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Posts Tagged ‘Learning Italian’

Do you need to learn Italian?

Posted by Monica Corrias on February 28, 2010

Are you planning to go to Italy? Do you like to learn Italian in Rome? Or do you love learning Italian overseas, but unfortunately you  don’t have the opportunity to spend an amount of time abroad?

Maybe I can help you!

If you really love to learn Italian, you have to know the main thing: you need an Italian teacher with “know how” and experience.  I teach on line, but unfortunately I know that on line lessons are no substitute for someone to talk and listen to you, because you need to speak with a native speaker in a natural way. As you probably know, I  teach in an Italian language school in Rome specialized in teaching Italian to foreigners and also I’m used teaching as freelance (at my home or walking around Rome, one of the most beautiful and ancient cities around the world). When I teach the lessons I’m used to speaking Italian with my students and we talk about things students are interested in and also we like to joke, therefore the lessons are fun and easy.

I use the Italian language to communicate with my students and vice versa because this forces the students to be resourceful to understand what I tell them. The purpose is to communicate, not just to do an academic exercise, so the students can improve them vocabulary and comprehension and it works for sure!

As you know I have created this blog to help students who cannot go to Italy, to enjoy their learning of Italian language online, so now I’ll give you some tips and links:

First of all, I suggest that you spend some time every day listening to Italian songs or podcast or videos to improve your listening skills and your confidence in Italian language. I am sure: slowly but definitely, your confidence will grow up.

Be quiet and do not  be distracted by only one part of the meaning (and therefore miss the important part): you have to try to understand the general meaning (and guess the other section).

In addition to this, when you are studying Italian avoid the temptation to make absolute comparisons to English or other different languages.

Look at these links:

ANSA

RAI

RADIO

Italian classes

Wordreference (thousands more terms that are not included in the main dictionary can be found in the WordReference Italian-English forum questions and answers. If you still can not find a term, then you can ask in the forums where many native English and Italian speakers from around the world love assisting others to find the right translation)

Youtube Italia

But remember: the main focus is “to practise“!

If you need an experienced Italian language teacher email me!

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Posted in Italian for foreigners, Italian native speaker, Italian tuition, Lingua e cultura, Rome | Tagged: , , , , | 3 Comments »

Have a nice Sunday! – in Italian: Buona domenica!

Posted by Monica on February 14, 2010

Italian language teacher with many years of experience here for your one to one Italian lessons

An old Italian song to say you “Buona domenica” = Have a nice/good Sunday

Buona Domenica di Antonello Venditti

Buona domenica, passata in casa ad aspettare,
tanto il telefono non squilla più
e il tuo ragazzo ha preso il volo.
Buona domenica, tanto tua madre non capisce,
continua a dirti “Ma non esci mai?
Perché non provi a divertirti?”
Buona domenica, quando misuri la tua stanza,
finestra, letto e la tua radio che
continua a dirti che è domenica.
Ciao, ciao domenica, passata a piangere sui libri,
tanto lo sai che non ti interroga
e poi è domani, che ti frega.
Ciao, ciao buona domenica, davanti alla televisione,
con quegli idioti che ti guardano
e che continuano a giocare.
Ciao, ciao domenica, e tua sorella parla parla,
con quello sguardo da imbecille, poi
apre la porta la domenica.
Ciao, ciao domenica, passata a scrivere da sola,
venti minuti su una pagina
e proprio non ti puoi soffrire.
Ciao, ciao domenica, passata ad ascoltare dischi,
meno ti cerca e più ci stai a pensare
e questo tu lo chiami amore.
Ciao, ciao domenica, madonna non finisce mai,
sono le sei, c’è ancora il sole fuori,
nessuno a cui telefonare.
Ciao, ciao domenica, il tuo ragazzo non ti chiama,
tristezza nera nello stomaco,
e in testa voglia di morire.
Ma non morire di domenica, in questo giorno da buttare,
tutto va bene, guarda pure il sole,
aspetta ancora una domenica.

