Maria Olivieri Minney

Maria O.

Irvine, CA
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Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I've been teaching Italian for 12 years and my students have gone to learn and love not only the language, but also the rich Italian culture. Within the first few lessons, you'll be able to handle basic conversations; later you'll learn to talk about the past and the future, etc. I use different types of materials: books, but also extracts from magazine, songs, videos, commercials, etc. I love mixing language with culture and pop-culture as they all are tightly connected.

About Maria O.

Ciao!

My name is Maria, I was born and raised in Torino, Italy and I have been teaching Italian since the early 2000s. I moved to California in 1997 and I have been living in Orange County with my family ever since. I have a degree in Political Science from the University of Torino, Italy and a Master in Political Science from the University of California, Irvine.

I have been teaching Italian both to children (from "mommy & me" classes to middle school students) and to adults; I taught from the beginner level to the advance one; I taught to single students, to small groups and to large classes. Because of my very diverse teaching experience I learned the importance and the necessity of customizing all my lessons. So, I will teach you what you will want to learn.

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Posted Mar 26, 2020
Lucinda
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sempre 5 stelle

Posted Sep 19, 2019
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Posted Apr 9, 2019
Lucinda
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Maria is excellent at explaining grammar! The best.

Posted Jan 31, 2019
Lucinda
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Siempre 5

Posted Oct 18, 2018
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Posted May 10, 2018
andrea
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Maria is very patient and she makes learning very enjoyable.

Posted Jan 26, 2018
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Posted Nov 7, 2017
Dalia
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Maria is a wonderful instructor. She is energetic, funny and dedicated. I learned a lot from her and was looking forward to my classes with her. She is very interactive and organized. I highly recommend her!

Posted Oct 18, 2017
Liza
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Maria Olivieri Minney has been a very enthusiastic, caring and welcoming professor. During my time in her course, I feel that I have truly been given the experience of learning in a fun and engaging environment. She has given me the opportunity to learn and practice Italian in helpful ways. She helps me to understand by speaking in conversations and writing properly. Professor Maria is very organized and has been extremely proficient in her teachings.

Posted Oct 15, 2017
William
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Could not imagine a better Italian teacher than Maria Olivieri Minney.  Professional, experienced, intelligent, enthusiastic, and makes class very fun.  One feels like he is in Italy for 90 minutes/week, while in Maria's class.

Posted Oct 14, 2017
Joe
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Maria is an amazing teacher, she makes learning Italian fun. She is well organized, reads the students level of competence as she goes, and paces the new concepts appropriately to ensure all students are continually engaged. The homework is fun and not overwhelming, and she shares music, videos, articles, or other interesting fun tools that help you add to the learning experience.

Posted Oct 6, 2017
Jim
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So patient, helpful and informative! I've never enjoyed homework as much as I do now!

Posted Sep 27, 2017
Lucinda
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sempre

Posted Sep 7, 2017
Jim
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Posted Sep 6, 2017
Ruth C.
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Maria is awesome!! Very patient. She provides and/or suggests a variety of supplemental materials to learn at your own pace and in your learning style.

Posted Aug 24, 2017
Ric
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Hi! I attended Maria's class for about 20 weeks, only stopped due to work commitments. She is amazing and funny, which, in fact makes the learning experience better. She is a great teacher!

Posted May 31, 2017
Tina
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Maria is an excellent teacher and her lessons are well organized and thought out. She ensures that everyone in class understands the material, taking the time to review material and provide additional explanations as needed. Her assignments are reasonable and include traditional exercises, as well as writing and reading simple dialogues.

Maria is so much more than an Italian teacher, infusing the class with Italian culture, song, history and her great sense of humor. I have thoroughly enjoyed being in her class, have learned a great deal, and would highly recommend her to all levels of students. She is a real gem!

Posted May 30, 2017
Francine C.
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I have been taking Italian lesson with Maria for 7 months now. She is a wonderful teacher who is patient and always in a happy mood. I highly recommend her. I look forward to our lesson every week.

Posted May 25, 2017
April
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I really enjoy our lessons! Maria is so friendly and encouraging.

