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Learning Italian in Los Angeles

By Dalila Bianco—Italian Teacher in Los Angeles

As an Italian native speaker born and raised in Italy, I find my job teaching Italian lessons in Los Angeles so interesting. Los Angeles is a city where very few people speak Italian; nonetheless a lot of people are passionate about my country, language, and culture. I enjoy Los Angeles because it incorporates so many different backgrounds which gives me (and others) the opportunity to learn and understand different cultures and habits.

In my opinion, the hardest thing about learning Italian is pronunciation and the complex grammar. Although many Italian and English words share the same roots, the two languages are completely different in terms of grammar, structure and phonetic. So, one of the keys to better understanding Italian is immersing yourself in the culture and, of course, having conversations with native speakers. Below are a few points of interest and events around Los Angeles that can help you improve your Italian:

Annual Feast of San Gennaro If you want to explore a little deeper into the culture of Italy, I would recommend attending the Annual Feast of San Gennaro in Los Angeles, taking place Sept. 26-28. The festival celebrates Italian culture, food, and entertainment. Attendees are entertained by live music, street performers, and, of course, food. Wine and food tastings are provided by local wineries and restaurants. Guests are invited to learn recipes from original Italian chefs. What a great opportunity to discover Italian traditions, while learning to cook some delicious pasta!

Hollywood and Westside Los Angeles Italian Language Meetup Another way to discover Italian traditions and practice the language is to join the Hollywood and Westside Los Angeles Italian Language Meetup. The Meetup is organized by a group of Italian language speakers who share a love for the Italian language and culture. With more than 1,598 Italian speakers, the group is one of the most popular Italian Language Meetups in the U.S. Upon joining the group, you will start to speak, read, and write in Italian in no time. In fact, the best way to develop your language skills is having conversations, possibly with native speakers. There’s no better opportunity to practice Italian and make some new friends. Italians are very friendly and sociable, so be ready to have fun!

Italian American Museum of Los Angeles Want to learn more about the history of Italy? The Italian American Museum, located just minutes from the civic and financial districts, is an interactive museum in which people can go to learn about the history and contributions of Italian Americans throughout Los Angeles and the U.S. The museum boasts film screenings, language classes, and visual and performing exhibits.

I love giving Italian lessons in Los Angeles, especially because I can teach more than just the language. The pronunciation, the phonetics, and the culture behind the language makes my work amazing!

About Clifford K.

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'Dr. Cliff,' a part-time college/university professor, teacher and tutor with 5 master's and 3 doctoral degrees in a variety of topics: Mathematics, Computer Information Systems, Computer Science, Management Information Systems, MBA, Leadership, Education and Administration. He has always used proven educational techniques to instruct undergraduate students, graduate students and school children/teenagers (K-12). In addition, Dr. Cliff is a Certified Tutor by American Tutoring Association and National Tutoring Association (Math); he holds California Teaching Credentials in Math (CSET I,II,III), Business (I,II,III), and Educational Technology/Computers (I,II); he is a Sylvan Certified Teacher in Math and Arts/Language K-12.

About Clifford
'Dr. Cliff,' a part-time college/university professor, teacher and tutor with 5 master's and 3 doctoral degrees in a variety of topics: Mathematics, Computer Information Systems, Computer Science, Management Information Systems, MBA, Leadership, Education and Administration. He has always used proven educational techniques to instruct undergraduate students, graduate students and school children/teenagers (K-12). In addition, Dr. Cliff is a Certified Tutor by American Tutoring Association and National Tutoring Association (Math); he holds California Teaching Credentials in Math (CSET I,II,III), Business (I,II,III), and Educational Technology/Computers (I,II); he is a Sylvan Certified Teacher in Math and Arts/Language K-12.

Dr. Cliff believes that, although many professors and teachers do an admirable job in the classroom, many students
and children do not learn well in traditional institutions. Many students and children don't respond to the assembly line nature of most institutions. He believes that a student's or child's strengths and natural abilities need to be the foundation of learning. Dr. Cliff often warns against a "cookie cutter" approach to educating students, teenagers and children. You or your child is seen as an individual, and natural strengths are identified and built upon. Therefore, individual one-on-one tutoring or help is the key approach to each student who has any challenges difficulties in a given subject.