And a song about love

Carmen Consoli – L’ultimo bacio

Cerchi riparo fraterno conforto
tendi le braccia allo specchio
ti muovi a stento e con sguardo severo
biascichi un malinconico Modugno
Di quei violini suonati dal vento
l’ultimo bacio mia dolce bambina
brucia sul viso come gocce di limone
l’eroico coraggio di un feroce addio
ma sono lacrime mentre piove piove
mentre piove piove
mentre piove piove
Magica quiete velata indulgenza
dopo l’ingrata tempesta
riprendi fiato e con intenso trasporto
celebri un mite ed insolito risveglio
Mille violini suonati dal vento
l’ultimo abbraccio mia amata bambina
nel tenue ricordo di una pioggia d’argento
il senso spietato di un non ritorno
Di quei violini suonati dal vento
l’ultimo bacio mia dolce bambina
brucia sul viso come gocce di limone
l’eroico coraggio di un feroce addio
ma sono lacrime mentre piove piove
mentre piove piove
mentre piove piove

Posted in Classes, italialainen, Italian instruction, Italian language, Italian native speaker, italian songs, Italian teachers, Italian tuition, Italienische Sprache, Learning Italian, music, video | Tagged: , , , | Leave a Comment »

Italian language levels

Posted by Monica on September 10, 2009

The Council of Europe (Il Consiglio d’Europa) has developed a set of common standards in language learning, understandable across countries and institutions.

“The scheme proposed in the “Common European Framework of Reference: Learning, Teaching, Assessment” adopts a “Hypertext” branching principle, starting from an initial division into three broad levels:

Basic User: A1 and A2

Independent User: B1 and B2

Proficient User: C1 and C2

Such a simple “Global Scale” makes it easier to communicate the system to non-specialist users and will also provide teachers and curriculum planners with orientation points. [read more]”

Livelli di
conoscenza
 

Università per
stranieri di Siena:
CILS

Università per
stranieri di Perugia
: CELI

 Common European Framework

Principianti (contatto)

CILS
A1

CELI
impatto

A1

Elementare (sopravvivenza)

CILS
A2

CELI1

A2

Pre-intermedio
(soglia)

CILS1

CELI2

B1

Intermedio (progresso)

CILS2

CELI3

B2

Avanzato1  (efficacia)

CILS3

CELI4

C1

Avanzato2 (padronanza)

CILS4

CELI5

C2

Posted in italialainen, Italian instruction, Italian language, Italian tuition, Italienisch, Italienische Sprache, learn Italian, Learning Italian | Tagged: , , | Leave a Comment »

Learn Italian using the songs

Posted by Monica on January 18, 2009

Ciao, I realized I didn’t post any Lucio Battisti’s songs before … and that is incredible!

Battisti “is considered one of the best and most influential musicians and authors in Italian pop musics” [more in wikipedia] so… here is a song “I giardini di marzo” where all of you can listen to Italian imperfetto and beautiful lyrics .

Buon ascolto!

Posted in Italian classes, Italian for foreigners, Italian Grammar, Italian language, Italian language school, italian songs, Italienisch, learn Italian, learn Italian on line, Learning Italian, music, video | Tagged: , , | 3 Comments »

Italian song and Italian pronouns

Posted by Monica on October 7, 2008

Ciao, come state?
State imparando l’italiano?
Nei giorni scorsi ho inserito, nella pagina “Italian classes” due nuove pagine per voi. La prima è un piccolo dialogo con alcuni pronomi oggetto diretto, la seconda è per farvi ascoltare un po’ di musica italiana (by Jovanotti), e per farvi sentire un po’ di pronomi (riflessivi, diretti e indiretti).

