Testimonials

Davide strives to help each student exceed their own expectations in the study of the Italian language. See below what some of his students have to say regarding their experience studying with Davide in both the classroom and through private instruction.

I have been learning Italian with Davide for about a year now. I’ve learned that certain techniques work better for me than others. One of the good characteristics of Davide is that he understands and listens to what’s not working and what is working. He caters to your style as opposed to being one dimensional and just teaching his way. If I am having difficulty in a certain area Davide is good at finding a way to help me overcome the hurdle and gently push me forward. He tailors the lessons, schedule and homework to my busy work and travel schedule. Davide accommodates my lifestyle. When I’m travelling we’ll often continue our Italian lessons via Skype which works well.

Mike Mastro, Scottsdale

I have been learning Italian with Davide for several months, and can highly recommend him if you are serious about learning Italian quickly.  I had been trying to learn Italian since high school with little success.  I tried Rosetta Stone, podcasts, books and classes, but although I could memorize vocabulary and grammar rules, I couldn’t put it all together into a real conversation.  That’s were Davide comes in.  I have been taking weekly one-on-one lessons for several months and can now understand Italian movie dialog, newscasts, read newspapers and magazines, and am able to have basic conversations.  Davide tailored the lessons to my problem areas, sometimes focusing on pronunciation, or grammar or vocabulary.  He assigns homework that is a mix of listening, reading, writing, and memorizing.  We use stories, movies, and textbooks in the lessons, so it isn’t just working through a textbook.  It makes a big difference to have a trained educator and native speaker to track your progress.  Also, I was initially hesitant to sign up for one-on-one lessons because I thought it might be high-pressure or stressful, but these lessons are just the opposite, it is very low-key and relaxed, and Davide is always patient even if he needs to explain the same thing several times.  I am making much more progress than I thought I was capable of, and I’m sure it’s due to Davide’s teaching process.

John DiPalma, North Scottsdale

I will preface by saying that I had been wanting to take an Italian language course for several years. There was always a reason I could not take the class. When I discovered Valentilingua, and actually spoke to Davide about taking his class, he gave me the best advice I could have received. “If you really want to learn the Italian language, now is the time to take the class!”

Davide is a wonderful, committed teacher. His love for the language and culture is apparent, and, he has inspired valuable friendships in his class!

In all honesty, it is the best thing I have done for myself (selfishly speaking) in a long time. If you are contemplating, all I can say is take the class. You won’t regret it!

Mary Gardetto, Gilbert

I took Italian language private tutoring lessons with Valenti Lingua for about a year and a half before moving to Italy. To best prepare, I needed to establish a strong foundation and command of the language including hearing, speaking, reading, and writing. Davide was the perfect teacher to help me accomplish this. He is very flexible and accommodating as he tailors his lessons to suit your learning style, preference, and pace. Upon arriving in Italy, I was surprised to be able to communicate naturally and instinctively as a result of the training with Davide – these were incredibly rewarding moments that I thank him for. Regardless of the type of lesson or proficiency level, Davide is a passionate and effective teacher, whose ultimate goal is for his students to successfully learn the language and enjoy the process.

 

Kristi Ellison, Scottsdale

Traveling to Italy many times, planning a return trip to Sicily in 2019 and listening to my husband speak Italian I wanted to learn the language so I too could communicate when we traveled there together.

I looked for quite awhile for a class that I could enroll in. I even took some private classes meeting at a bookstore with an instructor, but I felt that I wasn’t getting a basic understanding of the language and I felt lost. Then I found Davide’s class.

Davide has a love of the language that becomes apparent your first class. His classes are engaging and the time flies by. He explains grammatical rules and gives examples in terms that a non native speaker can understand. He also uses analogies that put things in perspective for a new student.

I entered his 101 class with very few skills and every week I could see my skills building. The homework assigned is an extension of the class and gives you an opportunity to practice what you are learning. He also connects you to many other resources you can take advantage of. Part of your tuition goes to being enrolled in an online program that exposes you to the Italian language by listening to music, discussions, grammatical lessons and TV clips all in Italian. There is a vocabulary section along with online comprehension questions that correspond to what you are viewing. These exercises are fun to do and
are directly tied into his weekly lessons.

If you have a desire to learn Italian, Davide’s class is as close as you’re going to get to a full immersion of the language. From the time you are in his class you are speaking and hearing Italian. He has a true understanding of the language and encourages questions giving full explanations and examples to help you understand.

I am completing his 102 class and have enrolled in the 103 class that begins in January. I look forward to class every week and I enjoy the work assigned because I see myself understanding more and more and being able to respond to questions asked of me in Italian. I am often amazed and encouraged when my husband asks me a question in Italian and I understand what he is saying and can respond in Italian.

