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Need help with your Italian? / Free Italian lessons
« Last post by levissima on July 02, 2018, 05:55:03 PM »
Need help with your Italian? / Summer Italian Courses in Sulmona
« Last post by Tartufa on December 20, 2017, 09:13:37 AM »
Why not join one of our Italian classes and learn the language in the target country!

If you have a home here in the Valle Peligna area, or if you are visiting and you want to be able to understand and use everyday language, come to Italian classes. Your teacher Paola Fraioli is a native Italian speaker who has more than twenty years experience teaching Italian to adults:

  • Brush up your conversation skills
    Increase your vocabulary and gain confidence in your everyday conversation
    Learn about the culture of Italy
    Meet people like you who have an interest in the Italian language and culture

Monday July 16th to Friday July 23rd 9.00am - 12.00pm Beginners / pre-intermediate

Monday July 30th to August 6th 9.00am - 12.00pm

Maximum five students per class where you can learn at your own speed.

Price : 180 euro per week  per person (minimum three students)
30 deposit per student payable at time of booking with the balance due at the start of the course.

If you need different dates or a different level, please let us know and we will do our best to accommodate you. Classes will take place in our classroom in the centre of Sulmona in Via Antonio Gramsci.

Book by emailing Paola at
Need help with your Italian? / Re: Bit of fun
« Last post by Cesare Rinato on October 11, 2017, 03:08:42 PM »
A bit tricky. I was particularly perplexed by the question "What is the Italian word for Pasta"
Need help with your Italian? / Bit of fun
« Last post by levissima on October 09, 2017, 11:41:55 AM »
Need help with your Italian? / Re: How to improve your language skills
« Last post by Orbito on December 15, 2016, 06:25:35 PM »
Great list, Levi!

"Firma qui, qua, sangue " LOL love it, sounds like every trip to the bank for me.

Also had "non possibile" quite a few times with my comune and the Questura, and I've been here less than a year :D
Need help with your Italian? / Re: How to improve your language skills
« Last post by Shebar on December 15, 2016, 02:58:29 PM »
Nothing is ever simple here is it? 

However, dealing with local government has to be the worst possible experience.  It seems that the last thing that our local public servants want to do is to actually serve the public...extraordinary.
Need help with your Italian? / How to improve your language skills
« Last post by levissima on December 15, 2016, 02:30:42 PM »
Having already mastered the language needed to argue with the Guardian Di Finanza I have embarked on a new and rather steep,learning curve.

In order to appreciate the full nuances of the language you need to be registered as resident in one  Comune but living in another and wanting to get your rubbish collected. Try to ensure that each Comune has its own way of doing things, forms which are unique only to themselves and on no account must they speak to each other.

You will learn the appropriate use of words like

Modelo numero???
Compila questo modulo
Firma qui, qua, sangue
tutto sbagliato.
Non possibile
Torna la prossima settimana
Strainiero pazzo!
Va fanculo!

Need help with your Italian? / Re: Help with Post Office
« Last post by Cesare Rinato on August 25, 2016, 09:55:18 AM »
They do that just to lull you into a false belief that you can get served in the post office. 
Need help with your Italian? / Re: Help with Post Office
« Last post by Orbito on August 24, 2016, 09:50:16 AM »
Thanks all - raccomandata did the trick!

Cesare, I arrived at 8.30am and waltzed straight up to the left hand counter - beginner's luck?  ;D. The lady was lovely, did all the forms for me and didn't grimace at my language mangling!
Need help with your Italian? / Re: Help with Post Office
« Last post by Cesare Rinato on August 24, 2016, 09:31:04 AM »
Assuming to are going to the local Post Office, you will probably need to go to the left hand sportello. I thought I could pay some bills and post my referendum vote raccomandata ( yeah I know it didn't need it, but I wanted to be sure.) I queued for 20 minutes and paid the bills but she then sent me to the other sportello where I had to wait again whilst some ( another ) old bloke explained his life story to the women behind the counter. Going to the left hand sportello has another advantage in that the women behind the counter will make an effort to understand what you are talking about and may even smile, if you are very very lucky. Go as close to lunch time closing as you can risk, to avoid queues and never go on the first of the month. They start queuing outside at 7.15
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