Ciao, mi chiamo Maria.
I’ve helped hundreds of working men and women reach a conversational level of Italian so they can move to Italy and interact in daily Italian life.
After studying Italian for over 10 years academically, embracing my father’s Calabrese heritage, winning awards and teaching Italian for 5+ years at some of the top school districts in the nation,
I’ve discovered the most effective and efficient strategies to get YOU confidently interacting in Italian everyday life.
In 2006, I traveled to Italy to meet my Italian family, unable to speak a word of Italian — and it was incredibly awkward! I felt so afraid to open my mouth or utter a single word, fearing they would surely laugh at me.
The embarrassment I experienced during that trip motivated me to dedicate my life to learning Italian. Embracing the challenge, I navigated through trial and error, discovering the best ways to explain complex linguistic ideas in a fun, simple and easy-to-understand manner — perfect for beginners aspiring to be conversational. When I returned to Italy in 2013, I finally had the chance to truly connect with my family, forging connections I never would have imagined. The opportunities were endless, and I made life-long friends along the way. I was finally free, and that was the transformative power of learning Italian. I had to share it with the world.
Still, I found that so many people learning Italian resort to feeling embarrassed, burnt-out, and lack the resources necessary to make progress.
It’s time to make things fun while learning- and never feel embarrassed again.
So I created a premier online program, called the Italian Toolkit. I personally help working men and women learn conversational Italian so they can interact daily in Italian life with confidence.
The best part: of all my students who show up and try, not one has ever failed to make progress. Not one.