Donatella M.

Donatella M.

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Donatella delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
and Ages 15+

Teaching since:
February 2003

Buongiorno!
I am Donatella, a 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.
CHARACTERISTICS OF MY ITALIAN LANGUAGE COURSES
-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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Experience

Journalist
Feb 2013 - Present
zest.today

Education

Laurea
Nov 1991 - Mar 1996
Magistero, Universita' di Bologna
Hospitality and tourism consultant
Sep 1993 - Jun 1994
Istituto Alberghiero Ravenna

Languages

Italian, English and Spanish
Fluent / Native Proficiency
Spanish
Limited Proficiency

Awards

Cultural Advisor
Mar 2005
Ravenna, Italy, City Hall Dept. of Public Schools

Photos & Videos

Ravenna, my beautiful city!
Photo by Donatella M.

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Learn Italian with this wonderful Adriano Celentano's song!

61 Reviews

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Jocabed Gonzalez May 29, 2017
Italian · In studio

I really enjoyed the lessons. Grazie mile!

Carole May 29, 2017
Italian · Online

I like Donattela's approach to teaching because it is not over-ambitious nor is it boring.

Andrea Apr 28, 2017
Italian · Online

Donatella is a brilliant Italian instructor! I look forward to my lesson every week. She is prompt, intelligent and very easy to work with. She gives me the confidence to speak the language and not feel silly if I make a mistake and that is so important when your learning. I couldn't ask for a better teacher than Donatella!!

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Anna Apr 28, 2017
Italian · Online

Donatella is an amazing tutor, she expects for you to take initiative and work hard; and inevitably, with her aid, you will learn. Right now I am in the beginning of my "learning Italian journey" and once in a while I find myself involuntarily conjugating verbs in my mind before I go to sleep. Thank you, Donatella!

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Sean Apr 26, 2017
Italian · Online

She is patient and personable

Maren Apr 26, 2017
Italian · Online

I learned a lot and have had a great experience with her!

Bryan Y. Apr 25, 2017
Italian · Online

Donatella obviously knows her material, plus she is always prepared with assignments from outside the text to work on specific issues. Would definitely recommend her.

Glenn B. Mar 18, 2017
Italian · Online

the lessons are coming along very well, she is very thorough and moves at the students pace, highly reccomended

Fatima A. Mar 7, 2017
Italian · Online

It was good. She's good and easy to understand the material.

Victoria Di Salvo Feb 22, 2017
Italian · Online

Our first lesson went very well. I enjoyed our discussions and we were able to do a lot in the 50 minutes. I love that she is Italian born and her pronunciation is authentic. I already have a high level of knowledge and she was able to get right to what would be best for my needs. I like that Donatella was able to type notes on Skype and I can refer to them during the week. Already in just one session of conversation I have been motivated to continue improving during the week, have been speaking more Italian with my husband and spending 20 minutes a day working on grammar.

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Corey O. Feb 21, 2017
Italian · Online

Very helpful in getting me ready for a work trip to Italy!

Meredith Feb 21, 2017
Italian · Online

I have enjoyed working with Donnatella very much. We spend a month or more in Italy each year and I have depended on my husband to do all the speaking since he is fluent. This year I am determined to learn Italian, and Donnatella has gotten me well on my way. I am a beginner, and she has been very patient, understanding and has taken the time to learn my personal style of learning. She is a wonderful teacher and I highly recommend her.

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vince Feb 13, 2017
Italian · Online

Great and fun as usual!

Vince Feb 7, 2017
Italian · Online

I highly recommend Donatella for Italian lessons! Donatella is patient, enthusiastic and fun. I always look forward to our lesson. The workbook she recommended is the best of the many I have used.

Erica Dec 11, 2016
Italian · Online

Mi ha fatto molto piacere studiare con Donatella, e' buonissima e simpatica.Questa e׳ la mia raccomandazione.

Erica Dec 11, 2016
Italian · Online

Mi ha fatto molto piacere studiare con Donatella, e' buonissima e simpatica.Questa e׳ la mia raccomandazione.

Erica Dec 11, 2016
Italian · Online

Mi ha fatto molto piacere studiare con Donatella, e' buonissima e simpatica.Questa e׳ la mia raccomandazione.

Sally F. Dec 10, 2016
Italian · Online

Donatella is a great teacher. She explains so you understand and doesn't go to fast or too slow.

Halla Nov 7, 2016
Italian · Online

Donatella is a great instructor, particularly emphasizing proper Italian grammar. She is organized and fun to work with.

