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Will
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Will
« Perfect! Debora is a fantastic tutor, very knowledgeable and understanding. She has helped me progress from being a total beginner to being able to understand quite a bit of spoken and written Italian in only a few weeks. 5 stars! »
£15/h
1st lesson free!
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Response Time 7h
Lessons offered by Debora
  • Individual
The lessons will be held
Taught subjects
  • Italian
  • Oral expression - Italian
  • Oral comprehension - Italian
  • Written comprehension - Italian
  • Vocabulary - Italian
  • Translation - Italian
Levels
  • Primary
  • Secondary
  • GCSE
  • AS Level
  • A Level
  • BTEC
  • Adult education
  • Undergraduate
  • Masters
  • Diploma
  • Doctorate
  • A1
  • A2
  • B1
  • B2
  • C1
  • C2
  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced
  • Professional
  • Kids

100% Italian Native Speaker offering Italian lessons in London - pizza and gelato are included in the service!

Methodology

Every lesson is a virtual journey to Italy - we will learn how to use tips for your trips, listening to songs and watching films (Sophia Loren is included in this package!), cooking authentic Italian food, discussing together and appreciating the artistic beauties that you can find all over Italy.

I usually structure my lessons according to my students' needs. For example, if you need lessons to learn or strengthen your grammar and vocabulary, we will focus on written/oral exercises. You will learn to use your vocabulary properly both in a written and oral way. I prepare lesson plans in advance, making sure I understand what is needed to achieve whatever my students' goal is.

PS. Of course, Italian food and recipes are included in the classes!

Experience

Ciao everyone! I am Debora - a first-class graduate in Film Studies and Russian at Queen Mary University of London. During my years at university, I was a Mentor and helped my peers to gain the academic confidence to achieve their goals. Back in Italy, I used to teach Italian to non-native speakers and that's where my love for teaching was born. I continued to give Italian lessons in London, sharing my inexhaustible love for my country with my students. If you are looking for a real Italian experience, you are just in the right place! A presto!

Rates

Transportation Fee : £3
Rate for online lessons : £15/h
Rate for 5 hours of lessons : £70
Rate for 10 hours of lessons : £140

Details

Cancellation policy - no charge for cancellations made until up to 24 hours in advance.

Lessons offered by Debora
Individual
The lessons will be held
at your home
Taught subjects
  • Italian
  • Oral expression - Italian
  • Oral comprehension - Italian
  • Written comprehension - Italian
  • Vocabulary - Italian
  • Translation - Italian
Levels
  • Primary
  • Secondary
  • GCSE
  • AS Level
  • A Level
  • BTEC
  • Adult education
  • Undergraduate
  • Masters
  • Diploma
  • Doctorate
  • A1
  • A2
  • B1
  • B2
  • C1
  • C2
  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced
  • Professional
  • Kids

Debora's CV

First-Class Honours Degree in Film Studies and Russian, Queen Mary University of London.

IELTS: 7.0.

11 reviews on Debora
  • 5/5

All our ratings are collected by us and are given in confidence, they correspond to a real experience.
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Will

Perfect! Debora is a fantastic tutor, very knowledgeable and understanding. She has helped me progress from being a total beginner to being able to understand quite a bit of spoken and written Italian in only a few weeks. 5 stars!

Debora's response

Will is an excellent student. In only a few lessons, he can speak a bit of Italian very well! He is very enthusiastic and determined to learn the language.

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Selina

Perfect! I loved learning from Debora! Mixing grammar and games, she makes the learning experience fun rather than repetitive!

Debora's response

Selina is an excellent student. She puts a lot of effort into learning grammar and improving her speaking. It's a pleasure to work with her!

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Giuliano

Perfect! Debora is an excellent tutor, she always has a really good lesson planned, with a good balance of grammar and conversational practice. I would definetely recommend her.

Debora's response

His italian is already very good - especially his speaking skills! Currently working on improving his grammar/vocabulary.

8 recommendations

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Luke

I really enjoyed learning Italian with Debora. Her lessons are very well structured with a combination of funny games and grammar exercises. The part I loved the most was learning idiomatic expressions as this gave me an insight into the real Italian language. Can't wait to go to Italy and put into practice what I've learned with her! Grazie mille, Debora!

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Elisa

If you are looking to learn Italian from scratch or improve your speaking skills with an efficient and entertaining approach, Debora is perfect for you. She can explain to you complex topics in an easy way. She is also super funny! Grazie mille, Debora!

