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!