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I was lucky to find the Italian Virtual School in August of 2020 and have enjoyed weekly lessons with Silvia since then. I am 77 years old now and was a Navy "brat" in Napoli as a kid where I learned rudiments of Italian. Wanting to do something useful during Covid Lockdown, I was lucky to find Silvia. We have worked our way through the book and done outside readings, listened to podcasts and watched Youtube, which have made homework and learning fun. Coincidentally learning about philosophy, history, culture made it even better. I cannot say enough about how much I respect my teacher and am grateful to her for my new and improving competence in Italian. I look forward now to being able to get along, read and converse in this wonderful language. I warmly recommend her school without reservation
I have been taking lessons with Silvia since August 2020. I found her to be extremely patient and personable. I am glad that I not only found a good italian teacher but also a good friend. I strongly recommend Silvia and her virtual italian school without any hesitation. It’s been a rewarding 9 months.
I started lessons with Giuseppe just 5-6 months ago. My fluency and speaking ability back then were not that good (I wasn't able to form a complete sentence correctly). However, due to the huge support I got from Guiseppe and his constant attention even to the small details, I was able to achieve a much higher level of fluency and confidence in a really short period of time.
Daniela è una grande professoressa!
Le lezioni sono educativi e molto divertenti allo stesso tempo. Imparare Italiano era mai cosi piacevole! Credo che la combinatione di corsi online e compiti per casa sia una perfetta combinatione per apprendere la lingua.
Daniela is a great teacher! There's a lot of fun in the class and retention is high. She really makes the class enjoyable. Thank you Daniela!
Ciao! Mi chiamo Catharina, ho 55 anni e sono belga. La mia madrelingua è l’olandese. Negli anni precedenti ho già seguito diversi corsi d’italiano qui in Belgio.
Per non perdere ciò che ho imparato nel passato, ho deciso di iscrivermi alla scuola ‘Italian virtual school’.
All’inizio ho indicato quali erano le mie aspettative: praticare l’italiano ascoltando e parlando, ed esercitarmi sugli argomenti più complicati della grammatica.
Ogni lezione parlo con Silvia per quasi un’ora. Discutiamo del nostro lavoro, della nostra famiglia, di storia, della cucina italiana,… Pratichiamo l’italiano anche tramite lo studio di modi di dire e proverbi.
Per quanto riguarda la comprensione orale dell’italiano, mi manda link per ascoltare podcast su soggetti/argomenti diversi.
Così, anche in questi tempi difficili con il corona virus in cui non possiamo viaggiare, ogni 2 settimane mi sento un po’ in Italia.
Raccomando vivamente la scuola a tutti!
Italian Virtual School is home to truly outstanding educators. I was immediately impressed after my first lesson with Silvia and continued to be so with my ongoing lessons with Giuseppe. He conveyed a palpable passion for literature and I found his literary/cultural breadth inspiring - all combined with genuine warmth and affability; I felt I was not only improving my Italian, but also gaining a friend. I would certainly recommend this school which appears to place a high premium on the calibre of its teachers.
I am writing another few after recently completing another series of lessons, this time with Daniela.
Once again, I can without a doubt recommend this program to anyone looking to learn Italian!
During these series of lessons I prepared for my University Italian language exam and generally improved my command of the language through open conversation and exercises with videos, texts, and exercises all made available by Daniela.
I found Daniela to be an excellent instructor and again was a joy to have class with! She was always well prepared for our lessons, an excellent conversationalist, and flexible with my other (sometimes last minute) obligations. Not only did she provide me with the necessary grammar but also helped in answering questions about phrases I heard while out and about. She provided an indispensable cultural insight and patiently equipped me with greater confidence in my speaking ability.
I am happy to have passed my University Italian exam and I often receive compliments of my language abilities considering the length of my studies - a testament not to myself but to the level of instruction I've received from this program!
Again, do not hesitate to select this program if you are hoping to learn or improve your Italian!
I am extremely happy with the lessons given by Giuseppe.
He is truly a patient and attentive teacher. He has an outstanding culture and manage to communicate human warmth, even through Skype.
I plan on continuing my lessons with him.
And this is a real review, by a real student 🙂
When I look backwards and remember how i started learning Italian as a beginner and compare my fluency and linguistic abilities in the past to my current fluency and confidence while speaking Italian, I and without giving it a second thought attribute the credit to Giuseppe. Giuseppe is a dedicated teacher and a friend who doesn't spare efforts during lessons which makes lessons extremely productive. Lessons with Giuseppe are always interesting because he is a pretty well-rounded person and I never felt hesitant to ask any question I had during the lessons because he is always friendly and never expresses boredom no matter how many questions I ask or how many time I repeat the same questions. What really makes Giuseppe stand out is that he identifies my points of weakness and never neglects any detail no matter how small it might seem.
