- Hourly rate £18
- Response Time 2h
- Number of students 16
1st lesson free!
Italian native speaker offering Italian speaking, writing and grammar lessons in Bristol and online
- at their home
- at your home
- By webcam
We host the best tutors. Quality of their profile, experience in their field. Martina will be happy to arrange your first Italian lesson.
About the lesson
I teach Italian as a part-time job since I am a full-time student. I usually give lessons to adults and teenagers but I have experience with children as well.
My lessons are usually developed in two parts: conversation and grammar activities.
I always prepare materials tailored to my students' interests for the conversation-based part of the lectures. These may include games, videos with related questions and activities, articles and much more.
For grammar, I tend to work with notes, worksheets and practical examples, but I can adapt to the students' needs and preferences.
I can teach individual or group lessons up to 4 people (online too).
I am currently only offering online lessons as I am temporarily studying away from Bristol.
- Oral comprehension - Italian
- Oral expression - Italian
Written comprehension - Italian
Vocabulary - Italian
Written expression - Italian
Hi! I was born and raised in Italy. I moved to the UK for university and I am currently studying aerospace engineering in Bristol.
I am very fond of foreign languages and I speak Italian (native), English, French and Mandarin. I have recently started studying German. I always try my best to transmit the same passion to my students.
Last year I started working as an interpreter for Italian and French. This has made my passion for languages grow even more.
My first experience with teaching was tutoring a student in English at intermediate level for two years. I then started teaching Italian as well.
I have been teaching Italian to beginners and advanced students for 3 years.
Perfect! Martina is very punctual and organised. She has a very well structured and clear way of teaching. She is nice and transmits her love for what she does. I am enjoying being her student.
- Martina's response : Icia belongs to the advanced level for what concerns oral and written comprehension. She is confident with her vocabulary but she is looking to improve her grammar and overall fluency. She was punctual, responsive to communications and engaged throughout the first lesson. I look forward to continuing teaching her in our future lessons.
Perfect! Martina is a friendly, patient, and helpful tutor. She tutored my 14-year-old daughter in Italian and provided great one-to-one sessions, as well as useful worksheets, notes, and exercises. Martina is quick to reply to emails and to find a time to connect that is mutually convenient. A great experience and I would recommend her without hesitation. Thank you, Martina!
- Martina's response : Rachel contacted me to book a pack of 6 lessons to prepare her daughter for a trip to Italy. We have been focusing on building her vocabulary and conversation skills.
The student is showing progress after every lesson and learns very fast. Her knowledge of multiple languages allows her to use new structures with confidence. Keep it up!
Perfect! Martina is a great and very knowledgeable teacher and makes the lessons enjoyable and fun for my children, aged 9 and 11. Highly recommend!
- Martina's response : The first two lessons were lovely. Louise has two children, aged 9 and 11, who understand the language fairly well (their dad is Italian) but need some practice with speaking, reading and writing. We are working on vocabulary and grammar using games and conversation activities.
Perfect! I have recently started weekly italian lessons with Martina and very much enjoying them. She is very knowledgeable, thorough and very patient. Would definitely recommend her to anyone looking to learn italian.
- Martina's response : I had a lovely first couple lessons with Hayley. While getting to know each other and planning the next few steps, we've been able to do some conversation and translation activities.
Perfect! It was good to spend time with a young tutor who had experience of various settings and also had learnt different languages. She was very encouraging and flexible. Hope the lessons go well.
- Martina's response : First lesson was about introductions and some words to begin.
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If you're looking for a professional, capable and helpful teacher, Martina is the one for you. She can make the most difficult subject easier and you will never have problems with that anymore. You will have the opportunity to speak with a mother-tongue girl who can also amuse you with funny italian cultural facts in between breaks. Most valuable qualities: lots of practice, good tips to avoid common mistakes and last but not least: always there to help you!
Smart, funny, patient and very competent of course: Martina is amazing! I really recommend her!!! Alessandro
Martina Preti has been an excellent and diligent tutor - very encouraging and making the lessons and learning enjoyable! I expected that learning a new language would be quite daunting, but Martina has a patient way of moving me steadily forward. Much to recommend!
Martina and I first met at fourteen. We attended an international high school together where we learnt multiple languages while also carrying forward an Italian curriculum. Martina’s academic background has given her first hand experience on foreign language learning processes as well as in-depth understanding of the importance of interactive teaching.
On a more personal note, Martina has a wide range of interests which make her an extremely intriguing person to get to know and interact with; especially during a language class!
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- 5h: £85
- 10h: £165
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A cancellation fee of £5 will be applied if the lesson is not cancelled with a 24h notice.
Find out more about Martina
Do you speak this language fluently because of your origins or because a teacher inspired you to learn?
I speak Italian fluently because I was born and raised in Italy, until I moved to the UK at the age of 19.
Can you name a living, historical or fictional character that you think is the emblematic representative of the language's culture?
Dante Alighieri is with no doubt the most iconic historical characters in Italian culture. His main work, La Divina Commedia, and the depiction of Hell, Purgatory and Heaven within this masterpiece has been a source of inspiration for countless modern books, poems, films, paintings and more.
Is there a typical word, phrase, tradition or behavior in the language that you particularly like?
"Avere le orecchie foderate di prosciutto" is my favourite Italian saying. It means "to have your ears lined in prosciutto (ham)" and is used to criticise or ironise about people who are not listening properly. It shows how closely-related to food the language is in our country.
Why does speaking this language matter to you?
Speaking Italian is my most obvious link to my origins and my culture. Especially while living in a different country, language plays a crucial role in keeping my identity alive. Plus, there's not enough words to translate all the Italian ingredients in English.
What is the main difficulty in learning this language and what can help the process of learning?
The main difficulty with Italian is always the grammar. But with a bit of patience and interactive exercises, it is an obstacle that everyone can overtake.
Provide a valuable anecdote related to your language learning or your days at school.
I have learnt three foreign languages in my life (English, French and Mandarin) and just getting started with my fourth one (German). Inevitably there have been some funny misunderstanding related to this. I will not forget the day when I had a go at my friend for taking half an hour to make "tea". That was also the day I found out Brits use the word "tea" to say dinner (and many more things). At that point I had been learning English for almost 16 years and I had lived in the UK for a couple months. It shows how you never - and I mean never - stop learning a language. That's the beauty of it.
How has travel or a specific trip helped you to increase your skill and knowledge of the language?
It's hard to answer this one since I lived in Italy fo 19 years. But in general, when I travelled to places that speak French, English, Mandarin or German, I was fascinated by the ease with which you can learn new words, simply reading signs, a menu or hearing the locals speak in a familiar context.
What makes you a Superprof in language?
My life-long experience with learning languages, deep knowledge of grammar theory and 4 year experience in tutoring make me a Superprof. Plus, I never run out of enthusiasm for this job.