Buono studio e buon ascolto

Posted in Courses, Italian classes, Italian for foreigners, Italian Grammar, Italian language, Italian native speaker, italian songs, Italienische Sprache, learn Italian, learn Italian on line, Learning Italian, music, video | Tagged: | 1 Comment »

Come to Rome and enjoy Italian culture

Posted by Monica Corrias on April 13, 2008

Ciao, why come to Rome? As you know there are a lot of good reasons to come here, first of all the opportunity to cultural exchange in a city steeped in history and culture. Now there is a new good occasion: from April 4th to May 25th the “FotoGrafia-Rome’s International Festival” seventh edition, titled “Seeing normality. Photography portrays daily life” and sponsored by the Municipality of Rome.
If you like photography and you want to visit Rome important museum, I suggest you don’t miss this opportunity! There are many free exhibitions of Italian and international photographers around the city and you could speak and listen to Italian.

– In the meanwhile, to improve your Italian I posted a new piece of information about Italian future tense [click here]

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and some links to listen to Italian songs using the future tense: “Un senso” di Vasco Rossi; “Meravigliosa creatura” di Gianna Nannini; “Oh che sarà” di Ivano Fossati con Fiorella Mannoia; “Un altro mare” dei Tiromancino; “Ti insegnerò” di Povia

Posted in Classes, Italian Grammar, Italian language, Italian language school, Italienisch, Italienische Sprache, Italy, Kurse, photography, Rome, Tourism | Tagged: , , , , , | Leave a Comment »

Italian language school in Rome

Posted by Monica Corrias on April 12, 2008

Are you planning to go to Italy? Do you like to learn Italian in Rome?

Ciao Italia language school offers 20% discount for new students on Italian language courses starting on 5th May and 19th May in Standard Group Courses include 4-hour per day (more than 3 students) or 3-hour per day (less than 4 students).

Ciao Italia language school is open year round and offers courses for all levels from beginners to advanced.

Standard Group Courses include 4-hour per day (more than 3 students) or 3-hour per day (less than 4 students) intensive course, from Monday to Friday, for 2 weeks minimum (each lesson lasts 55 minutes).

Click here to compare to the usual prices.

una delle classi di settembre

If you are interested, please contact the secretary’s office, but mention me or this blog as your referrer (don’t miss out on this opportunity!).

The secretary office will find you a convenient suitable apartment near the school in the characteristic district of Monti, within walking distance of the Colosseum, the Fori, and the Central Railway Station.


Accommodation can be booked only for the duration of the course mail: info@ciao-italia.it

Ciao, a presto!

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Posted in accomodations, Bildungsurlaub, Classes, Courses, italialainen, Italian for foreigners, Italian language, Italian language school, Italienisch, Italienische Sprache, Learning Italian, Rome | Tagged: , , , , , , | Leave a Comment »

Italian for beginners (but not only)

Posted by Monica Corrias on November 4, 2007

As you know, I like to teach Italian.

Two days ago Julie, an ex-student of mine, asked me what my goal was in teaching Italian on line (for free).
I teach Italian every day and I like my job very much. I think internet is a perfect way to share “know how” and information.
In every University or Italian language school, teachers speak Italian and I as well teach in Italian 🙂 We teach you in Italian because it is very useful and it works.
I use the “communicative” approach with an analysis of grammatical structures and the language of daily life: I give student information about language used in everyday situations to enjoy Italian life. But I can sense the initial student’s frustration at not being able to understand and speak Italian quickly.
I dislike such frustration. My goal is to improve your ability in Italian grammar and also your skills to listen to Italian with more confidence. Also, I think that you need basic skill from which you can then develop fast and well, and I can help you on line to reach this. So if you are moving to Italy to study Italian, I recommend that you start learning Italian now.
Of course, to improve your speaking skills you need an everyday amusing course in Italy or to speak with an Italian friend or teacher in your country.
Anyway, you can find the first little vocabulary (only 25 basic words) + the second part (50 words) on the page “Italian classes” where I usually write all the little lessons that I think for all of you.

Chiedo scusa per l’inglese (troppo e pessimo) a tutti gli studenti che sgrido ogni volta che non parlano in italiano.
Spero mi giustificherete 😉

Ciao

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