Italian is a wonderful language, so full of passion and life and it’s one of the most popular languages that are studied regardless of the fact that it’s pretty much only spoken in Italy. In this article I’m looking at the specific points on how to learn Italian in Italy for seniors. If you fancy studying abroad but don’t want to be with people half your age then a seniors course could be for you.
Why study a seniors Italian language course
Language courses that are specifically designed for people over the age of 50 are popular for many reasons. The main one is that it means the group of people learning are all of a similar life stage and likely to get on well together.
When you’re a little bit older you might not want to learn phrases that will help you go clubbing and drinking on an evening out, but you might be more interested in restaurant chat. By being in a group of similar aged people the things you’ll learn to talk about should be more relevant to you. Of course that doesn’t stop you from learning phrases about clubbing should you want them!
Often classes will be combined with cultural days out and again this means that you’ll be having your days out with other people who are a similar age and not in their 20s.
Finally, if you’re entering your later years as a singleton then they can be a great way of meeting new people and friends. What better way to meet someone who is as passionate about Italy and Italian than getting to know someone who also took the same course as you.
Tips on choosing a good course to learn Italian in Italy for seniors
When looking at senior language courses in Italy you’ll want to bear in mind a few things to make sure you get the best course possible.
- Check out the class sizes. How big or small are they likely to be? If you prefer to be in a bigger class because you are shy will it fit your needs? Or if you want more one to one time go for a small class.
- Where is it based? Italy is a big country with lots of areas with different characters and weather, not to mention dialects. Sicily is well known for having a dialect that is very different to normal Italian.
- When is the course? If it’s summer remember that it gets really hot especially in the south.
- Are any other trips or excursions offered? Sometimes trips to local sights will be included and it’s a nice way to practice the language in situ but also to soak in the culture.
- What are the accommodation options? This might be especially imperative if you’re travelling alone. Are you far from the classes? Will you be staying near the other students?
Where to go in Italy
As I mentioned in the last section, Italy is a big place with many different areas having a lot of different characteristics. The dialect may also change depending on where you go. When choosing where to go in Italy you might also want to combine it with sight seeing so you can visit some of the amazing sights the country has to offer.
Rome is a great choice for a language holiday – there’s so much to do there from sightseeing to opera. For some it might be too big and busy though and the fact that it is full of tourists might mean you won’t be able to practice your Italian as much as you’d like. Take yourself away from the english speaking areas and you’ll do much better though.
Florence is another popular choice. It’s a perfect spot for amazing renaissance culture, wine tasting and food. If you like you can also take cookery classes. Again it’s a busy spot no matter what time of year, but especially so in summer.