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Italian Language Courses

Learn Italian with our Italian language courses, which are delivered using a proven learning method. Our Italian lessons will give you the confidence to write and speak Italian from day one. You will learn Italian with a continued sense of progression and achievement.

  • Learn to speak and write in Italian
  • Experienced and qualified teachers
  • Choose a course that suits you

Learn Italian your way


Learn from anywhere in the world

Class size: average 6, maximum 10

10-week & conversation courses

Taught by qualified Italian teachers


Located in central London

Class size: average 6, maximum 12

10-week courses available

Taught by qualified Italian teachers


Located in central Brighton

Class size: average 6, maximum 12

10-week courses available

Taught by qualified Italian teachers


Located in central Cambridge

Class size: average 6, maximum 12

10-week courses available

Taught by qualified Italian teachers


Located in central Edinburgh

Class size: average 6, maximum 12

11-week courses available

Taught by qualified Italian teachers


Located in central Leeds

Class size: average 6, maximum 12

10-week courses available

Taught by qualified Italian teachers


Located in central Manchester

Class size: average 6, maximum 12

10-week courses available

Taught by qualified Italian teachers

Private Classes

Learn anywhere in the world

Face-to-face and online classes

Corporate and professional lessons

For individuals and companies

About our Italian courses


General Courses

  20 hours in total
  2 hour classes
  1 lesson per week (6:00-7:50pm or 6:30-8:30pm)
  Start dates: Every month
  10-week or 11-week courses
  In-person or online Italian lessons

Conversation Courses

  8 hours in total
  1 hour classes
  2 classes per week (8:00-9:00am or 5:00-6:00pm)
  Start dates: Every month
  4-week conversational courses
  Live online Italian classes

Learning Italian with Cactus

Cactus group Italian language courses will help you learn through small group classes. Native-speaking, experienced and qualified Italian teachers use the communicative approach. You will be focusing on developing speaking and listening Italian skills. Your writing and reading Italian skills will be stimulated as well.

You will engage in pair-work and group-work during the course. This will support you to maximise your opportunities to use Italian during class time.

Cactus also offers you the opportunity to keep up the momentum by progressing through the levels. Lessons are offered from Beginners (A1) through to Advanced (C1).

How to Learn Italian

If you are looking to learn Italian, Cactus is the place to start. With Cactus you can study face-to-face or online with the help of a native-speaking teacher.

There are many levels but if you have no knowledge you can join our beginners lessons. Teachers will be able to support you on your language journey.

The first step is to understand if you prefer to join an online group language class or prefer to attend a face-to-face course.

Italian Classes Levels

If you are not at beginner levels you can study Italian from elementary through to proficient. At lower level such as elementary Italian you will cover the basics. A great option if you have basic knowledge.

At mid levels as intermediate and upper-intermediate Italian, you will gain a solid understanding. If you are looking to progress to a higher level it’s the perfect option. You must have completed A2 or B1 level (CEFR levels) to attend these levels.

At advanced and proficient Italian level you will be able to express yourself fluently. Enhance your Italian pronunciation and conversation skills. Your knowledge of the language will reach a new height.

You can take our level test and check the course content before taking a Italian class with Cactus.

Conversational Italian Classes

Are you looking to improve your Italian conversation skills? Join our online Italian conversation classes. You will be practicing your pronunciation and a range of topics so you can become fluent in Italian.

Learn new Italian phrases, greetings and vocabulary whilst improving your Italian speaking skills. Get more confident at speaking Italian with our affordable online Italian conversation practice.

Meet our Italian teachers

Our experienced native-speaking Italian teachers are carefully assessed. Teachers can guide you to speak the language from the very beginning. Find out more about a few of our Italian teachers.


Originally from:Rome
Teaching experience:17 years
Years with Cactus:14 years


Originally from:Narni, Italy
Teaching experience:7+ years
Years with Cactus:3 years
Education:DITALS certification


Originally from:Sardinia
Teaching experience:40+ years
Years with Cactus:17 years
Education:Diploma in Teaching and a degree in Law

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How to book with Cactus

Select language

Simply select which language you would like to learn and from the box below and click lets go.

Take level test

This is a quick test to help you find the right course for your current level of knowledge.

Book your course

Use our simple online booking system to select your course.

Frequently asked questions

What will I learn?

Our Course Outlines give an overview of the content and learning framework of Cactus courses. Includes themes, grammar and vocabulary you can typically expect to cover. These are intended as a guide only. Language teachers may at times adapt the course content to suit the specific level, aims and interests of the class.

How do I know what level I am?

Are you unsure where to start or progress to? Then take our level test and read our level descriptions for guidance.

Do I receive a qualification or certificate?

At the end of your course you receive a certificate of participation. You will be able to be download it from your MyCactus account. This confirms the language and level of course you have taken. Our course levels are based on two internationally recognised systems. You will have a universally accepted reference for your studies. (Important: Please note that you must complete the end of course questionnaire sent to you to be able to get your certificate! You will receive the course questionnaire by e-mail at the end of your course.)

Do I need a course book?

You will need a course book to attend your course. Course books are not included in the course fees. We recommend that you buy your own course book separately before your course starts. We will let you know which course book you will require and advise where you can purchase this. Please note that a course book often covers more than one level. So if you progress to the next course, you may not necessarily need to buy a new book. Again, we will advise you of this at the time. The course book is chosen by our teachers and academic team. This is based on which book is most suitable for the level of the class whilst offering the most communicative approach.

Still have questions?

Start Learning Italian

Unsurprisingly, Italian is a very popular choice among language learners. People learn Italian out of a passion and love of the Italian culture. Spoken by over 65 million people, Italian is the official language of Italy. Learning Italian is an excellent way and pretext to indulge in the renowned Italian gastronomy. Learning it will help you uncover the treasures Italy has to offer.

With so many learning options available ranging it is often difficult to know where to start. From Italian intensive classes to online lessons there are many options. It’s important to assess which type of language course or combination is the most appropriate for you.

You should also take into account different aspects when learning the language. Studying standardised Italian will enable you to speak with people from everywhere. Attending Italian speaking lessons will help develop your conversation skills. You will improve your vocabulary, accent and pronunciation in Italian.

The easiest way to learn Italian is to speak it from day one. You can learn it faster by full immersion. You will study in a classroom environment and practise everything in the real world. So what are the best ways to start learning Italian?

Why Learn Italian?

The great thing about Italian is that most people learn it for the sheer love of the language and culture. Italy has more sites of historical importance than any other country. A treasure trove of art and architecture, world class museums, palazzos and galleries. Add to this its stunning landscape, sublime food and delicious wines. It is easy to see why people fall in love with Italy.

Why do you want to learn Italian? It could be so discover la dolce vità for yourself. It could be to improve your career opportunities. Whatever the reason why you want to take an Italian language course, our classes will help you connect with Italian speakers.

There are many benefits of learning Italian. You will be able to communicate with native speakers and immerse in the rich culture of great food and stunning architecture. You will also enhance your business Italian skills for work purposes. Ultimately, you can move abroad and live your dream.

Italian is a romance language such as French and Spanish. It will be handy when learning these other languages.

Learning Italian will equip you with the skills you need to get by, have a conversation or become proficient.

Beginners Italian Lessons

Are you a beginner? If so, we have a comprehensive range of Italian language lessons for beginners. Whether you are a complete beginner or a false beginner. Find out which level to choose and what to expect with our beginner level language learner page.

Other Italian Course Options

For those who prefer individual tuition we offer one-to-one Italian classes. More information on our Private Italian Classes division. Cactus also offers Italian language holidays in Italy.

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