In today’s environment and economic challenges, with shorter budgets for the education, larger classes sizes and pressure of performing well in all kind of standard tests, I often see many students lacking true knowledge and skills in a given subject, since they cannot get individualized attention during the class session. That’s where a tutor comes into the picture, not only uncover major “holes” in students’ knowledge set but also teach students how to study, how to learn and through proper guidance “fill” those knowledge and skills holes.

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California Southern University: Member of the Faculty Senate, Member of the Curriculum Committee, Member of the Personnel Committee, Member of the IT Committee, Core/Lead Faculty, Business & Management.
Northern University: Commencement Speaker, MBA/DBA programs, 2008-2013, China, Singapore, Hong Kong, Macau.
California Institute of Advanced Management: Guest Lectured and Honored Speaker, MBA programs, May, 2012, El Monte, CA.
Pacific State University: Commencement Speaker, MBA/DBA programs, 2007-2012, China and Singapore.
California American University: Commencement Speaker; 2004-2009, China.
California Southern University: Commencement Speaker, Graduation Ceremony, 2011, Irvine, CA.
Certified Business Analysis Professional (CBAP) - International Institute of Business Analysis, 2013.
DETC Evaluator – The Distance Education and Training Council, 2012.
ACICS Evaluator – The Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Scools, 2012.
BPPVE Auditor – California’s Bureau for Private, Postsecondary and Vocational Education, 2000.
Senior Global Partner – The Academy of Business Strategy; 2012.
California Commission on Teacher Credentialing: CSET Math (I, II, III), Business (I, II, III), Preliminary Education Technology (I, II), 2010-2012.
Certified Site Reviewer/Auditor, Bureau for Private Postsecondary and Vocational Education, California, 2002.
Certified Professional Tutor, American Tutoring Association and National Tutoring Association, 2011.
Educate, Inc.: Sylvan University – Certificate of Mathematics Content Proficiency for Directors of Education; May, 2010
Tier I California Preliminary Administrative Credentials, 2006.
University of Southern California, Graduate level courses (master’s) in Systems Engineering/Management, 2005-2006.
Certified School Director, Bureau for Private Postsecondary and Vocational Education, California, 2004.
California Community College Lifetime Teaching Credential, 1993.

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HIMS (Healthcare Information & Management Systems), CPHIM (Certified Professional Healthcare Information Management); 2013.
Certified Business Analysis Professional (CBAP) - International Institute of Business Analysis, 2013.
Security Innovation, Certificate in Enterprise IS/IT Security – part of the CISSP prep; 2012.
L. A. County: Certified HIPAA Professional (CHP) training; 2012.
Senior Global Partner – The Academy of Business Strategy; 2012.
Harvard Business School, Certificates in: Leadership & Management, Creativity and Innovation, Global Business and Technology, Business Acumen, Communications, Marketing, Strategy, Technology, Leading Change; 2010.
Master’s Certificate in Project Management, George Washington University/ESI, 2009.
Disney University, Training and Certificate in ITIL Service Management; 2009.
ESI Int’l Executive Education in: Contract Management, Business Analysis, Information Systems Security, Business Intelligence, IT Service Management/ITIL, ROI Methodology, Intercultural Management, Internet/Digital Marketing, Sales Force Management, Supply Chain Management, Leadership, Negotiations, Business Process Management, Business Sustainability, Enabling Technology.
George Washington University Master’s Certificate in Project Management, through ESI classes, 9/2009.
CMU/SEI, S/W Architecture Professional Certificate, 2006.
Delivered College/Corporate Training: Microsoft Certified Database Administrator (MCDBA), Systems Engineer (MCSE), Professional/Application Developer (MCPD/MCAD), Solution Developer (MCSD), IT Professional (MCITP); 2004-2007.
S/W Architecture Professional Certificate, CMU/SEI, 2006.
Member Board of Directors, National Management Association, 2005.
Scrum Alliance: CSM, CSP and CST, 2010.
Project Management Institute - PMP certification., 2010.
Malcolm Baldrige and Balanced Scorecard training; Software Cost Estimation training; Developing Software
Architectures for Multi-platform and Network Centric Environments/Operations training, 2005.
Six Sigma Black Belt Certification, JPL, 1996-2002.
Certified Information Systems Auditor, Information Systems Auditing Association, 2000.
Certified Project Manager, American/National Management Association, 1999.
Certificate in Supervisory and Management Skills, National Management Association, 1991. Extensive PMP teaching.
Certified Quality Analyst, Quality Assurance Institute, 1990.
Certified Computer Programmer, Institute for Certification of Computer Professionals, 1989.
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Isabel A. December 8, 2017
· Algebra · In home
Clifford is absolutely FANTASTIC. I like the way he related to my son, and made it easy for him to learn. I was even surprised that I was able to learn a little Algebra!
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· Grammar · In home
amazing professor easy to work with and is understanding
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· French · In home
Very detail and nice, my daughter love it.
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San Gabriel, CA 91775
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Lifelong Italian speaker who seeks to specialize in getting students to learn quickly, by alternating traditional textbook teaching with the use of web tools, which enable the student to hear spoken Italian and see it spelled out simultaneously.

