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