Collina Italiana is not your regular language school. Here you become more than a number and a level, you become part of a family and a community.
I started classes here about a year ago. I was immediately impressed with the small class and the amount of personal attention I received.
I do know have the vocabulary to properly express how amazing Cristina, my teacher, is. She takes the time to learn your interests, work, and goals so that she can target the material to that. Moreover she makes class so interesting that you learn without knowing that you are in fact learning. She has made it so that I look forward all week to my Thursday evening class. I have learned more from her in a few classes than I did from 2 years of high school Italian and 1 year of college Italian.
If you want more than just a language school that focuses on giving you standard material from a book and having you memorize it, then Collina is the right place for you. You will be immersed in the culture, become part of a family/community and will be getting all this from native Italian speakers. As far as I am concerned, the best language school in the city!
What a wonderful experience for me here at Collina Italiana.
I had the privilege of studying with Cristina in both a class setting and private lessons. WELL worth every penny. The classes were small and intimate but best of the teacher, Cristina, was always enthusiastic to begin her class and teach! Professional and very patient she made it easy and fun for everyone (all ages included) to learn.
The rest of the staff I grade an A+. Never a problem with billing, attentive and friendly.
Patrizia, the owner, was always welcoming and made sure the students were catered to and comfortable.
I have been taking classes at Collina Italiana for almost a year now and am really enjoying my experience. I really appreciate that the class sizes have been very small (3-4 people so far) because it allows us each time for participation and personal assistance during each 2 hour class. I also cannot say enough about our teacher, Grace, who fills the class with interesting facts and anecdotes as well as lots of energy. I look forward to taking more classes at Collina Italiana!
I’ve been with Collina Italiana for almost two years. Prior to attending this school I tried three others and none of them come close to the education and experience I have here. The quality of the teachers is top notch (everyone is a native speaker) and there is such dedication given to each student. The pace at which we learn is perfect and the learning of grammar and vocabulary is presented in a way that is fun and memorable. This school feels like home and each week I can’t wait to get to my class. Even the other teachers, outside of my class, take an interest and greet us all with such warmth and friendliness. Honestly, if you’re looking for a school , look no more!! This is the place.
I’ve taken a variety of foreign language courses over the course of my life, and Collina Italiana is by far one my favorite experiences. The teachers are wonderful (shout out to Cristina and Linda). They are accommodating with our busy schedules, and I just love the small class size – it allows for a true discussion element every single class which really elevates our speaking skills. We have weekly homework assignments which help with grammar and vocabulary. I look forward to class every week!
Italian is the language or music and art and I always wanted to learn it and speak it. My grand father was from the region of arts, Tuscany and he grew up in Firenze. To me learning to speak properly is a tribute to my heritage. Collina italiana is a boutique school, I have been followed step by step, the instructors are professional, educated and respectful. The approach is fine and properly structured. Learning is easy and pleasant. The environment is inviting and absolutely educative under several aspects. They prices are fair and the classes are structured in a comfortable and comprehensive way. I definitely recommend to meet Patrizia Saglio, the school funder to get a proper academically grounded orientation, she is a true gem and extremely knowledgeable. I encourage to consider this school to anyone wishing to, properly and intelligently, learn the language of Dante, art and music.
We have been coming to Collina Italiana for almost 10 years now. Patrizia and her instructors are the best at what they do. They are all native Italian and are trained as educators. There are an abundance of class offerings and private lessons to accommodate everyone. It is a wonderful place!!
One of the best Italian schools in Manhattan! I have tried 3 and it is by far the best! Amazing friendly native teachers, personal approach to every student, small groups, great balance of listening, reading, speaking and grammar tasks in class. I have made progress within 6 months! If you want to learn Italian, please come to Collina Italiana!
I have studied with many different teachers of Italian throughout the past ten years, and can say without a doubt that Collina Italiana provides excellent language instruction and opportunities to attend cultural events*. The owner, Patrizia is a familiar and friendly face at the school. She welcomes students of all ages and walks of life. Patrizia is a very generous and enthusiastically encourages the promotion of the Italian language. The private lessons were expensive for me ($75/hr) but I was willing to pay in order to get the best instruction.
This is an amazing school with talented teachers. The teachers use authentic materials straight from Italy and any student will excel in this positive learning environment.
* In addition to offering language & grammar lessons and conversation hours, Collina Italiana also holds cultural events such as movie nights and holiday parties. I was able to practice my Italian with other teachers and students at such events.
I have been taking private Italian lessons for five years. Patrizia and the teachers are enthusiastic proponents or representatives for Italian culture and language. They have created a setting that not only works or is inviting to new and beginner students of Italian but is also excellent for those who want to hone existing skills or dig deeper into the language. I highly recommend Collina to anyone interested in Italian language.
My family has been participating in programs at Collina Italiana for almost 10 years. All of the classes, day camps and private tutoring offered have been first-rate. Patrizia, Alessandra and Raffaella are native speakers, excellent teachers and always very professional. My children attend a bilingual Italian school and have received a tremendous amount of enrichment from Collina Italiana. My husband recently said that my daughter was speaking more Italian after a few days of day camp here than she ever did before! Bravissimi!
Collina Italiana offers excellent classes for all age groups and levels. Our family has participated in many programs offered by Collina: the classes for children, summer camp, adult classes, CELI exam preparation, and private lessons. The educators at Collina have been exceptional; they are warm, professional, and experienced with working with students of all ages and levels. All of the teachers are native speakers, with backgrounds in linguistics and or teaching. The materials used in class, namely the books, written exercises, films, games for children, etc., come from primary sources (books, newspapers, magazines, film) or else textbooks from Italy. The approach emphasizes immersion and gaining proficiency, as well as cultural awareness. Finally, the cost for the classes is very reasonable considering the high quality of instruction.