I studied Italian with Davide while a Sophomore and Junior in high school (Brophy Prep). I like languages, having studied Spanish in grade school and French all four years of high school. Studying with Davide is the ideal method of learning the language. Although I met with him for only two hours a week, instead of five hours a week for high school French, and although I studied with him for only little more than a year, instead of four years of French, my Italian is better than my French (my SAT score in Italian Junior year was 740).
I went to Italy by myself for a month the summer between my Junior and Senior years to study Italian further at a school in Verona, and was able to communicate with no difficulty, often being mistaken for an Italian. Davide was an excellent teacher, and the sessions with him were a lot of fun. And the one-on-one experience was a nice contrast to the class room teaching of high school.
I’ve wanted to learn Italian for a number of years now. Two years ago I purchased Rosetta Stone. I used their program, but I wasn’t able to engage in a conversation. I decided to look for a private Italian teacher online. I hired a native speaker from Italy. She was very nice but seemed to lack the teaching skills necessary to explain the grammar to me. As a former teacher myself, I was able to recognize this. I was a bit discouraged, but I thought I’d try going the private tutor route once more as I did not want to take a class. I wanted private lessons.
I then found Davide’s information online. He seemed very qualified so I gave him a call, and we began meeting weekly for private lessons. It is very convenient for me as Davide comes to my home in Scottsdale. Davide is patient and helps keeps me accountable. Most of all he is a great teacher. He seems to know intuitively when I am struggling with an aspect of Italian grammar. He then explains it differently and by giving me more examples. It has been a year now, and I can speak Italian. My Italian isn’t perfect, but I can carry on a conversation in Italian. I’ve been to Italy with my family last summer, and we have met some distant relatives with whom we have established a great friendship. My trip made me realize how much I have learned. On a few occasions I was complimented for speaking Italian well. They were even impressed with my Italian grammar. This experience was a real confidence booster for me. While I have worked hard at my efforts to learn to speak Italian, I have to thank Davide for helping me achieve this goal.
I enthusiastically recommend Davide to anyone who wishes to learn Italian.