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
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.
2020: Arezzo June / Lucca Sept
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-time, weekly or monthly chat sessions.
Price: 25 / 30 minutes
At Home in Italy
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 Italian teachers and organizes homestays for you from Milan, Liguria, Florence, and Rome to the Amalfi Coast all the way down to Sicilia. Click for more information and to view all the teachers’ bios.
Price: $1000 to $1,500 / week
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 download 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 Melissa’s Novel
“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. Melissa loves that!
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!
What They’re Saying
I had an absolutely fantastic time in Arezzo! Everyday 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 market place, 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 greet 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, 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