No matter whom you ask, if your question is “what’s the best way to learn a language?” you will probably receive always the same answer: “go to the country you are interested in and live with native speakers”. Do you agree? Well, the company of natives is very important to learn both language and culture.

What if you don’t have the opportunity to travel? In that case  apply for a course, watch films in the original language, listen to music, do a tandem (language exchange online) and read a lot.

The following is a list of useful books that you can use to learn Italian. Choose the most suitable for you according to your needs and tastes!

  1. Domani is an Italian language course for speakers of other languages. The focus is on the pragmatic use of the language, in order to allow students to communicate clearly from the first lessons. It is divided in three levels (A1, A2, B1) and each level covers different topics (arts, history, literature, etc.)
  2. Magari is another Italian course divided in three levels (B2, C1, C2). This course is for those who already have good basics and want to improve their skills, reaching an advanced level.
  3. Volare. This Italian course is suitable for students from a Total Beginner to an Intermediate level. The big advantage of this course is the use of authentic materials, whilst the disadvantage is that it is quite an old textbook.
  4. Espresso is one of the most famous Italian course of the last ten years. The new edition (“Nuovo espresso”), has been published maintaining the structure of the previous edition but using new contents and new technologies (video-lessons and a video-grammar are included). It is suitable for the first three levels (A1, A2, B1).
  5. Caffè Italia. This course is divided in four levels (A1, A2, B1, B2). The approach is communicative a lot of attention is given to lexicon and communicative situations.
  6. Chiaro. The structure of this course is similar to the one of Espresso, with the difference that in Chiaro learning is more gradual, with the aim of giving the students help to fix new rules and constructions.
  7. In Itali@. This course is divided in two levels (A1, A2) and is thought both for young people and adults. Its layout is quite attractive and it offers many interactive exercises.
  8. Arrivederci. Divided in three levels, this course offers a slow and gradual learning. The focus is on communication skills.
  9. Progetto Italiano. This course is divided in three books, from level A1 to C1. Communication, grammar and culture have the same importance. The structure is organised so that lessons are fun and motivating at the same time.
  10. Contatti. In this course (levels A1 to B2) the focus is on communication, considering grammar as a secondary in-depth analysis. Great attention is paid to texts and to audio files in order to improve both comprehension and correct pronunciation.

If you are interested in some of these manuals, look for further reviews. Find the best book for you and start learning Italian on your own way!