Simona Battaglia

Simona B.

San Diego, CA
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
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 B.

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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Ron B.
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Simona is an amazing instructor. She challenges me to learn. I feel like she knows exactly how much to introduce to me without making it confusing. She’s patient and very thorough. Her knowledge extends beyond Italian and she understands how to truly educate. Grazie!

Posted Oct 15, 2020
Carlene B.
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Loved it! I learned SO much already.

Posted Apr 24, 2020
gene K.
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I really appreciate her patience! Grazie mille

Posted Feb 3, 2020
gene K.
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I love her patience. I was very much at ease with her and her instructing. Brava!

Posted Jan 27, 2020
Francis G.X. P.
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Very good

Posted Oct 14, 2019
Phil
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Ciao,

Next week, I am leaving for Italy for three weeks. Although I am still not fluent in Italian, my lessons from Simona have greatly improved both my competence and my confidence in using the language. Simona is a wonderful teacher, with wonderful tact as well as a thorough knowledge of English as well as Italian.

I strongly recommend her to anyone near the early intermediate level of Italian.

Phil

Posted Oct 4, 2019
Judy P.
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Simona did a great job with my first lesson. She got me speaking Italian right away, and that is very helpful. The 45-minute lesson was fun and also challenging. I recommend her highly,

Posted Oct 3, 2019
Susan
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Simona has a unique way of teaching that gets you talking in Italian right away. Working with her is very enjoyable.

Posted Mar 9, 2019
Phil
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First class was excellent.

Posted Mar 1, 2019
Danielle Delagrange
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First lesson started off a bit intimidating, but 10 minutes into the lesson, I felt comfortable and had a lot of fun with it.

Posted Dec 18, 2018
Stephenie G.
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Excellent first lesson! Simona is kind and patient and has you using sentences right away.

Posted Nov 12, 2018
Keira M.
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Simona is a great teacher. My kids are really enjoying her classes. It has been a really good experience for us.

Posted Nov 10, 2018
Jeff
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Simona è stata paziente e più interessata a ciò che voglio dalle nostre lezioni.

Posted Nov 2, 2018
Susanna ..
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Simona is engaging and very patient through out the lesson

Posted Sep 25, 2018
Susanna
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Simona is very patient and engaging.

Posted Sep 10, 2018
Janet M.
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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!

Posted May 1, 2018
Kim
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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.

Posted Apr 18, 2018
Mary
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She is friendly. She is tailoring the lessons to give me exactly what I need.

Posted Apr 3, 2018
Lynne
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A great first lesson!

Posted Mar 9, 2018
Domenica
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Great experience looking forward to more lessons

Posted Feb 28, 2018
Stephanie
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Great, very helpful and explains things well

Posted Feb 27, 2018
Mario B.
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Simona is very patient & genuinely cares about her students learning Italian

Posted Feb 12, 2018
Linda
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Simona has been great!

Posted Feb 5, 2018
Julie M.
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Great first lesson . . . lots of info.!

Posted Jan 22, 2018
joanne
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Nice lesson, very attentive to my needs

Posted Jan 9, 2018
Sean H.
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Really enjoyed the lesson! Looking forward to learning more next week!

Posted Dec 5, 2017
melissa
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Simona is amazing! I’m picking italian up faster than I thought because of how well she teaches it. My 2 kids are joining in every other session and are loving it! My younger son takes the first 15 minutes because his attention span is shorter. Then my 10 year old daughter and I finish the session together. I couldn’t be happier!

Posted Dec 3, 2017
Sally M.
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I had my first lesson with Simona today and was very impressed with her instruction style. I think I will be learning a lot from her over the next few months!

Posted Dec 1, 2017
bob
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Simona is very intelligent. She was able to quickly assess my skill level and then design instruction to meet my needs. Everyone has a unique learning style and Simona was mindful of mine as she crafted learning experiences to help me advance. She has a kind patient, and gentle manner which puts the student at ease. Over the years I've had several foreign language instructors, Simona is by far the best ever.

Posted Nov 14, 2017
Sandra
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I enjoyed my first lesson very much ! Simona explains things very well and I am excited that on my first lesson she already has me responding back in Italian. Can't wait for the next lesson !

Posted Sep 25, 2017
joe S.
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My first lesson with Simona was wonderful. She is very patient, knows how to use the internet to teach online, has a comfortable presence and is able to help you along with ease and grace! Please employ her for her wisdom, charm and knowledge.

Posted Sep 25, 2017
Dmitri
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Tutto bene.

Posted Sep 6, 2017
Jackie
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Simona is an excellent teacher. As a native speaker, Simona has extensive knowledge of Italian. But she is also well-versed in English grammar and sentence structure. She keeps lessons challenging and fun and is a patient and kind teacher. Simply the best!

Posted Aug 5, 2017
Stuart
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I took lessons before I went to Italy. I had studied the language before, Simona really helped get my groove back! Highly recommend!

Posted Aug 5, 2017
Matt
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Great first lesson! Excited to learn more!

Posted Jun 23, 2017
Amelia C.
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Amelia really enjoyed the first lesson. She is looking forward to the next session and in the meantime we took Simona's excellent advise to keep practicing during the week. Thanks Simona!😀😀

Posted Sep 7, 2016
Carole M.
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Absolutely wonderful! Simona is very patient and encouraging. Cannot wait for my next lesson!

