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Junior Cert and Leaving Cert, come prendere più punti? Con la Nostra Lingua!

Italian leaving cert

Certo che bisogna fare una bella figura, con i congiuntivi ed i condizionali al posto giusto, una buona conoscenza della grammatica italiana e delle espressioni idiomatiche più conosciute… Questa è una ragione in più, ed un’ottima ragione perché i nostri figli imparino l’italiano da piccoli attraverso giochi, canzoni e presentazioni divertenti con altri bambini che parlano italiano. Festeggiare il Carnevale, il Natale, la Pasqua e scoprire insieme tradizioni tipiche italiane come la Befana… tutto contribuirà a dare il grande regalo della nostra lingua ai nostri figli che, non solo potranno parlare con i loro nonni italiani, ma avranno punti in più per il Junior e, ancora più importante, per il Leaving Cert senza alcuna fatica.

Qui a Piccolitalia cominciamo a capire la differenza tra maschile e femminile con l’aiuto dei nostri amici articoli determinativi già a 4 anni! E poi facciamo ginnastica con i nomi irregolari (le mani, la mano, le ginocchia, il ginocchio, le braccia, il braccio, per esempio) e contemporaneamente impariamo i verbi… quando si è piccoli è tutto più facile!

Ecco il programma per il nostro Gruppo Scuola

GRUPPO SCUOLA

Preparatevi a partire con le nostre lezioni del Gruppo Scuola! La nostra grammatica diventa sempre impegnativa, ma divertente e dinamica! Incontreremo gli articoli indeterminativi (un, uno, una, un’), gli aggettivi di secondo tipo (interessante/i) e finalmente i verbi delle 3 coniugazioni al presente!

Impariamo continuamente, non solo attraverso giochi, ma anche attraverso video divertenti e canzoni che i bambini potranno rivedere e cantare a casa!

Imparare adesso, attraverso il gioco, le canzoni ed i video con compagni che parlano italiano è facile, divertente ed assicura l’apprendimento della lingua italiana per la vita (grammatica, conoscenza di modi di dire e tradizioni incluse), utile non solo per andare in Italia e parlare con nonni e parenti, ma anche per avere un punteggio più alto per la Junior Cert e per la Leaving Cert… E se avete bisogno di informazioni riguardo a questo tema, sarò contenta di aiutarvi (preparo ragazzi e ragazze italiani e non, da anni).

Le lezioni del Gruppo Scuola si terranno ogni due sabati e saranno di un’ora e mezza… ci sarà tempo per imparare, divertirsi, festeggiare il Carnevale e vedere come si festeggia nelle diverse regioni italiane… tutto in italiano, ovviamente!

Per saperne di più, andate al sito www.italiancork.com/155-2/

Per maggiori informazioni mandate una e-mail a carolina@italiancork.com o telefonate a 087 9588375.

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New Beginners Course Starting January 14th – Few Places Left!

Italian Beginners Cork

Fancy learning Italian? Whether you are going to Italy for your holidays or you have decided to learn this beautiful, musical and colourful language, let’s start with our Beginners course. Practical conversation is included from our first class and, during our lessons, we will learn how to introduce ourselves, place an order at the restaurant, ask for information and more. Grammar is immediately implemented in practical and useful conversational tasks, but it will also give you good foundations if you decide to progress with your Italian and join the next course. Booking your place is essential, but remember that this course is for a small group in order to allow students to fully participate and get the best learning experience… but this course gets booked up very quickly and there are only few places left! To secure your place you can enrol online https://www.italiancork.com/course-payments-page/

Course details

Starting date: Monday 14th of January

Last lesson: 8th of April

Time: 6.30-8.00 pm

Number of lessons: 12

Max number of students: 10

Location: Blackrock (parking available), 202, 215, 219 bus route

Price: €120

There won’t be a lesson on Monday the 18th of February as it is Mid Term Break.

NB: Students who miss class will receive an email with the course material, summary of what was covered and audio files/video (if used during lesson) so that they won’t fall behind.

