Can you tell me more about your online Italian teachers?
We accept only about 10% of applications. Whilst we look at qualifications and experience, we place equal value on communication skills, as well as reviews received from students. Other requirements are that the teachers are native Italian speakers who can also speak English.
We believe our rigorous selection process is the fundamental reason why the Italian tutors our site have an average rating of 4.9 stars on an independent review site. Whichever online Italian teacher you pick, you can be assured that they know what they’re doing.
Of course, each teacher is different and there may be one or two that you click with better than others. So we recommend you check out the videos of each Italian teacher and book a 30 minute trial session with the one you like the most!
Can you tell me more about the lessons?
You’ll learn 1-on-1 with a dedicated tutor. This enables you to get considerably more speaking practice in, when compared to group lessons. Each lesson lasts 55 minutes and is taught via video call (Skype or Zoom, depending on your preferences), allowing you to communicate with your tutor & share learning materials as if you were in the same room.
As well as Skype and Zoom, many of the Italian teachers use additional technologies and resources to enhance the learning experience, for example Google Docs (for real-time collaboration), videos, and PowerPoint slides.
During your trial session, your Italian tutor will assess your level and discuss your goals with you. Then, if you decide to take lessons, they’ll tailor them to your individual needs.
What learning goals can online Italian tutors help with?
1-on-1 lessons are possibly the best way to improve speaking skills, and for this reason many students use Lingoci to learn to speak Italian fluently. But if you have other, more specific goals, the Italian teacher you pick will aim to tailor the lessons to your needs. Most of the tutors can help with all of the following things:
- Business Italian
- CILS / CELI exam preparation
- Practical Italian for travelling or integration.
- Grammar (all levels)
- Preparation for school exams – A Levels / Baccalaureate etc.
- Reading, listening & writing
Whatever your background and motivation, consider signing up for a trial session to see how it feels to learn with an Italian teacher online.
When can I take lessons?
You can learn at a pace that fits your schedule and objectives – it’s totally up to you when and how often you take lessons. When you book your trial session, just make sure that the Italian tutor you choose has booking times that fit your schedule. Some of them have a lot of students!
Have very limited weekly availability? When choosing a tutor for a trial, simply complete a form to ask our support team to suggest an appropriate tutor. You can also change your tutor later on if required.
How does learning with an Italian teacher online differ from learning face-to-face?
Students are occasionally unsure about learning online because they think it’ll be completely different to learning face-to-face. But when they give it a try, they usually find that the experience is almost the same. Once you’ve connected with your online Italian tutor on Skype/Zoom, you’ll be able to see them and communicate with them as if you were in the same room. They’ll also share learning resources with you and you’ll be able to collaborate in real-time.
How much do Italian tutors charge?
Looking at the wider market, the cost for hiring an online Italian tutor varies significantly – from 15 euros up to 60 euros per hour. On Lingoci, Italian tutors cost between €17.90 and €20.90 – with the price varying based on the volume of lesson credits bought (5 up to 40). So Lingoci Italian tutors are at the lower end on the cost scale. One reason why learning via Lingoci tends to be a lot cheaper than learning face-to-face is that travel and classroom costs are non-existent.
Of course, learning 1-on-1 with an experienced Italian tutor is still not the cheapest way to learn. For example, you could start learning via a free app instead. But once you know a few words, nothing beats 1-on-1 Italian lessons with a great teacher. You can see pricing via this page.
How fast can I learn Italian?
Learning a language is a complex process. There are several factors that will impact how fast you can learn Italian, including:
- Languages you already know
- Intensity of study
- Your motivation
- Your level of experience learning other languages
- Your ability to learn and memorise
- How you’re learning
Depending on all of the above factors, it could take anywhere between six months and five years to go from beginner to fluent! If you stay committed to practicing regularly, you’ll generally make fast progress.