UCD, Dublin (Italian)
Ciao a tutti! Hailing from the west of Ireland, I am an unlikely teacher of la lingua del Bel Paese. If you think you're going to end up speaking Italian with a brogue, don't worry, I speak the language fluently and with a Piedmontese accent, so my Italian friends tell me. Having shown an aptitude for languages at school, where I studied Irish, English and French, I went on to do a four year international Bachelor of Arts degree in Italian (language and literature) and Archaeology in UCD, Dublin. Having spent one of those years on an Erasmus scholarship program in northern Italy (at the Università degli Studi di Torino), I returned to Dublin and finished my degree and graduated with honors. I went back to Italy soon thereafter and spent three more years living and working in Turin where I taught English as a foreign language to native Piemontesi of all ages and backgrounds.
I am passionate about the Italian language and culture and look forward to sharing that passion with you. Language, like music, is absorbed, felt and ultimately expressed and therefore is best learned in a relaxed manner - never 'trying' too hard, but instead, going with the flow of it. I am interested in students of any age who are willing to just give it a go, willing to make many mistakes, and work on immersing themselves in their free time (as little or as much as they can, for, with languages, like everything, you will get out what you put in). I would also like to work with those of you who already speak the language, to whatever degree, and wish to be more conversant or, indeed, those of you interested in the written language alone. As a tutor I want to be a point of reference and guide during your week, though the real 'work' (if you even want to call it that) should happen between lessons. Each individual will have different requirements and will want to take something specific from their lessons. Though I have a general method of teaching that I have found most effective in the past, involving 1) listening and repeating 2) free and fun online quizzes and 3) to a lesser, but necessary extent, the dreaded grammar (aarrgggghhh!), I will also tailor lessons to suit.
With that in mind, andiamo avanti con la prima lezione...
In bocca al lupo!
Danny Ciao a tutti! Hailing from the west of Ireland, I am an unlikely teacher of la lingua del Bel Paese. If you think you're going to end up speaking Italian with a brogue, don't worry, I speak the language fluently and with a Piedmontese accent, so my Italian friends tell me. Having shown an aptitude for languages at school, where I studied Irish,
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