Italian Beginners A - Pronto!

Course Description

Would you like to travel to Italy and be able to do your shopping, buy your tickets for the Sistine Chapel and order your cafè and cornetto in style?
Would you like to have the simple bare necessities for making an acquaintance, Italian style?
Would you like to have a dash of Italian Culture, served with your cafè and cornetto?
Would you like to do this in a safe, fun and engaging environment?
Would you like do this in 20 lessons or less?
Then Italian Beginners A – Pronto! course is for you.

The Beginner’s course has 4 Modules:
Italian Beginners A – Pronto
Italian Beginners B – Andiamo
Italian Beginners C – Sempre Avanti
Italian Beginners D – Primi Passi
Module A will equip the traveller with ‘survival italian’ and whet their apetite for further foundation stones which will be given in the next 3

Textbook purchase required – please see ‘What To Bring’ and 'Important Information'

What your course will cover

  • Italian spelling and pronunciation rules
  • Introducing yourself and others: Le presento, questo è
  • Simple getting to know you conversation utterances:

Come stai? Di dove sei? sono dì. . . Sei sposato?,
Sono divorziato, Cosa fai nella vita? Sono architetto.

  • Telephone texting conversation
  • Greeting and taking leave :Buon giorno buona sera ciao a dopo arrividerci arrividerla...
  • Asking and saying how you are: sono stanco, stanca, non molto bene, bene grazie, non c'è male...
  • Giving & asking the times: Che ora è, sai l’ora? Sono le...
  • Asking name and age: Quanti anni hai, qual è il tuo nome? Come ti chiami?
  • Ordering food and drink at a bar
  • Talking about tastes: mi piace. . .
  • Classroom language : Scusa, può ripetere, non capisco, ascolta, leggi, guarda…
  • Asking, giving phone number.
  • Buying tickets to sights
  • Asking how many
  • Asking and saying where you are from: Di dove sei? Sono di Hobart, dalla Tasmania

Language ‘hacks’ (language learning tips)

  • Words you already know – Italian cognates eg. pizza, interessante, bravo, bello, moderno, televisione
  • Deducing meaning from context
  • Using visual markers; signpost words; connector words to deduce meaning
  • Learning how to use 4 booster verbs: mi piace (interests) voglio (intentions) devo, (obligations), posso (possibilities)
  • Italian Sign language, and cultural indications

You will learn the following grammar and vocab:

  • Numbers from 0 – 1000
  • Names of common relationship identifiers: marito/moglie, sorella fratello compagno compagna, amico, amica, collega
  • Nationalities, jobs,: Braziliano, Russo, Americano, Francese, architetto, impiegato.
  • Getting to know you vocabulary – nationality ,jobs, free time activities, adresses, telephone numbers
  • Definite Article, masculine and feminine, Singular/Plural: il i/la le/lo gli
  • Indefinite Article: un, uno, una
  • Noun/adjective agreement: il libro, i libri, sua penna, suo libro, brava persona, bel uomo
  • Present tense form of common verbs: essere/stare, avere, andare, venire, piacere, potere, vivere, leggere, ascoltare, scrivere, guardare, selezionare, abbinare, fare.
* Negative and interrogative forms, non, tu fai? che cosa fai?
  • Question words: Come? quale? quanto ?quando ?che ?cosa ?dove?
  • Prepositions and articulated prepositions: di da in per della dalla nel nello a al alla allo su, giù, in.
  • You formal/informal: tu/Lei
  • Personal Pronouns: io tu lei noi voi loro
  • Reflexive Pronouns – mi, ti, si, ci,
  • Possessive pronouns: mio/mia, tuo/tua, suo/sua vostro, loro
  • Simple commands: vai, vieni, ascolti, seduto
  • This/ that/there is/there are: questo, quello, c'è, ci sono

What you can hope to achieve

  • Ask and answer simple questions and gain confidence in comunicating orally in Italia
  • Be able to order in a bar and buy tickets
  • Count, ask and tell the time and telephone numbers
  • Use present tense and simple past for most commonly used verbs
  • Gain an appreciation of shortcuts to language learning
  • A glimpse of italian culture, customs
  • Learn italian sign language!!
  • Learn how to recognise many latin derived words

What to bring

  • Textbook purchase – Facilissimo : corso rapido di lingua italiana: Libro + CD Audio. Mixed Media Product. Publisher: Alma Edizioni (June 2014) ISBN: 9788861823297 (available through many online sources. Please contact Adult Education or your tutor for suggestions)
  • Pen and notebook for work done in class.
  • A folder for some work and handouts

Important information

  • Most language classes fill up quickly. However, your class could be cancelled if not enough people enrol. If you are concerned about buying a book that may be of no use to you then please check the viability of your class with adult education before purchasing your text.

Please note that children must not attend this class unless it is a specified parent/child activity.

Disability and special needs

LINC Tasmania is committed to achieving open, equitable access and participation to a range of adult education programs and courses. If you have a disability or medical condition which you think may impact on your ability to participate in an adult education course, please complete the Special Needs Form available at:, or contact the adult education team: This will help us to make the necessary adjustments to maximise your enjoyment and experience in your chosen course. All enquiries are confidential.

Please note that carers supporting learners with disabilities can attend our classes free of charge. For more information, please contact adult education team:

Refund policy

Cancellations and Refunds
Please choose your course carefully. A full refund is payable in the event that a class is cancelled. No other refunds are considered except for extenuating circumstances which are supported by a written application.

Contact details

For General Enquiries contact

  • (03) 6165 5600

Or for specific enquiries relating to issues in your area, contact your local centre

Terms and Conditions

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