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"Italian language course - buonissimo!" Padova Local Custom Tip by ScarletCake

Padova Local Customs: 54 reviews and 86 photos


Since I arrived in Padova, I've been on the hunt for a good Italian language course that fits in with a full-time job (not an easy feat, it seems!). I've found classes for learning the language while cooking, while dancing, while listening to opera, and even one for over-50s only (a bit age-ist, don't you think?). They were in general all inconveniently-timed, super expensive, or taught in Italian.

The one I've stuck with is through an association called VIDES. Run by nuns and volunteers, and only 7 euros/year (nope, that's not a typo), it provides a great opportunity to learn no matter what your ability or native language. You gather, get put into smallish groups loosely based on skill and language, and each group has a tutor. You get some good personal touches and lots of opportunities to ask questions. And best of all, it's at 8pm on thursday and 2.30pm on saturday, so it fits in brilliantly with work (or uni).

Just as an extra note, the benefits of the uni vibe in Padova is that there are many students (and non-students) that want to practise their English... so a great way to learn is to trade a little English for un po' Italiano. Meeting up for a regular coffee and bilingual chat means you get to teach, learn, and make a new pal all at the same time.


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  • Written Nov 14, 2011
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