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Whether you want to prepare for an exciting trip or deepen your appreciation of a fantastic culture, Italian is a wonderful  language to learn. Fun and expressive, this is a language where people really do talk with their hands—dozens of gestures have clear-cut meanings—but it is also the language of great literature going back to Dante. In this introductory course, you will learn to talk about everyday situations and develop essential vocabulary needed to have a conversation at the elementary level. Italian is enjoyable, illuminating, and beautiful, a system of communication worth studying. 
What You Will Learn:

  • Basic Italian communication skills in an interactive and engaging classroom environment.
  • A strong foundation in the present tense, you will learn to express preferences, ask questions, make greetings and introductions, tell time, and discuss leisure activities.
  • How to talk about yourself, describe objects, places and people, talk about everyday situations and write on a variety of simple subjects using the present tense. 
  • Carry on a conversation at an elementary level using most of the vocabulary in the chapters covered in class.

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Quarters Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer
Course Fee: $320
Prerequisite: None
Contact: For more information about this course, please email the academic department at

Course Number: LTIT-40000
Credit: 3.00 unit(s)

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