Improve your Italian: speak with our Native Italian speakers

Taking the leap and speaking with an Italian in Italian for the first time can be a very daunting thought, especially if you are a beginner. Even if you’ve been learning Italian for a longer period of time, you may have not had many opportunities to really put what you know into practice.

The atmosphere is always casual and friendly, it allows you to practice your Italian speaking without feeling any pressure or embarrassment.

The chats are conducted in a one-on-one online setting – a video chat – just you and your Native Italian Chat Partner, so you can practice your Italian speaking in the privacy of your own home.

Our Native Italian Chat Partners are always kind and will make you feel at ease straightaway. They are patient, understanding and there to help you!

Using our chat service will allow you to break through the fear we all feel when we are learning another language. 

All our Native Italian Chat Partners speak English as well, so this allows complete beginners to also make use of the chat service.

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Our Native Italian Chat Partners can adapt any chat to suit your specific needs and level – they can help you improve your pronunciation, construct your first sentences, or even just to understand and pronounce single words.

Our Video Chats are available to all Academy students!

(optional service, fees apply)

The chats allow even people who feel they can’t say very much to communicate something and you will always come away feeling a sense of achievement.

You will be able to learn idiomatic Italian phrases and expressions as they are naturally used in conversation.

You will be able to learn how to render common English expressions and idioms in Italian.

Our Native Italian Chat Partners all speak standard Italian but will adapt the pace of their speech to your level.

Chatting with our native Italians will give you a “window” into the Italian world – not only will you practice your Italian, but you can discover many new things about everyday Italian life and culture.

You will be able to learn and practice REAL spoken Italian as it is spoken by Italians.

You will gain so much more confidence in your ability to speak Italian at any level. Even realising that you are capable of forming sentences in Italian will give you the motivation you need to improve even more.

Our Video Chats are available to all Academy students!

(optional service, fees apply)

Meet our native italian speakers

Cristiana

Laureata in “Lettere e Filosofia” – Ho insegnato Italiano, storia e filosofia alle scuole superiori italiane per 17 anni

Graduated in “Literature and Philosophy” – I taught Italian, history and philosophy in Italian high schools for 17 years.

La data di nascita non la dico… preferisco sperare che mi credano più giovane di quanto non sia!

I don’t tell people my date of birth… I prefer to hope that people think I’m younger than I am

Triestina fin nel midollo

Triestine to the bone

  • Amo la lettura e leggo praticamente di tutto… ma se volete farmi stare buona (e zitta) per davvero, datemi un bel libro giallo (sogno un’autrice che sia la vera erede di Agatha Christie!)

    I love reading and I read practically everything… but if you want to make me stay quiet (and shut up) for real, then give me a good crime novel (I dream of an author who is the true heir of Agatha Christie!).

  • Amo la musica di ogni genere ma deve essere melodica… anche e soprattutto quella degli anni 60-70-80. Il resto per me son “tamburi e rumore”. Se voglio rilassarmi ascolto la musica classica (adoro i Notturni di Chopin!) o le melodie celtiche.

    I love all kinds of music, but it has to have a nice melody… including and especially the music of the 60s, 70s and 80s. To me, everything else is just “drums and noise”. If I want to relax, I listen to classical music (I love Chopin's Nocturnes!) or Celtic songs.

  • Quando non parlo e non dormo, cucino! Amo il cibo… e considero cucinare per le persone che amo uno dei più bei modi di dire “ti voglio bene!”

    When I’m not talking or sleeping, I cook! I love food…and I consider cooking for the people I love to be one of the most beautiful ways of saying “I love you!”

La cosa che mi riesce meglio? Parlare, parlare, parlare… e se sto zitta vuol dire che sto dormendo! Posso essere sintetica se voglio, ma non mi piace!

What I do best? Talk, Talk, Talk… and if I’m silent then it means I’m sleeping! I can be brief if I want to, but I don't like it!

Ho un’ossessione per il Congiuntivo

I am obsessed with the Subjunctive

Detesto farmi fotografare… ma adoro fotografare gli altri!

I hate to be photographed…but I love to photograph others!

Sebbene sia l’ottavo nano di Biancaneve (mi hanno detto che sono alta 1 metro+ un’aspirina), da giovane giocavo a pallavolo. Ora invece mi piace fare lunghissime passeggiate nel bosco o lungo la spiaggia.

Although I'm Snow White's eighth dwarf (I've been told that I'm a smidgeon over 1 meter tall), I used to play volleyball when I was young. Now I like to take long walks in the woods or along the beach.

Laureata in “Lingue e culture europee” – Lingua Inglese e Lingua Francese 

Graduated in “European Languages and Cultures” – English and French Languages

Classe 1991

Class of 1991

Siciliana, vivo a Catania

Sicilian, living in Catania

  • Profondamente affascinata dalla Linguistica

    Deeply fascinated by Linguistics

  • Vado matta per la logica matematica!

    I'm crazy about mathematical logic!

  • Amo la musica strumentale (pianoforte e violino, soprattutto) e la musica italiana “d'altri tempi”

    I love instrumental music (piano and violin, above all) and Italian music “of the old days”.