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Give the gift of Italian this Christmas

Have you been thinking about a great present for Christmas?

Would you like to gift your loved ones with an Italian language experience to get them fully ready to enjoy Italy, surrounded by culture, art and history? Because Italian is…

If so, it’s not too late, but hurry! Our course will start on the 14th of January and, as it is very interactive, practical and conversational based, we won’t be able to host more than 10 students.

To secure your place you can enrol online https://www.italiancork.com/course-payments-page/

Italian Beginners Cork

Fancy learning Italian? Whether you are going to Italy for your holidays or you have decided to learn this beautiful, musical and colourful language, let’s start with our Beginners course. Practical conversation is included from our first class and, during our lessons, we will learn how to introduce ourselves, place an order at the restaurant, ask for information and more. Grammar is immediately implemented in practical and useful conversational tasks, but it will also give you good foundations if you decide to progress with your Italian and join the next course. Booking your place is essential, but remember that this course is for a small group in order to allow students to fully participate and get the best learning experience. Therefore, I would recommend that you book as soon as possible by email (carolina@italiancork.com) or by text (087 9588375)

Course details

Starting date: Monday 14th of January

Last lesson: 8th of April

Time: 6.30-8.00 pm

Number of lessons: 12

Max number of students: 10

Location: Blackrock (parking available), 202, 215, 219 bus route

Price: €120

There won’t be a lesson on Monday the 18th of February as it is Mid Term Break.

NB: Students who miss class will receive an email with the course material, summary of what was covered and audio files/video (if used during lesson) so that they won’t fall behind.

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Pronti a partire con Piccolitalia!

GRUPPO SCUOLA (English below)

Stiamo per ripartire con le nostre lezioni del Gruppo Scuola. Dopo le nostre lunghe vacanze estive faremo un bel ripasso della grammatica che abbiamo studiato l’anno scorso: i nomi, il maschile ed il femminile, il singolare ed il plurale, i nomi in e (la neve, il sole, etc.) gli articoli determinativi (il, lo, la, etc.), il verbo essere ed il verbo avere ed introdurremo gli articoli indeterminativi (un, uno, una, etc.). Ci saranno anche delle novità: inseriremo anche un po’ di geografia sulle regioni italiane, che ci permetterà di scoprire posti italiani bellissimi, lavorare sulla nostra comprensione orale e scritta e di arricchire il nostro vocabolario. Impariamo divertendoci ed impariamo in modo efficace con un approccio olistico che include l’aspetto cinestetico e visuale molto importanti nei bambini. Impariamo continuamente, non solo attraverso giochi, ma anche attraverso video divertenti e canzoni che i bambini potranno rivedere e cantare a casa! Le lezioni del Gruppo Scuola si terranno ogni due sabati e saranno di un’ora e mezza… ci sarà tempo per imparare, divertirsi e festeggiare il Natale, tutto in italiano (ovviamente)!

Dettagli per il Gruppo Scuola

Numero di lezioni: 7

Date delle lezioni:

1) sabato 22 settembre

2) sabato 6 ottobre

3) sabato 20 ottobre

4) sabato 3 novembre

5) sabato 17 novembre

6) sabato 1′ dicembre

7) sabato 15 dicembre

Orario: 12.00-13.30 am

Prezzo: € 80 per 7 lezioni

Discount: €75 per ogni fratello o sorella (di bambini già iscritti)

Numero massimo per bambini per lezione: 10

Per maggiori informazioni su metodologie ed obiettivi andate al link https://www.italiancork.com/metodologie-obiettivi/

Italian for children Cork

Per maggiori informazioni mandate una e-mail a carolina@italiancork.com o telefonate a 087 9588375.

