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Cinque Terre, Rio Maggiore, Italy

Cinque Terre, Rio Maggiore, Italy

What is the best way to learn Italian? A small Italian class? Private Italian instruction? An Italian Immersion week?

Italian is one of the five romance languages currently spoken by about 66 million people, with the vast majority living in Italy. Italian is a very dialectal language, and standard Italian is not commonly used in regular conversation. Standard Italian originated in the 13th-14th century as a literary dialect, but is studied and spoken worldwide today.

Take Italian lessons at your location or in our office.  And, when the famous Chicago weather allows, we conduct classes on our beautiful roof top.  Language Loop gives you a unique opportunity to learn your new language in a private, professional, and relaxed environment. Bring your desire to learn Italian, your caffé latte or the most delicious espresso, and get ready for the Language Loop!

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LANGUAGE LOOPS ITALIAN PROGRAMS AND SERVICES:

Live Instruction.   Face-to-Face.   Italian lessons for all proficiency levels.  If you have background in Italian, please contact us to schedule a time for a free level evaluation.

Are you ready to learn to speak one of the most beautiful languages in the world?  Si?

INTENSIVE PROGRAMS

 

Dive & Survive in Italian-an Immersion Program:  Language Loop’s most intensive private course, Dive & Survive is the ideal program for frequent travelers. This course requires from students 7 hours per day, for 5 consecutive days. Complimentary lunch is included for every day of the program.

Group Intensive Italian Programs (2-5 students): These classes meet every day from Monday to Friday, 3 hours per lesson for the duration of: 

2 weeks (30 hours of instruction)

3 weeks (45 hours of instruction)

4 weeks (60 hours of instruction)

 

PRIVATE COURSES

Private Italian Instruction:   One-on-one Italian lessons.   Enjoy flexible schedule.   Minimum two hours per class.  Enroll in a customized program or take advantage of one of our packages designed with your language needs in mind.

Tutoring: Private lessons.  Flexible schedule.  Class content is focused on particular aspects of the Italian language and the student’s needs.

Skype Lessons: If you prefer distance learning, we offer lessons via Skype.  Contact us for details.

 

GROUP CLASSES

Busy Loop Group (2-5 students):  Meet once a week, two hours per lesson, for 8 weeks or accelerate your progress: meet twice a week for 4 weeks to complete 16 hours of instruction.   (Schedule updates)

 

SEMI-PRIVATE COURSES

Semi-Private Italian Lessons: This course comprises of 2-3 students who wish to learn together, and who share the same proficiency level. This course features a flexible schedule.

 

OTHER PROGRAMS

Corporate Italian Private and Group Programs onsite or in our language center:  Enjoy flexible schedule.   Minimum two hours per class.   Completely customized.

Italian Literature Courses:  private instruction or in a small class setting.

Translation Services: Our team of experienced translators will be happy to assist you with the translation of documents in Italian.

Cross Cultural Training: Cultural understanding is a key component in today’s global business efforts. Our trainers bring all their experience and knowledge in cultural awareness to ensure success in your company’s assignments abroad. Seminars and training are offered on-site or in our training center.

Italy, Latium, Roma district, Rome, Spanish Steps, Trinità dei Monti, Travel Destination, Barcaccia fountain

Italy, Latium, Roma district, Rome, Spanish Steps, Trinità dei Monti, Travel Destination, Barcaccia fountain

FACTS ABOUT ITALIAN LANGUAGE

  • Italian is the official language of Italy and one of the four official languages in Switzerland. You’ll find Italian speakers in Malta, Vatican State, San Marino, Croatia, Slovenia, and France (especially in Corsica).
  • Standard Italian is spoken by Italy’s 59 million residents.
  • Italian is a Romance language descended from Vulgar Latin, the dialect spoken by the people living during the last years of the Roman Empire. Italian has more Latin words than any other Romance languages, and its grammatical system remains similar to Latin. Latin is still the official language of the Vatican City in Rome
  • Italian is also the second most spoken language in Argentina. It has however seen a decline in the African countries of Eritrea and Libya, which used to be Italian colonies.
  • In the United States, Italian is the fourth most taught foreign language after Spanish, French and German, in that order (or the fifth if American Sign Language is considered).  *
  • One of the earliest texts is believed to be Indovinello Veronese, The Veronese Riddle, written around 800 AD. However, some experts consider this to be in Vulgar Latin rather than Italian from the town of Benevento in the Campania region, I Placiticassinesi is a collection of legal documents concerning land ownership disputes, dating from around 960AD.
  • In the first years of the 14th century poet, Dante Alighieri wrote his main work La Commedia, later renamed La Divina Commedia, The Divine Comedy.  It was written in Italianovolgare, a mixture of Tuscan and Sicilian dialects, to this day thought to be the earliest example of a standardized Italian language.
  • The University of Rome is one of the world’s oldest universities and was founded by the Catholic Church in A.D. 1303. Often called La Sapienza (“knowledge”), the University of Rome is also Europe’s largest university with 150,000 students.
  • The language of music is Italian. The word “scale” comes from scala, meaning “step.” And adante, allegro, presto, and vivace are just a few of the many Italian musical notations.

(Sources:  Random Facts,  BBC,  Wikipedia)

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