Ciao! Thank you so much for stopping by!
Do you need to practice Italian conversation?
Are you looking for some grammar tutoring?
Or maybe, you are just interested in studying Italian on your own?
If your answer is yes to one or more of these questions, I think we are a perfect match!
My name is Cinzia and I’d love to become your Italian teacher, the one who helps you practice Italian conversation and grammar but who also gives you tips on how to make the most of your study time and shares with you the secrets for dealing with us weird Italians, offering you all the tools you need to enjoy Italy and its culture at best.
My main desire is to make you feel confident when you speak Italian. I want you to overcome your shyness and uncertainties and feel at ease when you need to speak with someone in Italy. I want to give you tips and encouragement to beat the frustration that always comes with learning a foreign language and make enjoy the process instead. Because learning a foreign language, especially at an adult age, is a brave decision you should be proud of.
With Chiacchieriamo, Ti aiuto io! and Giorno dopo giorno, I want to give you the tools you need to speak Italian with confidence. I can’t promise it will be a quick and easy process and that you won’t make mistakes but I can assure you that you’ll get amazing results if you work hard and you are willing to embrace your imperfections.
What brought me here?
In a previous life, I was a sales and marketing assistant for a big multinational. I liked my role, but some years ago the economic downturn meant I was suddenly out of a job. To sort things out and clear my mind, I did some traveling and looked for something to do which I really loved. One day, back home from traveling, I came across the Master’s degree program in Teaching Italian as a Foreign Language held by the University of Genoa and something clicked inside: I knew what I wanted to do!
I wanted to help students of Italian feel confident when they speak the language, giving them the tools they need to enjoy the Italian language and culture at their best.
I want to help them feel at ease then they are in Italy and need to make themselves understood, or when they want to have a deeper conversation or want to crack a joke. I want to help them make Italian their own language, the one they can speak easily in the country they love so much, feeling a bit more at home.
If you want to know everything about my education and work experience, you can find my professional bio on LinkedIn.
But there’s a lot behind a cold professional bio, don’t you agree? Well, let me tell you a few things about me – as if we were having a coffee together.
- I am Italian, which means I eat pasta almost every day.
- But I also love to travel, which means some of my favorite foods are guacamole, hummus, ramen, and dulce de leche.
- Cinzia is quite a difficult name to pronounce for non-Italian speakers, but a lot of people call me Cindy, so please use this one if you prefer!
- Some days I wish I lived in New York, some others in a cabin in the woods, but one thing is sure: I will own a farm sooner or later.
- My days never begin without a good cup of coffee. I should have said espresso, but no, only filter coffee in the morning for me, thank you. Very un-Italian, I know.
Wanna know a bit more? I’ve played a game and answered 20 Questions About Me.
You can also check out Instantly Italy’s manifesto, if you like.
Ok, enough about me. What about you? Tell me something about you, please! I’d love to hear your story, what brought you here and why you are interested in Italy and its culture. I’d be really, really happy to get an email from you. But if you do not feel like writing, there are some other ways to keep in touch:
- Facebook, where we can discuss which is our favorite Italian food or soccer player or fashion designer. Or whatever we feel like to.
- Instagram, where you can get a glimpse of my little Italian world.
- Pinterest, where I share all the most inspiring images of Italy I can find.
- My blog, where I tell you everything I know about learning a foreign language, I take you to little-known Italian places and I give you tips to understand this crazy country of mine.
I can’t wait to hear from you!
All portrait photos are by Michela Ghio.