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I’m Melissa, the “crazy linguist” – la studentessa matta! Ciao! In Italian, “matta” means “crazy” or “impassioned”. I promote the study of Italian language and culture through the dual-language blog, Studentessa Matta (studentessamatta.com). I began the Matta blog to improve my command of the language and to connect with other language learners. The “Matta” concept has since grown to include the Matta YouTube channel and podcast “Tutti Matti per l’Italiano” . I also coordinate Matta Italian Language Immersion Tours, which I co-lead with Italian partners in Italy.
As a student, I lived in Florence with an Italian family. I studied art history and painting and took beginner Italian classes. When I returned home, I threw away her Italian dictionary, assuming I’d never need it again but after launching a successful design career and starting a family, I realized something was missing in my life. That “thing” was the connection I had made with Italy and the friends who live there. Living in Florence was indeed a life-changing event! Wanting to reconnect with Italy, I decided to start learning the language again from scratch. As if indeed possessed by an Italian muse, I bought a new Italian dictionary and began my journey to fluency—a path that has led me back to Italy many times and enriched my life in countless ways.
Now, many dictionaries and grammar books later, I dedicate my time to promoting Italian language studies, further travels in Italy, and sharing my stories and insights about Italy with others. When I’m is not traveling in Italy, I live in the San Francisco Bay Area.
I am also the author a new book, a novel, called Dreaming Sophia. In some ways the book is an extension of my blog. It is a fanciful look at art history and Italian language and culture, but it is also the culmination of personal stories and insights resulting from my experiences living in Italy, as well as my involvement and familiarity with the Italian language, painting, and art history. You can find more information about the book on the Dreaming Sophia Website and Pinterest page and Facebook page. (book will be available in print and as an interactive e-book on Amazon on August 26th, 2016.
Listen to the Matta Theme Song! Listen to the Matta Podcast
LinkedIn (Professional Resume)
Pinterest Studentessa Matta
Instagram Studentessa Matta
• 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