I encourage students to listen to spoken Italian every day, by taking advantage of the internet and textbooks that use both the printed page and CD-ROM audio.

About Antonio
Outstanding native Italian instructor who uses both traditional textbook teaching and web tools, which help students hear the spoken language (to perfect pronunciation) and see the written language (to perfect spelling, grammar and punctuation).

I already have several students' ratings/reviews. and I've been cleared on two separate background checks, Lexis Nexis and Background website; I will be happy to show both reports to new students.

I'm there to help students work through all aspects of the language, from basic grammar to verb conjugation to vocabulary expansion and word stress (where words are accented).

One more thing: the first lesson with new students is always free.

Cordiali saluti,
Antonio M.
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Antonio M.

Antonio M.

Los Angeles, CA 90044
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San Diego, CA

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I was born and raise in Italy, moved to the US few years ago.
I have been an Italian teacher for many years.
I can teach you from the basic to an advanced level

About Simona
I was born and raised in Italy. When I moved to the States in 2005, I barely spoke English.
That's why I decided to start teaching Italian. I know how difficult it is to go to a foreign country and not be able to buy something as simple as bread.

I will send you links, we will read together, watch videos, talk to each other. No need to buy any book with me, I will send you everything.

Are you ready to learn? Because I am happy to teach you.
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Janet M. May 1, 2018
· Italian · Online
Just had my first lesson and I really liked it. Simona made it seem easy and non intimidating. Looking forward to keep going!
Grazie Simona!
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Kim April 18, 2018
· Italian · Online
This is the first time I have taken lessons online and I have been very impressed. Simona is excellent at both presenting the material in a clear and concise way as well as customizing it to the individual. I highly recommend her as an instructor.
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Mary April 3, 2018
· Italian · Online
She is friendly. She is tailoring the lessons to give me exactly what I need.
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About Aliaksandra P.

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I've been teaching Italian for 11 years and my students have gone on to develop a deep love of its culture, travel abroad, and make new friends. Within the first few lessons, you'll understand why it’s one of the most beautiful languages of the world, and as time goes on you’ll love it forever. I lived in Italy for almost a year and I would like to share my experience about it with you. I love working with students of all ages and levels and I can't wait to meet you! Ti aspetto. A presto)

About Aliaksandra
Hi, there! My name is Aliaksandra and I can't wait to meet you! I've been teaching private lessons since 2001 and have loved helping my students communicate in the language they want, make new foreign friends, and travel and study abroad. I went to Minsk State Linguistic University (Republic of Belarus) and earned a Master degree in Philological Sciences in 2003. I'm a responsible person always ready to help and my teaching style is students’ needs oriented, cooperative, and activity-approached. My motto is Practice makes perfect. I look forward to helping you reach your goals!
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Iryna October 22, 2017
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I am so sorry for misspelling the name...
Not Aleksandra, but Aliaksandra!
Good luck to everyone who is determined to learn!
She can definitely do it!
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Iryna October 22, 2017
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My daughter Kira, who is 10 now, has been taking French lessons for almost two years with Alessandra. I can’t be happier with her progress! And I certainly can’t be happier with Aleksandra, who is not only a professor and can teach adults and teachers, but also has an amazing way with children!
My daughter loves her and always is looking forward to the next class, responsiby does her homework and able to teach me a few things :)
But what I truly appreciate as a parent as well, is that she is never late and always makes the day and time that has been arranged, which is very important with everyone’s busy schedules.
I would highly recommend Aleksandra for teaching children and adults!
My best friend is French, and I had Aleksandra over when my friend was visiting, my friend was impressed with her fluency of the language.
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Aliaksandra P.

