Maria Olivieri Minney

Maria O.

Irvine, CA

About Maria O.

Maria teaches: Ages 18 and up
Teaching since: January 2004
Last sign in: 4 days ago



My name is Maria, I was born and raised in Torino, Italy and I have been teaching Italian for the past 12 years. I moved to California in 1997 and I have been living here 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, thus, I will teach you what you will want to learn.

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Torino, Italia - This my city. Questa è la mia città.


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


Master in Political Science

Sep 2005 - May 2009
University of Irvine, California

Languages Spoken


Professional Proficiency


Fluent / Native Proficiency


Limited Proficiency
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22 Reviews on Maria O.

Ildiko Sep 20, 2016
Italian · In studio
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.
Ildiko Sep 16, 2016
Italian · In studio
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!!
Rebekah Aug 18, 2016
Italian · Online
Maria was very patient and knowledgable. She helped me to get down the basics and gave many tools to help.
Chris and Anne Aug 12, 2016
Italian · Online
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!
Maria L Jun 1, 2016
Italian · In studio
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.
Roy Jun 1, 2016
Italian · In studio
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.
Lori J. May 24, 2016
Italian · Online
Verified Student
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!
Stella Mar 23, 2016
Italian · In studio
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!
Joe Z. Mar 7, 2016
Italian · Online
Verified Student
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
Erasmo Feb 14, 2016
Italian · In home
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.
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