Italian language services is happy to invite you to the Italian Courses Open Evening  at the Italian Cultural Institute.

Whether you are new to the language, totally fluent, or everything in between, we can help.

 We offer General Italian courses on all levels, weekday mornings, afternoons, evenings, and weekend. In addition, there are morning or afternoon intensive courses, even a semi-intensive course on Sundays. It’s also possible to attend revision classes, Intermediate conversation classes, workshops including drama, cinema and culture & language.

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Next term starting on the 8 May 2018

Enrolment is now open for Italian Language Courses at the Italian Cultural Institute in London. For further information and enrolment, please see our Courses Programme or contact:  

Italian Language Services at The Italian Cultural Institute

Monday to Friday, 10:00-17:00

020 7823 1887


25 April 2018

5pm to 8:30pm – Enrolment and Assessment Tests

If you have studied or have learned Italian before, we can offer a free assessment test in order to assess your level.

  • Possibility of meeting with some of the teachers to be introduced to the syllabus and the method of teaching and assessing your level.
  • Possibility to enrol in our classes with £10 discount
  • Knowing more about the Institute and its Cultural events

Please click here to reserve a place

7:30pm to 8:30pm – Free Tester Class for Complete Beginners

If you never studied Italian before we are giving a free tester of Italian language lessons for complete beginners.

  • Free tester of Italian language lessons for complete beginner
  • Possibility to enrol in our classes with £10 discount
  • Visiting the library

Please click here to reserve a place


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Learning how to speak Italian can be an amazingly satisfying and fun experience, provided you approach this wonderful language with the appropriate self-motivation and in the most favourable environment (such as an Italian language course at our Italian language school in Rome 😎 ). Studying Italian in Italy with a full immersion in the Italian culture is always the best way to learn Italian language, especially if you consider that you will also get the chance to visit the country with the highest number of UNESCO sites in the world.

Travelling through Italy

First thing you need to do if you wish to travel through Italy is get an exact idea of the geographical features of the Belpaese. The proverbial shape of the Italian peninsula, often called by natives lo Stivale (‘boot’), together with the fact that almost 40% of the Italian territory is mountainous, with the Alps as the northern boundary and the Apennine Mountains forming the backbone of the peninsula, will have serious effects on your trip plan. In fact, you need to consider that travelling from east to west and from north to south often means crossing a mountain chain, although distances might not seem so dramatic to an experienced traveller. In any case, Italian transport infrastructure is well developed and offers a variety of solutions for any traveler. The rail network is extensive, including a high-speed rail network (TAV) and connecting the major cities of the Belpaese from North to South. Roadways are also considerable in number, with a total length of 487,700 km, and comprehending both an extensive network of highways and motorways, and a system of local roads. One of Italy’s main features is the long and diversified seacoast, which is used for public and private transportation with a noticeable number of harbors from North to South. Airports too are quite common, with a rough number of 70 airport facilities scattered all along the country (including Sicily, Sardinia and the smaller islands), the biggest part of which offers both national and international flights.

Before hitting the road, learn some Italian words!

Basic Italian phrases and few notions of Italian for beginners are surely useful when it comes to facing the maze of Italian transport system, but what you really need to do first is learning Italian words in order to name the different means of transportation… and find the one which is perfect for your needs, especially if you wish to visit more than one Italian city. And remember: there are many ways to travel through Italy, but in any case you better to slow down and buon viaggio da Kappa Language school, Rome

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It can be hard to find a place in Italy where you can really live in an authentic town, get involved with local people, and speak and listen! The little town of Agnone, steeped in an ancient culture, has many traditions binding a friendly community.
It’s what goes on outside the classroom that makes the experience so special.

Here’s just a flavour of some of the many activities we get up to:

Gruppo Folclorico

 They are keeping alive the dance and music of the region: They always turn up when there’s a serenata -a tradition going back centuries when a young man serenades his beloved outside her window (sometimes for hours) until she (hopefully) lets him in and accepts his proposal. These days it’s a bit of fun, the wedding already planned. The whole town joins in the singing, and then is invited in by the bride’s father for refreshments. We join them in rehearsals, learn the stories of the dances, and chat afterwards over dinner.

Le mani di Maria

 Maria invites us into her home to make pasta, and while it rests, we whip up a quick batter, stuff zucchini flowers with mozzarella and anchovies, and fry. Later she demonstrates how to make lace – le mani di Maria non hanno prezzo – Maria’s hands are priceless, her daughter-in-law says. Cooking together helps lose inhibitions, and Maria and her family don’t speak English anyway, so we all have a glass of wine and join in. Dinner, all together around the family table, is of course, delicious.

