and/or for anyone wishing to pursue this lovely language!
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I thought a class web site would be a wonderful way of getting excited about the language you are learning,
keeping you up-to-date on class times and making activities and reviews accessible to you. Most of all I hope to make
this your starting off point to a wealth of information on the web about Italy and the Italian language. I'm providing
you with lots of links - the best information I've found that will make your learning interesting and enjoyable.
I hope your explorations will help you in finding the answers to any questions on travel and/or grammar.
Note: You will find links to a translation engine and a Italian<>English dictionary
on the "Meet the Teacher" page.
Made Easy Class Schedule (updated 8/15/14 - aggiornato 15.08.14) Ecco il programma per i mesi di
Italian I-b (Not-Quite-Beginners) Tues 6:00
p.m. Aug 19 - Sept 23 (5 studenti)
I-c Wed 7:30-8:30 p.m. il 23 luglio - 20 agosto(3 studenti)
II Mon 7:00-8:30 p.m. il 18 agosto - 15 settembre(5 studenti)
Italiano II-b Thurs 6:00-7:30 p.m. il 21 agosto - 18 settembre(5
Italiano II-c Mon 11:30-12:30 drop-ins welcome (3 studenti)
IV-b Wed 6:00-7:30 p.m. il20 agosto - 17 settembre (6
Email me if you'd
like to join us and/or you have any questions. :-)
*** 90 minute classes are based on a minimum of five students.
class enrollment is less than five, I may need to cancel or reduce the
class time. ***
Let me know which class you'd like to try first!
Know that I offer classes in 5-week sessions, but you are welcome to jump in anytime. If a class seems troppo facile or troppo
difficile puoi sempre cambiare gruppo. Ecco la lista delle lezioni e piu' o meno che cosa hanno studiato:
I (Beginners) This is what we cover:
Week 1: Pronunciation. Useful questions and answers. Numbers. I would like (=Vorrei).
Week 2: Review of 1st week. New vocabulary. Singular and plurals.
Week 3: Learning the article: a + vocabulary word + adjective. Describing pictures,
people and things.
Week 4: Telling time, days of the week, months of the year. What's the weather like?
Recognizing adverbs and learning how to conjugate verbs.
Week 5: Food items and role-play ordering from a menu.
I-b (Libro I) A good review of all the above, plus practice with verb conjugations and the adverbs
[abbastanza, meglio, presto, spesso, ecc...]. We will do the idioms using "to have" [i.e., avere fame, sete, ecc...], many
useful expressions, and an introduction to the irregular verbs [andare, venire, fare, dare, dire...].
I-c We will continue with our verbi irregolari, delve into some role-play, ask and answer questions while working
on some of the most used verbs.
II (Libro II-p.5) know all of the above, and now are being introduced to: piacere; potere, dovere, and volere. Getting more comfortable with the language, more vocabolario, espressioni, and practice with verbs.
II-b (Libro II-p.16) all of the above, plus learning more challenging vocabulary, additional grammar, sentence
structure being practiced again and again to generate confidence in their ability to understand and converse. They have done
the "passato prossimo" with "avere" and with "essere"; i verbi "piacere" [mi piace, ti piace...], "potere" (to be
able, can) and "dovere" (to have to, must) are being used quite capably.
Italian II-c (Libro
II-p.15) all of the above, plus more practice with "essere" verbs; are familiar with the difference between the two Italian
verbs used to translate <to know> and the difference between <tempo> and <volta>.
They have been introduced to the "da or duration form" (abito a Denver da 23 anni), the articulated prepositions
(nella, dei, sul, ecc.) and need more work with their possessives (il mio, i miei, la tua, ecc.).
III (Libro III) all of the above plus they are much more comfortable using the past tense (passato prossimo) of verbs
using both avere and essere as the helping verb: ho mangiato, ho comprato, sono andata, sei stata, ecc... Have done role-play
with clothes and shopping. They have been using the possessive and the articulated preposizioni [al, della, agli,
sullo,...], the present and past gerundio [sto mangiando, stavo dormendo,...] and are slowly starting to acquire a taste
for the imperfetto [mangiavo, lavoravo, ecc...]. They have been briefly introduced to reflexive verbs and have had some
practice with the ordinal numbers and the command form.
IV-b (Libro IV-p.23):all of the above, plus reciprocal verbs, body
parts, and all the direct & indirect object pronouns. Have started to comfortably use the futuro, the conditional, the
imperativo, and the subjunctive. They love speaking in italiano without any prompting on my part!
And here are just a FEW comments from after-class evaluations:
• Cinzia was fun, wonderful, spirited. Made me want to learn.
• Great technique – easy to follow. Very effective.
• Liked interaction--Very encouraging. Made it interesting. Every class went by
• More than just language skills, lots of culture. High class participation.
• Teacher is patient and thorough. Liked its spirit--lots of fun!
• Combined good teaching skills, a very supportive attitude, a safe atmosphere,
encouragement no matter our skill levels and it seemed everyone learned a lot and enjoyed it.
• She made learning fun--great knowledge & wonderful attitude.
• Energetic, enthusiastic – really keeps the class moving and making everyone
• Learned a great deal of Italian, more than I expected.
• I am excited to go to Italy soon. I feel very well prepared.
• She is intelligent, personable, entertaining and well organized.
• Cinzia is a wonderful teacher! I learned a lot more than I thought I would in
• Recognized that adult learning is difficult ~ made the class fun.
• Excellent – Very imaginative & engaging.
• Cinzia had a very good method of teaching the language in an appropriate progression
• She is enthusiastic and well prepared. She made the experience fun as well as
• Helpful and very attentive. Very personable and welcomed questions and encouraged
• Gave us very practical information. Made the class fun.
Cinzia is a born teacher. She made the learning of Italiano fun. It was like a
party. Cynthia's real life experiences added immensely to the course. Would you
recommend the class to a friend? YES!
Click on the box above "Italian For Travelers - Italiano per chi viaggia: short tests for practice..." or the Fodor
link below to see how much you know regarding travel vocabolario in italiano. I've moved the map of Italy, the train
& car rental info to the Travel Links page!
The easiest way to learn a language is by interacting with others. Learning the basics is all well and good but actually
using the language is the only thing to get the brain to acquire the language. Remember you will start understanding the language
before you are comfortable speaking in the new language.
If you want to speak Italian you have to use it!
If you have no one to interact with in Italian outside of class, please write to me using
any Italian you know. Let me know if you would like me to correct spelling and grammar mistakes OR if you just want to
practice communicating in your new language!