Learn Italian in the City of Rome
Experts say that studying abroad is one of the best ways to really learn a language, so why not discover the romance language of Italian in the city of Rome? It's been said that Rome is the perfect city to showcase the beauty, history and culture of Italy, so immersing yourself in Rome while studying Italian is the perfect pairing to get the results you desire-learning Italian in a picturesque setting.
Plan Your Trip
With Rome's close proximity to the Mediterranean Sea and the Apennine Mountain Range, it has a long summer with great weather for a majority of the year. And, even though Rome's winter is cold, you won't have to deal with a large amount of snow or an abundance of below freezing days. Of course, the time of year you choose to visit Rome will most likely depend on the language school and study program that you choose, but just know that your time in Rome will be magical-no matter what season you go.
When traveling to Rome, you have two main airport choices-Fiumicino and Ciampino. Located about 18 miles southwest of central Rome, Fiumicino (FCO) is Rome's main airport. Ciampino is a smaller airport about nine miles southeast of Rome, and it handles mostly charter and business flights.
While some language schools in Rome provide housing for their students, not every school has available lodging so you may need to find a place to stay during your study time in Rome. The good news is-your options are endless. Depending on your budget, you can stay in unique boutique hotels, luxury condos or opt for a reasonable extended stay hotel. Check Rome Hotels for the latest hotel deals.
The Pros and Cons
Of course you could learn Italian anywhere in the world, but learning Italian in the historic and charming city of Rome has so many advantages. For instance, you won't simply study about Italy online and read about Rome in books-your classroom becomes the exquisite city of Rome itself. You'll gain an understanding of the historical traditions and the Italian culture, and you'll come to know the Italian language through musical pieces and operas, architecture, art, food and the Italian people. Plus, on your time off from language school, you can experience Rome in a non-touristy way with the help of your instructors and new friends. Almost all of the instructors are natives-usually locals-so they will be able to offer you excellent advice about area restaurants, culture and things to do.
One of the disadvantages of learning Italian in Rome is cost. Anytime you stay in a foreign country for an extended period of time, you'll have to consider lodging, food and travel expenses. Plus, the various language schools offer modest to expensive study programs, so you'll need to decide what best fits your budget and timeline. Also, when you take Italian courses in Rome, most teachers use the immersion method, which can be overwhelming for beginners because your instructors only speak Italian. So, it's a sink or swim mentality. The upside? Necessity makes you learn to "swim" a lot faster so you tend to grasp the language much more quickly when studying in Rome.
Mastering Italian in Rome
When selecting a language institution in Rome, ask yourself the following questions:
- Do I want to spend a week, two weeks, a month, a summer or longer?
- Am I more comfortable in a group setting, or do I learn better in a one-on-one setting?
- How much money do I want to spend?
- What is my overall goal in studying Italian in Rome-to simply learn to speak and read Italian or to immerse myself in all areas of Roman culture?
Once you determine your answers and goals, you'll better be able to select an appropriate language school. Following are three highly-touted schools to get you started in your search.
Centro Linguistico Dante Alighieri
This reputable school was founded in 1981 with its primary focus of teaching Italian to students from other countries. However, the Rome Language Centre of the Dante Alighieri school offers much more than just Italian lessons. From language courses to culture courses to art classes, you can totally immerse yourself in Rome and all it has to offer.
One thing that sets Centro Linguistico Dante Alighieri apart from other language schools is this-you determine how quickly and how intensely you wish to learn Italian. For instance, you can take 11 lessons a day for nine straight days for more than 100 lessons, which includes lunch in a local restaurant with your teacher. Or, you can take two lessons a day for a week, for a less monopolizing study experience. It's up to you!
Situated in a stylish, historic building, the Rome centre is conveniently serviced by Underground Line B and other bus routes, so you can stay in other areas of Rome and still study here.
Sommer School Sapienza
Learning another language doesn't have to take a lifetime. For foreign roles in movies, American actors will immerse themselves in a country and take "crash courses" in that culture, its history and its language. You can do the same if you enroll at the highly-respected Sommer School Sapienza. Summer courses, which are taught in the modern building of Ex Betreria Sciarra, offer the opportunity to delve into the following areas of study: Archaeology and Art in Rome; Contemporary Italian Language and
Literature; and Film, Theatre and Music. You'll experience learning through lectures, classroom interaction and guided tours of Rome. At the end of the summer, not only will you have learned Italian, but also you'll have a better understanding of the Roman contribution to today's European lifestyle.
Torre di Babele
Officially authorized by the Italian Ministry of Education, Torre di Babele is a reputable school that offers Italian language courses year round. The school itself is situated in a quaint neighborhood, far from tourist attractions. If you are more comfortable learning in a small group environment, this is the school for you. Class sizes are very small with no more than 12 students. This school also incorporates a program called "Tandem," which hones your language skills by putting you with Italian native speakers. And, this Tandem aspect of your program is complimentary.
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