 Per non dimenticare

At the ancient copper foundry Franco explains why Agnone was so famous for copper production and demonstrates some of the skills he learned from his father and grandfather. He is a passionate about keeping this story alive and has created a very personal museum.

Eduardo, a stone mason, is also keeping a family trade alive. In the studio he demonstrates the process, and talks about his art. It’s quite an insight – and a challenge for one’s Italian!
Up one of the side streets of the centro storico is Carlo’s house with the old cantina where he makes  vino, passata e salame. We sit around with local characters and hear stories of families; how their lives have changed and how they have stayed the same.

This is just a hint. No two weeks are the same – the programme is structured, but there’s flexibility. Events depend to an extent on what’s going on at the time. We meet whoever’s interesting, do whatever helps us learn and practise Italian, and go wherever engaging people draw us in for a stimulating and sociable convivial programme. Oh, and we study Italian in the morning with qualified native speakers, Jenifer

If you are interested in finding out more, visit our website

Cinema Made in Italy is offering the chance for you and a friend to go to an exclusive screening of the Italian filmUna Famiglia at Cine Lumiere on Sunday 11th March.

When CINEMA MADE IN ITALY returns to London’s Ciné Lumière, Italian cinema lovers will once again be able to sample some of the best recent Italian productions which are on offer, in yet another diverse and enticing programme.

The eighth edition of the city’s beloved Italian film festival will take place from 7 – 11 March. As always, screenings will be followed by film-maker Q&A sessions, giving viewers the chance to become engaged in lively discussions. ​

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To be in with a chance of winning tickets to the screening on  a pair of tickets to Una famiglia on Sunday 5thMarch at 6.30, all you have to do is answer this simple question: Who won the Oscar in 1971 for Best foreign Language film?

  1. Elio Petri
  2. Federico Fellini
  3. Gabriele Salvatores

 Email your response to before the entry deadline – Thursday 8 March, 2:00PM – the winner will be notified by email.




The line-up includes eight new Italian films plus the 1977 classic title A SPECIAL DAY (Una Giornata Particolare), directed by the late maestro Ettore Scola and starring Sophia Loren and Marcello Mastroianni. The opening night film is Paolo Taviani’s World War II drama RAINBOW (Una Questione Privata), featuring Luca Marinelli (They Call Me Jeeg, Don’t Be Bad) and Valentina Bellé, recently seen in the Italian-British television drama series Medici: Masters of Florence.

One of the highlights to look forward to this year is Andrea Pallaoro’s heart-rending drama HANNAH, which earned Charlotte Rampling the Best Actress Award at the 2017 Venice International Film Festival. Other titles in the line-up which premiered in Venice are the wildly enjoyable musical LOVE AND BULLETS (Ammore e Malavita) by Antonio e Marco Manetti; the slick and creative animation film CINDERELLA THE CAT (Gatta Cenerentola) by Alessandro Rak; and Sebastiano Riso’s impressive second feature UNA FAMIGLIA.

Leonardo di Costanzo, who presented his award-winning film The Interval in London in 2012, will be making a welcome return with his latest feature THE INTRUDER (L’Intrusa), which screened in Directors’ Fortnight at last year’s Cannes International Film Festival. Sergio Castellitto’s social melodrama FORTUNATA also premiered in Cannes, in Un Certain Regard, landing Jasmine Trinca with the section’s Best Actress Award for her gritty performance as a poverty-stricken single mother. Lucia Mascino also delivers a stunning performance in STORIES OF LOVE THAT CANNOT BELONG TO THIS WORLD (Amori Che Non Sanno Stare al Mondo), by acclaimed director Francesca Comencini.

CINEMA MADE IN ITALY is organised by Istituto Luce-Cinecittà’s promotional department in Rome (Filmitalia), with the support of the Italian Cultural Institute in London, the official agency for the promotion of Italian language and culture in England and Wales. For further details on their activities, please visit: / The films were selected by Adrian Wootton, CEO of Film London.

Ciné Lumière : 17 Queensberry Place, London SW7 2DT, T +44 (0)20 7871 3515

Tickets: £12/£10 (conc.); £9/£7 (conc.) for films in the ‘Sunday Classics’ section; £5 for viewers aged 25 and under, if registered for the ’25 and Under £5 Scheme’ on the French Institute website 


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These are the “orecchiette” (little ears) handmade pasta made by grannies in Puglia

Do you want to learn how to make them? Join our Cooking-Italian lesson!

Orecchiette alle cime di rapa is a traditional pasta from Puglia people eat with “cime di rapa” (a kind of turnip tops).