Joe Nov 4, 2016
Italian · Online

Donatella was a great help as I prepared for a trip to Southern Italy where.I would have little contact with those who had any working knowledge of English. Having lessons via telephone really ramped up my already advanced ability. Having an instructor such as Donatella was terrific as she could point out areas for improvement and completely tailored lessons for me. Highly recommended.

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Jim Nov 4, 2016
Italian · Online

Donatella is a very engaging and flexible instructor. We are enjoying our lessons with her.

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.

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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

Excellent - well-organised, non-judgmental, focused and very nice!

Patrick B. Apr 19, 2016
Italian · Online

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.

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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!

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Amir Apr 13, 2016
Italian · Online

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?

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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

My first lesson was great. Looking forward to this experience

Katie R. Mar 16, 2016
Italian · Online

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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Craig Feb 19, 2016
Italian · Online

Hi,

I have studying Italian with Donatella for several months now. I am very pleased with my progress with regards to learning to read, write, and speak Italian. She is a terrific teacher!

Richard Schiffrin Feb 17, 2016
Italian · Online

Donatella is a wonderful teacher and a wonderful woman. I expect to continue my lessons with her until she is an old lady!

Rachelle Jan 15, 2016
Italian · Online

Donatella is a great teacher! She's patient, encouraging, and thorough. Also I love that she knows all of the grammatical parts of speech and that she is a native Italian speaker. Learning from a true Italian gives such an authentic flair to the experience!

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Rachelle Jan 15, 2016
Italian · Online

Donatella is a great teacher! She's patient, encouraging, and thorough. Also I love that she knows all of the grammatical parts of speech and that she is a native Italian speaker. Learning from a true Italian gives such an authentic flair to the experience!

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Frank Jan 15, 2016
Italian · Online

Great Job on starting us out on the basics. Looking forward to many more classes.

Craig Jan 14, 2016
Italian · Online

Donatella takes pride in her work and she will take pride in your progress. I have been studying with her now for a few months and I have no doubt that I will not only be able to speak Italian, but also will be able to write with confidence.

Patricia Jan 13, 2016
Italian · Online

I have been studying with Dona twice a week for more than a year now and she is wonderful. Initially, I believed that it would be very easy for me to learn Italian, as my first language is Spanish. Soon I realized it was not. Learning the language properly takes time and too build up the vocabulary and learn to speak with confidence, even more. Dona’s lessons go beyond just following a text book. She engages you throughout the lesson by asking questions, doing role reversal, and in discussing topics that help you develop conversational speech. She even has gatherings among her students, so that you can actually speak Italian in a social and conversational way. I enjoy her classes very much!!

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Jamie Nov 18, 2015
Italian · Online

I have had 4 lessons with Donatella and she is a fantastic teacher! She is positive and explains concepts very well! I highly recommend her to anyone regardless on experience in Italian.

Maria H. Nov 18, 2015
Italian · Online

Donatella è fantastico! I have loved taking lessons with Donatella because she has moved at my pace. Not only am I able to learn the language but traditions about Italy. Her notes and worksheets are very clear, and I can't wait to become fluent in Italian! Molto bene! Take lessons with her!!!

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Neil B. Sep 16, 2015
Italian · Online

I have now been working with Donatella for several months and I can say that she is an outstanding choice for my Italian language learning needs. She is very patient with me and is good at identifying those areas that I am weak in and require additional help with. She has also shown great flexibility with my schedule, and since I tend to travel quite a bit this is helpful. Furthermore, I believe that her being a native Italian is valuable as she is able to provide insight into idioms and other idiosyncrasies of the language that you might not find with a non-native speaker. I would highly recommend her as an instructor no matter what your present proficiency level is.

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Paul W. Sep 9, 2015
Italian · Online

Dona has given me the opportunity to learn so fast because she is a real Italian language teacher using the same model of learning in the Italian schools. This has no price for me.

Richard Sep 2, 2015
Italian · Online

I've been studying Italian for almost seven years with various instructors, all of them good but still I was struggling. I spoke with Dona and explained to her where my weaknesses were and what I wished to accomplish. After a few conversations with her, she keyed in on my problem areas and started to work on them to help me move forward. I was somewhat apprehensive at first but she has a pleasant pesonality and she immediately put me at ease. She is truly a professional and desrves every one of the 5 stars that I gave her. Whatever stage of learning that you're at, I highly recommend her to help you move to the next level.

