che ore saranno?
What time can it be?
Grammar notes
Futuro per supposizioni
Future tense for making assumptions
70. Quanto ci vuole?
How long does it take?
Grammar notes
Ci vuole
It takes (1 hour)
71. Quanto ci metti?
How long does it take?
Grammar notes
Ci metto
It takes me (1 hour), I spend
72. Con questa pioggia
With this rain
Grammar notes
Con
With
73. Bisogna prenotare
Do we need to make a reservation
Grammar notes
Bisogna
Impersonal form of “you need to”
74. Scrivere correttamente
Be able to write correctly
Grammar notes
Veloce/velocemente, serio/seriamente
Adverbs vs. adjectives: quick/quickly, serious/seriosly…
75. È facile, è facile da
Is easy, is easy to
Grammar notes
Facile (da), difficile (da)…
Easy/difficult to do
76. Per il prezzo
For the price
Grammar notes
Per
"For" as in “for the price, it’s not bad”
77. Dalle recensioni
From the reviews
Grammar notes
Da
Judging from, based on
78. Hai mica una penna?
Do you happen to have a pen?
Grammar notes
Mica
Do you happen to…? Do you fancy…?
79. Devo riscriverla
I have to write it again
Grammar notes
Ri-
Do/redo, write/rewrite…
80. Sarà anche vero
It might be true
Grammar notes
Futuro + anche
Future tense for making assumptions with emphasis