Testimonial Category: Speaking Practice Club

Jolanta Murawicz –Suwik

Jolanta Murawicz –Suwik

Before I met Gloria, I had been studying Italian for a few years, mainly through one-on-one private lessons and using Duolingo.

I decided to join Gloria’s club because it was an opportunity to practice speaking Italian regularly. Gloria comes up with fun topics of conversation for every class and is always very well prepared. During our meetings, we all have a chance to speak. Gloria pays attention to the conversation, correcting and explaining our mistakes. After each class, she sends us very helpful notes and comments on our conversation that day.

I really enjoy the relaxed atmosphere of the meetings. Since joining the club, my Italian has improved—I understand more, my vocabulary is much better, and so is my reading and writing. Most importantly, I no longer panic when I have to speak; in fact, I like to speak now and be part of the conversation!

I strongly recommend the club to anyone who wants to learn Italian in a fun and relaxed way.

Kim Bryan

Kim Bryan

I joined Gloria’s Italian Warriors Club three months ago, and I love it! I began studying (not speaking!)  Italian on my own using a software program.  After a year I was feeling pretty confident with my  progress and in August of 2018 I took my first trip to Italy. However, when it came time to speak, the words did not come out! I just froze! After returning from my trip I decided to find a tutor to help with my speaking skills. I tried three different tutors, but the lessons were so unpleasant and stressful. I became frustrated and lost my desire to continue learning. Then as my August 2019 trip to Italy was quickly approaching, I decided to give it another try. I spent a lot of time searching for a tutor that was encouraging, fun, and passionate about their job. I came upon Gloria and her Italian Warriors Club. It was a perfect fit! After six weeks in The Club, I returned to Italy and the words came out! I was talking with the locals about their families, recipes, dogs and Italy!. Granted, I made mistakes (molto!), and my speech was slow, but I was having  conversations. I was being understood, and the inhibitions were gone. Gloria and The Italian Warriors Club made such a difference. The Club provides a secure and fun environment where you immediately feel comfortable with speaking and not feeling embarrassed about making mistakes. It gave me the confidence that I needed. Also, the club is a tremendous  value. I originally thought that the club was just a once a week group conversation. But I was wrong and found out that there is so much more. It is actually a course built off of a monthly theme. There are both video and audio lessons for listening comprehension, vocabulary with context, grammar, and pronunciation. There are games for practice and a daily homework assignment that only takes a minute or two but it is very beneficial.  Gloria’s program is well organized, thoughtful, creative and the content is fun and relevant. I am such a fan! I highly recommend it! 

Clark Atkins

Clark Atkins

I had taken Italian back in college – many yrs ago – 1986-1989. I loved the Italian language/culture (I started dating this Italian girl from New York – and went to an Italian film class of hers and saw a film by Fellini. I just became more and more engrossed from there really. I joined the club to brush up more on the language. I have gotten some good re-introduction to a lot of things that forgot and some new colloquial things as well. I would recommend the club to someone who is looking for the same thing – you’re very engaging, friendly, and knowledgeable.

Gordon Cameron

Gordon Cameron

I love learning languages because I love to travel. Over the years I’ve had experience of lots of methods and approaches – online and otherwise – and with several different languages. I have to be honest and say that Gloria’s teaching in the club and in person with Skype lessons is right up there with the very best I’ve ever had. Her patient and fun approach, combined with the learning games and the quality of the teaching makes learning fast, challenging but very, very achievable … and above all of that, it’s great fun.

Italian is new to me but at the start of this year I decided to give it a go and before finding Gloria I had tried several other online methods and also had some lessons with tutors from a well known online service. I was making a little bit of progress but it was slow and my confidence with the language wasn’t high.

I found Gloria on instagram and loved the way she presented the language in charming little videos that were easy to understand and really helpful. I decided to join the Italian Warriors Club and I would absolutely recommend it to anyone. It’s great value and quite unique in all my experience.

Each module brings listening practice based around Italian culture and life in Italy. There’s text to practice your reading … followed by vocabulary and grammar lessons and on top of all of that customised games to help retain what you’ve learned. I also love the section on for practicing how to pronounce the language properly.

All in all it’s the best value for learning Italian that you’ll find and I can’t recommend it highly enough.

Celeste Chernin

Celeste Chernin

I joined Gloria’s Italian Italian Warriors Club to connect with a native speaker and to watch, listen, read and write in a positive learning environment.  I also liked the idea of finding a language partner(s) to enhance my experience.  There are many benefits of learning with Gloria.  Her approach to teaching is intelligent, entertaining and highly practical.  She successfully demonstrates helpful techniques for learning.  Her video lessons are delivered in a welcoming and cheerful manner.  They focus on speaking/pronunciation, writing, a daily task, vocabulary and grammar.  They cover a variety of interesting topics (i.e. culture, food, places, etc.)  The material is presented in an organized and well-constructed user-friendly way.  Each monthly lesson plan includes a pronunciation exercise, vocab/grammar section, a practical task and a section of interactive games.  The learning materials are printable so I keep these pages in a binder for easy access and use.  It is an efficient way to keep my study notes in order and serves as an effective reference guide.  The playful games are useful in building vocabulary with repetition and speed.  I actively enjoy the group’s participation because this dynamic really helps in learning too.  Gloria is always available to answer questions, explain and give assistance when needed.  Over time, my comprehension skills have greatly improved and I do have more confidence in working toward my goal of mastering the art of fluency.  I enthusiastically recommend the Club to anyone who is looking for a fun and comprehensive way to learn/study/speak Italian.  Learning with Gloria is a rewarding experience.  I always look forward to her next lesson!

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