Our ONLINE WORKSHOPS are zooming ahead

Our ONLINE WORKSHOPS are zooming ahead

April and May Zoom Workshops have been a terrific success – the teachers were so impressed with YOUR participation, and I know from you, you’ve been impressed with THEIRS!

SO – WE CONTINUE … The new round of workshops now open for booking:


30 MAY – 20 JUNE



Letteratura Italiana

- “Racconti tra incontri e scontri”

Francesca Ricciardelli

6 ore; mercoledì; 3, 10, 17 giugno; 18.00 – 20.15, ora italiana (CET)


La Scrittura Creativa

– “Un’occasione di conversare su situazioni scelte per voi utilizzando immagini e brevi brani scritti. Avrete alcuni giorni per scrivere i vostri pezzi utilizzando: dialogo, descrizione, riassunto, diario, lettera.  Commenteremo insieme le attività.”

Marina Cambiano

6 ore; lunedì e giovedì, 1, 4, 8, 11, 15, 18 giugno; 18.00 – 19.00, ora italiana (CET)


Quattro autori per parlare di….

– “Lasciamoci ispirare da quattro brevi letture e poi parliamo.”

Simona Marras

6 ore; sabato, 30 maggio, 6, 13, 20 giugno; 16.00 – 17.30, ora italiana (CET)



– Leggere, scrivere, parlare - “Le nostre insegnanti presenteranno due temi interessanti da scoprire insieme iniziando dalla lettura fino alla conversazione, passando per la scrittura”

Francesca, Marina, Simona

6 ore; martedì e venerdì, 2, 5, 9, 12, 16, 19 giugno; 18.00 – 19.00 ora italiana (CET)


Introduciamo due incontri di CINEMA e un COOK-ALONG con Alessandra Capocefalo sul posto in Molise su Zoom

Cinema 1 – 6 giugno; 18.00 CET

Cinema 2 – 20 giugno; 18.00 CET

Cook-along 13 giugno; 18.00 CET

– tutti gli studenti sono invitati a partecipare a questi eventi.

Ulteriori informazioni sugli eventi saranno fornite dopo l’iscrizione.



- accessed via Zoom (simple to do)

- €90 for 6 hours

- payable by EURO/GBP bank transfer or PayPal

- €10 discount for referrals resulting in a sign-up


If you are interested to know more, please email me at jenifer@liveandlearnitalian.com


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ON-LINE WORKSHOPS to complement your Italian Learning

ON-LINE WORKSHOPS to complement your Italian Learning

The current lockdown is testing for everyone, but we’re also managing to find some silver linings. One of them, for me, is more time to study Italian.

I am working with our wonderful teachers to put together a series of workshops, and the first one is about to launch. 

Italian Literature with Francesca Ricciardelli

Dates & times:

Part 1: Wednesday, April 15th,

Part 2: Wednesday, April 22nd

Part 3: Wednesday, April 29th

At: 18.00 (European Summer Time) which is 17.00 (BST) / 10.00 (Pacific) / 12.00 (Central) / 13.00 (Eastern)

Course Material:

Francesca will post selected material a week prior to each session, but it’s preferable for you to read them in full prior to the start-date. There are links below to Kindle versions on US & UK Amazon websites, if you can’t get them in paper form.

15/04 – In Altre Parole, Jumpha Lahiri [Kindle Version: Amazon US | UK]

22/04 – Seta, Baricco [Kindle Version: Amazon US | UK]

29/04 – L’Invenzione Occasionale, Elena Ferrante [Kindle Version: Amazon US | UK]


Workshop details:

  • The 6-hour workshop consists of 3 sessions of 2 hours (+ a 15-minute break) spread over 3 weeks.
  • Groups of 5–7 participants, of a similar level, connected via Zoom (Free Video Conferencing) *If you need help with Zoom please get in touch, it’s very easy to use*
  • Prior to registration, Francesca will ‘meet’ each applicant via Skype for a 1–1 chat.
  • Places are offered on a first-come, first-serve basis. 3 session course fee = €90 payable via PayPal on acceptance to the course. 

Your teacher:

Francesca Ricciardelli is currently a PhD student in Language Sciences at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona. She received her MA with honours in Italian Studies at California State University, Long Beach, where she was an Assistant Fellow in the Clorinda Donato Center of Global Romance Languages and Translation Studies.

Francesca’s first MA (2016) in Language Sciences is from Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, where she specialized in teaching Italian as a Foreign Language. Prior to that Francesca obtained a BA in Foreign Languages, Literatures and Linguistics, in English and French (2014) at the Alma Mater Studiorum University of Bologna (IT). She has worked as an instructor of Italian and Italian literature with different Cultural Associations and as a Teaching Associate at California State University, Long Beach.

Find out more about Francesca here on Linkedin

If you are interested to know more, please email me at jenifer@liveandlearnitalian.com


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Not Quite Beginner Holidays

Not Quite Beginner Holidays

Join a group to kick start your Italian

When we first introduced Beginner’s groups, it was obvious that participants with a bit of Italian under their belts had a much better time and got a lot more out of their stay than those who didn’t know a word. So we created Not Quite Beginner Italian language holidays; an opportunity to learn Italian and have the experience of living amongst a traditional community.

After daily class, get out and about to explore - cook and share meals in family kitchens, meet artisans in their studios, and visit family food producers.