  • Datemi un buon libro, le onde del mare e dimenticatemi per qualche ora

    Give me a good book, the waves of the sea and forget about me for a few hours.

  • Adoro la vera fotografia, senza filtri: Polaroid addicted

    I love real photography, without filters: Polaroid addicted

  • La Francia e la lingua francese mi hanno rubato il cuore, sin da piccola

    France and the French language have stolen my heart since I was a child.

La buona cucina è un elemento indispensabile nella mia vita: amo mangiarla, parlarne e prepararla per gli altri!

Good food is an indispensable element of my life: I love to eat it, talk about it and prepare it for others!

  • Pratico il Pilates: l’unica disciplina sportiva che sia riuscita ad attrarmi realmente

    I practice Pilates: the only type of exercise that has managed to really attract me

  • Mens sana in corpore sano: difendo fortemente la skin care. Il make-up? La forma artistica che mi riesce meglio!

    Mens sana in corpore sano: I strongly value the importance of good skin care. As for make-up? It’s the art form that I do best!

Piccola ossessione: l'armocromia -> amo giocare con l’armonia dei colori e abbinarli tra loro nel mondo dell’abbigliamento, del make-up, degli accessori e dell’arredamento

Little obsession: armochromia -> I love to play with the harmony of colors and match them together in the world of clothing, make-up, accessories and furniture

Hobby inusuale? Mi diletto nell’arte del ricamo e del cucito

Unusual hobby? I dabble in the art of embroidery and sewing

Diffido da chi si meraviglia per qualunque opera d’arte, senza distinzione: è così bello individuare i propri gusti personali!

I distrust anyone who is amazed by just any work of art: it's so nice to have your own personal tastes!

 

Giada

Michela

Studentessa di Scienze Politiche, Sociali e Internazionali

Student of Political, Social and International Sciences

Classe 1997

Class of 1997

Vivo a Imola, in provincia di Bologna

I live in Imola, in the province of Bologna

Madrelingua italiana e spagnola

Native speaker of Italian and Spanish

  • Passione per i viaggi, conoscere nuove culture e persone

    I have a strong passion for travel, getting to know new cultures and people

  • Debole per i paesi scandinavi

    I have a weakness for Scandinavian countries

  • Interesse per il design

    Interest in design

  • L’acqua mi mette un grandissimo senso di tranquillità

    Water gives me a great sense of tranquility
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La mia curiosità non ha limiti 

My curiosity has no limits

Specializzata in Ospitalità e gestione del turismo

Specialised in Hospitality and Tourism Management

Fluente Inglese e Spagnolo Intermedio Portoghese

Fluent English and Spanish Intermediate Portuguese

  • Cani, cani e ancora cani
    Dogs, dogs and more dogs 

  • Che bello andare in spiaggia, il profumo del mare
    How nice it is to go to the beach, the perfume of the sea.

  •  Adoro scattare foto con la mia macchina analogica. Ogni scatto è magico
    I adore taking pictures with my analog camera. Every shot is magic.

  • Musica, sempre e ovunque
    Music, always and everywhere

  • Ascoltare le persone e le loro storie. Così affascinante! Listening to people and their stories. So fascinating!

Lo so..è noioso. Ma sono molto brava a organizzare!

I know, it’s boring. But I am very good at organizing!

Amo andare per ore con la mia bicicletta. Qualsiasi cosa mi faccia muovere!

I love going for hours with my bike. Anything that makes me move!

Non sopporto la monotonia.
I can’t stand monotony.

Francesca

Matthias

Ho una laurea triennale in Storia e Tutela dei Beni Culturali e sto conseguendo un Master in Studi Africani.

I have a bachelor degree in History and Safeguarding of Cultural Goods and I am currently pursuing an MA in African Studies.

Sono nato nel 1994, mentre nevicava.

I was born in 1994, while it was snowing.

Vengo da Firenze, in Toscana. Ho avuto la fortuna di poter crescere circondato dalla bellezza.

I come from Florence, Tuscany. I was lucky enough to grow up surrounded by beauty.

Parlo Italiano, Inglese, e un pò di Tedesco e Francese

I speak Italian, English, and a little bit of German and French

  • Adoro cucinare. Credo che il cibo sia una parte importantissima di qualsiasi cultura, e un mezzo per capire la storia di ogni paese.  I love cooking. I believe that food is a very important part of every culture, as well as a means of understanding the history of every country.
  • Mi piace molto leggere e scoprire: ho un debole per la storia!                                          I enjoy reading and discovering: I have a thing for history!
  • Amo conoscere persone che vengono da altre culture.                                                       I love getting to know people from other cultures
  • Il mio hobby è la produzione musicale tramite software del computer. Ho suonato il sassofono per sette anni, ma è stato amore a prima vista con la musica elettronica…                                                    My hobby is music production using computer softwares. I played the saxophone for seven years, but it was love at first sight with electronic music…

Lo star bene e il godersi ogni momento

Having a good time and enjoying every moment.

Cucinare! Almeno cosi dicono, o forse sono solo gentili… 

Cooking! At least that's what they say. Maybe they're just being polite…

Le persone maleducate e le zanzare. Alla fine, sono simili!

Rude people and mosquitos. In the end, they're similar!