On Sunday 4th of March at 11am we will start and we will speak Italian ..

We start with a short lesson on cooking terminology given by the Italian teacher who will help with the vocabulary and assist during the preparation.

Simona, our chef, will teach you how to make pasta dough from scratch: kneading, rolling and encourage your creativity and finally closing to make the real handmade Italian pasta.

These cooking lessons are for everyone in a very pleasant atmosphere and as part of an informal, informative and fun day! Open to all levels.

So………Let’s Mani in pasta! Buon appetito con le orecchiette alle cime di rapa.

And after we will enjoy what has been prepared, eating all together our Italian pasta with !

But no worries, there will be some for you to take home too..

By taking part in this “Pasta lesson”, participants will expand and deepen their knowledge of Italian language and food culture.

A glass of Prosecco and Apulian typical finger food on arrival will welcome you
When: March 4th from 11am to 2,30

Where: Casa Tua, King’s Cross @ 106 Cromer St, Kings Cross, London WC1H 8BZ


Cost: £42 per head which includes all the ingredients, the use of equipment, Prosecco and Apulian typical finger food on arrival.

Few places available, booking essential

Organizers: Antonio & Giuseppe

Booking required:

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Un programma meraviglioso alla scoperta delle meraviglie d’Italia.

Alberto Angela ci porta a scoprire i tesori Unesco custoditi in Italia ma non solo.  Ci mostra anche quei posti nascosti che sono altrettanto meravigliosi.

Un programma da non perdere per gli studenti che vogliono praticare l’italiano e scoprire le bellezze della penisola italiana.

Buona visione, Antonio

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Learn Italian with social experiences

Meet teachers and students in a real Italian cafè

Learn to make Italian pasta

Visit Italy with the Italian teacher

Book presentations by Italian authors

Italian film nights

Italian tailor-made courses for you in Italy and in London


Calendar of events for 2018


4 March: Cooking-Italian lesson with a short introduction on cooking terminology given by the Italian teacher who will help with the vocabulary and assist during the preparation and an Italian chef will teach you how to make pasta dough from scratch.

MARCH 18th-24th:
Trip to LUCCA, one week study trip plus excursions and tastings

MAY 4th-7th:
Trip to MANTOVA, a long week-end of leisure to enjoy the places

JUNE 14th-17th: Trip to PUGLIA, a long week-end of leisure to enjoy the places 

to be continued

Follow us on facebook or on this blog to know more about our events or drop us a email for a tailor-made Italian course in Italy or in London

Giuseppe   &  Antonio


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Un’attività di lettura e comprensione per i nostri studenti preparata dai colleghi della scuola di Montepulciano. Buona lettura!

Sostituisci le parole evidenziate con i sinonimi

Comprare, pozione, grandissima, abitano, turisti, piccoli, opportunità, ferie, assistenti, camminare

Livello a2/b1

Per fortuna, Montepulciano non è solo una città per l’estate, una di quelle località turistiche dove, alla fine di Ottobre, si chiude e si va in vacanza, lasciando i coraggiosi viaggiatori di Novembre in una città-fantasma… Niente affatto! Dopo la settimana in cui Piazza Grande è diventata un set cinematografico per la seconda parte de “I Medici”,  Montepulciano è di nuovo pronta ad accogliere i visitatori con il Villaggio di Natale, uno dei mercatini più belli d’Italia, e il Castello di Babbo Natale, ospitato nell’antica Fortezza.

I visitatori, grandi e piccini,  possono scoprire dove vivono Babbo Natale e gli elfi, i suoi aiutanti; possono visitare la cucina dove si prepara ogni tipo di filtro magico, lo studio dove, se qualcuno ha dimenticato di farlo prima di arrivare al castello, si scrivono le letterine da spedire al Polo Nord,  il giardino d’inverno dove le sue renne si riposano e dove si trova la sua slitta, e poi la stanza del trono, dove si può incontrare il padrone di casa, Babbo Natale in persona!

Passeggiando nel centro storico della città, incontreremo infinite attrazioni per i bambini, una antica giostra a cavalli, una pista di pattinaggio sul ghiaccio e una Fattoria dove si possono cavalcare i pony. Beh, questo è tutto per i bambini, direte…. E per gli adulti?

Per gli adulti, al piacere di passeggiare in una città rinascimentale si aggiungono la possibilità di acquistare prodotti di qualità, un’offerta eno-gastronomica vastissima di specialità provenienti da tutta Italia e le “pause” di degustazione nelle cantine del Vino Nobile.

Un’accoppiata vincente: Montepulciano  e la magica atmosfera del Natale!


