Should I take Italian lessons on Skype or face-to-face?

There can be no denying that speaking to native Italians is one of the best ways to improve your Italian language skills.

But many people think that if they’re not in Italy, they can’t do this.

In fact, these days you can easily find an Italian tutor on Skype, or any other video conferencing technology.

But how does it compare to learning face-to-face?


Learning Italian on Skype versus learning offline


Typically, if you’re learning face-to-face, you’ll meet in a cafe or your home. You can share materials easily and go through exercises together from a book. Surely this isn’t really feasible online?

Well, in reality, good online Italian teachers share a wide range of resources online. They use tools such as Google Docs so that both they and their student can view and edit materials in real-time. The end result is that the learning experience is almost identical whether you are learning face-to-face or on Skype.


Cost of taking Italian classes on Skype versus offline


When teachers teach online, they don’t need to travel to their student, saving them time and money. This costs saving is often passed on to students and is one reason why Italian lessons on Skype tend to be considerably cheaper than face-to-face. Another reason why they’re cheaper comes down to supply. There are teachers all over the world who are willing to teach you. When you learn face-to-face, you don’t have access to all of these teachers — many of whom offer very good value lessons.




As you can see, learning Italian online offers many advantages over learning face-to-face. However, sometimes people prefer meeting in person. To them, it feels more authentic and they feel like they can more easily build a relationship with their tutor face-to-face. I’d highly recommend trying both methods to see which works best for you!