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.

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

I am in my second Italian course in Rome. To my surprise, I was placed in the advanced group after nine months with Davide. The other students in my class are in their third month of total immersion, and thanks to Davide, my grammar and base understanding of the language are stronger than theirs. I am having so much fun, my wife plans on studying with Davide too.

If you want to learn to speak the language, develop an understanding of how the language works, and have fun, Valenti Lingua is your place.

Nicholas Markette, Chandler

I have been taking Italian language classes with Valenti Lingua for a coulple of years now. These classes are by far the best I’ve ever attended, and this cinema class was so much fun. Davide makes learning interesting and fun while focusing on important aspects like grammar and usage.

Spending time once a week in the cinema class over the summer helped to keep the language fresh. Being able to view the films in a group then discuss was also a great way to boost listening skills as well as “thinking on the fly” skills.

Bottom line: Take the cinemal class! or any of Valenti Lingua’s Italian language classes for that matter.

Gina DiMarco, Phoenix

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