In conclusion, my lessons with Giuseppe didn't only introduce me to a great teacher but also a great friend.
I had a fantastic time studying Italian with Silvia. She provided exactly the balance I needed between exercises and conversation and made me feel more confident about speaking. I particularly enjoyed having a conversation partner who was interested and knowledgeable about so many topics, from daily life to science and philosophy. As a trilingual, I often got interference from my other languages in my learning process, but Silvia was always able to attract my attention to them. She was flexible in adapting to my schedule and we managed to meet very regularly without issue. Thank you for the experience!
During my first run of 10 classes I am amazed have much italian, I have learned.
Silvia is extremely good at explaining context and meaning of the italian language. She slowly pushes her student to take in even more words. I like the conversations on Italian culture and the opportunity to listen to Italian while trying to speak.
I find the classes informal and cosy but at the same time there is a clear push and goal to ensure that we get through the curricilum. I will highly recommend Silvia Prosperi.
I am enjoying my Italian lessons with Giuseppe. I am a beginner and Giuseppe has been very patient with me. He is an excellent teacher for beginners. He takes the time to help you learn the sounds and engages you in meaningful conversations, so you can practice speaking your new language. I recommend the online live instruction with Giuseppe. I look forward to my lessons each week. The Italian Virtual School is an excellent option for learning Italian from a highly skilled teacher who will work with you to get you talking, reading, and writing in Italian. Thanks Giuseppe for keeping me motivated and excited about Italian!
I agree with everything the David says in the comment below! Our teacher Federica is passionate, kind, friendly, always encouraging and really knowledgeable of Italian grammar and very good at explaining it. I always looked forward to her lesson every week. I also found the comments she gave me on my writing assignments really helpful, and I could ask her questions in at the beginning of the following lessons if I have any doubt. This was very precious lesson for me. In addition, she also gave me lots of pieces of advice on how to keep on studying outside lessons, and now I am in the habit of listening to audiobooks and radios, which I am grateful for.
In every aspect, this online Italian course exceeds my expectations.
I highly recommend this language program. From the onset of communication with Silvia and then on to my lessons, everything was handled in a very friendly and professional manner. They were able to accomodate my schedule (being 9 hours behind Italy time) and develop a study program based on my needs.
My instructor, Federica, was an absolute joy to be in class with. She made the lessons both engaging and informative. She possesses a strong command of the English language and can effectively express complex language concepts with ease and in multiple ways in order to ensure student comprehension. Not only does she teach the necessary grammar but also colloquial expressions that add to the experience of learning a new language. I looked forward to each and every class and always felt comfortable asking questions.
Take this course!
I recently complete 10 lessons with Giuseppe. I was a great experience. By the end I felt like I had new friend as opposed to just an Italian language instructor. His style and use of the recommended text book were most helpful as were the written assignments he gave. I now have more confidence in my ability to have a basic conversation in Italian. Thanks, and I will be back soon.
Ottima scelta per studiare la lingua italiana. Le informazioni trasmesse attraverso il corso aiutano a scoprire non soltanto la lingua italiana ma anche una piccola parte dall'enorme cultura e civiltà italiana. Non vorrei dimenticare di dire che Giuseppe è un professore squisito ed è stato un piacere studiare con lui.
Taking my lessons with Giuseppe has been great. Not only were the lessons productive but they were also light and fun, which helps a great deal with learning. I’ve already seen an improvement in those two months and I feel encouraged to study and read more Italian. Giuseppe is also always willing to help in extra-curricular exercises that I bring up, and equally enthusiastic when I do well.
In the past, I’ve also studied with Silvia and Irene , and they were incredible. The main thing I like about the teaching methods in Italian Virtual School is their ability to help us remember the information we studied by practicing the information from different angles during the lesson. Very grateful.
Over more than one year I have had the pleasure of speaking with Benedetta about once per week via What's App video conference for the purpose of Italian language learning and improvement. It has been and continues to be a highly informative and enjoyable experience speaking with Benedetta who is extremely professional, patient and with a pleasant demeanor that makes one look forward to the lesson. I would highly recommend Italian Virtual School to anyone looking to learn Italian or improve their Italian language skills.
