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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.

Course Listing

ELEMENTARY 1
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.

ELEMENTARY 2
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.

ELEMENTARY 3
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.

ELEMENTARY 4
Focuses on the imperfect tense. You will increase your vocabulary with emphasis on indirect object pronouns and the verb “piacere.” Learn idiomatic expressions.

ELEMENTARY 5
Focuses on the future tense, reflexive verbs, the pronoun “ne,” and relative pronouns. Vocabulary and expressions are introduced through grammar study and conversation.

ELEMENTARY REVIEW
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.

ELEMENTARY CONVERSATION
For those who have completed Elementary 5. The class will focus on basic Italian conversation, restaurants, directions, making plans, and small talk.

INTERMEDIATE 1
A more in-depth knowledge of the grammar covering the passive voice, the gerund, the conditional and comparative.

INTERMEDIATE 2
Focuses on learning combined pronouns, informal and formal imperative, possessive, demonstrative, and stressed pronouns.

INTERMEDIATE 3
Entirely dedicated to the study of the subjunctive in all its tenses and uses, as well as in the conditional clause.

INTERMEDIATE 4
Short readings on history are introduced. A review of the subjunctive, the past perfect and the future anterior.

INTERMEDIATE 5
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.

INTERMEDIATE REVIEW
A general and deep review of grammar is conducted in this course. Selected readings are discussed and conversation is emphasized.

INTERMEDIATE CONVERSATION
For students who have completed Intermediate 2 or higher and wish to focus on conversation. Short articles from Italian newspapers will be discussed and basic grammar will be reviewed.

INTERMEDIATE REVIEW & CONVERSATION
For students who have completed Intermediate levels and wish to read books and review grammar as needed. * Reading: Nordest, Film: I am Love

ADVANCED
For students who are fluent speakers. Discuss readings from Italian literature.

ADVANCED CONVERSATION
Articles from Italian newspapers will be discussed and grammar issues will be reviewed based on students’ needs.

INTERMEZZO CINEMA 1- INTERMEDIATE - Italian through Cinema
Students will watch and discuss Italian films in original language, improve their speaking and comprehension skills, and learn new vocabulary and idiomatic expressions. The class also focuses on grammar with an emphasis on reviewing and improving what is used in the movies.

INTERMEZZO CINEMA 2- ADVANCED - Italian through Cinema
This course will increase students’ knowledge of Italian culture and cinema and strenghten their speaking and comprehension skills by engaging in further discussion on Italian films. Learn new vocabulary and idiomatic expressions.
Note: Instructors will do their best to screen films available in the U.S. However, not all films are 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 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!

Pop-Up Workshops
Parliamo Italiano’s workshops are a new spin on the traditional curriculum of the school. Our instructors are dedicated to incorporating the grammar and vocabulary taught in our classes and combining specific aspects of Italian culture to enhance conversation and knowledge of Italian history.

Summer Courses

ELEMENTARY 1 (5 week session)
This course is intended for beginners who want a quick introduction to the language. Learn nouns, adjectives and verbs. Learn how to introduce yourself, ask basic questions and directions.

INTERMEDIATE REVIEW (5 week session)
This course is intended for intermediate/advanced students. In this full immersion course students will learn how to navigate the sea of Italian prepositions: usage, idiomatic expressions and nuances.

SUMMER CINEMA
INTERMEDIATE/ADVANCED

Improve your aural comprehension, expand your vocabulary, and work on your grammar using material drawn from films. Enjoy the best of classic and contemporary Italian cinema and participate in discussions following the screenings.

SUMMER CINEMA B
The Best of Youth is an Italian film directed by Marco Tullio Giordana. Originally planned as a four-part mini-series, it was presented at the 2003 Cannes Film Festival where it won the Un Certain Regard award. Students will be assigned to watch one of the four parts of the film and participate in class discussions with questions and answers regarding the plot and characters.

ITALIAN NEWSTAND - ELEMENTARY
This course improves conversational and reading skills by discussing newspapers articles from Italy and around the world. Along with discussing current events, each week will be dedicated to specific topics exposing students to a variety of vocabulary.

ADVANCED ITALIAN THROUGH POP MUSIC
This course provides students with the basic knowledge of Italian popular music and improves comprehension and vocabulary. Students will learn the history of popular Italian music from the 50’s to today and listen to songs that marked a specific era.

TRAVELING TO ITALY FOR BEGINNERS
This workshop is an introductory course to Italian language and culture appropriate for students who have never studied Italian and are interested in learning basic greetings and customs so that their first trip to Italy is a special one.

ADVANCED POETRY IN THE 20TH CENTURY
This workshop is appropriate for students who would like to strengthen their knowledge of Italian poetry while polishing their language skills.

Private Lessons

If you want a course that suits your particular professional and personal needs, and your time schedule, choose our tailor-made private Italian tutorial program. Our faculty will work with you to ensure you become comfortable in speaking this new language and guarantee you fun while you progress and succeed in the shortest possible time. Our proven, individual instructional method was developed by Founding Director Franca Pironti Lally. Her method has made us the foremost school of the Italian language in the U.S.

 

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695 Park Ave
NY, NY 10065
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