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Scopri perché dovresti iniziare ad imparare l'italiano oggi! If you can't read that sentence, but you really want to, then you've come to the right place to get started. Nowadays there are so many ways for beginners to start learning languages, from a free online app like Babbel to a high price class in high school or language school. Italian has, for a long time, been one of the most popular choices for language study in Australia. In fact, according to Dr. Anna Rita Tamponi the Director of Education and Culture at the Italian Embassy in Canberra, around 360,000 people in Australia are studying Italian either through a public or private school, private classes both online and in person. Italian is a beautiful language to learn and speak, and can get you in contact with a fun world of culture like food, movies, music and so much more!
Of course, learning any language will include lots of grammar, but in reality, a language is so much more than that. A language represents the history and the culture of the native people who speak it and is a key into their world. An excellent example of this is the different dialects in Italian. What most people call 'standard Italian' is really just the dialect of the region of Tuscany, which was made popular by the Dante Alighieri, a poet and writer who lived during the Middle Ages, and is now widely recognised as the father of the Italian language.
In reality, there are so many different versions of Italian which has been influenced heavily by conquerors and friends. Sicilian is a great example. The local dialect of the small island, which even changes from city to city, sounds almost completely different to standard Italian, down to even the simplest vocabulary (e.g. an apple is 'una mela' in Italian, but 'na puma' in Sicilian). This language developed completely separately to that on the mainland and is heavily influenced by Semitic languages, Greek, Arabic and even Spanish and French, reflecting the waves of conquerors that took over the island. All over Italy, you can see the chequered history reflected in the language, like in Alpine areas, where you'd be forgiven for thinking you're hearing a dialect of German, or in Sardegna, which even still maintains some of its pre-Latin features and is recognised as a separate language.
If you don't care so much about history, learning Italian can still give you an amazing window into the music and art in a diverse country. Being able to watch a Fellini film without subtitles and understand the nuance and complexity of the script is just one of the many applications your language skills can bring you. Even the simplest experience like listening to music by classic artists from Andrea Bocelli, Mina or Raffaella Carrà, to more modern artists like Joan Thiele will feel fun and great when you can really understand the vocabulary and meaning.
What your class is like depends on your individual teacher and their own teaching experience and lesson methodology. When you're looking at each teachers profile, think carefully about the experience you want from your classes and you'll find the best tutor for you. For beginner, intermediate and advanced students, private classes, whether online or in-person, each lesson can help you develop skills in the four main areas of language learning; speaking, listening, reading and writing. To be good at any and all of these, of course, you'll need a developed vocabulary and knowledge of grammar.
There are so many benefits of taking private courses with a Superprof tutor, vs going to classes in a school. It often happens that a language school only offers the class you need, like a beginner for children, at a time that doesn't suit you, but with private courses, this isn't a problem. There isn't a term of 12 weeks you must join and you can choose to take classes at any time of the day as and often as you want. Where you study can make a big difference in how you learn, and you can choose this with private lessons. Whether you want to learn at home, at your teacher's house or even take a lesson outside, you're free to decide.
Also, you're free to choose exactly what you want to focus on during your lessons. Maybe you're a beginner who needs to learn easy phrases and grammar skills or an intermediate student who wants to practice conversational Italian and listening or an advanced student who needs to read articles for a university course in Italy. In any case, Superprof teachers will use their teaching experience to plan lessons that not only help you achieve your specific goals but also allow you to enjoy the experience of accomplishing level after level.
Finally, and maybe most importantly, in private lessons, your teacher is there for you and only you. This means they can assess your level and prepare activities that fill in the gaps in your knowledge. If you have trouble with a certain grammar point, they can practice with you until you're a master.
There's a large variety of exams that students can take to certify their level of Italian, from high school exams like VCE or HSC, to the CELI and CILS exams, which are based on the CEFR levels and anyone from children to adults can take. Having these types of certifications can be important if you want a job where you need to speak Italian, or if you want to get specific visas if you're looking to move to Italy. Many of our teachers have experience preparing the different parts of these exams, and so can help their students go into their exam feeling confident.
So from Melbourne to Sydney, whether you need to learn travel phrases for your dream trip to Italy, you want to reach a native level of speaking, or you just really love the language, private lessons are a great way to start your language journey. Don't wait to read the tutor profiles for a list of info like teaching experience, price and available hours and contact the best fit for you or your children!
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