I love this online Italian class. I tried studying Italian on my own for two years with limited success. I knew I needed to have regular conversations with native speakers. I reached out to Virtual Italian School and found much more. After taking a placement test – I was very much the beginner – I began twice weekly Skype lessons with Silvia. The Italian classes are rigorous but fun. And, the conversational portions are the best part. Silvia was my first teacher until a schedule change got me set up with Giuseppe. They have both been awesome teachers. Last year I went to Siena and received my B2 certificate from an immersion school. It was satisfying being in a new school and having my skills on solid ground. Learning Italian online has deepened my appreciation and affection for all things Italian. Give it a shot!
My lessons with Giuseppe have been fantastic! Over the course of two years I have seen a dramatic increase in my command of the language, and soon I'll be attempting my B1 exam. I highly recommend Italian Virtual School 🙂
Over the past two years, I have certainly profited from a multitude of Skype lessons with Silvia. She is an exceptional professional, with a solid background in language studies and education.
I especially appreciate the ease and flexibility of these online courses. My professional and private life don't always coincide with a fixed regime, and Silvia has always remained extremely understanding. The Skype lessons provide us with a human "touch" that is often lacking, even in a traditional educational environment.
I would highly recommend The Italian Virtual school.
Benedetta and Giuseppe are interesting, passioned and funny teachers to learn from.
Very happy that I follow the italian and cinema lessons with them!
Silvia is a creative, thoughtful, flexible and patient teacher. Despite having daily lessons over a 3 month period the lessons were always enjoyable and engaging. Silvia taught us more than just language, we learnt about Italian culture, food, cinema, music, politics and history. It was so exciting to be able to watch Italian classics in the original language and follow them because of how Silvia had taught us in class. I couldn't recommend her enough especially to first language English speakers.
I'd like to say thanks very much Silvia for Italian lessons.I have lessons in Skype. I with glad to study new words and even began to speak a little) Silvia is a very good teacher and a friendly person. Mi piace tango studiare in questa scuola) grazie mille!!! Ciao. Svetlana. Russia.
I started taking Italian classes as a beginner with Silvia three months ago, first onsite courses, before switching recently to online ones. I'm appreciating Silvia's flexibility with my non-regular schedule, her way to diversify each class (discussion, reading, grammar and conjugation)... and I even surprise myself doing my homework... This type of course is really dynamic.
I'm also taking online classes with another teacher of Italian Virtual School (Irene), which brings some good complementarity (mostly focused on discussions, with different topics and a different accent); Irene's flexibility in terms of scheduling the online classes is very appreciated as well.
I've made good progress so far thanks to both of them.
I do recommend this virtual course! Grazie, Silvia
Our daughter Barbara loves having Silvia as a teacher! She has been taking Italian for two years at school and although she could understand the language, the spoken part and grammar were still very approximate. She started taking classes with Silvia 3 months ago and the result is pretty amazing!
Barbara can now speak and write Italian and read an entire book. Thanks to the classes she is now able to join a dual language program in her new school.
As a teacher, I can only praise Silvia's dedication and determination to challenge her students and to set clear goals for them.
Grazie mille Silvia!
I began taking virtual courses with Silvia a couple months ago, and I've really enjoyed them. Silvia has been flexible with my constantly changing schedule, making this type of course setup very dynamic. She also also caters to my skill level and previous romance language experiences, which allows for a unique way of learning and adjusting to my pace 'on the fly.' Whether you are beginner or advanced Italian speaker I highly recommend this virtual (either as a core course or supplemental learning opportunity)! Grazie, Silvia
Italian Virtual School is amazing! I had taken Italian for a few years in college and wanted to continue studying after I graduated, but finding classes that fit my schedule and my level were tough. IVS gives me the opportunity to keep up and continue improving my Italian with a hectic work schedule. I have been working with Silvia for the past year and I could not be happier. Silvia is an amazing teacher and does a great job of providing authentic material to discuss in addition to grammar and vocabulary topics. I always look forward to our lessons and enjoy having the opportunity to have interesting, stimulating and meaningful conversations. Thanks Silvia!
Giuseppe is a wonderful instructor, and I look forward to class with him every week! As a working professional, Italian Virtual School is a great resource because it gives me the flexibility to schedule classes that fit my hectic schedule and allows me to learn Italian from home. Not only is IVS workable with my schedule, but it's also relatively affordable. I'm excited to continue learning Italian with Giuseppe over the next 10 weeks!