Ciao! Benvenuti! Sono Melissa la studentessa matta – the crazy student of Italian! In college I studied painting and Art History in Firenze. Now I am a graphic designer & illustrator in the San Francisco Bay area. 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 & Italian TV & soaps, 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 high school student in my home for a year.
The Studentessa Matta blog is written in Italian to exercise & flex language skills. The blog explores all aspects of Italian culture & current events in a light and humorous way. Also featured are language learning tips, websites, videos & articles that are helpful to obtaining fluency.
Learn more about why I write the Studentessa Matta Blog:
• Listen to a pod cast about my passion for the Italian Language in an interview I did with Cher Hale: How Melissa Muldoon went matta for Italian & what she built from her craziness
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• Guest post I wrote for Transparent Language’s Learning Blog: “10 Ways to Practice Pronunciation – Serious Commitment Required“
• Guest post I wrote for Cher Hale of the Iceberg Project: Why I’m matta for Italian (confessions of a crazy student)
• Guest post I wrote for Lucrezia Oddone/Learn Italian with Lucrezia: Interview with Melissa la studentessa matta!
• Guest post I wrote for Dianne Hales: Crazy in Love with the Italian Language
• Guest post I wrote for Susan Van Allen: Golden Day Ninety-Four Locorotondo with Melissa Muldoon
• Guest I wrote for Marie Ohanesian Nardin / Italy to Los Angeles & Back: Have you ever dreamt of learning to speak Italian In Italy?
• Guest post I wrote for Sharon Sanders of Simple Italy: My Inner Italian
• Post I wrote for the Studentessa Matta Blog: Let’s talk of shoes, of ships & sealing wax, of cabbages & kings (English) : “Parliamo di scarpe, di navi e di ceralacca, di cavoli e di re (Italian).
Follow me on Twitter @italiamelissa
Follow me on Facebook on the Studentessa Matta Page
Travel to Italy with Melissa! I now 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. In 2014 TWO TRIPS are planned for Lucca & Arezzo. View current and past 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: Livable Art for your Love of Italy!Take a peek 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
WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING ABOUT THE STUDENTESSA MATTA BLOG:
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
Susan Van Allen: Golden Days in Italy Blog & author of “100 Places in Italy Every Woman Should Go” I’m so grateful to have met so many fellow Italofiles through the Blogosphere. One of the most fascinating is Melissa Muldoon. Many know her as La Studentessa Matta=The Crazy Student, who writes a wonderful blog, in Italian, featuring her funny and passionate reportings about Italian current events and culture, including such goodies as a colorful recent post about La Festa della Bruna in Matera. It was great to finally meet Melissa in person last month when we joined in with Le Donne d’Italia in San Francisco for a Passport to Italy event at the Museo Italo Americano. She’s as charming in person as she appears in her blog and on her Facebook page
Dianne Hales: Author of “La Bella Lingua” & “Monda Lisa: A Life Discovered”: Brava, Melissa, una gemella anima (a kindred spirit)!
Madeline Clarke Jhawar: Italy Beyond the Obvious Melissa truly has a passion for Italy and the Italian language, and as a fellow blogger and Italophile, I have recommended her blog to many of my clients as a great place for them to practice Italian before departure as well as discover new ways to learn the language, keep on top of news and cultural events in the country and even read about art history. As someone who plans trips to Italy, I can also vouch for the tours she leads: well planned, well balanced, and well priced!
Jann Huizenga Writer, photographer, international educator Melissa is a great virtual friend; we are fellow bloggers about life in Italy. But Melissa does something very special when she blogs: she does it in her second language–Italian! That takes skill (and guts). She is the most enthusiastic learner of Italian I’ve ever met, and she conveys that enthusiasm to her readers.
Sharon Sanders, Feature Editor/Writer Melissa’s passion for, and expertise, in the language and culture of Italy are irresistible. She has thoroughly embraced what I like to call her “Inner Italian.” She shares the wonders of bel’Italian with all who are fortunate to read her blog or share her immersion tours. Brava, Melissa!
Riccardo Cristiani: Dant-eLearning When you read her [Melissa's] blog, you realize you are following an American with many dear Italian friends. The uniqueness of her adventures and her stories stem from the freshness & curiosity with which she approaches our country, the result of a true and deep love for Italy and it’s inhabitants. In all photographs in which Melissa appears, you see the face of a woman who is smiling and happy to be discovering new things about Italy. With fresh and curious eyes she regales us with her insights and discoveries with intelligence and humor, but without presumption.
Katherine Bennett, Trip Participant – Puglia 2012 writes: I can not Thank You and Yle enough for the wonderful experience I had in Puglia Italy last August. What a great experience. I was totally taken care of from that point on. The Masseria Provenzani where we stayed was beautiful, peaceful & comfortable. From the cooking classes with Mama Julia and Mama Anna to the meals prepared for us were so much fun. Every where we went was a new adventure and we were all treated like family. From the winery to the olive trees seeing how they make olive oil to making our own goat cheese and learning the ancient art of paper mache, the Parade of the resident Saint in Lecce to town of Locorotondo everything was well organized. We learned Yoga under the olive trees and learned to make Italian style pizza from the owners of the restaurant. We even had a dance lesson and learned the traditional pizzica that was so much fun. If you get an opportunity to experience the Salente Slow life with Melissa and Yle I highly recommend kicking up your heels and going for it!
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.