Posted Apr 20, 2017
Deanna
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I am a retired school teacher so I know good teaching when I see it.
Maria is excellent. First, her techniques for teaching grammar along with vocabulary, bit by bit introducing the nuances needed to put sentences together in the proper fashion get students learning several things at once without actually realizing how much is being absorbed. Second, she supplies useful handouts to supplement the text as well as a multitude of on-line sources. I have used them often.
Last, her personality is extremely helpful for me, a slow learner! Her love for two countries, two ways of life, shows through and her uplifting personality makes the learning process fun. Obviously she is teaching a language but she is also teaching something of the Italian culture. It is apparent she very much wants students to learn and is willing to help those who learn slowly as well as those who have a “knack” for languages. I recommend her highly.

Posted Apr 6, 2017
Glenn B.
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such a wonderful teacher, very thorough from years of experience, makes it seem easy and fun, highly recommend her

Posted Apr 5, 2017
Lesley
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I have taken about a months worth of lessons with Maria so far and I've been very happy. She is an experienced Italian teacher and has been able to hone in on what I need to improve my Italian. I was an exchange student in Italy for a year and I can get by in Italian, but I am looking to improve my grammar and depth of knowledge. Maria gives me homework where I have to use the language skills I have and then she goes through and corrects them with me so I can learn where my deficiencies are. The lessons are all in Italian so I get to practice listening and speaking in Italian too. She's fun to work with and I look forward to my lessons with her. If you're looking for a teacher who understands how to teach Italian look no further. I am happy to have found her and have no reservations in recommending her.

Posted Feb 20, 2017
Gareth G.
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Maria is a great Instructor. First, she finds out why you want to learn Italian, business, pleasure or maybe a trip to Italy. She then develops a plan so you will get the most from the lessons. In my case the lessons are focused on the type of conversations i'm likely to face in Italy It helps me that Maria is very patient and encouraging. Great fun!

Posted Feb 10, 2017
Daniel F.
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WONDERFUL Teacher!!

Posted Nov 23, 2016
Ellada B.
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Maria is a very professional , friendly, patient and caring teacher. I highly recommend her for different age group students.

Posted Nov 23, 2016
Nettie
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I would highly recommend Maria as an Italian instructor. I started out wanting to learn some Italian for my trip to Italy. She made the learning fun and useful. I did take my trip and thoroughly enjoyed it and my ability to understand and speak some Italian made the trip even more meaningful. I have enjoyed the class so much I am still learning Italian some 6 months after my trip. Maria is warm and kind and an excellent teacher. Take a class it's fun.

Posted Nov 23, 2016
Mary
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I have been taking lessons from for Maria almost a year. She is a very effective teacher because she covers the material in imaginative ways and always with a great sense of humor. I really enjoy working with her.

Posted Nov 18, 2016
Lucinda
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Fun with a good teacher. I'm a language teacher (French) myself so I think I know!

Posted Nov 10, 2016
Lucinda
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first lesson was awesome. Can't wait for the next

Posted Nov 10, 2016
Jim
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Maria is a fantastic teacher. She is engaging, bright, articulate, and has a great sense of humor. She is clearly interested in the progress of the student. She is quick to gauge the level of the student's facility with the language and tailors the lessons accordingly. I have learned a great deal from her. Not only Italian language, but customs, culture, and even hand gestures (not the obscene ones, of course).

I highly recommend that you enroll with her--you will learn a lot and have a great time while doing it.

Posted Nov 8, 2016
Teresa
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Maria is a wonderful teacher. Her classes are well-planned and she has a clear goal of what she wants her students to learn and accomplish during each class. Her instructions are always clear. She is kind and patient, and my observation is that her students feel comfortable in her class. She makes the classes interesting and fun , too. She was my teacher in 2015 and 2016. I highly recommend her to anybody who wishes to learn a new language or polish their Italian.

