You'll find plenty of beginner-friendly language courses out there, but not many as detailed and comprehensive as the Uncovered series from Olly Richards (I Will Teach You a Language). Honing in on the StoryLearning method, the Uncovered language courses aim to improve your language skills by, you guessed it, telling you a story.
In this review, I'll be diving into the Italian version of Uncovered to give you an in-depth look at everything this course can offer you. From a breakdown of the course materials to what I find great, and slightly disappointing, about the course, I cover it all.
Hopefully, by the end of this post you will have learnt enough to answer the question: “Is Italian Uncovered worth it?”
Let's get to work.
Table of Contents
Who is Italian Uncovered for?
Italian Uncovered is perfect for beginners who are happy with self-study learning. This means you can start this course without any prior knowledge of the Italian language.
If you have some experience with Italian, this is also a great course to go for.
The course corresponds roughly to the CEFR levels of A0-B1. In simple terms, this means complete beginner to lower intermediate level.
Not a beginner? Check out my review of Grammar Hero instead, which is suitable for intermediate learners of Italian.
The StoryLearning method
What is the StoryLearning method?
Olly Richards always loved learning through books and stories, so when he started creating books and courses himself he used stories as a pivotal part of the products.
Recently he started using the name “StoryLearning” to describe his methodology. Instead of teaching through rules and grammar, Olly's StoryLearning method allows you to immerse yourself in the language while enjoying a story.
Subliminally, you'll pick up vocabulary, grammar and other language specifics in a more natural manner.
The course contains 20 chapters that all follow a similar structure.
In the course, you'll be taught by Martina Scattolin, a native Italian tutor from Venice with a Masters degree in Language Sciences and Linguistics.
In each chapter, you'll explore a new part of a funny short-story called “The Man with the Hat” or in Italian: “L'uomo col capello“
The short story section is available in PDF and MP3, so you can listen to a native speaker reading it out while you follow along in the PDF.
Let's take a closer look into a chapter of the course, and see how the actual learning takes place.
How each chapter is structured
Here's what you'll be doing in every chapter of Italian Uncovered (all chapters follow the same structure.)
Let's break down each of these lessons:
A brief introduction to the module, as well as what you will learn in the chapter.
2. Read and Listen
In this lesson you'll be going through the next part of the short story “The Man with the hat“
In this lesson, you only read and listen to the Italian version.
3. Cognates and Translation
In this lesson, you get to see the English translation, and Martina takes you through a video lesson where you discover the most useful cognates of the chapter you just read in the short story.
P.S Cognates are words that share the same meaning in two or more languages.
You'll then take a quiz, reinforcing and testing what you've just learnt.