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"Roma non fu fatta in un giorno."
Just as Rome was not built in a day, learning Italian will require a little work and practice. Starting a new language is both exhilarating and frightening because you have to start everything from the beginning. One can feel a little lost, even helpless, but this feeling disappears quickly as the excitement and the novelty builds. And rest assured, the Italian vocabulary is one of the easier languages to learn as there are some similarities with English and common roots.
But even so, taking an Italian language learning class is still a good idea. So aren't you lucky that there's a multitude available in the bustling city around you! From beginners to advanced classes, group classes or individual classes, there is something for everyone. You can also find cultural activities, coffee meet-ups, movie showings, cooking classes, discussions, seminars and more, related to Italy in the city! Leeds is a perfect city to learn the beauty of the language of love.
Take Italian lessons at the Leeds Language College
What better place to learn Italian than a college created just for learning languages. The Leeds Language College offers classes to learn Italian, French and Spanish along with helping international students learn English. It is possible to attend classes 20, 15, 9 or 6 hours per week. For classes, there is a minimum class size of 5 students and a maximum of 18, with the target generally being around 14 students per class. There are 4 college terms per year: Winter (January to March), Spring (April to June), Summer (July-September) and Autumn (October-December).
A free level test is carried out at the beginning of the course to guide the future learners of the Italian language as much as possible. You'll have to make an appointment for the thirty-minute test. The results will help the instructors place you in the best class for you, tailored to your skills and needs.
Private lessons are also available and customizable according to the needs of students: level, location, frequency... They range at about £25 per session. Courses for children are also available as an introduction to the language, as well as a la carte courses, very personalized for those wishing to work a particular language point.
Price examples :
● £975 for 12 weeks of classes at 9 hours per week
● £300 for 4 weeks of classes at 6 hours per week
The college also offers the possibility to stay and live on campus. Accommodation ranges from about £95-130 per week and can include food as well.
Learn the Italian language with Cactus
The Cactus association offers group evening Italian language courses all over the UK and offers private and corporate language tutoring throughout the world. They have almost 20 years experience and have trained over 150,000 in many different languages. Their teachers' experience and knowledge is well established. In addition, they are all native or bilingual Italian speakers. Their preferred methodology is based on communication and scenarios to help students progress quickly in Italian.
10-week Group Italian evening classes start each semester for 2 hours per week, 630-83 pm on Tuesdays or Thursdays for 190 pounds. It is also possible to request a tutoring class or an individual class if necessary.
If you are not sure of your level, you can take a user-friendly Italian level test online before you book your class to make sure you are enrolling in the best one for you. All levels are represented, from Beginner 1 and 2, Elementary 1 and 2, Intermediate 1 and 2 and so on.
The 10 week evening classes are held at the Cactus school, which is just a short walk from the main train station in Leeds. You can explore the course outlines online and will need to buy a course book beforehand to work through with your teacher each class.
Because learning to speak Italian is best done through oral practice, Cactus classes offer role-playing, videos, songs, with everything adapted to the level of the students to help advance them in Italian vocabulary, grammar and to discover the Italian culture.
Join the Italian Society at the University of Leeds
A great way to immerse yourself in the culture and the language is also to join an Italian society and the one at the University of Leeds is a popular and fun option, even winning the Riley Award for 'Best New Society' in 2015.
The society organizes lots of Italian themed events where students can get together with other Italian students or those passionate about the language, to laugh, have fun, practice their Italian and more through events such as:
A large point of attraction is that every year the society organizes a group trip to the country of Italy itself, what better way to get immersed in the language! Last years trip was to Rome and was a great success.
The Leeds Beckett University offers part-time classes on up to 10 different languages each semester. You can choose from Arabic, Mandarin, French, German, Greek, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish and yes, Italian too. The courses are available at both campuses, Headingley Campus and City Campus.
Students learning at the University will also benefit from the award-winning library which is open 24 hours a day 365 days a year! Amongst the options of taking a language course, advanced conversation classes and a total immersion in the Italian language, perhaps you also want to deepen your knowledge alone.
You're in luck because the Library, and in particular the Language Resource Center, provides many documents for self-taught language learning:
● French Italian dictionaries
● Language methods for better exam preparation
● Books on Italian civilization
● Novels in the Italian language
● Movies and series in the original version
Most resources are intended to be borrowed but it is also possible to use them on site. And besides, it's totally free!
At the University, Italian lessons are offered for all levels of learning, from beginner to intermediate and advanced, with different morning and evening courses available. Taking a night class is a great idea and on your nights off, why not consider going out to dine in an Italian restaurant and practice your skills while getting a cultural boost!
Every week, there are language students meeting at cafes to practice their language skills with each other. Join one of the online social networking websites like MeetUp, Facebook, Mylanguage Exchange, Gumtree and more and find a language group to join. There are thousands of people in Leeds looking to get together for a quick hour-long coffee discussion where you can practice Italian together or even do a language exchange by speaking 30min in English and then 30 min in Italian.
Get out of the classroom a bit and from behind the workbook exercise sheets and put your skills to test in the real world through a real-life conversation. The only cost will be for your cup of coffee. An almost free learning experience and the opportunity to meet natives delighted to be able to exchange in English and Italian with you.
So ready to tame your fear of speaking? Rest assured, practice does make perfect and the best way to progress is to get out there and talk.
Want to learn Italian by taking classes at home? No problem! Private teachers are there for that. Learning to speak fluent Italian has never been so easy. An in-home Italian teacher is here entirely for you. Your course is personalized from A to Z according to your desires; your needs and goals. Whether you want to improve your speaking fluency, prepare for a job interview in Italian or simply enjoy a refresher course for a future trip to Italy, anything is possible, you decide.
We have some great native and bilingual Italian tutors available on the Superprof website and they offer in-home courses for about 18 pounds per hour. And in addition, the first course is often offered for free so that you can determine the quality and reliability of the teaching being offered, often meeting for the first time via Skype or another application online.
So what are you waiting for to start your immersion in the beautiful Italian language? Saltare nel!