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About Ronald Chaz B.

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A graduate with a Bachelor's and Master's Degree in Education with majors in Spanish (Native Speakers' fluency) and German
( Native Speakers' fluency) in Language, Literature, and History, and Piano/Vocal Performance (Music); and minors in French Studies (Language and Culture), Italian, Linguistics, and Interpreting/Translation.

He has spoken German and Spanish since the age of 11 due to his German upbringing with a German step-father as well as his Hispanic background from his real father. He also studied at
Die Hochschule der Musik und Darstellende Kunst, Wien, Osterreich (Vienna, Austria) and has been active in the Latino communities in the USA. He speaks Spanish at home and Italian with his Italian friends.

He has a B.A. and M.Ed. (majors in Spanish, German, Music (Vocal/ Piano Performance); minors in French, Italian, and Interpreting/Translations ). He is fluent-native speaker fluency to teach all the above languages in addition to Tagalog and Cebuano (Visaya). He

About Ronald Chaz
As a music and foreign language education specialist Ronald structures and restructures educational programs for leisure, college matriculation, and as degree course components administered by the SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Testing-USA), ACT (American College Testing), HSC (Higher School Certificate-Australia), Trinity College London (external studies dept for Music, Speech, Drama, and English as a foreign language), the Certificate of Merit program (MTAC), and other music examinations boards such the R.S.M. and R.C.M. His subjects of expertise are: Music Theory, Composition, Piano and Vocal Performance - taken up in either English or as a Music program immersed in language programs in either Spanish, Italian, or German; and language courses from Beginner's to Advanced Conversational / Literature in English, Spanish, Italian, and German;
as well as French from Beginner's through Advanced levels.

He is a graduate with a Bachelor's and Master's Degree in EDUCATION in the fields of Music, Spanish and German Literature, with a minor in Linguistics, French, and Italian Studies from UNSW (University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia).

He is fluent (native speaker fluency) to teach Music in language immersion programs in these languages: English, Spanish, Italian, French, German, Tagalog, Cebuano (Visaya).

He also has advanced students with an Associate Degree (A Mus TCL) and B Mus candidates teaching at much lesser rates.
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Maria J. February 17, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Excellent! knowledgeable, friendly, easy to follow. Great introduction for a total beginner.
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Angelika April 1, 2016
· Vocal Training · In studio
I have taken lessons with Ronald since I was 6, I am now 23. In my 17 years of taking lessons I have learned to play piano, sing and am proficient in music theory. In the more recent years I have even had the opportunity to teach music through Ronald. Throughout the years, I have experienced and witnessed the patience and kindness Ronald consistently shows his students. He encourages his students to become better and shares in their enthusiasm due to their accomplishments. Ronald genuinely cares about his students and is dedicated to making sure his students improve. I fully recommend Ronald for students who have parents who want to be involved in the learning process and especially for young children who are just starting out. Ronald works well with families, includes parents every step of the way and is very patient with young students helping them learn in an open and encouraging environment.
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· Singing · In studio
Mr.Chaz is really dedicated to his profession. He started to teach my seven year old son over one year ago and he has motivated him to sing his best and he started piano with him last year which has been a phenomenal experience for my son. Chaz really focuses on the detail, theory and groundwork necessary to excel in music. If you are lucky enough to get your child started with him you will never regret the experience. He is simply the best! My son sings all the time now and loves to play piano. I am so happy for my son to have found someone to expand on his talents!
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Ronald Chaz B.

Los Angeles, CA 90028
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Rena has studied Italian for over 7 years. She has taken university-level courses and has studied abroad in Italy. Rena can help you achieve your goals in Italian, be they to learn how to order food from a menu or to communicate with Italian relatives. She will tailor the lessons to your schedule and lifestyle, while making sure that you achieve your goals.

About Rena
Rena is a student majoring in Economics and Music at the University of Chicago. She has been playing the piano for over fifteen years, ten of which she spent at the Manhattan School of Music Precollege Division. Rena continues to study piano at the collegiate level. She has experience teaching children, adolescents, and adults from absolute beginner to late intermediate levels.

