Free Italian lessons are available at Duolingo.com, Livemocha.com and LiveLingua.com. Duolingo offers an interactive course that includes speaking, listening and translation tasks. The lessons are in a game-like format and are available through a Web browser or a smartphone app. Livemocha provides both traditional lessons and the option to practice language skills with a partner. Live Lingua offers free downloads of language courses by the Peace Corps, the Foreign Service Institute and the Defense Language Institute.
The Duolingo Italian course is a comprehensive introductory course. The learning method used is based on peer-reviewed research and reminds the learner to refresh skills before they fade from memory.
Livemocha Italian lessons are produced by Rosetta Stone. Livemocha students earn credits by helping other language students, and these credits are redeemable for additional lessons and courses. Livemocha lessons are modular. A sequence of lessons provides the skills needed to perform a particular task; sequences are combined into courses that deliver a specific learning outcome.
Live Lingua offers a range of public domain Italian courses by a number of American organizations. The courses include ebooks and audio materials in a traditional listen-and-repeat format. The material is accessible online or available to download for use on a smartphone or tablet.