Posted Nov 2, 2016
Jenny

I love Maria! She encourages me to push myself and I'm confident with her tutoring I will succeed in speaking Italian naturally :)

Posted Nov 2, 2016
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Posted Nov 2, 2016
Robert
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Maria is a natural born teacher!
She makes learning Italian almost effortless with her engaging teaching style and by creating a light-hearted and sunny classroom atmosphere
Maria gauges each student's ability separately and conforms the teaching level and intensity accordingly so that none of the students feels overwhelmed
Learning Italian is easy with this teacher
I strongly recommend her

Posted Nov 2, 2016
Marcela
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Maria is an amazing instructor! I loooove her passion for teaching, and even though sometimes it is challenging for me, I love the one-on-one attention, it keeps me on my toes and it truly allows me to learn. Maria makes an effort to speak in Italian constantly, and if a word comes up that I don't understand, she describes it until I actually get it! She inspired me to go to Italy and continue learning Italian. I can understand 90% of what she says now! So exciting! Another highlight of her class is that she makes it fun and we speak about culture, and food, and our lives. I love her classes, and I highly recommend Maria! Grazie Maria, mia insegnante preferita!

Posted Nov 1, 2016
Nancy
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Maria is a fun, encouraging, but meticulous teacher. She is organized and methodical, but at the same time keeps the lessons interesting and entertaining. She is able to correct me without making me feel discouraged. I always feel like she is interested in me as an individual, and takes my individual needs into consideration for our lessons. I feel like I have made great progress since beginning lessons with Maria, and it's so much fun!

Posted Oct 17, 2016
Tricia
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Maria is an awesome teacher, helpful and makes class fun.

Posted Oct 11, 2016
Chery
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Maria is a fantastic teacher!

Posted Oct 7, 2016
Stacia
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First lesson. Enjoyed Maria!

Posted Oct 6, 2016
April
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I have had three lessons with Maria and have really enjoyed her teaching style. She guides you gently through the lessons and kindly corrects any mistakes. The homework is helpful and not demanding. I can easily manage it on a weekly basis. I highly recommend Maria and look forward to many more classes with her!

Posted Oct 4, 2016
Ildiko
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My first Italian teacher is Maria, I'm been taking lessons from her for over a year. She is patient and very passionate about the beautiful 'lingua Italiana' also she is easy to get along with. I would highly recommend her as you instructor if you serious about learning Italian.

Posted Sep 20, 2016
Ildiko
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Ciao tutti!

If you consider learning Italian you should get in touch with Maria, she is my first Italian teacher and I'm so greatful knowing her and taking classes from her for over a year. My resent trip to Italy made a big difference with the knowledge I was given by her!
Grazie molto Maria!!

Posted Sep 16, 2016
Rebekah
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Maria was very patient and knowledgable. She helped me to get down the basics and gave many tools to help.

Posted Aug 18, 2016
Chris and Anne
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We highly recommend Maria. She made learning Italian fun and easy. We asked her to focus on the things we thought we'd need most, like asking and giving directions, ordering in restaurants and travel related vocabulary. We feel more comfortable with our upcoming travel now that we have some language skills. Grazie Maria!

Posted Aug 12, 2016
Maria L
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I have been taking classes with Maria, the people you meet are very interesting and the classes are so much fun, Maria explains everything so well and makes things easy to understand. The homework she gives is well structured to practice what you need to learn.
If you want to learn Italian I enthusiastically recommend that you do it with Maria.

Posted Jun 1, 2016
Roy
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I have been taking Italian classes with Maria once a week for one year now. Even though I don’t have time to study it is incredible how much I have learned. I can now understand greater than 90% of conversation and I can converse all be it with some difficulties.
She makes the classes so much fun and she even makes complex grammar easy to understand. If you are thinking of learning Italian this is the person to do it with.

Posted Jun 1, 2016
Lori J.
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Maria was excellent! Very patient, yet very encouraging and motivating. Very comfortable. Also supplied many supporting materials to suit anyone's style and interest. Very excited to learn more!

Posted May 24, 2016
Stella
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I have been studying Italian with Professoressa Maria for almost a year! She is an excellent teacher who explains the language concepts clearly and she always makes sure to clarify anything I don't understand. I like how she encourages me to speak Italian even when I am unsure of how to say something!

Posted Mar 23, 2016
Joe Z.
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Maria is very knowledgeable and fluent in Italian and English. Presents her lessons well and provides good instruction and homework to prepare for the next lesson. An enjoyable encounter stress free

Posted Mar 7, 2016
Erasmo
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She's a great teacher that tailors the instructions to your comprehension level,
yet makes it challenging to allow advancement. She presents the material always
with additional italian culture lessons.

