What can you do to speak with the Italians?

 

You know how a conversation is supposed to play out. You know your words. You know your phrases… but then you try and speak. And you just go blank.

It was so simple when you first began with your book

 

You memorized a few words, verb conjugations, full sentences… You learnt all the grammar rules by heart, did all the exercises on your textbook, tried to read some short texts…

 

Everything seemed pretty fine. You knew everything you needed to know.

 

What could possibly go wrong?

A few months later, in a small town in Italy…

 

Excited, you land in Italy for your first say at your villa. You can’t wait to get there and make new Italian friends. You collect your luggage, call your taxi and… wait! What is the driver saying? What is he talking about?

 

Moment of silence.

 

Ok, you’ve just arrived. Don’t panic. Maybe you need time to adjust.

 

Then you meet with the villa owner: “buongiorno”, “buongiorno a Lei”… Another moment of awkward silence. Now what? Thank God she speaks English!

 

It can’t be! All this time preparing yourself… for what? You walk around the town and it’s like if you were lost in another dimension. You hear people chatting but you just can’t get what they’re saying. Approaching someone? How? You’re now so tense that you can’t even remember what to say.

 

I know how you’re feeling.

Gloria Spagnoli

I’m Gloria and I turn shy and overwhelmed beginners into confident and aware Italian speakers.

I help you

 

take out the words that you have in your head and use them in your day-to-day conversations

 

understand what Italians say

 

become a confident speaker

 

discover a relaxed, mindful and enjoyable way of learning Italian

Apart from being an Italian teacher, I was (and still am) a language learner. And to be truly honest with you, I have never really been a confident person.

 

Any time I had to speak in a foreign language in front of my classmates, I was always afraid that my teacher would reprimand me in front of everybody for making mistakes. The only idea terrified me so much that I would rather shut up than give myself a chance.

 

The fact that I was never really encouraged, nor given the chance to speak in a foreign language, made me even more insecure any time I wanted to try and say something.

 

When I finally realized that I was in charge of this and that I could do something about it, my whole situation changed.

 

I went from being a shy, sensitive and insecure student to being a confident, aware and sensitive speaker. Yep, I’m still sensitive and I love it.

Gloria Spagnoli

Here are the three points of my philosophy

HUMOR

A good laugh is always a good way to start. A positive experience is what helps us remember the most. A fun connection is what makes a word glue to our memory. A laughter a day keeps stress and fear away.

 

KINDNESS

Learning is a journey, with all its ups and downs. Embrace both the good and the bad days, accept that everything has a process and celebrate every single, albeit small, result. Be kind to yourself when you make a mistake. Beating yourself up has lead you nowhere so far.

 

EMPOWERMENT

As learners, we are in charge of our experience. We can decide whether or not to believe those little voices in our head. We can decide to take the reins and choose the direction of our path. We can learn that we do have the resources and that we can use them during difficult moments.

I can now communicate with confidence

When I strarted my lessons with Gloria I could say two words in Italian…. ciao and grazie, and most day to day interactions with Italians while on holiday were filled with the dread that being unable to understand a language brings.
Now, after taking lessons for around a year I can confidently carry out many tasks covering things like shopping, getting around on public transport, asking for or giving directions along with many other similar day to day conversations. While travelling in Italy I can now communicate with confidence, it’s a great feeling to be able to approach people knowing they will understand what I ask and I will understand their response .
Gloria’s teaching style is very interactive and always fun while still maintaining focus, this approach works well and makes sure lessons are always a pleasure.

Ian Taylor

Today I am a confident Italian speaker who can comfortably hold conversations, arrange logistics, and enjoy shows and podcasts in Italian

I was lucky to find Gloria nine months ago, and it has been “un bel viaggo italiano” – a beautiful Italian journey – ever since. Gloria is a joy to work with. She is always energetic and funny, but also patient and well-prepared. She thoughtfully designs curricula that cover the essentials, adhere to your goals, and are enjoyable to complete. Gloria often claims she is a clown disguised as a teacher, and it’s definitely true. I look forward to every lesson because I know I will laugh, but also learn. As a result of studying with Gloria, today I am a confident Italian speaker who can comfortably hold conversations, arrange logistics, and enjoy shows and podcasts in Italian. I enthusiastically recommend Gloria as a language teacher!

Zenzile Moore

How to find your Italian voice

Feeling like a fish out of water during a conversation in Italian?

Tired of missing the topic of the conversation?

Wondering how to find the right words?

How to find your Italian voice