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Grazie a Silvia e i colleghi della scuola Il di Montepulciano

soluzione Reading activity Cosa fare a Montepulciano in inverno



To Tuscany with love..


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Una canzone italiana per ripetere il congiuntivo con una piccola attività. Ascoltate e completate il testo della canzone ma prima dividete il congiuntivo nei 4 tempi della tavola.

Congiuntivo: dividete i verbi nella tavola

io sia  / io fossi /io sia stato  /fossi stato  /io abbia/ io avessi/ abbia avuto  / avessi avuto

Presente Passato imperfetto trapassato



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Ascolta e completa il testo della canzone

Che io ……..
che io ……..
che io ……….  ……….  oh-oh-oh

Oggigiorno chi corteggia
incontra sempre più difficoltà
con i verbi al congiuntivo

Quindi è …………. di riaprire
il …………. di grammatica
che è,……………. educativo

Gerundio imperativo
e infinito indicativo
molti tempi e molte coniugazioni ma…

Il congiuntivo ha un ruolo distintivo
e si usa per eventi
che non sono reali

E’ relativo a ciò che è soggettivo
a differenza di altri modi verbali

E adesso che lo ………. anche tu
non lo ………… più

Nel caso che il periodo sia della tipologia dell’irrealtà (si sa)
ci vuole il congiuntivo

Tipo se tu avessi usato
il congiuntivo trapassato
con lei non sarebbe andata poi male
segui la consecutio temporum

Il congiuntivo ha un ruolo distintivo
e si usa per eventi
che non sono reali

E’ relativo a ciò che è soggettivo
a differenza di altri modi verbali

E adesso ripassiamo un po’ di verbi al congiuntivo
che io ………. (presente)
che io …………. (imperfetto)
che io ……. …………. (passato)
che ………   ………….. (trapassato)
che io ………… (presente)
che io …………. (imperfetto)
che …………. …………. (passato)
che ……….  ………… (trapassato)
che io… vorrei

Il congiuntivo
come ti dicevo
si usa in questo tipo di costrutto sintattico

Il tentativo è quasi riflessivo
descritto dal seguente esempio didattico

E adesso che lo ………. anche tu
non lo ………….. più

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Know your pasta: easier said than done!

Italians are so obsessed with their pasta that they actually created a chart to classify every type according to its structure, it’s lenght or its texture: it’s basically a pasta periodic table! That said, it is not surprising that many Italian language students have an hard time to recognize and name even the most common varieties of pasta, due to the fact that Italian words for pasta, although often containing open references to its appearence, usually originate from a dialect word. Moreover, some kinds of pasta have a different name for almost every region, to the point that you might be misunderstood if you ask for stortoni in Rome or maccheroni in Milan.

You might think that internet can help, but this is not always the case. Just take a look at this infographic, available in any major stock photo website.

Mistakes and misspellings in this artwork are so numerous and so hilarious that one could actually think they were made on purpose.

Let’s analyze them in details and try to learn some Italian from them:

Nidi di rondie: besides the fact that nidi di rondine are actually a particular way to cook tagliatelle, the author of this infographic just forgot an n.
Lasagnia: hey! In Italian language, the palatal sound (/ɲ/) is never followed by a diacritic . Thank you. 🙂
pasta names are always plural. And that should be pretty obvious, since in every box you can find many pieces of the same variety of pasta. Just to try to search on Google “funghetto pasta” and “funghetti pasta“: can you spot the difference?
Gobetti rigatti:
the author of this image had so many problems with double consonants! Which is normal and understandable, considering that double consonants in Italian language have an importance which has no equivalent in any other European language. That said, the correct form is gobbetti (from gobba, hunchback) rigati (striped).
in the Italian orthography, the stop velar sound /k/ is represented by the letter c, possibly paired with an h when followed by a palatal vowel (e or i). Moreover, this word poses another difficulty for foreign students, since the lateral sound /ʎ/ (similar to the one you find in Spanish caballo) is very specific to Italian language and  is always written using the diacritic sequence (as in aglio, figlio, moglie, gli). Therefore, the correct form is conchiglioni.
again, /k/ sound, double consonants and plural instead of singular. Correct form is cannelloni.
Cornetti rigatti: cornetti
(from corni, horns) rigati.
almost correct, except for the confusion between voiced and unvoiced stop velars, /k/ and /g/. In this case, the sound is unvoiced: eliche (literally fans).

Now, we really want to set the record straight. That is why we prepared a new infographic with our favourite types of pasta in the hope this will help you through the labyrinth of the pasta periodic chart!

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