Ciao! I am Melissa, a graphic designer and the “crazy linguist” – la studentessa matta!
I am a designer and I also write the blog Diario di una studentessa matta to explore live in Italy and flex Italian language skills.
I invite you to join me on an Italian language learning journey!
I have made learning Italian a lifestyle choice. A day doesn’t go by in which I don’t listen, read, write, speak or work on Italian grammar. The more I am exposed to the language, the language becomes second nature and I become a more confident Italian speaker and writer.
I take great pleasure in sharing my language learning journey through the Studentessa Matta blog, the podcast “Tutti matti per l’Italiano” and through Italian Language Immersion programs in Italy that I organize with Italian Schools & event planners.
The Matta blog explores Italian culture & language in a light & fun way, as well as provides language learning tips. The podcast features clips of native speakers to practice listening skills.
I started my journey to learn the language about 16 years ago with grammar books I bought at a local bookstore. I then proceeded to find every means available to me to advance my comprehension of the language; I have taken classes, studied with private teachers, taken on-line courses, watched films & Italian TV, listened to Italian music and audio riviste, participated in conversation Meetup groups & on-line forums, skyped with Italian friends and traveled & studied all over Italy.
I have even hosted an Italian high school student in my home for a year. I continue to find new ways of practicing and learning Italian and it is my pleasure to share my findings with other language learners!
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TRAVEL WITH MELISSA IN ITALY! I plan and co-lead Language & Cultural Immersion Programs for those who want to dive beneath the surface and use their Italian language in a meaningful and fun way. View current trips on the Trip Page.
LANGUAGE LEARNING TIPS Under the Learning Tab in the menu you will find suggested ways to learn Italian.
MATTA DESIGNS AVAILABLE ON ZAZZLE: Livable Art for your Love of Italy! Take a look into my Zazzle Site, in which I sell my uniquely designed Italian themed products. Featuring iphone cases, ipad covers, t-shirts, handbags, aprons and mugs, posters, and buttons. If you have something you would like designed send me an email. Matta Designs is also on Facebook
For more Reviews of Melissa Muldoon - la studentessa matta visit the Reach150 Site
Guest Blogs by Melissa
• italki.com Italian Language Learning Articles 2014: How I learned to be "una chiacchierona": Finding the keys to conversation in Gubbio
• Savoring Italy 2014 Podcast: Due Parole con Melissa from Studentessa Matta
• Savoring Italy 2014: Savoring the Sweet Life in Italia. A Guest post with Melissa from Studentessa Matta
• italki.com Italian Language Learning Articles 2014: Learn a Language, Gain a New Soul: Language & Culture go hand-in-hand
• Charming Tuscany 2014 (English Version): How to fall in love with the charming walled town of Lucca
Click to Read Guest posts by Melissa written for other on-line magazines and blogs
Palazzo Ducale Urbino - Le Marche
San Quirico d'Orcia: Palazzo del Capitano
Gubbio - Umbria
Preggio - La Castagna
Spello Giardino Bonci
Rome Villa Borghese
Rome Castel Sant'Angelo
GardoneRiviera: Villa Vittoriale
Baci Perugina Chocolate Factory
Lucca Italian School
Ylenia Sambati (YLTOUR) Lecce Puglia
Matera - i Sassi