GRUPPO SCUOLA (School Group)

We are about to start with our Gruppo Scuola lessons. After our long summer holidays we will extensively revise what we learned last year: Italian nouns, masculine, feminine, singular and plural, definite articles (the), nouns finishing in e, the Essere verb (to be) and Avere (to have). We will introduce the indefinite articles (a/an). We also have some news: we will introduce geography about Italian regions. This will allow us to discover beautiful Italian places, work on our comprehension and enrich our  vocabulary. We won’t get bored at all! We’re learning while having fun using a holistic approach which includes kinaesthetic and visual elements so important for children. We constantly learn, not only through games, but also through video and songs that students will be able to watch and sing at home. The Gruppo Scuola will be held every two weeks and will be 1.5 hours long… plenty of time to learn, have fun and celebrate Natale (Christmas)… all in Italian!

Details of the Gruppo ScuolaItalian for children in Cork

Number of lessons: 7

Dates:

1) Saturday 22nd of September

2) Saturday 6th of October

3) Saturday 20th of October

4) Saturday 3rd of November

5) Saturday 17th of November

6) Saturday 1st of December

7) Saturday 15th of December

Time: 12.00-13.30

Price: € 80 for 7 lessons

Discount: € 75 for brothers and sisters (of attending children)

Maximum number of children per class: 10

Time: 12.00-13.30

Price: € 80 for 7 lessons

Discount: € 75 for brothers and sisters (of attending children)

Maximum number of children per class: 10

For more info you can send us an email at carolina@italiancork.com or ring on 087 9588375.

Gioca e Impara (English below)

Stiamo per cominciare il nostro Gioca e Impara! Per tutti i bambini che vogliono imparare l’italiano o per quelli che già lo parlano un po’ e vogliono impararlo meglio in modo attivo, divertente e soprattutto in compagnia di altri bambini. Faremo un piccolo ripasso sui colori, sui numeri e sul tempo, lavoreremo sui suoni italiani più facili e ci divertiremo parlando delle parti del corpo, della casa e degli animali. Quest’anno, inoltre, cominceremo a leggere ed a lavorare sul nostro nuovo libro ‘Raccontami 1’ corso di lingua italiana per bambini (Luca Cortis-Elisa Giuliani Pancheri). Insomma, non ci annoieremo di sicuro! Impariamo divertendoci ed impariamo in modo efficace con un approccio olistico che include l’aspetto cinestetico e visuale molto importanti nei bambini. Lavoriamo continuamente sul nostro vocabolario, non solo attraverso giochi e storytelling, ma anche attraverso video divertenti e canzoni che i bambini potranno rivedere e cantare a casa! Le lezioni di Gioca e Impara si terranno ogni due sabati (eccetto per Pasqua dove avremo 2 settimane di vacanza)  e saranno di un’ora e mezza… ci sarà tempo per imparare, divertirsi e festeggiare il Natale e la Befana… tutto in italiano, ovviamente!

Dettagli per Gioca & ImparaDSC_0490

Numero di lezioni: 7

Date delle lezioni:

1) sabato 22 settembre

2) sabato 6 ottobre

3) sabato 20 ottobre

4) sabato 3 novembre

5) sabato 17 novembre

6) sabato 1′ dicembre

7) sabato 15 dicembre

Orario: 13.30-15.00 am

Prezzo: € 80 per 8 lezioni

Discount: € 75 per ogni fratello o sorella (di bambini già iscritti)

Numero massimo per bambini per lezione: 10

Per maggiori informazioni mandate una e-mail a carolina@italiancork.com o telefonate a 087 9588375.

Gioca e Impara (Play & Learn)

We are about to start our Gioca e Impara class! For all children who want to learn Italian or for those who already speak a little Italian and would like to improve it in an active and fun way with other children. We will revise our colours, numbers and weather. We will learn about Italian sounds and we will have fun while learning about the house, the animals and the parts of our bodies. We will also start reading and working on our new book ‘Raccontami 1’ corso di lingua italiana per bambini (Luca Cortis- Elisa Pancheri). We won’t get bored at all! We’re learning while having fun through the holistic approach which includes kinaesthetic and visual elements so important for children. We constantly learn new vocabulary, not only through games and storytelling, but also through videos and songs that students will be able to watch and sing at home. The Gioca e Impara group will be held every two weeks and it will be 1.5 hours long… plenty of time to learn, have fun and celebrate Natale (Christmas) and Befana… all in Italian!