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Andrew

I’m so glad I chose Debora as my Italian tutor – I had a lot of fun with her! She has helped me to pass CELI (Italian Language Certificate). She is very patient, understanding and organised. She is also good at discovering those areas you need to work more on. Thanks for your great help, Debora!!

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Claudia

Debora is a great tutor for my Italian lessons. I enjoyed learning this beautiful language with her as she makes lessons fun but effective. She always makes sure you get to understand everything. I really recommend her for those who want to learn Italian!

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Palma

Debora is very well prepared and has a fresh and enjoyable teaching method. She is super nice and really motivates me to get out the best of me! I have started learning Italian with her and I can say that in only two weeks I am seeing progresses as I am able to read clearly and speak basic Italian. Can’t wait to see where we will go next!

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Valentina

I will forever be thankful to Debora as she managed to make me improve my Italian within only 4 months. She is very patient and really knows how to explain even the hardest grammar rules. From the very beginning she was super friendly with me so that I immediately felt welcomed and as if I was in a safe place to learn and make mistakes. Can't recommend end her enough!

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Emma

Had problems with speaking Italian. Every lesson we speak about different themes - from everyday life to work and world problems - step by step I am seeing the progress. Really enjoying it!

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Nadia

Amazing teacher ,loved learning Italian with her! Strongly recommended!

Interview with Debora

QUESTION 01 | 08
1) Do you speak this language fluently because of your origins or because a teacher inspired you to learn?
Debora — Born and raised in Italy, in a little town in Sicily, Italian is my mother tongue!
QUESTION 02 | 08
2) Can you name a living, historical or fictional character that you think is the emblematic representative of the language's culture?
Debora — Giacomo Leopardi - my favourite author - is without a doubt one of the founding fathers of the Italian culture. Through his masterpieces La ginestra and L'infinito, Giacomo makes you feel connected with your inner self. Inspired by the nature of the Italian landscapes, he makes you fall in love with Italy and its unique features.
QUESTION 03 | 08
3) Is there a typical word, phrase, tradition or behaviour in the language that you particularly like?
Debora — "Andar liscio come l'olio" is my favourite Italian idiomatic expression. It is used when everything works out beautifully and goes as smooth as silk. Olio means 'oil' - a must-have ingredient on Italian tables! This demonstrates how food is always important to us - even as part of our language!
QUESTION 04 | 08
5) What is the main difficulty in learning this language and what can help the process of learning?
Debora — The main difficulty in learning Italian is to get to understand the countless modal verbs. We have so many verbs that even Italian themselves make mistakes! But, with a little bit of practice through grammar exercises and conversation, you will get to know the difference between mangiavo and ho mangiato - they both mean 'ate' (a must-known-verb you'll always hear from Italians!)
QUESTION 05 | 08
4) Why does speaking this language matter to you?
Debora — Ever since I moved to the UK when I was 19, teaching Italian has not only allowed me to spread my love for my country to others, but it also has helped me to keep my roots and origins alive.
QUESTION 06 | 08
6) Provide a valuable anecdote related to your language learning or your days at school.
Debora — I started learning English when I was six and I studied Russian at university. Countless have been the funny misunderstandings related to language learning. For example, some words in Russian are written similarly and pronounced in a completely different way. I remember that once, instead of saying 'I write', I mispronounced the verb and I said 'I go to the toilet'. We all laughed during the lecture, but by making a mistake, I know now the difference between these words. Also, it still amazes me how, after have been living in the UK for four years, I get to know every day new English words and expressions. That's the beauty of language learning - there is always something to learn!
QUESTION 07 | 08
7) How has travel or a specific trip helped you to increase your skill and knowledge of the language?
Debora — When travelling around and meeting people from different parts of Italy, I have always been fascinated by the multiplicity of different words and dialects that Italy has. I have learned new expressions that have allowed me to get to understand and appreciate the different traditions and ways of living of Italians. Also, by living in London and getting to know countless nationalities, I get the chance to learn new words in different languages and to discover lots of cultures!
QUESTION 08 | 08
8) What makes you a Superprof in language?
Debora — Since I was young, I have always been passionate about languages. Having studied languages for my whole life, I know what it means to study a foreign language and for this reason, I understand what it takes to learn a language in the most effective way. My 3-year experience in tutoring at university and teaching Italian has made me even more passionate about this job!

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