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 was looking to learn some basic Italian for a trip I’m taking later this year. I came across Davide’s website online and enrolled in ITA101. I was so pleased with how much I learned in a few short weeks that I continued with 102. Davide is an excellent teacher. He takes the time to ensure understanding, as well as improve pronunciation. Davide also makes the material fun to learn with stories of Italy and interesting facts about the culture and language. There is weekly homework, and self study time between classes is key as new material is introduced each week. The Yabla courses are also an entertaining way to learn in addition to the text. I’ve learned so much more than I was initially hoping for. I can structure a sentence in both present and past tense, can tell time, talk about what I do each day, how to use possessives, and more. I am excited to start 103 in a couple of weeks and would highly recommend Davide’s classes!

Julie Giachetti, Phoenix, Arizona

I just finished Davide’s Italian 101 class, and I had such a wonderful experience! It was the first time I took a Zoom class with other students. Davide navigated Zoom well and helped his students use the chat function, breakout room capability, etc. We practiced pronouncing Italian words accurately (such as rolling the R’s) and was assigned a manageable amount of homework (which is simply a way to help retain what we learned since the class is ungraded). His Italian 101 class is the perfect way to learn Italian while also balancing our other daily responsibilities. Davide has such a kind manner and really enjoys teaching. He is never condescending which is a huge plus for a sensitive learner like me; instead he kindly assists us with our errors. Rome wasn’t built in a day and neither is mastering a new language, but with Davide’s help, you’ll be on your way to fluency! I plan on signing up for 102 and 103

Anita Saesing, Phoenix, Arizona

I have been taking private lessons with Davide for about 6 months now. I’ve learned more Italian in 6 months than I did for over a year with TakeLessons.com. I’m taking all my classes via Zoom and it works extremely well. Davide used to teach Italian as a professor at the university level so he applies the same structure to my classes. I have a great textbook, plus he gives me other resources I learn from (workbooks to practice different concepts, and an online site called Yabla to learn from videos, online games etc.) It’s extremely comprehensive, which really allows me to get a firm grasp of the language. I’m a single working Mom so my time is limited. Davide pushes me and encourages me which I love! But he’s flexible and doesn’t assign more than I can handle. He’s really fun to work with and such an outstanding teacher. I always look forward to my Friday night sessions with him. His classes are worth every penny. I very highly recommend him!!

Madeline Donovan, Gilbert AZ

I’ve learned so much from Davide in such a short amount of time––he makes the classes fun and thoroughly explains everything. The good thing about Zoom class is that you can take the classes from anywhere; I’m in Philadelphia and in a different time zone but I still make my schedule work around Davide’s classes because they’re worth it. Looking forward to Italian 102 next month!

Sarah Amin, Philadelphia

I have enjoyed taking Italian lessons from Davide for several years. He is very creative in his approach and every class provides me with the tools I need to be successful in my learning. His mastery of the language reinforces concepts that would be difficult to understand in many other settings. He is able to cater his teaching skills for beginners to advanced learners offering a wide range of methods and ideas. He is extremely patient and strives to assist every student meet their goals. Not only is it fun to learn Italian with Davide, it is also proven that learning another language has significant mental benefits. I highly recommend Davide and Valenti Lingua to anyone that wants to learn Italian or improve their existing skills.

Carmela George, Phoenix

Mr. Valenti is the best foreign language teacher I’ve ever had  –and I studied French in grammar school and high school, and studied Italian in college.   He is outstanding at explaining points of grammar that I’ve wondered about since I first studied Italian decades ago. Because he is bilingual (fluent in both English and Italian), he can explain subtle elements of Italian to English-speaking students very accurately. He uses learning materials that reinforce each other and guide students sequentially through grammar concepts, vocabulary and conversation. He also creates new teaching materials like ‘word of the day’ and periodically streams Italian movies (with subtitles) on Zoom for his students. These activities are useful and fun, and they help build camaraderie among his students. 

Importantly, he is patient, encouraging and has a sense of humor – all of which are really important considering how many mistakes I make!    He clearly enjoys teaching Italian.  

Sue Ringer, Scottsdale

Davide does a great job at breaking down the grammar and giving students like me an understanding of this language. I go to Italy quite often and I am attempting to become fluent. I am not there yet but I have no doubts that with Davide’s help, I will get there. I tried to do it myself with . various apps and quite frankly I made little progress. With Davide’s help, I make progress every week.

Rosaria Cain, Phoenix

My skill in speaking Italian has been limited to memorized phrases, often mispronounced. I really wanted to learn to speak Italian PROPERLY. Davide Valenti’s Italian 101 course was recommended to me by a friend and I am so glad that I decided to take it. Such a wonderful experience! I say experience because the class was full of stories, laughter and patience! I felt like it was really the beginning of a new adventure and I can’t wait to use what I have learned! Grazie Davide!

Mary Schramm, Scottsdale