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Get Up to Speed (G.U.T.S.)

One of the greatest obstacles that people encounter when learning Italian is a lack of momentum. We created this Italian for Beginners program to get you moving in the right direction and equip you with the tools to continue learning. It’s like a primer, a way to refresh and solidify the basics so you can advance with confidence on your language learning journey.

Equal parts education and entertainment, this one-of-a kind program creates an immersive listening experience to teach you vocabulary, grammar basics, and comprehension skills. We focus on identifying and using cognates – Italian words that are easily recognizable for English speakers. It’s an effective course for beginners, and also for those who have studied some Italian in the past but aren’t quite ready for News in Slow Italian, our intermediate program.

Che cos’è?

G.U.T.S. is structured like a play. The cast consists of Silvia, an Italian tutor, and Connor, her student. There are 22 episodes or “acts”, with each act representing a one-on-one session between teacher and student. Each act contains conversations performed by our characters, written lessons for your review, and exercises.

Silvia has 3 simple rules for Connor:

  1. Before each tutoring session, review the lesson and vocabulary flashcard.
  2. You can talk about anything, as long as you employ the grammar introduced in the lesson.
  3. Don't be afraid to switch to English if you don’t know how to say something in Italian – but always switch back to Italian as soon as you can!

Step into the role of Connor. Follow his journey and discover his motivations, desires, and secrets through his conversations with Silvia. The acts in G.U.T.S. are progressive. Act 1 is presented mostly in English, and the final acts are mostly in Italian.

See for yourself. The first five episodes of G.U.T.S. are free.