Hi! My name is Giulia (pronounced Julia) and I am an Italian native speaker. I have studied Foreign Languages and Linguistics at university and I love teaching both Italian and English. I started teaching Italian to North American refugees in 2009, and have been teaching at all levels since then. My classes focus on both speaking and writing skills; a typical session is divided into a bit of grammar, a bit of lexicon and a bit of conversation. I like drawing so I normally support my lessons with visual material. You will learn from basic grammar to regional expressions. My favourite part is teaching how people actually speak - you'll see there's a difference between Italian in the classroom and Italian in the streets!
There are heaps of Italians in Wellington yet it's not super easy to find someone who can teach this beautiful languae to you. I have had students coming to me because they had been disappointed by language schools or other private tutors. So I would say it's not very easy to find accessible Italian classes from my experience!
I do believe there is no better way to learn than from a native speaker. Yet speaking a language doesn't mean you'll be able to teach it. I have a very solid background in linguistics and I might be slightly obsessed wit grammar. I speak fluent Spanish as well, I'm currently learning French and I've found that the more languages you know, the easiest it is to teach them because you can compare and contrast. I think the best way to learn Italian in Wellington is to find a native-speaker tutor that works for you - and make the most of any social events where Italian might be involved to practice!
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