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Italian Beginners Online, starting on August 24th!

Italian Beginners classes have been running online for over a year and have been very successful: small groups, a conversational approach in a fun and relax environment are the keys for this success. Finally you can learn and enjoy our classes from everywhere in the world from the comfort of your home!

Full course description:

Fancy learning Italian? Whether you are planning a trip to Italy or you have decided to learn this beautiful, musical and colourful language for fun, 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 so much 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 our next course. Booking your place is essential, and 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 to avoid disappointment www.italiancork.com/italian-beginners-italiancork

Details

Beginning August 24th
Wednesday from 7.30 – 9.00 pm (Irish time)
Online classes (ZOOM)
A 10 lesson course: €120

New Italian Beginners Online

If you are interested, or if you have a friend or a relative interested in learning this beautiful and musical language for your next holiday or for fun, we are starting a New Beginners Online Class on the 23rd of March.

Italian Beginners Classes have been running online for over two years and have been very successful: small groups, a conversational approach in a fun and relaxed environment are the key to their success. In fact, students speak Italian from their first day of class and we have a lot of fun, fantastico!
You can learn and have fun from everywhere in the world from the comfort of your favourite couch! 

Il Presepio – Italian traditional nativity scene

Ecco qui il nostro presepio! Here is our presepio and this year, we really worked very hard!

You probably already know about the Italian Christmas tradition called Presepio or Presepe. It is the nativity scene that we build at Christmas’ time all over Italy. The first Presepio was ‘invented’ by San Francesco d’Assisi and it was a ‘Living Presepio’ (using actual people). In 1223 he gathered a few people in Greggio (a rural village in Umbria) and they reenacted the ‘nativity scene’. San Francesco celebrated mass on the makeshift altar by the manger. 

Nowadays, we do have living presepio/presepe in Italy, especially in small villages (they are called ‘borgo’ or ‘borgo medievale’ as they are usually of mediaeval origin), but in most houses we build our own presepio with figurines, houses and all the possible items to recreate the nativity scene. Usually, our figurines and a few other pieces, such as the grotto, come from our great grandparents or even older ancestors. But, tradition demands that every year something new must appear and give a ‘boost’ or a new ‘shine’ to the nativity scene of the previous year. 

Allora, here is my challenge for you. Ecco (here) last year’s presepio. 

tradition Italian Beginners

And at the top of the page is the new one… could you tell me what’s new?

This wonderful Italian tradition is also spreading through Ireland. In fact, you can admire a beautiful presepio in Saint Peter’s and Paul’s church and the other one in Galway!

And here is a first year presepio from my mother in law’s house: she worked very hard with my nephews Dave, Peter and even Jacob helped with the stained glass church window!

Allora, what are you waiting for? You better start now, you better work hard, and let me know if you need any help with it;-)

How to excel in Italian on the Leaving Cert!

Italian leaving cert success grinds Cork

Great news for students who want to boost their Leaving Cert outcome, be more relaxed during their leaving cert time and learn a beautiful language of great use to their future either for work or holiday.

I have been preparing students for their Italian Leaving Cert for 11 years and, thanks to my students committment and my teaching they all passed with either an A1/H1 or A2/H2, grazie a Dio! I usually prepare between 2 and 4 students a year.  

Italian is not a difficult language to learn and I am not saying this just because I am Italian, but because I can compare it with English, French and Spanish that I studied in the past and with Gaeilge which I started learning a couple of years ago (for my sins as many of my Irish students say;-)!

Most of my students are English speakers and they find Italian easier in comparison to French, Spanish and Irish especially because Italian pronunciation is very easy. A student is able to read and have perfect pronunciation in 2 hours. In fact, unlike the other languages I mentioned above, we pronounce words exactly as they are written. The name of each vowel is identical to its sound and vowels never change their sounds, even when they are clustered together! This is an amazing feature, trust me!

The most important or, should I say, the crucial requirement about taking Italian for the Leaving Cert is to start early. A language needs time to consolidate and daily practice:  we are talking about 15 minutes a day. All this preparation will reward the student who will be well prepared in advance and have more time to dedicate to other subjects. 

To give you an example: I prepared E. and A. recently. Two English speakers who didn’t have any second language or Italian. They started attending two years before their Leaving Cert for an hour a week. About 9 months before their oral exam, for a short period of time they attended 2 hours a week; but I hardly saw them after their oral in April, until a couple of weeks before their exam in August. They just kept it up with 15 minutes practice a day and they had plenty of time for their other subjects. They both passed with H2. 

If students start earlier (during their second or third year of secondary school), if they have some Italian already or if one of their parents is Italian, there is no reason why they can’t get an H1 as over 35% of my students have done. 

If you or your child are thinking of taking Italian in the Leaving Cert and you’d like to help them maximise their potential, please don’t hesitate to get in touch for an informative chat. 

Allora (so), hai capito? Did you understand? 

Andiamo! Let’s go!

Upcoming Classes

All upcoming classes will be listed here with all the details currently available. Often future classes will not be available to book until closer to the start date. If you would like to be updated on a class, please enter your email and the level you are interested in on the blue bar at the top of this page and we will let you know when that class is ready to book.

