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The fun way to learn Italian
and connect with fellow Italophiles!

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BENVENUTI | WELCOME fellow language learners!

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This level corresponds to levels A1 & A2 of the European Framework of Reference for Languages.
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Getting started...

A good place to start (before you even think of opening a book or starting a course)…

In this video, I share the keys to language-learning success— and they’re not “being born with a special language-ability” or “being raised bilingual!”

Che ne pensi tu?  What do you think?

VIDEO: The two keys to language learning success...

La sfida dell'alfabeto — The Alphabet Challenge

Giochiamo! Come and play with us! Each week on Via Optimae’s Facebook page, we post a new letter in the Alphabet Challenge. The idea is to test your word recall skills and come up with the first, most interesting, favorite, or even several words that begin with that letter. It’s a fun way to learn some new vocabulary while also seeing what fun or interesting words you and others can come up with.

Giochiamo! Let’s play!

COMING SOON: Start a course!

We’re busy creating new courses and there’s honestly so much we could cover— we need your help! Follow the link to fill out our quick, one question survey, and let us know which course appeals to you most. Or if you’re interested in several, let us know which you’d like to see first. If you like, you can also write in your own course ideas in the “other” line!.  Grazie! ~Alex

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I normally don't reach out to the Italian learning sites I visit, but I have to say that your welcome email message was so nice, and your site is just amazing!...I am blown away, not only because of your content and the way you have organized it, but by your diagrams and "hidden answers" - I love the visual-ness of it (if that is a word), because I am a visual learner - your charts and bold fonts for clarity are wonderful.