I was preparing a lesson for a student of mine, when I found myself struggling with a translation. The word was “cavare”. «Pull out» I thought. But then… was there a better word? “Cavare”, in Italian, doesn’t only mean “to pull out”, that would be “estrarre”, “tirar fuori”, “rimuovere” or something else. “Cavare” has the word “cavità” (cavity) in it. “Cavare” means “to extract from a cavity”, “to remove and leave a cavity” and I couldn’t find a single word in English that suited the perfect meaning.
This happens to me all the time, as I speak three languages daily and I am a “word perfectionist”: I am fascinated by the meaning that every word can have, those little shades of significance that can only be understood by those who profoundly study a language.
And that is what I do: I study, all the time, to speak each of my three languages at its best, and I teach, to make my students learn properly the meaning of words and their best combination.
My name is Cindy and I am a language tutor and writing coach.
With me you will be learning Italian in the way I believe to be the most efficient of all: through speaking, reading and writing.
During my lessons, you will, most of all, speak and read. I will correct your pronunciation, make it perfect, as I am studying “dizione” (Italian diction) and I have no dialectal inflections, no regional slang. I will give you, if needed, detailed grammar notions and tricks in order to understand the most common mistakes and avoid them forever.
Then, the coaching will come.
I will give you homework (only, of course, if you agree), which mainly consist in writing small texts on a given subject. I will correct them meticulously outside the lesson time, giving you all the tools you need to better your writing and, therefore, your speaking. Writing is a very effective way to fix not only the spelling, but also the best sentence structure and all the grammar notions: that’s why I really recommend my students to write.
Speak. Read. Write.
You find all relevant information about my studies and my job experience in my profile. I am also writing a FAQs section you will find below, but, please, feel free to write me if you need to know more or if you just want to chat with me before booking a lesson!