Details of the Gioca & ImparaDSC_0419

Number of lessons: 7

Dates:

1) Saturday 22nd of September

2) Saturday 6th of October

3) Saturday 20th of October

4) Saturday 3rd of November

5) Saturday 17th of November

6) Saturday 1st of December

7) Saturday 15th of December

Time: 13.30-15.00

Price: € 80 for 7 lessons

Discount: € 75 for brothers and sisters (of attending children)

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Brand New Italian Beginners Course

Italian for Beginners Cork

Fancy learning Italian? Whether you are going to Italy for your holidays or you have decided to learn this beautiful, musical and colourful language, let’s start with our Beginners course. Practical conversation is included from our first class and, during our lessons, we will learn how to introduce ourselves, place an order at the restaurant, ask for information and more. Grammar is immediately implemented in practical and useful conversational tasks, but it will also give you good foundations if you decide to progress with your Italian and join the next course. Booking your place is essential, but remember that this course is for a small group in order to allow students to fully participate and get the best learning experience. Therefore, I would recommend that you book as soon as possible by email (carolina@italiancork.com) or by text (087 9588375) ONLY 2 PLACES LEFT!!

Course details

Starting date: Monday 10th of September

Last lesson: 3rd December

Time: 6.30-8.00 pm

Number of lessons: 12

Max number of students: 10

Location: Blackrock (parking available), 202, 215, 219 bus route

Price: €120

There won’t be a lesson on Monday the 29th of October as it is Bank Holiday week end.

NB: Students who miss class will receive an email with the course material, summary of what was covered and audio files/video (if used during lesson) so that they won’t fall behind.

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Fluency Classes? Caffè italiano!

Italian Beginners CorkDuring our Fluency classes we talk a lot, ONLY in Italian, of course. We talk about Italian regions, Italian food, Italian dialects, Italian traditions, Italian holidays, Italian good and bad habits, Italian gestures and many more topics. Right now we are talking about ‘Caffè italiano’ and, believe it or not, there is so much to say.

 

First of all, I have a question for you. Please, take a look at these 2 pictures and tell me which one is the caffè.

Italian Beginners Cork

Italian Beginners Cork

 

 

 

 

 

 

Solution: the caffè is the one in the tazzina (small cup).

The other one is a café (French word for bar).

In fact, in Italy we go to a bar to have our colazione (breakfast) or pranzo (lunch). Many bars in Italy close at 7pm, so they are not to be confused with pubs. We do have some bars or ‘birrerie’ that are open, but many bars are opened only during the day.

Now that we know what Italians mean by ‘caffè’… let’s see how many kinds of caffè they have. I’m telling you, they are so many that it will take us hours to talk about them… for now, let’s take a look at some pictures: do you know all the names of these caffè? Next week, after our lesson, you’ll know all about them!

Italian Conversation Cork


Italian Beginners Cork

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Brand new Italian Summer Class for Complete Beginners

Fancy learning Italian? Whether you are going to Italy for your holidays or you have decided to learn this beautiful, musical and colourful language, let’s start with our Beginners course. Practical conversation is included from our first class and, during our lessons, we will learn how to introduce ourselves, place an order at the restaurant, ask for information and more. Grammar is immediately implemented in practical and useful conversational tasks, but it will also give you good foundations if you decide to progress with your Italian and join the next course. Booking your place is essential, but remember that this course is for a small group in order to allow students to fully participate and get the best learning experience. Therefore, I would recommend that you book as soon as possible by email (carolina@italiancork.com) or by text (087 9588375).

Course details

Starting date: 9th of July

Last lesson: 3rd of September

Time: 6.30-8.30 pm

Number of lessons: 8

Max number of students: 10

Location: Blackrock

Price: €120

NB: Students who miss class will receive an email with the course material, summary of what was covered and audio files/video (if used during lesson) so that they won’t fall behind.

