Leading people who are crazy about Italy, giving them insights into language and culture, and helping them overcome learning doldrums, and frustrations.
I’m Melissa, but people know me as Studentessa Matta – The crazy student – because every day I dive head first into the Italian language and use it wherever I am, whether in Italy or at home.
I want to show you how to improve your Italian and help you become more conversant.
My goal is to inspire you to learn the language and introduce you to a slice of Italy you might not know about by either traveling with me, conversing with me, or reading posts and novels in which I write about Italy.
Follow along with me, and let yourself go a little “matta” and find out how quickly you can overcome your anxiety and frustration with traditional methods as I help you to build your own unforgettable language learning experience.
I’ve heard it so many times before, “I can read and understand Italian, but when I try to speak, I become tongue-tied!” Sound familiar? Is this your problem too? With Chat Italiano, you can regularly practice your Italian with me. It is a perfect way to keep up your Italian conversation skills at home, supplementing on-line or evening language classes. It is also a great way to get your language in shape just in time for your next trip to Italy!
Price: $25 / 30 minutes.
Andiamo in Italia
Twice a year, I take small groups to Italy with me to learn the language and practice conversation skills. During the mornings, we study at a partner school in classes perfect for your language level. In the afternoons we go on adventures and excursions. We sink our hands into pasta dough, raise our wine glasses, laugh, dance, and chat the evenings away in Italian with teachers and Italian friends. You will travel with likeminded individuals and make memories and friends to last a lifetime. Andiamo in Italia!
At Home in Italy
Ready to take your language skills to Italy and live and study in the home of your Italian teacher? At Home in Italy is the perfect opportunity to immerse yourself in language and culture for one or two individuals in a city that interests you and at a time that fits your travel schedule. Homestays combine formal study with everyday family activities. Make new friends and experience a different side of Italy few tourists see, and return home closer to being bilingual than when you left.
Price: $1000 to $1,500 / week
Travel to Italy in the Pages of One of Melissa’s Books
It’s a fun way to immerse in Italian culture and learn the language too! Available on Amazon in Print & Digital.
Dive into the Matta Blog and read articles in Italian & English
Satisfy your passion for Italian language and culture while practicing your Italian language skills.
Experience Italy the Matta Way!
Andiamo In Italia!
You are invited to come for 10 days of Italian study (beginners to advance students welcome) and discovering all that Arezzo has to offer.
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From the Multi-Award Winning Blog about Culture & Italian Language
Le parole e le espressioni nuove di Aprile April Words and Expressions to Ponder Durante il mese di aprile, ogni settimana ho pubblicato una parola o un’espressione combinato con un’immagine sulla pagina di Facebook di Studentessa Matta. Queste sono parole casuali che mi sono imbattuto durante la lettura o che ho sentito nei film che ho…
Buona notizia! Il mondo apre di nuovo! Il mondo sta guarendo e sta prendendo vita, e le scuole in Italia e i miei insegnanti di homestay stanno aprendo le loro porte, pronti ad abbracciare e insegnare ancora una volta gli studenti stranieri. The world is healing and coming to life and the schools in Italy…
Approfondiamo la nostra conoscenza delle parole: Ciò and Cioè Let’s dig into the meaning of the Italian words: Ciò and Cioè Entrambe Ciò and Cioè sono parole usate spesso che possono essere un po’ difficile da capire… anche sono un po’ particolare. Both Ciò and Cioè are common Italian words that can be a bit…
Domenica scorsa ho visitato Firenze per soli 5 Euro alla ricerca di Michelangelo e le sue sculture—anche una che si è sciolto quasi non l’ha appena finito! Last Sunday I visited Florence for only 5 Euros in search of Michelangelo and his sculptures—even one that melted away almost as soon as he finished it! Cosa…
Di recente ho imparato qualcosa sul Duomo a Firenze che non avevo mai sentito prima! Recently I learned something about the Duomo in Florence that I’d never heard before! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kwyTJwhRFBI&ab_channel=ItalianwithMelissalaStudentessaMatta Sapevi che sulla Cattedrale Santa Maria dei fiori a Firenze c’è la testa di un bue che guarda dall’alto in basso? Non sto scherzando! C’è…
La leggenda della Carbonara la ricetta di pasta più famosa al mondo. The legend of Carbonara the most famous pasta recipe in the world. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gyuGzWUX1GQ&list=RDCMUC-2HWDTWjUrxraQ0vuVYvoA&start_radio=1&t=9&ab_channel=Barilla La leggenda della Carbonara la ricetta di pasta più famosa al mondo, viene raccontata in questo nuovo spot pubblicitario di 10 minuti per la azienda Barilla. The legend of Carbonara…
Parole su cui riflettere Words to ponder Durante il mese di marzo, ogni settimana ho pubblicato una parola o un’espressione combinato con un’immagine sulla pagina di Facebook di Studentessa Matta. Queste sono parole casuali che mi sono imbattuto durante la lettura o che ho sentito nei film che ho trovato utile e degno di essere evidenziato.…
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y6NEQ9r5ScQ Ciao a tutti! Buona Pasqua! Si dice in Italiano…Natale con i tuoi, Pasqua con chi vuoi! Oggi parlerò un po’ di Pasqua e alcuni dolci che gli Italiani si godano in questo periodo. Specificamente parlerò dei Baci Perugina e i cioccolatini che si fanno a Perugia! Hi Everybody! Happy Easter! They say in Italian…Christmas…
È l’ora di prendere azione e migliorare le tue abilità linguistiche. It’s time to spring into action and take your Italian language skills to the next level! Notizia! Attualmente collaboro con Elisabetta Maccani, un’esperta nell’insegnamentodella sua lingua agli stranieri. New News! I’m now collaborating with Elisabetta Maccani, an Italian native who is an expert in…
What They’re Saying
Sheree Isola — 3-time trip participant — talks about her experience in Italy with Melissa!
Bill Bahr — 2-time trip participant — talks about his experience in Italy with Melissa!
Karina Kagramanova, Andiamo in Italia Small Group Language Participant: This was the best trip of my life! From the moment I heard Melissa’s podcast, I felt I found my kindred spirit. An incredible woman with infinite love for Italy and the Italian language. This program was worth every cent I spent and even more. Everything was so thoughtful, not only we had interesting excursions but also trips to bio farm, cooking lessons and wine tasting. The excursions, views, and dinners were fabulous!
Daniel Bayer, At Home in Italy Italian Homestay Participant: I had a fabulous time staying with Cristina in Trento in September. The opportunity to be fully immersed in Italian from morning to night took my language abilities to an entirely new level. Cristina was wonderful to be with— very friendly, with a wide range of interests (from art to film to sports), and always helpful and supportive with my clumsy attempts to speak Italian. A bonus was that Trento is a great place to stay. It is a lively city in a beautiful location surrounded by mountains, not overwhelmed by tourists, and close to many attractions from Venice and Verona to the Dolomite mountains and Lake Garda. The experience couldn’t have been better.