Courses at the Parliamo Italiano language school range from elementary to advanced. Students should contact us at (212) 396-6653 or (212) 396-6654 to determine their skill level. Only Italian is spoken in all sessions and we use our own material which we have developed over the past 30 years.
For absolute beginners. Learn nouns, adjectives, verbs in the present tense, directions, days and months and how to tell the time. You will be able to introduce yourself and have a conversation.
This course introduces prepositions with articles, irregular verbs in the present tense, the plural of possessive adjectives, and a brief overview of the past tense.
Focuses on the simple past tense, regular and irregular forms, and the present perfect with emphasis on auxiliary verbs. Introduction to “il partitivo” and direct object pronouns.
Focuses on the imperfect tense. You will increase your vocabulary with emphasis on indirect object pronouns and the verb “piacere.” Learn idiomatic expressions.
Focuses on the future tense, reflexive verbs, the pronoun “ne,” and relative pronouns. Vocabulary and expressions are introduced through grammar study and conversation.
For students who have completed all elementary levels and would like a review. Also for students with previous knowledge of Italian who would like a refresher course.
For those who have completed Elementary 5. The class will focus on basic Italian conversation, restaurants, directions, making plans, and small talk.
A more in-depth knowledge of the grammar covering the passive voice, the gerund, the conditional and comparative.
Focuses on learning combined pronouns, informal and formal imperative, possessive, demonstrative, and stressed pronouns.
Entirely dedicated to the study of the subjunctive in all its tenses and uses, as well as in the conditional clause.
Short readings on history are introduced. A review of the subjunctive, the past anterior, and the future perfect.
Readings and new vocabulary are discussed in detail as the grammatical and idiomatic structures are analyzed. i.e. The uses of “ci”, the use of the infinitive, fare + infinitive, lasciare + infinitive, and lasciare + the subjunctive.
A general and deep review of the grammar is conducted in this course. Selected readings are discussed and conversation is emphasized.
For students with low or intermediate level of conversation. Readings from short articles of Italian newspapers will be discussed, and basic grammar will be reviewed.
For students who are fluent speakers. Discuss readings from Italian literature.
For students with advanced conversational fluency. Readings from Italian newspapers will be discussed as well as grammar issues, based on students’ needs.
INTERMEZZO CINEMA 1- INTERMEDIATE - Italian through Cinema
Two Part Course: First part focuses on watching and discussing Italian films in original language with Italian subtitles. Students will have the chance to improve their speaking and comprehension skills while they learn new vocabulary and idiomatic expressions extracted from the films and selected by the teacher. Part 2 is grammar driven with an emphasis on reviewing and improving what is used in the movies.
INTERMEZZO CINEMA 2- ADVANCED - Italian through Cinema
In this course, Italian films are watched in original language, the use of subtitles is optional. Students will deepen their speaking and comprehension skills by engaging in discussion on the films and using new vocabulary and idiomatic expressions extracted from the films.
Important note: Advanced Cinema is designed to raise the student’s knowledge of Italian culture and Italian cinema. The teacher will do their best to screen Italian films available in United States. The films selected are not always available making the student’s presence in this class crucial for film review, which happens immediately after the screening.
REVIEW & IMPROVE OPEN FORUM
Subject matter from the week’s lesson is reviewed in the first hour of this Saturday session followed by open forum conversation and discussion mediated by a Parliamo instructor. Combine this with any 15 or 20 hour course and ask questions you normally wouldn’t ask during your weekly lesson. Think outside the box!