Learn Italian - Italian Language Resources
The modern Italian language that is spoken in Italy today developed in the 13th and 14th centuries. It arose out of Latin and the numerous dialects of the region and was influenced by the works of the literary giants Dante, Petrarch, and Boccaccio. The Italian vocabulary has contributed many words to the English language over the years like: gondola, regatta, fresco, vendetta, broccoli, volcano, basilica, stucco, terracotta, and inferno.
The Italian language has a musical quality and is completely phonetic making it relatively easy to learn Italian pronunciation and spelling. With regular practice you can learn to speak Italian fluently. Good Italian software or audio products can be very useful. Software like ItalianNow!, Italian Before You Know It, Italian PDQ, and the Complete Italian Language Learning Suite.