There won’t be a lesson on Monday the 6th of August as it is Bank Holiday week end.

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Raising a bilingual child, our seventh year

Italian Beginners Cork

Here we are, with 30 new classmates in Mila

Wow, time flies… Kevin’s about to finish first class and here are the updates on our bilingual/multilingual experience. 

I am Italian and my husband is Irish and we live in Cork, an English speaking town located in the south of Ireland. We have a son, Kevin, and during his first months of life, we decided to raise him bilingual. Therefore, I started to study about bilingualism and I found out that the most important, fundamental and irreplaceable practice I had to implement in order to pursue our mission was to speak Italian and only Italian to my son. At the time I was also working on my English in order to sound more like an English speaker, so I had avoided speaking Italian or listening to Italian or even meeting Italian people… what a blow it was to go back on my plan, but I knew that bilingualism was a great gift for my son… a key for more languages in the future, a brain that has more connections between the right and the left side and all the advantages that come with this. 

In our previous post we talked about our 3 first years of experience in raising our son Kevin bilingual (Italian/English). We talked about the reasons behind our choice, our fears and the strategies we implemented to overcome several hurdles. If you are about to undertake this journey and you feel discouraged by so many hindering factors, please read my previous post and feel free to contact me if you have any questions about how we got on. 

I am happy to say that Kevin is still speaking only Italian to me and that we have no problems when we go to Italy and this year Kevin even went to an Italian school in Milan and attended the second class for 3 days (his first Erasmus!). BUT… all this doesn’t come without a bit of work! 

As I already wrote about all the obstacles and the way we overcame them during Kevin’s first three years, I will start now from the start of his primary school, almost 4 years ago. 

Before starting school Kevin was bilingual and his Italian was his dominant language. He was spending a lot of time with me (he went to a Montessori school for three hours a day) and he was attending our Italian school on Saturday. He knew the Italian alphabet and the sound of most syllables. 

I was aware that being in an English environment the dominant language (English) would eventually prevail over Italian… so I used all my resources to keep him interested and attached to Italian while his dad would speak to him in English and started working on his English reading skills.

When he started attending junior infants he also started to use more and more English words with me and I started worrying… all my efforts, all my hard work, all my time! No panic mamma, no panic. I ‘fought a battle on two fronts’. First of all and it is very important, I kindly refused to understand Kevin any time he would use an English word. This was very frustrating for him as he genuinely couldn’t remember some words after speaking in English for 5 hours in a row. To give you a concrete example, he would say an Italian sentence with the word ‘instead’ (invece in Italian). I remember telling him ‘Come si dice instead in italiano?’ (how do you say instead in italiano?). We would get frustrated and say ‘non lo so mamma, non ricordo!’ (I don’t know mamma, I don’t remember!). So I’ve started helping him to retrieve the ‘lost words’. In this way I helped him consolidate his Italian. In fact, retrieving or recalling is an important step to consolidate vocabulary. I used to start the word ‘si dice in, inv…’ (we say in, inv…) and Kevin would happily finish the word, with a great sense of achievement. This process also taps into our dopamine system giving us a great sense of reward and we feel we want more of it. Therefore, Kevin became used to this process and shortly afterwards he stopped forgetting Italian words. 

Secondly, we banned English cartoons and movies all together. They got replaced with… French cartoons, movies and even songs. I know it sounds bizarre, but it worked! As I can speak French fluently, I’ve started playing games in French with Kevin when he was about 3, reading him short stories and every now and then we would watch a French cartoon. Therefore, he just started watching French cartoons every evening, his French got much better very soon and the English interference during our conversations disappeared entirely. 

This is going on for more than 2 years and now my son speaks 3 languages and he is even learning Irish in school… and teaching me! 

Piccolitalia, our Italian school is also playing a very important role for his Italian language, his Italian culture and Italian socialisation. This year we are learning about masculine and feminine, singular and plural nouns, definite articles and verbs and he is very happy, interested and proud of his Italian in his Italian class with his Italian speaking friends!

 

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