It has been a pleasure for me to study la lingua italiana with you. Every part of these last few weeks has been wonderful.
First of all, you are a great teacher, one who took the time to learn about dyslexia and help me to study in ways that work for me. I really appreciate that. Beyond that, you made it easy for me to communicate with you as I struggled to learn the language. I was nervous the first day and you put me at ease.
Second, the side-trips into the countryside added a creative angle to the learning process. Everywhere we travelled, you knew the history of the town or area and we discussed the architecture, the art, the views, in ITALIAN. It is a wonderful tactic for expanding any student’s language skills. And seeing places like Pitigliano and Santo Stefano helped me to understand the way the locals think and live. That is part of learning Italian too.
Third, thank you for welcoming me into your home and your lovely family. My room and bath were spectacular and the views were amazing. Even in winter, Maremma is an amazing place.
Your husband, Gianni, and your two children are delightful. I really enjoyed sharing time and meals with them. I learned so many little sayings and turns of phrase from listening to the children. And it was fun interacting with them. They are precious.
Finally, I truly appreciate your character, your sense of humor and your flexibility. You helped me above and beyond your role as a teacher. You treated me like a friend.
I highly recommend you and your Homestay program to anyone interested in understanding how to speak and read Italian. You are a fabulous host, communicator and person. Your program exceeded my expectations and I feel enriched by this experience.
Date of stay: february 2017
Marilyn R., student from Saint Paul, Minnesota USA