I just spent some more time looking over the BBC online language courses and was playing around with the Italian guides thinking these are really awesome free tools. I’ve referenced them in several of the word features and I can’t describe how great they are. If you’re serious about learning a second or third language I urge you to start with their programs and see how far you can go with them before hiring a private tutor or anything.
Seeing how popular the language is there isn’t much difficulty finding learning resources on the web. I’m a little unsure about what’s going on with this June29 site, but they have three very simple lessons to get your learning motors going. You might find the BBC your one stop shop in handling your needs. Dictionaries, lessons, audio, and slang are all included. Distance learning is always recommended in my book. Check out some of these programs abroad where you can study in various cities across the country and even Lugano, Switzerland. A few links to study abroad are as follows: Amerispan, World Link Education, and ILUSS. Head over to this Italian Book Store for suggested text.