Do you need one-on-one tutoring on Italian pronunciation, grammar, vocabulary, and conversation? Take online Italian lessons on Skype with an Italian native speaker!
If you’re struggling to learn a foreign language alone, taking courses at school or with tutors online?
Trust the advice of a polyglot language teacher!
I was raised speaking only Italian, and now I speak nine foreign languages, mostly at an advanced level, several of which I learned without going abroad, some in only a few months. I achieved this as an adult by speaking with people, not in class or with books, not taking courses at school, but using original techniques and free or affordable learning resources.
I’ve taught Italian to adults in language schools and universities. I work as an independent translator from Japanese, Korean and Chinese into Italian. I’ve written a book and lectured in polyglot clubs about my method to learn languages and teach Italian.
I have developed my own Italian audio course “Ripeti con me!” Based on spaced repetition, this course is for total beginners to intermediate learners who want to practice speaking. Unlike other courses, it prompts you to speak and not just listen passively.
It is my view that, as a native Italian speaker with experience both in teaching and learning languages, I’m the ideal tutor for Italian learners at any level.
On one hand, there are Italian tutors / teachers who are qualified and have good reviews but barely speak one foreign language. What do they know about learning a language? On the other hand, there are tutors / teachers (especially online) who “like learning languages” but lack a clear view on how to teach Italian. Why settle for one when you can have both views?
Feel free to look for reviews about me as a tutor. You’ll find excellent reviews from students at any level. Many of my students now live in Italy and don’t need courses anymore.
My online Italian lessons are designed to:
We make full use of Skype’s features: audio, video, text, screen sharing. It’s like having your Italian teacher sitting next to you.
Apart from regular language classes, if you’re serious about learning Italian or any other language, I recommend that you invest in my one-on-one language coaching course “Fluent. Simple.”
Are you wondering how you could study Italian more effectively?
People frustrated with their tutors would often ask me for advice on how to learn languages, so I came up with the idea of teaching following the same method I use myself for learning languages.
Some tutors teach grammar, other tutors teach pronunciation. I specialize in effective communication. My students want to gain real-life skills to travel and live in Italy like an Italian, but their study time is often skewed toward grammar and translation and, as a result, they can understand some Italian, but cannot speak with confidence. Even when taking classes with tutors, it’s usually their tutors who speak to explain things, instead of letting them practice speaking. That’s why I give you the structured conversation practice that you need, while pronunciation and grammar are acquired naturally. With a native teacher or tutor, you’ll get to learn the real thing.
My role as a teacher is to guide and correct your Italian on video and audio. The chat log on Skype makes notes with vocabulary and grammar to view and review later. You’ll learn vocabulary by gestures and examples on video chat. Most of the time you will be speaking, and you’ll be speaking in Italian, as if you were in Italy, from day one! You’ll keep a positive attitude and feel free to make mistakes because that’s how we learn. Learning should be simple, and fun!
This is the structure of a typical 1-hour video lesson:
Part 1. Repetition to reinforce vocabulary, grammar, and speaking.
1.a (10-20 min) We revise key points from the previous lesson.
1.b (10-20 min) We make variations and expand contents from those key points.
Part 2. New material to practice reading and introduce new grammar and vocabulary.
2.a (5-15 min) We read a dialogue from the textbook (for beginners) or real-world material available online (for intermediate students and above).
2.b (5-15 min) We have a conversation based on the text we read.
Part 3. Speaking for fun.
3.a (5-10 min) We have a leisurely chat based on pictures.
While, in typical classes and courses, tutors / teachers only follow a textbook, I select material based on your goals. For example, if you want to learn how to make a hotel reservation, we’ll browse rooms on Airbnb together (video, screen sharing). That’s how you get results in the areas that are best for you. You get fluent about what you need. As your native teacher (tutor), I choose the best material based on your level of fluency to make a customized course.
We chat on video because audio is not enough. Talking on video also helps keep eye contact and get feedback. As your Italian teacher, I’ll give you guidance with words, text, facial expressions, and gestures on video call. Please make sure that your connection is fast enough for a Skype video call.
Two 1-hour lessons a week is a good schedule to make progress. Three or more is best. If you’ve just started, I recommend 30-minute lessons 4-5 times a week. Even when there are no classes, you can always view our past conversations on Skype and review what you learned. At this pace, you can get conversationally fluent in a few months.