There are a number of smartphone apps to learn Italian. A couple of the most popular are Duolingo and Rosetta Stone, but there are many. And all of these apps offer language instruction for many languages. For example, Duolingo is a free app that offers lessons in Spanish, Italian, French, German, Portuguese, Dutch, Irish, Danish, Swedish, and even Esperanto!
The point is, these apps are good at many languages… but they’re not GREAT at any of them. Every language is unique and “one-size-fits-all” doesn’t always work.
That said, if you’ve ever read any of my other posts about learning Italian, you know that I’m a huge proponent of using a software platform for beginning learners. In my opinion, it’s the fastest route from a “zero” (or near-zero) beginner to becoming an intermediate speaker of the language.
But now, my friend Anthony Capozzoli has created an app that is specific to only the Italian language. In fact, it’s so specific that it really gets inside the Italian mind to help you gain an even deeper understanding of la bella lingua.
Inside the Italian Mind
The Italian Mind APP delivers bite-sized Italian lessons from anywhere, on any device, in audio, video, printable grammar sheets, printable exercises, live lessons, and live help. They have aperitivo hours scheduled regularly where you can chat with a teacher along with other Italian language learners.
Again, it’s specific for Italian only. And it’s personal; a community, not a giant platform.
Therefore, by incorporating the live help with the structured lessons, it goes beyond what those other apps offer, and in doing so, can take the Italian language learner much farther along in their journey.
One of the teachers is Elena, who I know personally (in fact, Anthony introduced us). A few years back, she guided me around Florence on a “literature tour,” as I was pursuing a degree in Italian literature from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance at F.A.U. at the time.
We went to Santa Maria Novella, the starting point of “Decameron,” by Giovanni Boccaccio, and we also visited la Chiesa di Santa Margherita de’ Cerchi, the tiny church where Dante met his life-long muse, Beatrice.
Anyway, Anthony has graciously offered some promotional codes so that some of my readers can try out the app for free. I have ten of them for the first ten people to request one here:
The codes I have are for the iPhone, but if anyone has an Android instead, Anthony said he’d be happy to swap it out for the Android version. Just let me know and I’ll pass it along to him…
Smartphone App to Learn Italian
So hit me up and try this new smartphone app to learn Italian! I’d love to hear your feedback. (And for transparency purposes, please know that I am not getting paid to endorse Anthony’s product… I genuinely think it’s a great idea! I’m only jealous that I didn’t do it first…)
You can also read more about it here: https://theitalianmind.com/
But grab a promo code before they’re gone!