Practice makes perfect! My teaching style is based on language living rather than language studying, and while I will provide you with all of the tools to apply the correct grammar rules I encourage you to make mistakes, and learn naturally by being exposed to the language. I am 100% Italian native speaker, and I am looking forward to sharing my knowledge of the Italian language and culture with you .Show More
Speaks Italian, Spanish, English
Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Bachelor Degree with Honors in Arts and Letters with Major in English and Minor in Spanish from The University of Southern Mississippi
I enjoy working with Simona. She’s truly dedicated to helping her students achieve their goals. She stresses the basics before moving on to developing a strong vocabulary and structuring sentences. Simona is very personable and likes getting to know you, using this as a good learning tool. Five Stars!Show More
Simona really simplifies the learning experience and shares little nuggets of knowledge every week that are easy to remember and apply. Highly recommend her.
Patient, enthusiastic, encouraging, spontaneous. Great guide for this beginner negotiating the early stages of learning Italian. Looking forward to continuing the learning experience with Simona. She makes the journey fun and a lot less intimidating than I expected it to be. Thank you Simona!Show More
Fun, informative, encouraging - awesome first lesson. Highly recommend Simona.
Simona is always fun and easy to talk to. She makes you feel very confident in what you are doing and a good cheerleader for you.
After a comparatively long hiatus I resumed my Italian lessons with Simona...and the instruction and learning was as usual...superior..., in content, understanding and 'hopefully'...retention. Simona, is directive, without being judgemental, and encouraging without being false...as she corrects when necessary and praises when good effort that is accurate is realized. So, another good lessons, in time well spent.Show More
Fabulous and fun!
as always Simona era magnifica
I keep signing up for more lessons with Simona to maintain consistency. I couldn’t be more pleased with my progress.
Simona is the greatest Italian teacher!!!!
Today was a very dynamic lesson with Simona...and though I was not totally prepared...Simona's dynamism in methodology and adjustment to student's weaknesses and strengths transformed what could have been tedious and less productive (had it not been she)... into...a very productive and positive lesson in grammar, usage and review. So, once again, an A+ for Simona ... and... the report card is not in for this student yet...!Show More
She is fantastic. i enjoy my lessons with her so much!!
My son had his first lesson with Simona, and he said
he loved it.
The teaching is great but the connection has a delay which makes following the lesson difficult.
Everything was perfect except my failure to be set up properly at my end. Will be making a few changes now so I am able to get the most out of the lesson. Ordered my books through Amazon.com so hoping they arrive by the third lesson.
Simona is an excellent instructor and is very personable. The one on one lessons with Simona are great as she teaches according to my individual knowledge and willingness to learn. At present she is preparing me for an Italian trip in January.
Great experience with a few minor connection issues but only slight delays.
Simona has enthusiasm, precise description, accurate knowledge of English grammar and its Italian counterpart, as she can draw fine distinctions in usage and appropriate grammatical application. So, though I am little more than a beginner she hones both skill and lingual appetite to learn more and learn better.Show More
Fantastic first lesson
Simona has made my Italian lessons so fun. She is an exceptional teacher! I look forward each class!
Simona is fabuloso!
I really enjoyed learning from Simona today. :-)
Simona makes learning Italian fun, and reduces the the difficulty, as she is not critical in the student's making of mistakes. She does not have unrealistic expectations as to grammatical construction and she lightens the lesson with humour and questions relating to the Italian exercise as it applies to ones self. She illustrates usage with her 'chat journal' as she types out each and every sentence and or construction, so one has a visual reference to lessons, and or the answer to questions as they may or may not relate directly...yet, they add to the learning experience.Show More
Simona is an EXCELLENT instructor!!!!
Simona is an excellent instructor!!
As always Simona is informative, patient as well as being focused and didactic as she corrects gently and points out errors without making one feel embarrassed.
Simona makes it fun and gives full explanations of what we learned and how to use the words. Structuring a sentence properly helps the learning process. Can't wait for my next lesson.
Awesome first lesson!!!
She is fantastic and I am thrilled to work with her!
Excellent first class!
Just took my first lesson and loved it. Simona was great to work with.
Simona is very professional and really makes learning Italian fun too. She takes time to answer my questions and helps me learn at my own pace.
Very good experience.
Simona is 'fantabulous', she is informative, linguistically knowledgeable, possess clear understanding of English grammar; which is an all but dead discipline, applies it to Italian, and for the interested and eager student makes learning that much more rapid and enjoyable. I had a mere fractional knowledge of Italian before I started with Simona, I know in a reasonable amount of time with application and study I will reach my goal of being conversant and comfortable in Italian. I look forward to many many lessons with Ms. Strianese as she imparts language understanding, usage and both formal and familiar Italian communication.Show More
Awesome first lesson
Excellent. It is just what I need. Lots of grammar, lots of conversation, not too rigid (we fluidly move through different subjects). Good sharing of resources to help me learn and study further. Excellent! Grazie.
It is my first lesson but I am already loving it, Simona is great!!
Its only been one lesson, but it was terrific. Simona does a great job reviewing the key information, repeating it to help me understand, sending notes from our lesson that I can look back on, and finally sending training materials that I can review in advance of the next session.
Thank you Simona, I look forward to our future lessons !
Wonderful, and very clear in instructions, and great detail use of the language.
Simona is patient and is meeting my needs of learning conversational Italian before I go on my trip to Italy.
Simona has a very clear teaching style and I'm enjoying our lessons.
Informative, engaging, clear and pleasant.
Knowledgeable and very patient with kids.
Simona is a patient and professional teacher. She can explain grammar rules in a way that make sense and help you remember. I like and look forward to our weekly lessons
I really like Simona. She is fun and easy to talk to, I like the way she integrates
the information into the lessons. It feels more like emersion type of teaching which I feel works better for me.
Simona is a great and patient instructor. It was easy to understand and easy to ask her questions. The time went by to quickily,, lots to learn and remember for the next class but Simona again made it good to be in her class. I like the one on one concept. I learned a lot.Show More
Made sure that my son understood all aspects before moving on to the next topic. He is excited for his next lesson
Enjoy the idea of learning a new language,
I like Simona's method of teaching, patient with me.
Simona was so fun to work with. She made it easy to learn what I needed to know for speaking better Italian. Thank you so much, Simona!
The University of Southern Mississippi
Fluent / Native Proficiency
Fluent / Native Proficiency
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