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I see a few postings from several years ago in regards to Italian day
care and preschools but when I google for these things I can't locate
them in the East Bay. There seems to be an Italian preschool in Marin
and one in the South bay.
My husband and I are in the planning stages of moving to Italy and
would really like to introduce our 3 year old to the language. I'm
taking a class through CCSF and am doing some very limited vocabulary
with her. I would like to find a class that is directed to her age
group that I could send her too.
Does anyone have any recommendations or know of any Italian classes
for 3 year olds?
Congratulations for your plans to move to Italy! We are in a
similar situation so I have various ideas for you. The short
version:1) There's a preschool in San Raphael.2) Start an evening
Italian class in your house for all 3 of you ( very affordable if
you find 2-3 other students and split the fee). That's what we do.
3) Get an Italian-speaking babysitter ( we just found one) 4) Come
to Bambini Ciao Playgroup- first Saturday of the month 10:30-11:30
Temescal Library basement $5 5)If you get basic cable with
Comcast, you can pay $10 a month and get one channel of Italian tv.
There are about 40 min of kids shows a day, but just listening to
the language is the key ( for you and your child).If you don't want
to get cable, you can do the same with streaming video if you
Google Raiclic or is it Raiclick and look for the children's
programming link. Kids shows are great for adult vocabulary
building too! When my daughter was 3, our favorites were ''The
BiBi's'', ''Albero Azuro,'!
' and the Italian translated-version of the Teletubbies.
I know of a school called ''Mondo Bambini'' in Berkeley. Here is
For more information on tuition, classroom policies, and
application procedures, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
WHAT IS MONDO BAMBINI?
We are the only Italian-immersion programfor young children in the
East Bay. Children need not be exposed to Italian before enrolling,
but a careful balance is maintained to ensure that Italian is the
primary language used by the children. Teachers will only speak
Italian to the children. Please let us know if you have any
Laura E. Ruberto, Ph.D. Angelo Del Priore
good luck with your search!
You might try Italingua, an Italian language school with locations
in both San Francisco and in Berkeley, on Center Street near City
Hall: www.italingua.com. I'm not sure if they offer lessons for
children, but they do have private lessons. There is also the
Scuola di Lingua e Cultura Italiana, a language school in South San
Francisco: www.italianclasses.com. You could also try the Italian
Department at UC Berkeley (italian.berkeley.edu); they have a
binder which lists local Italian tutors, and also the Italian
Cultural Institute :
I hope this is useful, and Buon Viaggio.
Our family is going to Italy for a week this summer and
thought it would be fun (and perhaps useful!) to learn
some basic conversational Italian together. Anyone know
of a good teacher that would be willing to work with us
over the next few weeks? I tried Berkeley Adult school
but you need to be over 18 years old. Thanks.
My wife and I have taken Italian lessons from (Maria) Rita
Biasin in Berkeley. She's an instructor at Albany and
Berkeley Adult Schools. Her number is in the phone book.
Hi! Just starting to think about Italian classes that fit our
budget and schedule. We prefer if your native language is
Italian. We are located in the Rockridge- Oakland Hills area.
I have been taking Italian lessons with Arianna Gallo, who is a
native of Milan and gives lessons for small groups and also
individual lessons in Berkeley. I've been pretty happy with the
class. I don't know if this meets your definition of affordable,
but you can check out her website at:
I am interested in small group or private Italian lesson. Can
anyone recommend a teacher or classes. My level was
intermediate. Now I am pretty rusty.
Contact the Italian consulate in SF. They can put you in touch with the local cultural office (whatever the Italian equivalent is of Germany's Goethe Institut or France's Alliance Francaise). A colleague of mine takes italian lessons there and has very much enjoyed them.
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