Madrelingua Italian Language School in Bologna, Italy, has helped thousands of people from around the world realise their dream of learning to speak and understand Italian.

So why not you too?

To make it easier for you to try our school, we have a special deal for new students!
Fill out the form on the right to receive a voucher worth 15% off any group Italian course.
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Learn Italian in Italy, or online from your home or office.
Madrelingua offers a full range of Italian courses and Italian language exams to adult students of all ages.
Choose a standard or intensive Italian course at our school in the historic center of Bologna, or study online with one of our experienced Italian teachers.
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Madrelingua Now On Tripadvisor – So Tell Us What You Think!!

Have you studied Italian at Madrelingua at any point since 2006??

Well now, we’re finally on Tripadvisor, the famous travel and hotel reviews site!

And we need your help…

As you’ll probably be aware, the Tripadvisor site helps people plan their journeys and vacations by collecting reviews from travelers who have used the featured hotel, restaurant (or language school in this case) before.

Potential future clients can read the reviews and make their plans based on the comments and ratings left by others.

It takes just a minute or two to leave a review, and of course you can be completely honest.

Read what people have written about Madrelingua in the week or so we’ve been featured on the site here.

And if the answer to my first question (Have you studied Italian at Madrelingua at any point since 2006??) was ‘yes’, we’d really appreciate it if you would add your comments.

To do that, click the green ‘Write a review’ button on the Tripadvisor ‘Madrelingua’ page.

Or fill in this form.

For more information about learning Italian in Bologna, visit our website or simply reply to this e-mail with your question!

Why you should learn to read Italian (and how to start)

Summertime, and the living is easy.

No fish are jumping in Bologna right now, but after a busy year of teaching, I’m finally getting a break.

And one of the things that I’m determined to do during my vacation is to learn to use my smartphone!

To which end, I’ve been installing apps, then mostly getting disappointed and deleting them again!

In particular, I like to read so I’ve been looking for good newspaper apps.

In English, I read The Guardian, a British newspaper which is free to read online, and The New York Times, which you need to pay for (but there are some good deals!)

And in Italian?

Niente! There’s nothing decent that’s free, and the paid for stuff is horribly over-priced.

I’m happy to pay for a decent online reading experience if I can’t get it for free, but no way am I going to cough up the same price as the paper version!

To put it charitably, Italian news sites lack marketing nous.

Which brings me to the point. O.K., I thought to myself, if I can’t find anything decent to read in Italian, what about French? What about Spanish?

As you know French and Spanish are related languages which share the same Latin root. All should therefore be intelligible to someone with a reasonable working knowledge of at least one of them.

And lo! The Le Monde app (French) is both intelligible and good value. There’s a cost but they have an offer – €1 for the first three months, then €10 a month thereafter.

Better, the El Pais app (Spanish) is both free and updated through the day! I’m regularly getting these groovy notifications on my phone and can’t resist clicking on them to try to work out the Spanish text.

Why learn to read in Italian?

Because, as well as opening the door to life in Italy (shame about the crappy Italian newspaper apps, though) it’s also the key to other major world languages, that’s why!

And that IS a good return on investment. Study one, get three.

But how to start, assuming that the very idea of READING in a foreign language puts you off?

What worked for me, we’re talking years back when I first came to Italy, were Italian easy readers – simplified stories designed for a particular level, usually with audio.

The secret is to start at the easiest level, only moving up to the next level when you’ve built your confidence and feel you can read without undue effort or constant recourse to the dictionary.

I used actual little books, made of paper (remember those?) Which I bought from a bookshop in the center of Bologna that doesn’t exist any more.

But these days you can buy .pdf files (e-books, in all but name) online. They’re printable, or can be read on a computer, tablet or smartphone.

And not conincidentally, we have over forty of them available on our other site, here, each with a free sample chapter to download.

Take a look:

I’ve made two great investments (time, not money) over the years: the first was learning to touch type (look mum, all ten fingers!)

And the second? Learning to read in Italian.

It took a little patience, perseverance, and the availability of graded material to support me while I built up my skills gradually.

But it was worth it. have a 15% discount offer this week. The details are here.

Or learn Italian the traditional way, at our language school, in Italy!

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Check Out These Free Resources For Learning Italian!

Taking an Italian course, here in Italy or at home, is an excellent way to learn and practice the language.

But it’s not the only way!

So here are a few suggestions for things you can do right now, for free!

Italian Beginners’ Course Online

Logo of dontspeakitalian.comWe developed for people who’d like to get an initial idea of Italian before committing themselves to studying the language. If you already know French or Spanish, you should find the material usable, even if you’ve never studied Italian before.

There are fifty pages of materials, including grammar explanations, audio and exercises. It’s aimed at beginners, but would be useful revision material whatever your level. Visit

Free Audio Tracks With Transcripts

Logo of is a similar project, but so far incomplete. Still, we thought you might be interested, as there are lots of useful listening practice tracks, with transcripts.

Click here to take a look.

54 Grammar Lessons!

Logo of onlineitalianclub.comBy far the most extensive of my choices today is, which has literally thousands of pages of free stuff.

Recently, they’ve completed a series of 54 grammar ‘lessons’ each comprising an explanation and exercises. As with the other sites, it’s all free to use. Go to site.


But what if you find self-study hard?

After all, not everyone has the experience or motivation to learn a language by themselves…

One-To-One Italian Lessons Via Skype

One-to-one online Italian lessons via Skype are NOT free, but might be just the thing if you prefer some support as you learn Italian!

Regular video calls with one of our expert teachers can really boost your confidence with Italian. They’re also perfect for ‘warming up’ before you come to Italy, or as a follow up to a more traditional course at our school in Bologna. Find out about online lessons.

Join us in Bologna!

And of course, there’s always the traditional option of an Italian course, in a classroom, at our school in Bologna, Italy!

Choose between standard, intensive, individual or evening classes. For more details: Italian Courses In Bologna