I’m a retired pediatric anesthesiologist wanting to learn Italian to communicate with our granddaughter who is bilingual English-Italian and for our upcoming trip to Italy. Davide Valenti is exceptional! His materials are plentiful and forthcoming, making learning easy. He is so interesting retelling stories of growing up in Sicily as we practice difficult grammar, rules of the language and conjugations. This is my first virtual Zoom class and he made it seem like my classmates and I were actually sitting in his living room with him. I can’t say enough about Davide’s excellent offering as a teacher, and great man to spend your time with. I’m looking forward to our next class together! Thank you Professor Valenti!
I began meeting with Davide four years ago for private Italian lessons after completing two years of Italian at Scottsdale Community College. I study Italian because it provides me with a challenge unrelated to my everyday job of practicing law. It forces me to utilize parts of my brain that otherwise would become stagnate. Working one on one with Davide requires me to truly learn the language. Unlike in a classroom setting, there is no other student you can hide behind nor can you pray that you won’t be called on in class because you are the class.
What I especially enjoy about my weekly Italian lessons is that I have no special skill with languages. Every session compels me to study long and hard and I always feel a sense of accomplishment when I avoid making a total fool of myself.
Davide is an extremely skilled teacher and I especially appreciate that Davide grew up speaking Italian and therefore speaks it naturally. I intend on studying with Davide until I become completely fluent in Italian.