Have you been studying Italian but when you try to speak, you instantly freeze?
Have you tried a bunch of Italian classes, text and grammar books, but when you’re in Italy all you understand is barely food words?
Have you lost the joy and motivation to learn Italian?
Hi, my name is Moreno. I’m passionate about teaching you how to (really) learn Italian. Using content that brings the fun back into learning. Through stories, movies, comics.
Once upon a time…
there was a young man passionate about languages, who was visiting England for the first time. He was convinced he could communicate easily in English with all the locals.
Of course he was. He had studied English at school for many years. He always did all grammar exercises and memorized lots of random vocabulary lists.
But then he was confronted with reality. When he arrived to England all of his confidence vanished.
He could hardly understand anyone. Even a simple order at the restaurant was a nightmare. He began to constantly think about how to apply the grammar rules he learned.
If the restaurant hadn’t closed, he would still be there thinking about what to say.
This was the beginning…
of the story that slowly led me to a total different approach to language learning. I knew I had to change the way I had been learning English, and frankly, any other language so far.
At almost the same time I was seeing a guitar teacher, as my guitar playing was stuck too and I was loosing the joy of playing.
This teacher was different: He didn’t “feed” me with dozens of unmusical “stock” exercises and didn’t tell me I had to learn this before that.
He showed me instead how to explore and experience joyfully the guitar by myself. He put the emphasis on using materials and songs that I love to expand my abilities. I was finally learning from real life context. I learned how to learn.
How is this related to learning Italian?
So many teachers, online courses and textbooks out there focus on teaching you the Italian language itself. They explain to you the rules and the exceptions. They want you to do grammar drills. They tell you have to learn this tense before you can move on to the next one. They act as human dictionaries.
Can this be enjoyable, engaging and, above all, effective?
Putting the focus on that stuff simply doesn’t work if you want to understand and speak real life Italian effortlessly.
What if we change perspective by focusing on the content, the entertainment and the information we can get through Italian?
The moment I began to switch my mindset and use stories, books, comics, podcasts, movies and generally all the content and information I was really interested in, I regained enthusiasm in learning languages. It unlocked my progress and it even didn’t feel like oldfashioned boring studying at all.
Let me reveal you a not so well kept secret: Anybody can learn and master Italian, but nobody can teach it to you. You can only learn a language by yourself.
What you need are the right approach and mindset, effective methods and compelling content.
That’s what my mission is all about: Showing you how to really learn Italian and creating compelling resources to learn it independently.
Let me help you to transform from a hesitating student of Italian into a brave independent acquirer of Italian. Because the star is you, not your teacher showing off her profound knowledge about the subject.
Who is this Italian Coach guy?
When I’m not busy trying to change the way the world learns Italian, I love to play guitar, learn languages, travel, and play with my cats.
I grew up bilingual (Italian and German) and besides English I also speak French and Spanish at different levels. Yes, I’m quite a language lover. I live in the sixth smallest country in the world (can you guess which one?) with my wife.
In my former life I had a few regular office jobs in the Insurance branch where I also translated a lot of documents. And I studied Information Science.
I’ve tried many methods when it comes to language learning. That’s why everything I’m doing is not build from theory but from experience (with myself and all learners I helped so far).
Dear Moreno, thank you very much for your podcasts which I find very helpful and interesting. I listen to them every day in the car and at home many times. It is very generous of you to publish these resources for free to help us Italian learners. They are very well produced and I can imagine how much work you must put into them. Once again, many, many thanks!
Tom, podcast listener