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 on-line and in Italy
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.
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One-on-One Informal Conversation Practice with Melissa via Skype or Facetime
Looking for a language partner to practice your conversational skills? Melissa is available to chat with you in Italian to keep your language alive and well. 1/2 hour chat sessions are available for all levels of Italian language learners and can be scheduled via an easy sign-up calendar system. Payment is accepted via Paypal.
Sign up for a one-timet, weekly or monthly chat sessions.
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Personalized Italian Language Homestay Vacations
Live and learn in the comfort of your Italian teacher’s home in Italy. Organized much like Melissa’s small group immersion programs, an Italian language homestay vacation is customized for 1 or 2 people. Melissa partners with and organizes homestays for you with Italian teachers from Milan, Liguria, Florence, and Rome to the Amalfi Coast all the way down to Sicilia to provide you with a range of instructors located in exciting locations.
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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.
Read the Dual-Language Blog
Every week, Melissa posts new articles in both Italian and English. Subscribing to the Matta Blog, you will learn about Italian culture, music, art and wine, and other fascinating current topics—as well as tips to learn the language. What could be more rewarding than having an “ah-ha!” moment when you realize your reading comprehension has improved simply by diving deeper into another Matta post! Melissa loves it when you leave a comment, too!
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Matta YouTube Channel
To improve her own Italian speaking skills, Melissa began the Matta Youtube Channel. It not only combines her love of the language but her passion for theater, drama, music, and art! Each Youtube video is followed up with a blog post so that you can follow along with Melissa by reading the text of the video in both Italian and English
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Matta YouTube Podcast
Not sitting in front of a device with a monitor? Stuck in traffic in your car? Then listen up! Melissa also has a Podcast channel, and you can download the audio of past and previous episodes. These days, Melissa converts her Youtube videos into sound so that you can listen along at your convenience.
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Read Melissa’s Novel “Waking Isabella” translated into Italian
Melissa has written three novels set in Italy. “Dreaming Sophia,” “Waking Isabella,” and “Eternally Artemisia.” Take an armchair trip to Italy reading novels that intertwine a contemporary plot with that of a historical one. 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.
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 Group and jump into Italian conversation with other language learners, based on prompts that Melissa provides during the week. Or create your own discussion topic. Melissa loves that!
Follow Melissa’s Twitter Feed
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 Melissa as she tweets, and reposts interesting bits and pieces of information that have to do with Italy, art, writing and language learning!
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