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
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From the Multi-Award Winning Blog about Culture & Italian Language
Diamo un’occhiata a due parole italiane che senti molto… ma a volte possono creare confusione. Let’s look at two Italian words that you hear a lot… but at times can be confusing to get the hang of. Addirittura Nientepopodimeno A tutti gli effetti, sia addirittura che nientepopodimeno possono essere usati in modo intercambiabile. For all…
La ricerca di una donna per la sua anima gemelli prescritta dal destino la porta in Italia dove spera di trovare il suo vero amore… ma secondo me, l’Italia ruba la scena e il cuore! A woman’s quest for her soulmate prescribed by destiny takes her to Italy where she hopes to find her true…
Sono lieta di annunciare che la mia amica Maura Garau ha recentemente pubblicato un nuovo libro intitolato “Il tuo rinascimento–8 passi per volersi bene e rinnovarsi” È disponibile in italiano e inglese su Amazon e tra poco in versione epub. I am happy to announce that my friend Maura Garau has recently published a new…
Alla soglia del nuovo anno, guardo fuori e credo di vedere un viaggio in Italia che brilla come un raggio di sole sull’orizzonte lontano. Con il vaccino ora disponibile, sarà presto possibile prenotare i nostri voli e tornare nel Bel Paese. On the threshold of a new year, I look out and believe I see…
La Befana vien di nottecon le scarpe tutte rottecon le toppe alla sottana:Viva, viva la Befana! La Befana vien di nottecon le scarpe tutte rottecol vestito alla romana:Viva viva la Befana! La befana vien di nottecon le scarpe tutte rotteporta un sacco pien di donida regalare ai bimbi buoni La befana vien di nottecon le…
Facciamo un brindisi al nuovo anno! A toast to 2021! Non dimenticherò mai 2020. Mai. Siamo passati attraverso le sue asperità e ci ha imposto tante rinunce. Abbiamo subito la sua durezza e ci ha costretta a momenti complicati: la scuola a distanza, lo Smart working, niente abbracci, niente baci, tutti con la mascherina, niente…
Queste parole che festeggiano la stagione natalizia sono i miei regali a tutti voi! Buone feste! Buon Natale! Durante il mese di dicembre, ogni giorno ho pubblicato una parola del giorno che tratta della stagione di Natale sulla pagina di Facebook di Studentessa Matta. Ecco un riassunto di tutte le parole dall’7 dicembre. Per la…
Quest’anno è stato difficile per tutti, soprattutto per le scuole di lingua in Italia. Io e Paola Testi della Cultura Italiana Language School di Arezzo stiamo in contatto spesso sui nostri programmi di lingua ad Arezzo. Purtroppo il programma 2020 è stato posticipato ma ci speriamo vivamente che il 2021 ci ritrovi in Italia per…
Le feste natalizie sono qui e per il tuo piacere i film doppiati in italiano trasmessi dalle television americane sono più abbondanti che mai — specialmente su Netflix! It’s the holiday season and for your viewing pleasure films dubbed in Italian playing on American TVs are more plentiful than ever — especially on Netflix! Hai…
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.