Italian Lessons and Tutors in London
Still considered by many to be the archetypal ‘Romance’ language, Italian connotes sensuality and emotion. Besides being the main language of 65 million native Italians, it has been estimated that Italian’s international speakers, including immigrant communities in Australia and America, number 85 million in total. Italy itself is home to almost 30 distinct indigenous dialects, including Neapolitan and Sicilian.
The Italian alphabet follows the Latin and is made up of 21 letters with five vowels and 16 consonants. The letters J, K, W, X and Y are not part of the alphabet, but are used for foreign names and anglicised words. The letter ‘R’ is often rolled in Italian words, and the vowels can have acute, grave and circumflex accents which alter their pronunciations.
Italian is the closest of all modern languages to Ancient Latin, from which most of its vocabulary derives. It is a Romance language in every sense of the word, conjuring up images of Roman amphitheatres, bustling trattoria, and sun-drenched olive groves. Italian is also known as the language of music for its melodic rhythms and use in musical terminology and the classical genre. As such, music is an effective gateway into learning Italian, along with the nation’s endless literary and cinematic offerings.
Italian workplaces are built on ‘la famiglia’, which translates to ‘the family’, as colleagues typically form close-knit groups, so building strong business relationships is key. Italy’s economy revolves around services, tourism and manufacturing, with the latter industry based in the North which produces 90% of the country’s exports.
The Certificate of Proficiency in Italian (CELI) is recognised by the Italian Ministry of Education and provides three qualifications: CELI Standard, CELI Immigrant and CELI Teenagers (between the ages of 13 – 17). There are six levels of examination (CELI Impatto for beginners, followed by CELI levels 1 – 5) which are held three times annually in Italy and in authorised international centres. Those applying for Italian citizenship must be proficient in level CELI 2 or above.
There are further qualifications available through CILS (Italian Certificate as a Foreign Language) which has specific specifications for foreign workers in Italy, IT (Italian Certification), PILDA (Italian Language Project Dante Alighieri), and the AIL Association (Italian Language Academy).
There is also a GCSE in Italian administered by AQA, as well as A-Level Italian. Additionally, Cambridge offers an IGCSE in Italian.
Italian Courses and Tuition in London
Mayfair Consultants offers fully-qualified Italian tutors for private tuition across London. Our tutors are either native or fluent Italian speakers who use interactive and immersive approaches, focussing on extending clients’ vocabularies while perfecting their pronunciation and writing. We also focus on Italian culture and business etiquette. Many of our tutors use literary materials, as well as online, journalistic and other non-fiction sources, as part of their instruction tools. We work with learners of all ages and abilities, including those preparing for Italian GCSE, A-Level and IB exams, and those acquiring the language for research, travel or business purposes.
If you would like to arrange Italian lessons or have any questions about our courses or tuition services, please call us on Tel: +44 (0) 207 665 6606 or you can send us an email via our contact form.
Useful Italian Language Resources
https://www.europassitalian.com/learn/certification-cils/ – List of Italian Language
https://www.acad.it/en/ – Italian Language Academy
https://www.lang.ox.ac.uk/italian – University of Oxford Language Centre Italian
https://www.mmll.cam.ac.uk/italian/online-resources – University of Cambridge Italian Resources
http://www.sussex.ac.uk/languages/resources/italian – University of Sussex Italian Language Resources
https://libguides.reading.ac.uk/languages/italian-websites – University of Reading Italian Resources
https://www.ibo.org/about-the-ib/the-ib-by-country/i/italy/ – International Baccalaureate Italian
https://www.theguardian.com/education/series/language-resources-italian – Italian
https://studyinitaly.esteri.it/en/home_borse – Study in Italy
https://onlineitalianclub.com/ – Online Italian Language Club
https://libraryguides.missouri.edu/c.php?g=127794&p=835566 – Italian Language and Literature Online Resources
https://libguides.anu.edu.au/c.php?g=647810&p=4559610 – Online Italian language Resources
https://www.british-italian.org/ – British Italian Society
https://iiclondra.esteri.it/IIC_Londra/it/ – Italian Cultural Institute London
https://theitaliancommunity.co.uk/en/ – Italian Community London
https://www.bl.uk/collection-guides/italian-printed-collections – British Library Italian Collections
https://www.italianbookshop.co.uk/ – Online Italian Bookshop
http://conslondra.esteri.it/consolato_londra/it – Italian Consulate London
https://whc.unesco.org/en/statesparties/it – UNESCO Italy Information
https://www.italia.it/en – Official Italian Tourism Authority