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Fabio N. Sep 2, 2015
Italian · Online

I have been taking lessons with Donatella now for over 6 months. I really enjoy the lessons, which follow my speed and my interests. Although Donatella has a book she recommends in Italian language and culture, she often uses online texts to practice reading and understanding of Italian using real life material, and adapt the lessons to my interests. I would highly recommend her as an Italian teacher.

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Nina B. Aug 13, 2015
Italian · Online

I enjoy my lessons with Donatella. She takes time to correct my pronunciation and give me new words within the subject discussed.

Stacey T. Aug 6, 2015
Italian · Online

Donatella is a great instructor! She is helping me improve my conversational skills immensely. Highly recommend!

Mario B. Jun 22, 2015
Italian · Online

Dontella is a wonderful teacher with perfect knowledge of the Italian language, she is very patient & cares about the students progress..

Deborah F. Jun 4, 2015
Italian · Online

Donatella is a wonderful teacher and makes the learning fun!! I can tell she is a caring person with a big heart!!

Shiela C. Jun 1, 2015
Italian · Online

She's great!

Joanne Snow May 26, 2015
Italian · Online

Donatella is a great teacher. She took the time to find out what my learning needs and goals were before we started, and was patient and clear with her explanations.

Connie Z. May 11, 2015
Italian · Online

Donatella makes me feel comfortable while easing back into conversational Italian. I am sure as we spend more time together the experience will be even more wonderful!

Fabio N. Apr 10, 2015
Italian · Online

Donatella is a great instructor and knows how to pick up on specific needs so you can progress as fast as you want. I have finished my initial package of lessons and will continue now on a regular schedule.

Carla F. Apr 7, 2015
Italian · Online

I am really enjoying my on-line lessons with Donatella. This is the first time I have done on-line lessons. I love being able to Skype conversational Italian with Donatella. The lessons have been a big confidence booster and are helping me progress quickly.

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Katia T. Mar 24, 2015
Italian · Online

Donatella has been a JOY to take lessons from. She is thorough and truly loves to teach! Love every moment I spend with her and hate when it's over. She is as genuine as they come. Would highly recommend taking classes with her.

Neil B. Jan 29, 2015
Italian · Online

Always a great pleasure to work with

Susan L. Dec 21, 2014
Italian · Online

Donatella exceeds my expectations. She assessed my needs well. She is shaping lessons to suit my needs, whether it is to order my syntax like an Italian or to learn more about the Italian culture while conversing in Italian I am becoming more confident in speaking as I work with Donatella. Brava, Donatella!

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Luis C. Dec 8, 2014
Italian · In studio

I highly recommend classes with Donatella. I am enjoying my lessons every week and my Italian is improving every day because of her. She has a great personality, always on time and is very polite. She makes each lesson fun and easy to follow. Thanks Donatella!!

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Cassia A. Dec 2, 2014
Italian · In studio

Donatella is an outstanding teacher. She is patient, kind and has a great and flexible teaching approach, Her classes are both relaxed and enjoyable at the same time. I am very pleased with the progress I am making in all aspects of the Italian language, including basic grammar, vocabulary and comprehension. I highly recommend classes with Professoressa Donatella. Bravissima!

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Mary C. Nov 26, 2014
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For years I have dreamed of having the ability to speak Italian and when I found Donatella's business card offering Italian lessons I called her immediately to schedule some classes. During the two groups of classes that I took, Donatella helped me to increase my Italian vocabulary, improve my pronunciation, and better understand how to use various verb tenses. She is an excellent teacher who share's her wonderful and enthusiastic Italian spirit.




Mary C.

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Matin M. Nov 26, 2014
Italian · Online

I have been studying Italian from books for 8 years and I needed someone to speak with. I found Donatella on Craig's list. We converse on Skype and talk about everything. The best thing for me is that she gives me articles from the newspaper to read and translate. I practice my pronunciation and get to see how the words and phrases that I have learned are used in context as well as learning new ones. Sometimes I think that I am learning too much too Fast!

She's fantastica!

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Kristen S. Oct 6, 2014
Italian · Online

I have had a really great experience with Donatella. First of all, she is a native speaker and has a pedagogical background. I have really specific needs for improving my Italian, and she has been really flexible and helpful. Additionally, she sends me worksheets to reinforce what we talk about in the lesson and she is reliable, friendly and is always well-prepared.

If you want to learn Italian, I would recommend taking lessons with Donatella.

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