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Meet Yvonne, Coffee Break Italian Learner

Tell us who you are, where you live, your nationality and how long you’ve been learning a language with us. 

Hello I’m Yvonne, an American living in the beautiful state of Vermont. I started using Coffee Break Italian at the end of January 2018, prompted by an upcoming trip to Italy in May. I travelled to a small town where 4 generations of my great grandfathers lived and died and I wanted to be able to communicate with people in the town to hopefully find out more about my family.

Which language or languages are you learning with Coffee Break?

Italian

What experience have you had speaking and learning other languages?

I had tried to learn French while in high school, but never put it to use. When I decided to try to learn Italian I attempted many avenues. The first was a local class held at a college, unfortunately it proved too advanced for me. I then tried various apps like Duolingo. They helped you learn words, but not understand how the language works. It wasn’t until I started using Coffee Break Italian did I truly start to understand.

What are your favourite memories of learning a language?

I found investing in the video versions very helpful, the ability to see and hear the words made a big difference for me.

Where would your ideal coffee break be, and with whom? 

I would love to speak Italian in Corato, Italy with any potential relative.

What’s the best language-learning tip you have found works for you? 

I listen to Coffee Break Italian while walking on the treadmill ,then practising some of the phrases or words I’ve learned that day, keeping a log of phrases I might need to use when traveling.

Quick Fire Round

  • Your favourite language: Italian
  • Your favourite word or phrase in the language: vino
  •  Do you have a favourite film, TV show, book or singer in the language? Pane e Tulipani
  • Your favourite destination to practise your language: Italy

One Comment on “Meet Yvonne, Coffee Break Italian Learner”

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    I love Vermont Yvonne! I also love learning Italian with Coffee Break Italian. I never did well in HS with French but after 2 years learning with this program I was pretty good in Sicily last fall! You may like the movie ‘Le Grande Bellezza’ It is my favorite and Detective Moltanbano!!

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