Learning Italian and keeping language skills alive is like nurturing a growing plant.
Are you looking for ways to keep your Italian alive and thriving?
The Matta Blog has many ways to
help you practice Italian language skills
To learn and maintain a language, it is important to practice! As with any new skill, to really master something you have to dedicate hours and hours to become proficient.
Remember that 10,000-hour rule about becoming an expert on something?
It seems an excessive amount of time… but learning a language does take time and practice. But when you are having fun, believe me, time flies by and you become proficient sooner than you ever thought possible! The key is to stay with it and find interesting ways of practicing and ways to stay motivated.
Melissa has lots of ways to keep your Italian flourishing
Learn with Melissa
Discover Melissa’s Affiliates!
Schools, Online Courses, Apps, Books, Tours.
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Learn with Melissa on-line and in Italy
Andiamo in Italia
Travel & Study with Melissa in Italy — Small Group Language Immersion
Melissa takes language learners of all levels to Italy to practice Italian and immerse in Italian culture in small group language programs. Study at Melissa’s partner school in the mornings and then participate in special activities and excursions, she organizes to keep the Italian conversation practice flowing. Sign up now! Spots are limited to 10 individuals.
The 2022 Matta Andiamo in Italia! Italian Language programs are now available to sign up! Price (without airfare): $4,150
Chat Italiano or
Italian Conversation Practice
Looking for a language partner or coach to practice your Italian skills? Melissa is available to chat with you in Italian or Coach you on Italian Grammar. 1/2 hour chat sessions are available for all levels of Italian language learners and can be scheduled and paid for on Melissa’s Calendar. Price: $25 / 30 minutes
Italian Book Club
What a NOVEL idea! Practice your reading comprehension, auditory listening skills, and conversation abilities.
Option 1: Group Up to 5 People, 8 Week Course, 1-hr Weekly Meetings: $200
Option 2: One-on-One Book Club,
8 Week Course, 1-hr Weekly Meetings: $400
At Home in Italy
Personalized Italian Language Homestay Vacations
Live and study in Italy in the Home of an Italian Teacher—locations all over Italy from Milano to Sicilia. At Home in Italy is the perfect opportunity to immerse in language and culture for one or two individuals at a time that fits your travel schedule. Homestays combine formal study with everyday family activities. Click for more information and to view all the teachers’ bios. 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 Variable based on Season/Location. Price range per week: $1000 to $1,500
The Matta Blog has lots of FREE resources, too!
To learn Italian well, you have to practice reading and writing,
as well as audio and conversational skills.
The Matta Blog is like a box of chocolates… You never know what you are going to get!
Every week on the Matta Blog, are new posts in Italian and English. You will learn about Italian culture, music, art and wine, travel & current events — as well as tips to learn the language. What could be more rewarding than that “ah-ha!” moment when you realize your language skills are improving by reading a Matta post! Melissa loves it when you leave a comment, too!
Matta YouTube Channel
Improve your listening comprehension by following the Matta Youtube Channel.
The Matta Videos help train your ear as together we work on new vocabulary and focus on pronunciation. Each Youtube video is followed up with a blog post so that you can follow along with Melissa by reading the text of each video in both Italian and English.
Not sitting in front of a device with a monitor? Stuck in traffic in your car? Then listen up!
The Matta Podcast can be downloaded from your favorite podcasting apps — like Apple, Spotify, or Stitcher. These days, Melissa converts her Youtube videos into audio podcasts so that you can listen along at your convenience using your headphones and listening device. Transcripts in Italian and English can be referenced here on the Matta Blog.
Read “Il Risveglio di
Take an armchair trip to Italy reading novels that intertwine a contemporary plot with that of a historical one.
Melissa has written three novels set in Italy. “Dreaming Sophia,” “Waking Isabella,” and “Eternally Artemisia.” Learn more about Italian culture, visit towns and cities all over Italy, and become absorbed in the intriguing plots—all of which touch on a bit of Medici history. Now you can also practice your Italian by reading “Waking Isabella” that she recently translated into Italian — “Il risveglio di Isabella.” All books available on Amazon: $16.99
Follow Melissa on the Matta Facebook page
Follow Melissa on the Matta Facebook page, where she posts daily in Italian about current events, memes, and Italian learning tips.
Join the Matta Facebook Conversation Page and jump into Italian conversation with other language learners, based on prompts that Melissa provides during the week.
Or create your own discussion topic and comment in Italian. Melissa loves that! The important thing is to participate and practice your Italian!
Follow Melissa on Twitter
Don’t have time to write a novel or even a paragraph in Italian LOL!? Then keep your Italian alive with 280 characters a day. Send a tweet in Italian, follow along with Melissa as she tweets, and reposts interesting bits and pieces of information that have to do with Italy, art, writing and, language learning!
Follow Melissa on Instagram
Keep up with all the photos Melissa posts of Italy, Vocab Memes, and more! As they say, a picture is worth 1000 words!
What They’re Saying
I had an absolutely fantastic time in Arezzo! Every day was special. The 4-hour classes were fun and never boring. Paola is a great teacher who knows how to keep beginners rolling and interacting with the language. And every afternoon we had something to look forward to– a stroll in the marketplace, a visit with a local jewelry maker, a cooking class and dinner, a visit to the local cathedral, the famous Jousting Ceremony. In addition, we had instructors giving us details that were always interesting and enriching. The group of 8 was perfect as we got to know each other and have lots of fun together, especially eating great Italian food and drinking wine together! This is the experience for anyone who loves ITALY and wants to learn more about its language, culture, food, and art history! Patricia Chandler, Andiamo in Italia Participant
My husband Art and I were 2 of the lucky participants. If I had to pick a highlight from this adventure it would most certainly be the people! Our group, our teachers, our guides… Of course, the venues were wonderful, the hotel could not be more comfortable, Inviting, beautiful, and perfectly located. The school is in a nutshell, engaging, enthralling, the location, building, teachers, and teaching methods were a delightful surprise. And then there’s Lucca. A hidden gem. An unexpected taste of Tuscany ( literally and figuratively) without the overwhelming tourist onslaught expected in summer. The food is exquisite, the streets, the history, the locals, the WALL! The wall people! A medieval bulwark disguised as a park surrounding the entire city helped us work off the amazing food, cooked for, and, by us in amazing restaurants and organic wineries. But Melissa is the central force behind this success. The perfect hostess with boundless energy, bubbling enthusiasm, and attention to detail is the key to success. Thank you, Melissa, for an amazing experience. Micaela Rauch, Andiamo in Italia Participant