About Donatella M.

Donatella teaches: Ages 15 and up
Teaching since: February 2003
Last sign in: 2 days ago


I am Donatella, a certified native Italian language Professor,graduated from the University of Bologna and specialized in teaching intermediate and advanced levels.
I enjoy teaching general courses, conversation classes, grammar, diction Italian history, arts and literature; I help my students to develop listening, speaking, understanding and writing abilities while having fun in a good, positive and engaging atmosphere!
Weather you want to learn Italian for pleasure, education or for business, I can help you reach your goal in a professional and enjoyable way with customized classes adapted to your goals and level.
-Rapid and thorough assessment of the student's needs
-Course programs tailored to those needs
-Assurance of a productive instruction environment
-Flexible schedules
-Reduction of amount of time required in order to learn/improve in the language
Exclusive attention of qualified and specialized teachers
Italian for various professional fields and their specific terminology - business courses (one-to-one courses)

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Ravenna, my beautiful city!



Feb 2013 - Present



Nov 1991 - Mar 1996
Magistero, Universita' di Bologna

Hospitality and tourism consultant

Sep 1993 - Jun 1994
Istituto Alberghiero Ravenna

Languages Spoken

Italian, English and Spanish

Fluent / Native Proficiency


Limited Proficiency


Cultural Advisor

Mar 2005
Ravenna, Italy, City Hall Dept. of Public Schools
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40 Reviews on Donatella M.

Richard Aug 19, 2016
Italian · Online
My lessons with Donatella have been extremely beneficial in my endeavor to converse easily in Italian. I have attended classes at a local language school, they were helpful but not nearly the results I have achieved with my Skype sessions with Donattla. She is professional and pleasant. I highly recommend Donatella to anyone seeking to be fluent in Italian.
Melissa Jun 10, 2016
Italian · Online
I am moving on to my third session with Donatella and am very satisfied with my lessons. I feel confident that I will be able to comprehend and speak Italian in the near future!
Christina Jun 6, 2016
Italian · In studio
Donatella is very helpful and friendly. She is a native speaker from Italy with a lot of experience in tutoring which easily shows in her lessons. Her methods are effective and I have improved so much already thanks to her help. I highly recommend her!
richard May 6, 2016
Italian · Online
Verified Student
Excellent - well-organised, non-judgmental, focused and very nice!
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Patrick B. Apr 19, 2016
Italian · Online
Verified Student
Donatella is an awesome instructor. She has deep knowledge of language structure; her teaching style is extremely well thought out in that she insures proficiency in certain fundamental building blocks before moving to the next level. I am so happy to be working with her.
Dan Apr 16, 2016
Italian · Online
I have been taking Italian lessons with Donatella for about six months. They are the highlights of my week! I am busy with work and family, so I do not have a lot of time to study on my own, but she is very patient with me and will review whenever I need it. I travel to Italy once or twice a year, and have many friends there, and now find I can write to them in Italian with little effort and can even speak with them pretty well. I can't think of enough nice things to say about Donatella, she is the perfect instructor for me, and I expect she will be perfect for you, too!
Amir Apr 13, 2016
Italian · Online
Verified Student
Very disappointed with Donatella. Beware!
After teaching my child 4 lessons she tried to coax us to having more lessons per week. When I politely replied with some feedback about the lessons and how they might better fit my child, and that I'd rather try that before increasing the frequency of classes, she just disappeared!
Instead of having a conversation and keeping my child's interest in mind, she just bailed out, didn't respond to emails and I had to find out through Take Lessons that she dumped us. Maybe she's after someone that will yield a higher weekly income?
Greg Apr 5, 2016
Italian · Online
Donatella is pure joy. If you want to study Italian, what is the harm it taking lessons from a bella donna. Donatella is very professional and fun at the same time. She understands what you want to learn and why, and can then customize your lessons to support you ambitions.
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Patrick B. Apr 5, 2016
Italian · Online
Verified Student
My first lesson was great. Looking forward to this experience
Katie R. Mar 16, 2016
Italian · Online
Verified Student
Donatella is a WONDERFUL teacher. I started Italian lessons to surprise my Calabrese boyfriend, and had easily mastered basic phrases, expressions, and sentence structure by the time we went to Italy together 3 months later. It was very easy to learn and retain what I had learned with her teaching methods. She also taught me a ton about culture and the dos and don'ts when visiting different regions of the country. Donatella was even understanding when I had to cancel and reschedule numerous lessons due to a family emergency.
Bottom line - she's smart, friendly, incredibly knowledgeable, and a superb teacher. I would recommend her to anyone wishing to learn or continue their Italian.
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