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.

Whether you’re a beginner to Italian or a repeat performer like me, Davide is outstanding at helping you reach your goals.

I started in Davide’s Italian 101 class after a 17-year hiatus from Italian lessons. The group lessons were really fun, engaging and memorable and I was excited to continue on to 102. Due to a scheduling conflict though I switched to private lessons and WOW! Italian lessons just went to a whole new level! Davide provides really good feedback and can tailor the lessons to your specific level and needs. Not only that, he also presents the content in a way I had never experienced before in my prior years of academic study, and I find it super effective. Davide is truly a master of the language and I am really happy with the progress I’ve made in a short amount of time.

Whether you are looking for group classes or private lessons, Davide makes learning Italian enjoyable and rewarding!

Raquel Espinol, Tempe

I just completed Italian 101 with Professor Davide at Valenti Lingua and I wanted to share what a positive and rewarding experience it was. Professor Davide is a skilled and motivational teacher who shares his love and passion for the Italian language and culture with his students! His curriculum provides a solid foundation of speaking, reading and writing in proper Italian, while including cultural tips. He provides structure and tools that aid a beginner with the necessary elements needed to succeed. Professor Davide’ has an open and approachable teaching style, that never makes his students feel uncomfortable or ill at ease while learning a new language. He is witty and engaging; often sharing personal stories of growing up in an Italian family and neighborhood, all of which added humor and interest to the class. 
I strongly recommend anyone wanting to learn the Italian language properly to do so with Valenti Lingua. I found it to be a very rewarding experience personally, and I look forward to continuing my own Italian lessons with Valenti Lingua! Grazie Professor Davide. A presto!

Colleen Sanger, Cave Creek

Davide is an experienced professional in the classroom. What you might not notice at first is his leadership ability. He is engaged and engaging. He occasionally gives us delightful memories of his childhood and schooling which perhaps purposefully assist us in comprehension and memorization. He is charming and unassuming yet knows in what direction it is best to take the class to teach us. I was surprised how much I had learned. If experience counts, then you can count on Davide. He is young, but he certainly is wise. He’s always neutral, and never inappropriate. I particularly enjoyed his openness to questions, and his ability to advance us with comprehensible and interesting responses. You will not just speak it but you will read it and you will write it—all of which are truly essential. He’s also very cognizant and sharing of the idioms, of colloquialisms, of modern speech and vocabulary.

Sarah Whitmore, Phoenix

I’ve wanted to learn Italian for a long time and tried some of the language tapes and other “convenient” resources in past years. However, I wasn’t successful doing it on my own. In 2019, I decided to get serious and I signed up for class with Valenti Lingua. It was a great decision. I thoroughly enjoyed Italian 101 and the level and pace of the class were perfect for my needs. Davide is the best in the business with his extensive experience and knowledge of the language. He is patient, supportive and leads a fun class. The other benefit was meeting new people in class that have the same desire as me to learn Italian. They made the class even more enjoyable while motivating me to work hard and be successful. It was such a great experience that I immediately signed up for Italian 102. If you really want to learn Italian, Valenti Lingua is the best choice!

Joseph Ricciardi, Scottsdale

I have been taking private Italian lessons with Davide for about 6 months now. Davide does a great job of keeping the lessons at my pace and I’m astounded at how much I’ve learned in this short time. Davide is very encouraging, very knowledgeable, and a superb teacher. The lessons are always so much fun! I always look forward to my lesson!

Lisa Ciardella, Maricopa

I have taken Italian 101 and 102 from Davide.  I have had many Italian teachers in my time, American and Italian.  Davide is the best!  He is structured enough to keep learning steady, he provides enough variation to accommodate different styles of learning and to create interest.  And he has a fun sense of humor.  But most importantly, he gets to know his students well, how they learn, how they speak, how to present in a way to move a student over a hurdle without making them feel uncomfortable.
I highly recommend Davide’s courses if you want to learn Italian.

Gayle Civish PhD, Cave Creek

My husband (who can speak southern Italian dialect) and I took the Valenti Lingua Italian 101 course to help us better communicate when visiting relatives in Italy who speak “correct” Italian. The course more than met our expectations and turned out to be one of the most enjoyable experiences we have ever shared – thanks to a patient and inspiring instructor! Davide’s teaching style is relaxed and engaging – in class, he puts his students at ease, while encouraging them and generating excitement for learning the language – for all levels of students. He is an authentic and passionate promoter of the Italian language – having grown up in an Italian-speaking family/environment, his extensive knowledge of the Italian (and English) language and culture are evident, and his personal experience clearly enhances each lesson. His humor and relational approach to teaching the language was extremely effective for me and my husband – we feel that we’ve learned the basics well enough to read, write and speak enough “correct” Italian to impress our Italian relatives/friends!  This educational experience was so rewarding, I plan to continue to the next course level of study with Davide, with no doubt that I can become conversational in Italian through his instruction.  

If you really are interested in learning this beautiful language, we highly recommend Davide Valenti/Valenti Lingua!

Christine and Vincent LoBianco, Phoenix

The Italian classes I’ve taken with Davide are effective and have truly helped me to understand the Italian language.  I am now entering my 3rd class with Davide, and looking forward to even more immersion and experience with speaking Italian.  The homework and Yabla assignments really push me to want to do my best and incorporate all the language I have learned so far.  I’m looking forward to going back to Italy and using my new skills!  Davide has a teaching style that is easy-going, yet effective for making the labor of learning a new language enjoyable.  He mixes in interesting facts, and modern-day information since he grew up speaking Italian and has spent much of his life in Italian homes. It’s greatly appreciated the care he takes in preparing every lesson, and the attention he provides to every student in the classroom!

Jay Glass, Scottsdale

Let me tell you how pleased I am to have found Davide Valenti and Valenti Lingua.  My husband and I have fallen in love with Italy. We travel there often and have even discussed living there one day.  The language is beautiful, melodic actually, and I needed to learn how to speak it. Having taken IT 101 and 102 with Davide has given me the ability to learn vocabulary, sentence construction, present and past tense, and the ability to converse, read, and ask questions in a relaxed manner that is fun and challenging with a native speaker who is patient, kind and funny! There is homework, a text book and videos so that you can listen, read and review as much as you want to!  I am so thrilled to continue to ITA 103, and I will continue in the Valenti Lingua program as long as I can.

Patty Vaughn, Paradise Valley

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