I highly recommend Davide’s class to anyone who has an interest in learning Italian. You will enjoy his class and style of teaching while learning.

 

Fran DiPiazza, Carefree

If you truly want to learn Italian, Valenti Linqua is the place to be! Davide is passionate in his teaching and love for all things Italian and works tirelessly to provide an upbeat, diverse, and comprehensive curriculum for his students. By utilizing an array of written exercises, social interactions, and multi media activities along with very interactive class sessions, Davide has mastered the art of teaching!

I am now finishing my second Italian class with Davide and am enrolled and excited for a third one. As someone with absolutely no prior knowledge of learning Italian (or any foreign lanquage) I attended the first class meeting with much trepidation and skepticism. These concerns were immediately dispelled by Davide’s welcoming and his encouragement. He has an innate ability to instill confidence in a rewarding learning environment to students of all levels. Classes are motivating and challenging academically but also promote a sense of community and support to insure individual success.

I have found Davide’s Italian classes exceptional and can, with overwhelming and unhesitating enthusiasm, recommend Davide and Valenti Lingua to anyone looking for Italian language instruction.

Mille grazie per l’ottima esperienza, Davide! Te ne sono grata!

 

Arlene Myers, Scottsdale

I highly recommend Davide Valenti and Valenti Lingua. Davide provides excellent Italian language instruction. He is without peer in Arizona.

Davide is a native Italian speaker with a true passion for teaching. His aim is to help students achieve their desired level of fluency in the Italian language by presenting a well-planned, energetic course of instruction. Classes are collegial. There is excellent interaction among students and Davide. Classroom instruction is enhanced with homework that includes textbook exercises, as well as use of web-based tools that feature interesting video, the opportunity to listen to Italian being spoken by Italians and challenging exercises. Homework is reviewed in class and provides reinforcement.

I have taken two Italian classes with Davide and I’ve signed up for a third. My Italian language skills have improved markedly. I highly recommend Davide to anyone who wants to learn Italian and is willing to commit time and effort to the program.

 

Nicholas C. DiPiazza, Cave Creek

I had been studying Italian on my own for years. I tried free online aps and purchased the premier language learning program. I bought books, CDs, even text books. But in every case, no matter how I tried, it seemed that I only got so far before I hit a brick wall. I knew a little vocabulary and some canned phrases but I really didn’t feel like I understood the language.

Since then, I have taken both Italian 101 and private lessons from Davide Valenti of Valenti Lingua and I finally feel like I am making real progress. His Italian 101 group class is a good introduction to the Italian language. I was finally able to truly understand the basics of the language. I even became comfortable speaking Italian in class.

The private lessons also filled a need. We could really focus on pronunciation and address any areas where I needed some extra help. Davide has a real grasp for how people learn a language. He is helpful and funny too! I highly recommend his instruction to everyone! Personally – I am looking forward to taking Italian 102.

Anita King, Scottsdale

To be honest, my husband and I weren’t quite sure what to expect when we registered for Davide’s Italian 101 class…the prospect of learning a new language was a little daunting, especially with little knowledge or previous hands-on experience.

However, Davide’s intuitive teaching skills and classroom-style approach guided the entire class through each learning component in a structured yet comfortable manner. His humour and personal stories of being raised in an Italian family were both refreshing and informative, while his ability to lead us through the process of actually understanding the lesson, rather than simply memorizing it, was proficient.

Our interactions with the other students along with Davide’s contagious passion for the Italian language were so enjoyable that we were truly sorry when the classes came to an end.  Who knows…if we come back down again to AZ for another winter, maybe we will sign up for Italian 102…?

Thanks again Davide, for sharing a little bit of of the Italian culture with us.

 

Geanne Kuich and Robert Kehler, Canada

Growing up in an Italian family, I have always been fascinated by the language and culture. After marrying an Italian man, I decided it was time to study the language to prepare for our annual trips to Italy and better communicate with my new family.

Luckily, I discovered Valenti Lingua when searching for Italian lessons in the Phoenix area. I have since completed three courses with Davide and would highly recommend him to anyone seeking a knowledgeable, authentic Italian teacher.

It is clear that Davide is passionate about his teaching and genuinely wants his students to learn and succeed. He makes the class more of an experience, rather than just a lesson, and incorporates events outside the classroom to encourage students to come together and learn.
I feel so much more prepared for my upcoming trip to Italy, and feel more confident speaking and understanding the language.

Whether you are new to the language like myself, or want a refresher, do not hesitate to try Davide’s class!

Amy Cubi, Tempe