"At last, someone who actually gets me to THINK in Italian!"
---Gwen Venora, CMT
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Things you might like to know before you start lessons
Where are the classes held?
In New York, the classes are now being held in the Standard Hotel EAST at 25 Cooper Square ( (Third Ave at East 5th St.) in a private room above the garden.) Just two blocks from the Astor Place Stop on the Lexington Ave #6 train. In Italy, the classes are held in a villa overlooking the Mediterranean, in Terrasini, near Palermo, Sicily.
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What should I bring to the first class?
A Positive Attitude.
A specific GOAL regarding learning to speak Italian, one that REALLY turns you on!
A small voice recorder or smart phone with voice recorder.
Come prepared to have a very good time.
WHAT IS THE SURCHARGE IF I take the lesson in my office or home?
There is an additional hour charged for this service but the same discounts would apply as on all packages of multiple lessons.
WHAT DOES "FULL MONEY BACK GUARANTEE" MEAN?
All courses come with a full money-back guarantee. This means that if, after completing the private or group course, you are not satisfied with the results, you are entitled to a full refund. This guarantee is effective provided you have attended all classes regularly and have completed all homework as assigned.
WHAT HAPPENS IF I MISS A CLASS? CAN I MAKE IT UP?
Yes, if you are enrolled in a Private Course and give twenty-four hour notification. Make-ups should be scheduled in the same week as the class missed, if at all possible. Sometimes, a class is made up by adding an extra hour onto your next session, turning your one-hour class into a two-hour immersion session. No make ups are possible after the end of the course.
WHAT IF I AM ENROLLED IN A GROUP COURSE AND I MISS A CLASS, CAN I MAKE IT UP?
No. Unfortunately, there is no way to make up a group class. However, missing one class out of six weeks need not be an obstacle to taking the course. Missing one class can be made up easily with a homework assignment. When a student deems it necessary, a private tutoring session can be arranged at a discounted rate of $140/hr. and this can be shared with a fellow classmate.
WHAT HAPPENS IF I HAVE TO GO OUT OF TOWN ON BUSINESS? CAN I PUT MY COURSE ON HOLD?
Like your membership at the gym? Yes, absolutely, if you are enrolled in a Private Course and give at least 48-hour prior notification, you can put the balance of your course on HOLD for up to two years.
WHAT HAPPENS IF I NEED TO DROP OUT OF A GROUP COURSE? If you are in a Group Course, and need to drop out of it, you can switch before the third session of the course, into another group course. This switch must be made within six months of the course you are leaving and provided there is a course at your level with space available.
WHEN CAN I START A PRIVATE CLASS....IMMEDIATELY?
Si' , Si', anche questa settimana! Yes, you can! Perhaps even this week!
Please send an email to schedule a private class or Call 212.807.1221
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How Quickly will I learn to speak Italian? My students start speaking in Italian from the very first lesson. My Italian course emphasizes conversation, with comprehension and speaking the main goals.
And it does take time to reach conversational fluency; it does not happen overnight. But along the way, you will relish your improvement, your ease in pronunciation, your greater comprehension. The road to fluency is very satisfying and exciting and it goes fast. Yes, the time you spend in class goes very fast and before you know it, so do the weeks!
So, where will you be in a couple of months? A lot more fluent than you are now! And your ability to improve will also become easier, the more you speak.
Learning to speak a foreign language is a lot like learning to play an instrument; the piano, say, and not just learning to touch one key and make a sound, but learning to play a nice little melody ....and to play it well, in front of other people. (Going to Italy - or coming to Sicily with me in the summer - to practice your conversation with Italians ... Yes, that helps quite a bit, too!)
How quickly one learns to speak Italian depends on one’s inherent proclivities and strengths. Perseverance and “stick-to-it-tive-ness” weigh heavily in one’s favor. It also depends on how many languages one already speaks, how inspired one is to learn, how much time one puts in on the homework. Quite often, a highly motivated student can surpass more capable or "gifted" students, simply with determined excitement and solid homework preparation. ( A very large portion of the assigned homework is listening to recordings of yourself speaking in Italian.)
Some people just dive in with alacrity while others are more cautious and shy about speaking. To help people feel more at ease, I encourage a very relaxed atmosphere in class, where everyone feels comfortable enough to make a fool of himself. Classes are held in a lovely setting, not in a classroom, and always with snacks to nibble on and – frequently - a glass of wine.
The Basic Beginner Small Group Course is taught over three semesters of six weeks each: Part I, Part II and Part III. While it is best to keep the momentum going and take the first three semesters one after the other, one can take a self-imposed break between semesters, such as often happens when one leaves on an Italian holiday. Othertimes, students will repeat the First semester over again. This works very well for those who have not been able to attend regularly or have not been able to complete the course work. Or for those who return to class after a long hiatus. Generally speaking – for no two people are alike - after completing the Third semester of the Basic Beginner Group Course, a student goes on to Intermediate classes, or "ADVANCED Intermediate." After completing these courses, one can join an Advanced Class.
While most people prefer to take together in small group classes, some people need to take privately especially when their schedules are irregular or when they are looking for an immersion experience. Private lessons are more intense – and can go at a slower or faster pace according to an individual’s need. The group classes go at an “average” pace and are a lot less intense. All my classes - both private and group are really a lot of fun! My aim is to make sure we all have a lot of fun. Because the more fun we are having, the more relaxed everyone is, the more easily and swiftly you can learn.
Where do you think you fall in this picture I have painted of my Italian classes? I'd love to hear back from you and answer any further questions.
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