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Sons of Italy® Offers Italian Online

Press Contact: Kylie Cafiero, (202) 547-2900

WASHINGTON, December 2, 2003 As part of its ongoing efforts to promote Italian studies in the United States, the Order Sons of Italy in America® (OSIA) offers Made In Italy, a completely Internet-based Italian language course.

Made In Italy is a seven-level comprehensive Italian program with over 200 hours of instruction by native speakers of Italian. It offers an innovative, multimedia approach to learning Italian and is ideal for students, businesspeople, tourists or anyone striving to learn Italian from school, work or home. Each lesson has a dialogue followed by online tutorials in grammar, syntax, vocabulary and colloquial terms.

Made In Italy course can be used as a self-learning program or as a tool integrated with classroom studies. Students have the option of choosing full immersion by completing the entire course strictly in Italian, or can begin gradually with the help of English translations.

The course also features lessons on Italian culture, history, and modern lifestyle, with virtual tours of such Italian treasures as the Uffizzi museum in Florence.

Made In Italy was the only language program invited to give a presentation at the prestigious 2003 Conference on "Italy's Identity and Image Abroad" at the Italian Ministry for Foreign Affairs in Rome.

The course sells for $350 and can be purchased by check, money order or credit card. Visit to try a demo lesson. To order, visit or contact Michael Greto, Director of Youth & Italian Studies programs at

OSIA is the largest and longest-established national organization for men and women of Italian descent in the United States. Established in 1905, OSIA has more than 600,000 members and supporters and a network of more than 700 chapters coast to coast.

OSIA works at the community, national and international levels to promote the heritage and culture of an estimated 26 million Italian Americans, the nation's fifth largest ethnic group, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. To learn more, visit OSIA on the Web at