Posted Feb 14, 2016
Diane
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Tailored instruction - makes learning fun!

Posted Feb 12, 2016
Renee
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Maria is a high energy language instructor. She is a wonderful teacher for both young and adult students. She uses many sources so her classes are always new and fresh. She not only teaches you about the Italian language but the culture as well, which is very useful. Maria listens to her students and will structure her class around your personal needs. You will only see progress with Maria as your teacher and have a lot of fun in the process!!!

Posted Feb 11, 2016
Sushrut
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Maria is a wonderful teacher. She brings so much energy and enthusiasm to the classroom. Her lessons are just as much entertaining as they are educating! She uses various teaching in her classroom and makes the lesson interactive and fun. I would highly recommend her as your Italian teacher!

Posted Feb 10, 2016
Sandra
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Maria is an excellent teacher. She has a great personality and is very charismatic. I highly recommend her.

Posted Feb 10, 2016
Paula
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Maria is a wonderful teacher, very dynamic, and always bringing a variety of exercises and methods of learning to class. I would highly recommend her as a teacher.

Posted Feb 5, 2016
Jen
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Maria is patient, and very helpful in the areas you need the most help. She works with our baby girl too using songs and different materials to touch. I'm happy that our daughter is hearing a proper accent too!

Posted Feb 5, 2016
Victoria
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Maria is fantastic! She is patient and kind. When you think you are lost she will gently steer you back on course and reassure you.
I took Italian lessons from Maria before I went to Italy.
Knowing the language basics helped enhance my appreciation of this beautiful country. Italians really appreciate your attempt to speak their language!

Posted Jan 28, 2016
Marcida
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Maria is an excellent and enthusiastic teacher. She has been my teacher both in a classroom and in private and semi-private lessons, and although we now meet in- home, I know she also does online lessons. I love her energy and humor and the way she makes our lessons fun and interesting. Her enthusiasm is contagious. She introduces Italian culture, art, music, food and history into the lessons, opening my eyes to new things to enjoy and giving me a better understanding of Italy's rich past and present. Her lessons are always well prepared, and yet she is careful to respond to a student's individual learning style and interests. When I was a kid in school, I tried to avoid learning a foreign language, thinking it would be boring and difficult. Since I have started studying Italian, I have learned how foolish I was. It is so much fun to speak Italian, to travel to Italy and to be able to better appreciate that wonderful country and culture. A good teacher makes all the difference, and Maria is excellent.

Posted Jan 23, 2016
Angie
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Maria is charming and enthusiastic. She makes learning Italian as fun as it is challenging. I have advanced several levels with Maria's help.

Posted Jan 23, 2016
Patti
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Maria is a superb teacher! I've taken both group and semi-private Italian lessons from her for over 2 years. My proficiency has improved significantly due to her teaching methods. She makes learning the language so much fun. Her energy and obvious love of teaching help make each lesson unique and very interesting.
I've been studying la Bella lingua since 2009 from a number of native speakers, andd I must say that Maria is one of the best teachers I've had. I hope to continue my lessons with Maria for as long as possible!

Posted Jan 23, 2016
Lori
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I have enjoyed working with Maria for over a year. She's very organized and her lesson plans are enjoyable and informative. She tries very hard to work around all schedules and I highly recommend her to anyone looking to travel to Italy, learn the basics or perfect their skills.

Posted Jan 22, 2016
Suzanne D.
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Maria is an incredible teacher who makes learning the Italian language very enjoyable.

Posted Jun 25, 2015

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Experience

Italian Instructor
Feb 2015 - Present

OC Lingual Institute

Italian Instructor
Jan 2013 - Sep 2015

Fondazione Italia

I previously worked there from 2004 to 2006

Italian Instructor
Oct 2013 - May 2015

Spectrum Languages

Teaching Assistant for the Political Science department
Sep 2005 - Apr 2009

University of Irvine, California

Education

Master in Political Science
Sep 2005 - May 2009

University of Irvine, California

Languages

English

Professional Proficiency

Italian

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