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  • "Wonderful teacher living in a very friendly commun"

    Review of italian or french languages&culture, December 09, 2012

    I am a 78 year old retired American physician. I have taken Italian language lessons from Ale Paganin for almost three years on Skype. In September and October of 2012 I traveled to her village of Esino Lario, rented the apartment that she makes available for her students, and took eight weeks of intensive language training from Ale. After returning to the United States I continue to take language lessons from her on Skype.

    Ale is a very pleasant young woman and a highly skilled language teacher. Learning a new language is difficult for most of us and particularly for me at my age. Ale understands this and has always been gentle but persistent in correcting my many errors. She keeps me focused on the fundamentals of the Italian language, and I am learning not only what to say or write but also why I do it, which I appreciate. Learning Italian is going to be a long journey for me, and I am happy to know that Ale will be my guide and companion on this trip.

    Ale provides an apartment that is located on the ground floor of her home in Esino Lario. This home is located in a section of Esino Lario that probably dates to the medieval period with stone homes located on narrow winding streets. The Italians consider these portions of their towns and cities to be national treasures and maintain them carefully. The apartment she provides is quite spacious with a kitchen, dining and sitting area on the ground floor and a large bedroom and bath on the second floor. The apartment is comfortably furnished in the Italian style. The kitchen area is small but quite adequate for meal preparation. A pellet stove kept the apartment quite warm during the occasional days of cold weather that I experienced.

    Esino Lario is a small, very clean, and well maintained village located in the mountains a short distance from the eastern shore of Lake Como. The town sits in a hilly valley surrounded by large mountains. There are sections of the village that are quite ancient and other sections that are more modern. The town has basic amenities such as a medical office, pharmacy, banks, grocery stores, small clothing store, barber, hairdresser, and a news stand. There are three nice bars in the village that I used for a coffee or a sandwich. There is an excellent and relatively inexpensive restaurant in the town that I used extensively for dinners during my stay in Esino Lario. The cook’s Italian style pizza is quite different from American pizza and is wonderful!

    I came to Esino Lario to learn some more of the Italian language, which I did. I also came to Esino Lario to learn something about Italians by living with them outside the usual tourist areas of Italy. I returned to the United States very impressed with the country and with the many people that I met during my stay in Italy. Without a single exception I was treated in a warm and courteous manner by every Italian with whom I had contact in the town. Within two days of my arrival at my rented apartment three of my neighbors brought me produce from their gardens as a welcoming gesture. Everyone that I passed in the streets gave me a smile and a buon giorno. In the stores, bars, or restaurant the Italians would patiently tolerate my terrible Italian and sometimes gently correct me. Four different families invited me into their homes for a meal or a drink. The director of the local museum gave me a personal and private tour of her museum. I discovered that the attitudes and values of these Italians are very similar to those taught to me when I grew up in a small Midwestern town in the United States.

    I like the people that I met in Esino Lario very much. I hope to return to the village at some future date for more personal lessons from Ale and to again see the friends that I made in the community during my recent visit.

    • Pros:
    • Helpful, Engaging, Encouraging, Smart, Patient, Funny, Fun, Good communicator
    • How was this location?:
    • Awesome
    • How was the price?:
    • Great value

    I would recommend this teacher


    Teacher's Response:

    caro Bob,

    grazie per la tua visita. I've always enjoyed our Skype lessons from the first day, and I've enjoyed even more our time together here.
    My family as well enjoyed a lot meeting our and the meals together.
    I have learnt a lot as well, from you culture and the history of your nation.
    I hope really that next year you'll be able to come again! you're welcome any time.
    I am happy also to hear that you've experienced how nice can be our little villages and people living there.
    grazie di cuore, a presto!
    Ale

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    caro Bob,

    grazie per la tua visita. I've always enjoyed our Skype lessons from the first day, and I've enjoyed even more our time together here.
    My family as well enjoyed a lot meeting our and the...

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  • "A very effective teacher!"

      • 5/5 stars
    • Kyle Palmer

    Review of Alessandra Paganin, October 27, 2012

    I studied Italian with Alessandra for about two years over Skype. The lessons were interesting, effective, and tailored to what I needed to learn.

    I just got back from a trip to Italy and I didn't have to use English even once. I was able to speak naturally and go way beyond typical tourist questions to have long meaningful conversations with Italians. Everyone was very impressed by my level and surprised that I was able to learn it so well over the Internet. In particular, they commented that my grammar was really good and that I spoke like an Italian, not like someone who had just learned some phrases to get by.

