George Clooney is learning Italian. The 'Up in the Air' actor has been having personal lessons from girlfriend Elisabetta Canalis as he is keen to learn her native tongue.

He said of his new teacher: "She's always nice to me. She always says nice things."  Model Elisabetta is also impressed with her handsome beau's skills, saying: "He is learning." 

George, 48, began dating 31-year-old beauty last year and her friend, designer Roberto Cavalli believes their romance is the perfect love story. He recently said: "George and Elisabetta are in love.

They're both gorgeous, fascinating people and their romance is a dream. People need to dream and this couple's love story reminds you of those legendary romances of the past.

"I think I was one of the first people she confided in about George.

"At first, I did wonder how an Italian girl like Elisabetta could date such an American guy like George, but time has shown that this great love is going to last. In fact, I'd bet anything on it, and it's my wish for both of them."