Even knowing just the basics, you’ll enjoy visits to Italy so much more! Chat at the bar when ordering coffee, move beyond just a buongiorno in the shops, spend a little time with us picking up colloquial expressions - modi di dire.

Agnone is a small friendly town - and they don’t speak English - it’s the perfect place to learn and practise as your confidence grows!


20 hours of Italian study prior to the course will acclimatise you, and provide a good launch pad. It also creates a cohesive group, because one person’s idea of ‘beginner’ can be entirely different from the next. We can help you organise these 20 hours – we might know someone local to you, or can set up Skype lessons with one of our teachers.

What’s the programme?

The day starts at breakfast with your Italian B&B hosts. Conversation may be slow and simple, but it’s important to hear the language, and listen actively.

Mornings are in the classroom (10.00 – 13.15), and you will be given a little homework and self-study.

1.30 – 17.00 is free time for you to get some food, rest and study, wander and explore.

Between 17.00 and 19.00 you will be taken for a talk or tour. To get an idea of the kinds of things we get up to, browse the website.

Evenings might be spent in a family home cooking together, visiting a nearby town of interest or agriturismo, enjoying a film screening, or at a local festival.

Events are in Italian, with some English, and our guides are good at speaking really clearly, and creating a conversational experience.


We’ll get you chatting with bar staff, asking directions, getting to know the cooks and food producers – conversation opportunities are all around you.

The community is your teacher –


7 or 14 nights B&B accommodation with en-suite bathroom

7 or 14 main meals with wine and coffee

Lessons, 3 hours per day Monday to Friday

Transit from and to Rome Fiumicino Airport

Transit for events and meals outside of Agnone

Daily sessions with an Italian host or teacher including entrance fees

Film screenings, festivals

Fill in our enquiry form or send us an email to find out more: jenifer@liveandlearnitalian.com

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Learn Italian For Travel with Stella Lucente

Learn Italian For Travel with Stella Lucente

Stella Lucente Italian Language books

I heartily recommend this Italian language book to my own guests, all students and travellers visiting Italy for the first time. It really is the best book to learn Italian for beginners. ‘Conversational Italian for Travelers‘ by Dr. Kathryn Occhipinti, a radiologist of Italian-American descent, who has been leading Italian language groups in the Peoria and Chicago areas for about 10 years. During that time, she founded Stella Lucente, LLC, a publishing company focused on instructional language books designed to make learning a second language easy and enjoyable for the adult audience.

Using her experiences as a teacher and frequent traveller to Italy, she wrote the Conversational Italian for Travelers series of books, which follow the character Caterina on her travels through Italy, while at the same time introducing the fundamentals of the Italian language.

This series of books is truly different from other Italian language books. The Conversational books are friendly, humorous, and combine travel tips with language lessons. These books also provide a method for people to understand and remember Italian phrases so that they can create their own. Everything one needs to know to travel to Italy is in this series of books!

Useful links to the book and more from Stella Lucente

The website learntravelitalian.com, which is the home of the books, provides FREE interactive dialogues recorded by native Italian speakers, cultural notes, and Italian recipes to make learning the language really come alive.


Review for Conversational Italian for Travellers – book and website

A methodology created by a student of Italian, as she herself learns. But, this student is not only passionate about learning Italian, she is a scientist - a truly unique combination!  Kathryn Occhipinti has created this book and the many fabulous add-ons to the series, in a truly comprehensive and practical format.

Working her way through the language, building bit by bit, she is always mindful of the conversational, and idiomatic way that Italians think, and speak. Grammar is explained as needed – and comprehensively: an important solid base on which to build.

I heartily recommend this to students and travellers – and certainly to my own guests, some of whom are travelling to Italy for the first time. Although most are already studying Italian, they are not so well equipped when it comes to day to day speaking. Their practical knowledge of useful phraseology is often lacking, but this is what they need the most to enjoy their holiday.

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Your Italian Prince charming! A quick lesson in grammar

Your Italian Prince charming! A quick lesson in grammar

Prince Charming shows not all Italian language rules are the same

Why is it called “PRINCIPE AZZURRO”?! In Italian, the translation of the expression “Prince Charming” is “Prince Azzurro”, but why must a prince be coloured? Not all Italian language rules are the same!

The answer is hidden in the history of Italy, when it was a monarchy ruled by the Savoy family. In fact, King Vittorio Emanuele, on his trip to Naples in 1896 to know the family of his future wife Elena, wore a blue uniform to honour the future queen having blue eyes. Since then King Vittorio Emanuele has been called “Prince Azzurro”, like his ancestors known as “Green Count” and “Red Count”. With the release of some of the most important fairy tales such as Cinderella or The Beautiful Sleeping In The Woods, the handsome charming blue-eyed, blond-haired boy riding a white horse becomes the blue prince.


Masculine names ending in’-a’ / Feminine in ‘-o’:

There are some male Italian names that, singularly, end in -a:






And female Italian names that, in the singular, end up in -o:







“Take a picture”

Many foreigners make the mistake of translating directly from English

“Take a picture” → “prendere un foto”

In Italian, however, it is said: “FARE UNA FOTO”


*Faccio una foto al panorama.

* Mi puoi fare una foto?

* Io e Marco abbiamo fatto una foto ai nostri figli

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