Learn Italian Books: 10 Best Textbooks to Learn Italian Language

Best Books to Learn Italian

“Bar Italia”


This book offers articles on Italian society, life, culture, and habits, allowing students to get closer to the reality of Italian culture, and at the same time to further develop their knowledge of the language.

Each text presents a specific argument (e.g. an Italian Sunday, the dreams and nightmares of the Italians, Italians and coffee…) The articles are taken from the daily press, and are organized into units of progressive difficulty, suitable for students with Level A1 to C1.

Communicative and interactive activities are included, but also vocabulary exercises, morphology and syntax, which can also be done without a teacher thanks to the solutions given.

“Una parola tira l’altra”


‘One word leads to another’ is a text addressed to absolute beginners and students with a limited knowledge of the language.

The book provides the necessary vocabulary for everyday occurrences and the basic phraseology that one needs in order to communicate.

It is formed of 22 teaching units with varied thematic areas:

Encounters; in school; time passing; at the restaurant, the character; the emotions and sensations; the physical description; health; family; home; our everyday activities; idioms like “fare”; che tempo fa? (What’s the weather like?); expressing ones taste; free time; communication; food and shopping; meals and cooking; clothes; sport; a little bit of geography; the city; holidays.

The book is filled with ironic and playful images that depict the vocabulary in a clear, easy to remember way.

All of the following is contextualized in authentic situations of the Italian life and its culture. This combined with the solutions at the end makes the textbook suitable or autodidacts.

“Una parola tira l’altra 2”


This is a book that allows foreign students to increase and deepen their vocabulary.

The text is divided in 18 teaching units:

What’s the weather like?; the environment; character and personality; emotions and feelings; our everyday activities; home; domestic appliances; work and professions; the office and the computer; the doctor’s; conversations on the phone; in the post office and at the bank; food and cooking; animals; sport; he city: holidays; clothing and fashion.

The textbook also offers newspaper articles, passages of literature, and as in the previous edition, the vocabulary is linked to images in order to help with memorization.

Each unit includes exercises and activities that involve different communication skills: oral and written assignments, role-plays, enigmatic games and crosswords.

In this edition the answers are also given at the end of the book, allowing autodidacts to learn.

“Nuova grammatica pratica della lingua italiana”


Susanna Nocchi’s grammar is one of the most appreciated tools to exercise the Italian grammar for foreign students with the levels A1 to B2.

The grammar rules are presented in a clear and concise way, but they are also thorough and effective. The cards are immediately understood.

There are also useful panels where one can find the most frequent and used forms of the practical and authentic language.

For each grammatical unit there are exercises and tests that allow the student to assess their knowledge and progress. The solutions are found at the end of the book.

“Grammatica avanzata della lingua italiana”


This book is addressed to students that already possess a good knowledge of the Italian language, and want to further develop their competence. It is therefore suitable for students with a medium to advanced level, from B1 to C1.

The text presents grammatical insights that, despite being widespread, rarely appear in Italian textbooks for foreigners.

The grammar points are clear and the exercises and activities are highly informative concerning the Italian society and its culture. Moreover, in the previous volume there are small text boxes with useful tips. The solutions are included, thus making this textbook equally relevant to students who want to deepen their linguistic knowledge as autodidacts.

“I verbi italiani”


This book is entirely dedicated to the Italian verbal tenses and modes; which many foreign students consider difficult. This text provides the students with useful strategies to address these difficulties.

The text is addressed to students from level A1 up to level C1. The units are organized in progressive difficulty, with tests so that the student may practice, and the solutions attached. The grammatical sheets present various verbal tenses, highlighting both their morphological aspect and analyzing the way they are used.

Starting from the regular and irregular forms of the present indicative, to the use of the past tenses; from the advice concerning then correct use of the axillaries to the complicated issues regarding the correct use of the subjunctive; from the concordance of the modes and tenses to the particularities of the phrasal verbs.

“Ricette per parlare”


This book is one of the classics of ALMA Edizioni, completely based on activities and games for the development of oral competence with clear instructions. For students these are a fun alternative to the usual learning methods. “Recipes to speak” contains interactive activities for independent or guided oral exercises, from the level A1 (beginner) to C1 (advanced). These are to be performed in pairs, small group or teams.

It also offers various learning techniques such as dramatization, quizzes, interviews, card and board games.

“Tante idee per (far) apprendere l’italiano”


This volume is a collection of 40 educational activities or students from levels A1 to B1 with a wide range of games, role-plays and activities to be performed in pairs or in groups. These creative and fun activities aim to develop the communicative language skills through grammatical progression. This collection of activities is fun and easy to use, and helps to establish a dynamic atmosphere.

The book is full of illustrations and starting from the index, each activity has an estimated time of execution, its didactic objective, and there is also information regarding whether it is an individual exercise or not.

“Le parole italiane”


This book presents a selection of exercises and games that help with memorization and the development of one’s vocabulary. It is divided into two sections: a lexical and grammatical one.

The fist one studies the words from a lexical point of view, proposing idioms and typically Italian expressions, whilst the second focuses on the grammar part. It deals with the study of less common themes, such as word formation, word order, derivation, alteration, irregular words, synonyms, antonyms, prefixes, suffixes, adverbs and compound words. This text can be used either with or without a teacher; it is addressed to students from level A1 to C1.

“Nuovo espresso”

A1) www.almaedizioni.it/it/minisiti/nuovo-espresso/nuovo-espresso-1/

A2) www.almaedizioni.it/it/minisiti/nuovo-espresso/nuovo-espresso-2/

B1) www.almaedizioni.it/it/catalogo/scheda/nuovo-espresso-3/

B2) www.almaedizioni.it/it/catalogo/scheda/nuovo-espresso-4/

C1) www.almaedizioni.it/it/catalogo/scheda/nuovo-espresso-5/

The “Nuovo Espresso” is a collection of volumes of the Italian language for foreigners. It is divided into 5 levels foreseen by the Common European Framework for Languages from A1 to C1.

The texts include readings on texts concerning Italian culture, listening, grammar, exercises, keys for self-evaluation, games, and review tests.

For the first 3 volumes there is also a video course (also available with subtitles and in streaming on ALMA.it), which, like a series of episodes, tells the story of four friends, filmed during their everyday life, and a video on grammar that further develops the linguistic themes.

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