Rena has nearly five years of tutoring experience in a variety of academic subjects. In her first year at UChicago, she taught an ACT Reading and Writing Prep course as part of a university outreach program.

Rena has guided numerous students through the sometimes nerve-wracking college admissions process. She regularly edits admissions-related essays, as well as written work for academic disciplines.

She is a native speaker of Russian and English and ha
s experience tutoring both. She is also an advanced speaker of Italian.
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Rena S.

Rena S.

Online
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Learn how to buy gelato: the most important skill of all! We will cover the phrases you need to know for your stay in Italy through a clear understanding of grammar and basic vocabulary skills. Language proficiency will be solidified through both speaking and writing exercises as well as fun, interactive games and videos! Come learn the beautiful language and culture of Italia. Private tutoring as well as group classes are available. A $5 discount is applied to group classes! Cominciamo!

About DaNece
I started the violin when I was eight years old and taught my first student when I was 17. As a musician, I love the experience of making music in professional orchestras, chamber groups, and solo playing as much as I love teaching it to students of every age and level. I am an approachable, nurturing teacher who will provide you with valuable technical skills needed to become the violinist you want to be! I am a registered Suzuki teacher.
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Bill Barmes September 29, 2017
· Violin · In home
Very patient teacher appreciate her skills
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DaNece L.

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I am Italian and in my lesson it will speak only in Italian

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Hi My name is Imma, I am an Italian Biologist and Theacher from 2008.
I am a quiet person who puts at ease. In my lessons we will speak of many arguments and field to exercise the language, we will do reading exercises and Italian grammar but all with but all without psychological pressure and making you feel like you're talking to a friend.
Only we will speak only in Italian.
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Imma A.

Online
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Hi I am Anna Laura and I am a half American and half Italian ballet dancer!
During my classes I like to teach Italian grammar but also give an overview of the Italian culture!
I always try to understand the needs of the student and the reasons why he is studying Italian (travel/job/university) in order to organise my theaching program on his interest.

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Hi!! My name is Anna Laura and I am a 21 year old ballet dancer ! I am a mix of cultures as I am half American and half Italian!
I am a very creative person and I love to surround myself with art , all forms of arts, not just ballet !!
I love to meet new people and connect with different cultures!
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Anna Laura M.

Online
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My teaching experience includes six courses over four years as an assistant professor of Italian Studies University of Bologna, where I was able to establish an easy rapport with both undergraduate and graduate students. My students appreciated my enthusiasm and knowledge of my topic, as well as my ability to lead tutorial discussions in an inclusive manner. I pay particular attention to cultural aspects of the Italian language, with a focus on conversation, pronunciation, and curve of intonation. I often use a technique very popular among acting coaches called "jumps" which improves improvisation and communication skills.

About Roberto
My teaching experience, most of it at University level, includes ten courses over four years as an assistant professor at University of Bologna, where I was able to establish an easy rapport with both undergraduate and graduate students. My students appreciated my enthusiasm and knowledge of Italian language, and culture. I have a strong interest in Italian modern art and literature. Recently, I have been enjoying teaching Italian to adults.
I strongly believe that the most effective way of engaging my students is by giving importance to their lived human experience rather than given. Indeed, Italian is not primarily a language which takes place in the mind, although is essentially a way of being. Let's be a little bit Italian, then!
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Deni May 9, 2018
· Italian · In studio
I very much enjoy my classes with Roberto. He explains thoroughly and with great humor. I am now attending my second class with him, and a number of students from my previous class are also continuing under his tutelage. That is a true vote of confidence!
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· Italian · In studio
Roberto has been my teacher for Italian 1 and 2 at the Italian Cultural Institute of Los Angeles. He is smart, nice and easy going. His classes are low-stress and enjoyable and we are always learning. I confidentially recommend Roberto as an Italian language teacher.
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Brett May 5, 2018
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Roberto is fantastic! He teaches Italian in a very practical way, providing a great deal of cultural context, and is always open to taking the class in the direction that best suits the students. I've learned so much in only a few months.
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Los Angeles, CA 90026
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The average cost of 60-minute Italian lessons in Los Angeles is $59. While the exact cost will vary depending on the teacher, type of lesson, and your location, you should expect to spend anywhere between $30 and $80 per hour.

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