Wednesday 12 December 2018

Language Switcher

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 Read one of my student's experience

 

 

Intervistata: Stephanie Malinki

 

Hi everyone, I’m Stephanie Malinki from Colorado. I’ve always wanted to be bilingual and to study the Italian language.  I tried a teacher near my home, but it didn’t work out between us – I needed someone patient and constantly encouraging.  I found my perfect teacher on one of my many Internet searches: Alessandra Paganin was and has been a flawless teacher.

She has been patient and excited for me to keep learning. I take lessons with her, via Skype, three times a week. After taking classes for several months, I went to study for 2 weeks with her in her hometown of Esino (http://www.comune.esinolario.lc.it).  It was a lovely trip to Italy to study the Italian language. There are many lovely flats to rent  in Esino Lario, as well as hotels and B&B. The area is quiet and has many places to explore – the grocers, coffee shops, pizzerias.

I loved that I could save money and eat in, or take a stroll to get something yummy instead!  I enjoyed having a person I knew close to me too.  I arranged lessons with Alessandra before arriving, and had the advantage of knowing my schedule so I still had time to see the area.  The bus ride to Varenna and ferry to Bellagio (visit : http://www.lakecomo.it/)  was extremely beautiful!  I also shared a coffee and a pizza with Alessandra and her family – it was nice to be together socially and practice studying the language.

Alessandra is Italian and French; with a French mother and an Italian father she has been fluent in both languages since childhood (as well as having perfect English!)  I love this since I eventually want to speak French too.

After the amazing time I had there, I encouraged my husband to study with me and we went back the following year.  It was like seeing a very old and dear friend!

In September, I was in a bad car accident and had a concussion.  I had trouble putting words together and took 2 months off from my lessons.  When I returned, I was so frustrated that I couldn’t remember Italian anymore.  I felt bad for Alessandra too, as she had to start over with me.  She wasn’t upset or worried at all – she just encouraged me to keep trying, and helped me stay calm and relaxed. It’s been several months now, and I am doing much better and almost back to where I ended before.  No one will ever know how much I appreciated her support!  I am now planning yet another trip to Esino to study more Italian! 

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