CourseWhereStartingClassesPlaces leftCostBook
Italian for BeginnersItalianCorkWed. 24th August 7:30-9 pm10€120Book Now
Italian Pre-intermediate Fluency Plus Online ClassItalianCorkWed. 24th August 6-7.30 pm6€80Coming Soon
Italian Continuation Fluency Plus Online ClassItalianCorkMon. 22nd August 6:30-8 pm6€80Coming Soon
Advanced Fluency (Plus Grammar highlights) Online ClassItalianCorkWed. 24th August 2-3:30 pm6€80Coming Soon
Intermediate Fluency (Plus Grammar Highlights) Online ClassItalianCorkMon. 22nd August 11 am -12:30 pm6€80Coming Soon
Upper intermediate Fluency Online ClassItalianCorkThurs. 25th August 6:30-8 pm6€80Coming Soon
Upper Beginners Fluency Online ClassItalianCorkTues. 23rd August 6:30-8 pm6€80Coming Soon

More info?

Email Carolina at carolina@italiancork.com or phone on 0879588375 if you have questions.

Italian Beginners Online, starting on August 9th!

Buongiorno,

Spero che stiate tutti bene e che vi stiate godendo questo tempo italiano in Irlanda (od ovunque voi siate;-)
Hope you’re well and you’re enjoying this Italian weather in Ireland (or wherever you are 😉 )

If you are interested, or if you have a friend or a relative interested in learning this beautiful and musical language for your next holiday or for fun, we are starting a New Beginners Online Class on the 9th of August.

Italian Beginners Classes have been running online for over a year and have been very successful: small groups, a conversational approach in a fun and relaxed environment are the key to their success. In fact, students speak Italian from their first day of class and we have a lot of fun, fantastico!
You can learn and have fun from everywhere in the world from the comfort of your favourite couch! 

Full course description:
Fancy learning Italian? Whether you are planning a trip to Italy or you have decided to learn this beautiful, musical and colourful language for fun, 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, book a restaurant, ask for information and so much 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 our next course.

Booking your place is essential, and 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 to avoid disappointment

www.italiancork.com/italian-beginners-italiancork

Details:
Beginning August 9th
Monday from 6.30 – 8.30 pm (Irish time)
Online classes (ZOOM)
10 lesson course: €130

Italian Beginners Online starting on August 9th

Italian Beginners classes have been running online for over a year and have been very successful: small groups, a conversational approach in a fun and relax environment are the keys for this success. Finally you can learn and enjoy our classes from everywhere in the world from the comfort of your home!

Full course description:

Fancy learning Italian? Whether you are planning a trip to Italy or you have decided to learn this beautiful, musical and colourful language for fun, 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 so much 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 our next course. Booking your place is essential, and 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 to avoid disappointment www.italiancork.com/italian-beginners-italiancork

Details

Beginning August 9th
Monday from 6.30 – 8.30 pm (Irish time)
Online classes (ZOOM)
A 10 lesson course: €130

Italian Beginners Online, starting on April 20th

Finally we have the time to learn Italian and we don’t even have to travel, but we can attend and from the comfort of our own homes! Italian Beginners classes have been running online for over a year and have been very successful: small groups, a conversational approach in a fun and relax environment are the keys for this success.

Full course description:

Fancy learning Italian? Whether you are planning a trip to Italy or you have decided to learn this beautiful, musical and colourful language for fun, 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 so much 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 our next course. Booking your place is essential, and 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 to avoid disappointment www.italiancork.com/italian-beginners-italiancork

Details

Beginning April 20th
Tuesday from 6.00 – 8.00 pm
Online classes (ZOOM)
A 10 lesson course: €130

Arrivederci Natale

Presepio Italian Beginners

Again this year, the 6th of January has arrived… the time to take down our presepio (nativity scene) and put all our little buildings, figurines and lights in our big box, and up they go to the attic.

Every year our creation gets new pieces… this year we added a few mountains and a well. New materials are always welcome and they can be provided by all sorts of things: new packaging from a delivery (all the houses in the picture), boxes (the mountains) or clay (the well). Some items such as grass and bushes are from professional shops such as Marks model in town. In theory they sell all that’s necessary for model trains, but their grass sheets and bushes are just perfect in our presepio. 

Kevin and I always keep an eye out during the year for new materials that can spark new ideas for our presepio. It is a great tradition that has been passed down to me from my family. In fact, all the figures, the stable and the shooting star were the same I used to put in my own presepio as a little girl. It is great that my son enjoys this tradition… in fact he said that <<Fare il presepio è una delle cose che amo di più del Natale (making the presepio is one of the things I love the most about Christmas)>>. And he became very good at it!

Of course, I didn’t invent the Presepio (or Presepe), but Francesco d’Assisi (Saint Frances d’Assisi) did: the first Presepio in the world took place in Greggio town in 1223 and it was a living nativity scene with real animals and people. And the ‘Presepio vivente’ (living nativity scene) is still a tradition in many small Italian towns at Christmas time. 

Benvenuta Befana!

But, last night at midnight, I Re Magi (Three Wise Men) arrived to pay homage to Gesù Bambino in our Presepio and the Befana visited our house, too. In fact, today we found our stockings filled with small and lovely presents that the Befana brought for us. And tomorrow we’ll say goodbye to our presepio… It is really true what we say in Italy ‘L’Epifania tutte le feste porta via (the Epiphany takes away all the holidays)’, but this time kids are not back to school, yet… Mamma mia!

Italian Conversation
English translation: With broom and mask
With shawl and sanitizer
With sweets in the stocking
She brings to us all the hope
of taking off the mask
of throwing away the sanitizer
of smiling more than before
of the sun going up tomorrow

PS: If you’d like to know more about our unique Befana, just check it here

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