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Italian language school

michele29

10+ Posts
Can anyone recommend an Italian language school for an intermediate- advanced speaker? One with a two week option in or near a city is preferable.

grazie
 

susan

100+ Posts
I studied many years ago (back in 2001 I think) at Saena Iulia in Siena for a couple of weeks. I just checked their website and it looks like most of the same people work there. Mauro is still the director. He was very helpful. I also studied at another school in Siena during a different summer, but preferred Saena Lingua. Of course the other school may have changed by now as it was back in 2000.

I have also taken classes (private) with Andrea Quarantotto through Bolognalingua in Bologna in 2011. After spending time taking classes, both in Hawaii and in Italy, my lessons with Andrea worked out perfectly for me as they were tailored to my individual needs and I did not need to spend time trying to understand foreign Italian accents from the other students in my class. Of course I have forgotten so much of what I learned now! I really enjoyed my week studying with him.

I would recommend both depending on what you are looking for. Loved both locations. Of course both of my studies were not very recent so things may have changed.

If you do decide to inquire with either, please let them know Susan from Hawaii says hello. I no longer live in Hawaii but they will know me (if they still remember me) from there.
 

michele29

10+ Posts
I studied many years ago (back in 2001 I think) at Saena Iulia in Siena for a couple of weeks. I just checked their website and it looks like most of the same people work there. Mauro is still the director. He was very helpful. I also studied at another school in Siena during a different summer, but preferred Saena Lingua. Of course the other school may have changed by now as it was back in 2000.

I have also taken classes (private) with Andrea Quarantotto through Bolognalingua in Bologna in 2011. After spending time taking classes, both in Hawaii and in Italy, my lessons with Andrea worked out perfectly for me as they were tailored to my individual needs and I did not need to spend time trying to understand foreign Italian accents from the other students in my class. Of course I have forgotten so much of what I learned now! I really enjoyed my week studying with him.

I would recommend both depending on what you are looking for. Loved both locations. Of course both of my studies were not very recent so things may have changed.

If you do decide to inquire with either, please let them know Susan from Hawaii says hello. I no longer live in Hawaii but they will know me (if they still remember me) from there.
 

Tim W

100+ Posts
I studied many years ago (back in 2001 I think) at Saena Iulia in Siena for a couple of weeks. I just checked their website and it looks like most of the same people work there. Mauro is still the director.

This is related to this topic - I promise! Driving home a couple of weeks ago, a book being read on the radio was A Month in Siena by Hisham Matar. I didn't knoow anything about the book, and I turned on half way through, so only found out the title later, but it was obvious which city was being described.

I got hold of a copy, and frankly, didn't really enjoy it that much as it has huge sections of Sienese art which really doesn't interest me.

To get to the point - in the book he starts referring to a language school, and Mauro the director, and being taught by Sabrina - and I realised that it was Saena Iulia. It's been 12 years since I was there - I did 2 spells of 2 weeks each, and another of 4. I loved it and maybe one day I'll go back - as much as for the experience as the learning. Siena remains probably my favourite city anywhere.
 

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