I am Melissa Muldoon, the “crazy linguist” – la studentessa matta! Ciao! Benvenuti! Sono molto contenta che siate qui!
I have made learning Italian a lifestyle choice. I am an Art Historian and a Graphic designer, who studied in Florence Italy in college. Sixteen years after my Florentine adventure concluded, it seemed the impact of living in Italy was still weaving its magic over me. I ached with “nostalgia” or homesickness for Italy. In Italian they would say “mi mancava l’Italia” or Italy was lacking to me. In order to fill the void, this “lack of Italy” I began to resume my Italian studies back in the States. My decision to become fluent filled me with energy and gave me purpose; instead of wistfully recalling past travel experiences, it gave me something actionable to focus my energy on. That was in 1998. Since then I have used every means available to me to become fluent. I have attended evening classes, participated in on-line chat groups and local Meet Ups, worked with private tutors and language coaches and I have even hosted an Italian girl in my home for a year. Over the past sixteen years I have discovered many wonderful tools to learn the Italian language. As the internet has grown, so have the resources for leaning Italian. Every day new videos, blogs and interactive websites are invented and I am constantly scouring libraries, books stores and the internet for the most helpful ones.
I began the “Matta” blog and the “Tutti Matti Per l’Italiano” podcast, as a way of capturing all this great learning information, as well as use them as platforms to improve my verbal and writing skills. I chose the name “matta” or “crazy student” for a blog title, because I wanted to convey the idea that anything is possible if you go a little crazy and let go of inhibitions. In so doing, you are freer to take risks and achieve things you never thought possible. Life is an adventure and nothing can stop you, as long as the desire to fly is stronger than the fear of falling.
“Let’s talk of shoes, of ships & sealing wax, of cabbages & kings“ (English version)
“Parliamo di scarpe, di navi e di ceralacca, di cavoli e di re (Italian version).
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• Interview for INSPIRERY (2015) Melissa Muldoon – Chief Creative for Studentessa Matta Language Learning
• Interview for IdeaMensch (2015) Melissa Muldoon – La Studentessa Matta
Listen to an Interview about my interest in Italian Language & Culture with Cher Hale: How Melissa Muldoon went matta for Italian & what she built from her craziness (Right-click and choose “Save as…” to download to your device.)
TRAVEL WITH MELISSA IN ITALY! I plan and co-lead Language & Cultural Immersion Programs for those who want to dive beneath the surface and use their Italian language in a meaningful and fun way. View current trips on the Trip Page.
LANGUAGE LEARNING TIPS Under the Learning Tab in the menu you will find suggested ways to learn Italian.
MATTA DESIGNS AVAILABLE ON ZAZZLE: Livable Art for your Love of Italy! Take a look into my Zazzle Site, in which I sell my uniquely designed Italian themed products. Featuring iphone cases, ipad covers, t-shirts, handbags, aprons and mugs, posters, and buttons. If you have something you would like designed send me an email. Matta Designs is also on Facebook
HONORS & AWARDS:
Italy Magazine 2013 Blogger Awards – Studentessa Matta Blog was shortlisted in the Category of “Best Art & Culture Blog”. Out of 6 finalists “Studentessa Matta Blog” was voted 3rd by Italy Magazine’s staff & readers in the worldwide competition.
Voice of Italy @I_am_Italy twitter feed (the rotation curation Twitter project for Italy). I was selected to be the voice of Italy for the week of February 9-16 2014 – Week 58: Mattia project coordinator writes: “Melissa, I have to say it was a really interesting week! I liked the variety of your comments! The week has come to an end, but this does not mean the end of the collaboration, you can continue interacting with the page, the project and spreading the word! We’ll continue following you @italiamelissa, for sure! Do the same, folks!
bab.la | Lexiophiles.com Top Language Learning Blogs in World: The Studentessa Matta Blog has been selected 4 years in a row in the worldwide language bloggers competition held by bab.la & Lexiophiles.
2010 – Top 100 Language Blogs
2011 Top 100 Language Blogs
2012 #22 out of 100 Top Blogs
2013 #6 Twitter Feed & #8 Language Blog
2014 Twitter Feed Nominated