    • Pros:
    • Helpful, Engaging, Encouraging, Smart, Patient, Funny, Fun, Good communicator
    • How was this location?:
    • Awesome
    • How was the price?:
    • Great value

    I would recommend this teacher


    Teacher's Response:

    Ciao Kyle, che piacere sentirti! I Am so happy to hear that your experience in Italy has been owesome :)))) now you believe my judgement on your level! :))
    i am looking forward to resuming our lessons when you're available and also hear stories from your trip here!
    Ciao ciao a presto!
    Ale :)

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    Ciao Kyle, che piacere sentirti! I Am so happy to hear that your experience in Italy has been owesome :)))) now you believe my judgement on your level! :))
    i am looking forward to resuming our lessons...

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  • "Highly recommended instructor"

      • 5/5 stars
    • Mary Corso

    Review of Alessandra Paganin, October 25, 2012

    Alessandra Paganin exceeded my expectations when I started to study a second language. She very much understands the most natural way that people can learn a language and takes her time to help you develop language skills at your own pace. I find her to be very available and very patient. She recommends a few books that are very well priced that you will use with her to do your lessons, this makes the lessons very convenient. She does not overcharge, compared to most tutors or classes that I have looked into. She is open to any suggestions you have to make lessons easier for you or more enjoyable. I enjoy my lessons with Alessandra, who I also consider a friend. She has helped me communicate with relatives that I am unable to communicate with, and we love her for that. I recommend Alessandra to anyone who is a beginner to advanced. She truly understands the right methods of teaching and makes it fun, simple, and worth while. I know I couldn't do it without her.

    • Pros:
    • Helpful, Engaging, Encouraging, Smart, Patient, Funny, Fun, Good communicator
    • How was this location?:
    • Awesome
    • How was the price?:
    • Great value

    I would recommend this teacher


    Teacher's Response:

    ciao cara Maria!
    it has been such a pleasure to help you both learning the language and translating for you and your family last summer here in Italy.I hope we will go to visit your nice family again next year!
    you're a really nice person, and I enjoyed our time together!! I hope next year you'll come also to study here near the Lake of Como,where I live.
    ciao cara un abbraccio grande!

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    ciao cara Maria!
    it has been such a pleasure to help you both learning the language and translating for you and your family last summer here in Italy.I hope we will go to visit your nice family again...

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  • "Excellent one-to-one tuition"

      • 4/5 stars
    • Jo Silvester

    Review of Alessandra Paganin, October 23, 2012

    I had a few Skype lessons with audio only (I don't have a web-cam). Lessons were really good for going at own pace and asking questions. Alessandra will do as much in English or Italian as suits you - I had all lessons and conversations in English as my Italian is so basic

    • Pros:
    • Helpful, Engaging, Encouraging, Fun, Good communicator
    • How was this location?:
    • Awesome
    • How was the price?:
    • OK

    I would recommend this teacher


    Teacher's Response:

    Grazie Jo, enjoy your time in Italy, I hope you'll be able to use what we studied, a preto I hope, ciao ciao

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    Grazie Jo, enjoy your time in Italy, I hope you'll be able to use what we studied, a preto I hope, ciao ciao

  • "Recomended for any level of students."

      • 5/5 stars
    • Lina, Indonesia.

    Review of Alessandra Paganin, October 22, 2012

    Ale is a very good listener, fun to be with, and oh....Ale can give you easy recipes for those who loves cooking Italian food. Sometimes she will speak too fast, due to excitement (I guess); but that's how you can listen and feel the language from a native speaker like her. This is how I pick up the language to be able speak. So far, I enjoy every single lesson with her whether I'm tired or not.

    • Pros:
    • Helpful, Smart, Fun
    • How was this location?:
    • OK
    • How was the price?:
    • Great value

    I would recommend this teacher


    Teacher's Response:

    Ciao Lina, grazie per il tuo commento, anche io amo molto le nostre lezioni :)) and ai hope to have some in person when you visit Italy!
    You have improved a lot since we started and now you're learning how to use structures you've heard. A presto per le nostre lezioni :)
    Ale

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    Ciao Lina, grazie per il tuo commento, anche io amo molto le nostre lezioni :)) and ai hope to have some in person when you visit Italy!
    You have improved a lot since we started and now you're learning...

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