Posted Aug 19, 2016
David R.
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My girls (8 and 11 years old) really enjoyed their lessons with Simona. She was able to structure the lessons to meet their individual needs and interests. One of my favorite moments was coming home from work to see yellow post it notes on many household appliances and furniture as she had the girls go label these items in Italian as a fun little "quiz". Simona was the perfect solution to introducing my girls to the language of their relatives. We'll be back once our schedule allows.

Posted Aug 16, 2016
Stevie
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Simona e' meraviglioso! I've had only three lessons but she has been so patient and is a great teacher. I'm looking forward to having conversations in Italian!

Posted Aug 1, 2016
Tina D.
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Simona is great with my daughter. She is very patient and works well with my 8-year-old. My daughter has learned several words in Italian, and our goal is to continue to take lessons from Simona on an ongoing basis as we travel to Italy every summer. I think that my little one will be much more comfortable with her cousins next summer after taking lessons from Simona for the year.

Posted Aug 1, 2016
Aaron L.
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Simona is a very patient and insightful teacher. She develops a lesson plan that works for her specific students needs. Excellent-I highly recommend her!

Posted Jul 22, 2016
Aaron L.
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Simona is a very patient and insightful teacher. She develops a lesson plan that works for her specific students needs. Excellent-I highly recommend her!

Posted Jul 22, 2016
Maria R.
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First lesson completed and both girls had a lot of fun!

Posted Jul 6, 2016
Stuart D.
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Very helpful. I really like the system she has in place. Took the extra time to explain all questions. So far I'm a big fan.

Posted Jun 23, 2016
Victoria
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Victoria really enjoyed her first lesson with Simona! She was friendly, knowledgable, and personable.

Posted Jun 4, 2016
Laura
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Really enjoyed my first lesson. Simona was easy to work with and was very patient with me - I'm a true beginner.

Posted May 4, 2016
Matteo C.
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Lesson was great with my 5 year old. He learned a lot in just one class

Posted Apr 30, 2016
Lauretta Z.
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Simona is a fantastic teacher!

Posted Apr 9, 2016
Connie C.
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Simona is so patient! I don't feel pushed or rushed. Also she is,very pleasant and knowledgeable. I always,look ford ti my next lesson.

Posted Mar 31, 2016
Holly K.
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Love her. Great lady and very patient.

Posted Feb 14, 2016
Roberto G.
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Mu daughter never attended an online education and Simona makes so real that we do not feel the distance. In just two lessons I heard my daughter speaking few words in small sentences and she really really really enjoys the lessons.
Grazie mille Simona!

Posted Feb 4, 2016
Nancy
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I took Italian lessons with Simona for several months. I was heading to Italy for work and would be living in Italy for 5 years.
Simona was very professional but keep the lessons interesting. She was very patient and thought of creative ways to help you retain the lessons.
She shared a lot of interesting things about Italy about the culture, Food, travel and what to expect. I consider Simona a friend and always a great teacher.
I would recommend her for Italian lessons to anyone.
And yes, I am fluent now :)

Posted Nov 18, 2015
Lynn Lipski
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I highly recommend Simona as an Italian teacher. She is patient, thoughtful, and uses a variety of tools and techniques, such as flashcards, online written exercises, and conversation to teach and reinforce the lesson material. I have been taking weekly lessons with Simona for a few months now and am very happy with my experience. Outstanding!

Posted Nov 15, 2015
manish lodaya
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I rate Simona very highly, both as a magician and a great teacher. She went out of her way to work with my seven year old son. It was heartening to see her teach and he be totally engrossed into learning the tricks. My son gained a lot of confidence and now goes about showing the tricks to his friends with proficiency. Simona is a quality teacher, disciplined, professional, timely and easy to work with. I would recommend her to anyone looking to learn magic be it a child or an adult.

Posted Nov 13, 2015
Ruby P.
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Excellent teacher: flexible, very patient and creative when working to teach my son Italian for his upcoming trip. I highly recommend.

Posted Nov 12, 2015
rami L.
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Our first lesson with Simona went absolutely great, especially given that it was Rami's first lesson. She made the start so effortless and before we knew it Rami was already performing tricks with her. She is very talented, and also a great teacher.

Posted Sep 22, 2015
Douglas
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She's the best! Her lessons are great and makes learning fun and easy. I'm not fluent in the language, but I can definitely get around after her teachings.

Posted Aug 15, 2015
Kenji
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Fun energetic practical and effective classes!

Posted Aug 15, 2015

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Experience

Italian instructor
Jan 2014 - Jan 2015

Language Door School San Diego

Italian teacher
Jan 2010 - Jan 2012

Language Trainers New York

I worked with individual students meeting their needs. Being very patient, have a sense of creativity, and the ability to use the latest technology ensuring a productive learning environment for learners of foreign languages

Italian teacher
Feb 2008 - Jan 2009

Berlitz school of Languages

I barely used books, i preferred to use flash cards and multimedias to have an higher impact on the language.

Italian teacher
Jan 2006 - Jan 2008

Converse International School of Languages

I enjoyed working with federal employees relocating to Italy. I used short movie clips, iItalian songs and took the students to the mall or Italian restaurants to resemble outdoor situations.

Education

Degree In Graphic and Web Designer
Sep 2000 - Jul 2002

I.P.S.S.T.C.

Tourism Management and Cultural Heritage
Sep 1995 - Jul 1999

IPSCT G. Falcone, Naples, Italy

Technical Business Management
Sep 1990 - Jul 1995

G. Minzoni

Languages

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency

French

Limited Proficiency

Italian

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Spanish

Limited Proficiency

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