Ciao! Benvenuti! Sono Melissa la studentessa matta – the crazy student of Italian! I studied painting and Art History in Firenze. Now I am a graphic designer & illustrator and live in the San Francisco Bay area. I regretted not learning the language well during my college days in Florence, so fourteen years ago I began to self-teach myself the Italian language. I started my journey to learn the language with grammar books I bought at a local bookstore. I then proceeded to find every means available to me to advance my comprehension of the language; I have taken evening classes, on-line courses, watched films & TV, listened to music and audio riviste, participated in conversation meetup groups & on-line forums, skyped with friends and traveled all over Italy. I have even hosted an Italian student in my home for a year. By writing this blog in Italian, I have found a new way to continue improving my language skills. I do not claim to be a teacher of Italian. I am an advanced student, and as a student I will make some mistakes, but it is precisely why I write the blog; keeping this blog pushes me to be better and to learn something new about the language everyday. In this blog I explore all aspects of Italian culture, history, art, politics, music and film, as well as provide language learning tips.
You can also find me on the Facebook/Studentessa Matta page and tweeting in Italian on twitter as italiamelissa. Through social networking I have cultivated many wonderful on-line relationships with Italian friends and students from around the world who want to learn the language. Many of these relationships have gone on to become relationships in which we have met and become even better friends in person! I am now receiving invitations from Italians to co-lead language & cultural immersion tours in Italy. In fact I just got back from Puglia where with an Italian friend, we hosted eight language learners for a fantastic week of language and cultural immersion nel Salento e in Puglia! In 2013 I am planing three Language Immersion Tours in Venice, Matera/Basilicata and Puglia.
On my blog you will also find my language learning tips & affiliate links for on-line language learning programs & schools in Italy (see links under learning), book stores, my Amazon Store (A-Store) , music available at i-tunes, as well as my affiliates for Italian gifts, ceramics, leather goods and kitchen items. I also invite you to visit my Zazzle store in which I sell my uniquely designed Italian themed products, i.e, iphone cases, t-shirts, handbags, aprons and mugs.
WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING ABOUT THE STUDENTESSA MATTA BLOG:
LANGUAGES, WEB.2.0 APPLICATIONS : Diario di una studentessa matta è uno splendido blog creato da un’appassionata della lingua italiana e, come tale, sprizza entusiasmo ed energia in ogni articolo. Molto carina anche la sezione “tip”, i suoi suggerimenti da studente a studente…quelli più utili indubbiamente. Insomma leggere questo blog è un vero piacere: da docente di italiano a stranieri ho sempre sognato una studentessa così!
Lucca Italian Language School, Lucca Italy : Mi chiamo Daniela Bonaccorsi e gestisco insieme a due colleghi una piccola scuola di italiano per stranieri a Lucca, in Toscana. Navigando su internet, mi sono imbattuta nel tuo blog “Diario di una studentessa matta” (complimenti per il titolo, è molto avvincente!) e l’ho trovato molto carino e interessante, sia per i contenuti che per lo stile. Infatti ora sono una tua “follower”.
Barbara Azzini: Mi chiamo Barbara Azzini e sono assistente del Direttore Generale della Divisione Dolciari Nestlè Perugina. Le scrivo in quanto siamo rimasti piacevolmente colpiti dalla Sua citazione in merito ai nostri Baci Perugina e alla passione per l’Italia.
Linda Binkley Educator: I have been successfully teaching English to foreigners since 1969 using peer correction at both the intermediate and advanced levels. It has been my experience that reading and looking for errors engages students’ minds more than passive reading and therefore contributes to the learning process.