I have been studying Italian at Centro Italiano for 2.5 years. Many of my friends are curious on why Italian. It's not as popular as Spanish or Chinese. The answer is simple: I’ve loved Italy since my first visit there 4 years ago. Thanks to these courses, I can finally speak the native language of that beautiful country.
I started learning italian at Centro Italiano as a very beginner. Learning a language from scratch is always a challenge. Motivation alone is not enough. You should also have good teacher. The last time I visited Italy I was enjoying conversations with Italians. It's a great indicator of class quality .
I like how flexible and patient the instructor is. I have an unstable schedule and she is always able to offer me a day, time and class level that fits my needs. I really appreciate that, as it helps me retain my level when I don't have much time to learn and make good progress in less busy days.
I definitely recommend Centro Italiano to anyone seeking high-quality support in learning Italian.
I have truly enjoyed taking classes at Nuovo Centro for the last few years. The classes are a great blend of grammar and semantics, conversation and listening, and cultural information. I have a busy life, and appreciate the flexibility in our classes to move at our own pace, yet somehow still magically progress! From my original “Traveler’s Class”, to my current intermediate level, I have found the language skills I’ve learned relevant and useful when traveling in Italy. Having some knowledge of Italian, has enriched the already beautiful experience of visiting that lovely place.
Learning Italian with Magda has been the most fun language learning experience I have had and I have tried (unsuccessfully) learning several languages before. It has been a year and I still look forward to our Tuesday evening classes. What stands out for me is her sincere efforts at getting us to talk in Italian - always the toughest part of any language teacher's job. I also really appreciate the varied materials she comes up with - it keeps learning fun even when we are studying difficult grammatical topics!
My partner and I began studying Italian about 10 years ago in preparation for our first trip to Italy. We wanted to learn enough to communicate the basics: "please", "thank you", "which way to the train station", etc. It didn't take long for us to realize we wanted more from our experience abroad; we were missing out on the opportunity to have genuine and meaningful conversations with the people whose country we were visiting. After our first trip we were hooked and have been taking lessons ever since. In 2012 we found Nuovo Centro Italiano and began taking conversational classes with Magda. I will never forget that first class - Magda helped us feel immediately at ease and she had us laughing so much it ached. I especially appreciate Magda's ability to explain grammatical points with clarity, wit, and humor. She is wry, delightfully knowledgeable and deeply caring for her students. As an added bonus the relatively small groups for class (generally fewer than 6 students) allow plenty of time for individual attention and practice. Furthermore, Magda pays special attention to assembling groups according to each student's skill level, and preparing materials for study that are engaging as well as instructive. Classes at Centro Italiano are a joy and have become an essential weekly element to our lives!
Nuovo Centro Italiano is an absolutely terrific resource. Magda is smart, patient but insistent, a great wit, fluent in several languages, and most engaging personally. Highly recommended!
I've studied Italian with Magda for several years. She is a superb teacher, and quite engaging, too-I look forward to class and am always smiling as I leave. I also appreciate that her lessons, games, and assignments are never dull- instead they are topical and relevant to students' real lives and interests. You will enjoy her classes!
In my two years studying at Nuovo Centro Italiano, I have met countless wonderful people with whom I've had the pleasure of spending an hour or so every week chatting, joking and, of course, practicing Italian. When I first began, I was struggling to remember the genders of nouns ending in -e; now, in my current class, we're studying the finer points of the subjunctive verb mode and the entire class is in Italian. Not only have my language skills improved greatly, but I look forward to class every week as a chance to catch up with Magda and my classmates. Even better is that the classroom is conveniently located in Capitol Hill and easily reachable by bus. I have recommended Nuovo Centro Italiano to my friends in the past and I would certainly continue to do so for anyone looking for a fun, effective Italian course in Seattle!
As the Board president of the Northwest Institute for Architecture and Urban Studies in Italy (NIAUSI), I have worked closely with Magda Codognotto and Nuovo Centro Italiano on several projects involving complex translations and interpretations of both Italian and English-language documents. These projects include a donation of Italian properties to our nonprofit organization, which required the interpretation and explanation of Italian documents, the translation of English-language corporate documents into Italian, translations of Italian codes and assistance with drafting letters in Italian. Throughout all of these projects that we have worked on, Magda has been highly effective, responsive to our needs and a real pleasure to work with. I would highly recommend Magda Codognotto without reservation - and look forward to working with her again.
I HIGHLY recommend Magda Codognotto! I recently had a very positive experience with her, when I was in a bind with a lengthy document that needed translating. Magda is extremely competent and professional and performed her duties in a more than timely manner, as I was up against a deadline. I so appreciated her diligence in keeping me posted every step of the way. Thank you, Magda…I will not hesitate to use your services again!
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