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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.
This level corresponds to levels B1 & B2 of the European Framework of Reference for Languages.
This level corresponds to levels C1 & C2 of the European Framework of Reference for Languages.

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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Alex + Renate Villas = You + Italy

I’m now working with Renate Villas— a company that shares my passion for all things Italian!

Renate Villas handpicks properties throughout Italy based on high standards and specific criteria, then helps you find the perfect villa based on your own needs and requirements.

Often cheaper than hotels, and a more fun, authentic experience— renting your own private villa is a great way to explore Italy.

Even though summer is one of the busiest seasons, we’ve just added many new villas that still have summer availability…

Some of our Resources

Featured testimonial:

Ciao, Alex! I am a Latin teacher who is teaching on section of conversational Italian - and I only have some experience with Italian myself! In my attempts to solidify my understanding of Italian, I have really enjoyed looking over your materials. They are so clear, concise and and easy to understand. Thank you!