Learn Italian in NYC :: Manhattan

$365 for each 20-hour class

Our Italian classes are 20 hours each. Our Manhattan classrooms are rented by the hour on Broadway between 40th and 41st (near Times Square).

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*Our regular classes are 20 hours. Most meet once a week for 2 hours for ten weeks.

*Weekend intensives are all-day classes on Saturday and Sunday for two weekends.

Level 1

More about Level 1

Level 1 is taught in English and is for those who want to start at the very beginning with Italian or for those who took a little bit of Italian in high school. If you’ve never taken a language class before, don’t worry – we will walk you through the basics and explain verb conjugations, vocab learning tips, etc.

If you can struggle through saying things in Italian like: I am American, I study Italian, I like football, or I have a dog, then you should check the Level 2 descriptions to be sure a Level 2 class isn't more appropriate for you.

Not totally ready for Level 2 but don’t want to start at the beginning? We recommend taking a few hours of private lessons and/or a Bridge Workshop to review Level 1 material.

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Level 1 Group Classes
in Manhattan

Thursdays 7:30-9:30pm
October 23 - January 15 * Skips Nov 27, Dec 25 and Jan 1

*Only a few spots left!*

Level 1 Weekend Intensive

More about Level 1 Weekend Intensive

This is the fast-track option for absolute beginners. Power through everything you normally learn in Level 1 with all-day classes spread over two weekends. Weekend Intensives cover all 20 hours of material that is normally spread out over 10 weeks in our regular group classes. You will be ready for a Level 2 group class (or another Weekend Intensive) by the end of this class.

Level 1 is taught in English and is for those who want to start at the very beginning with Italian or for those who took a little bit of Italian in high school. If you’ve never taken a language class before, don’t worry – we will walk you through the basics and explain verb conjugations, vocab learning tips, etc. \

If you can struggle through saying things in Italian like: I am American, I study Italian, I like football, or I have a dog, then you should check the Level 2 descriptions to be sure a Level 2 class isn't more appropriate for you.

Not totally ready for Level 2 but don’t want to start at the beginning? We recommend taking a few hours of private lessons and/or a Bridge Workshop to review Level 1 material before taking a Level 2 class or intensive.

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Level 2

More about Level 2

Level 2 is for those who have studied Italian before, even if it's been a while. Level 2 is right for you if you can say a few things about yourself in Italian, even if only at a basic level in the present tense with a limited vocabulary. Here’s a list of things that you should be familiar with to know if Level 2 is right for you:

1) You can say short phrases such as:

I live in Brooklyn.
My friend does not live in Brooklyn. (Or “my brother does not live in Brooklyn” or “my sister does not live in Brooklyn” if you don’t know the word for friend.)
I am American.
I speak English.

2) Are you familiar with the idea of verb conjugation? Does the following make sense to you? Parlare means “to speak.” To turn it into “I speak/you speak/he speaks/etc” you take off the “-are” and replace it with these endings.

Io Parlo Noi Parliamo
Tu Parli Voi Parlate
Lui/lei/lei Parla Loro/Loro Parlano

Do you get that Essere is an irregular verb and would not be conjugated in the same way?

3) Do you get that nouns have a gender and that there is a difference between “a” vs “the.”

As an example, for masculine nouns:
un libro = a book
il libro = the book
lo zio = the uncle

for feminine nouns:
una scuola = a school
la scuola = the school

In general, if you are fairly comfortable with the above concepts, then Level 2 is right for you. Level 2 is taught primarily in Italian with the first or second class designed to help you adjust to Italian being used in the classroom exclusively. If you are feeling very confident about all the above concepts, be sure to check the Level 3 description to be sure that level isn't more appropriate for you.

80% of our students place themselves correctly, so don’t stress about your level. Use these descriptions to determine which level best matches where you’re at in your study of the language and save your spot in a class by enrolling ASAP. Many of our classes fill up weeks in advance - don't get stuck on a waitlist by waiting too long to enroll! Students who find the class they signed up for is too advanced or not advanced enough after the first week or two should talk to their teacher about switching levels. With the teacher's approval, we will transfer you to the correct level of class in the same language you signed up for at no additional cost. Still hesitant about what level you need? Just give us a call and we can help you select the right class!

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Level 2 Weekend Intensive

More about Level 2 Weekend Intensive

This is the fast-track option for Level 2. Power through everything you normally learn in Level 2 with all-day classes spread over two weekends. Weekend Intensives cover all 20 hours of material that is normally spread out over 10 weeks in our regular group classes. You will be ready for a Level 3 group class (or another Weekend Intensive) by the end of this class.

Level 2 is for those who have studied Italian before, even if it's been a while. Level 2 is right for you if you can say a few things about yourself in Italian, even if only at a basic level in the present tense with a limited vocabulary. Here’s a list of things that you should be familiar with to know if Level 2 is right for you:

1) You can say short phrases such as:

I live in Brooklyn.
My friend does not live in Brooklyn. (Or “my brother does not live in Brooklyn” or “my sister does not live in Brooklyn” if you don’t know the word for friend.)
I am American.
I speak English.

2) Are you familiar with the idea of verb conjugation? Does the following make sense to you? Parlare means “to speak.” To turn it into “I speak/you speak/he speaks/etc” you take off the “-are” and replace it with these endings.

Io Parlo Noi Parliamo
Tu Parli Voi Parlate
Lui/lei/lei Parla Loro/Loro Parlano

Do you get that Essere is an irregular verb and would not be conjugated in the same way?

3) Do you get that nouns have a gender and that there is a difference between “a” vs “the.”

As an example, for masculine nouns:
un libro = a book
il libro = the book
lo zio = the uncle

for feminine nouns:
una scuola = a school
la scuola = the school

In general, if you are fairly comfortable with the above concepts, then Level 2 is right for you. Level 2 is taught primarily in Italian with the first or second class designed to help you adjust to Italian being used in the classroom exclusively. If you are feeling very confident about all the above concepts, be sure to check the Level 3 description to be sure that level isn't more appropriate for you.

80% of our students place themselves correctly, so don’t stress about your level. Use these descriptions to determine which level best matches where you’re at in your study of the language and save your spot in a class by enrolling ASAP. Still hesitant about what level you need? Just give us a call and we can help you select the right class!

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Level 3

More about Level 3

Level 3 is for those who are starting to feel comfortable speaking in the present tense, as well as for those who have basic knowledge of how the main past tense works (ho comprato, ha dormito, etc.). Here is a list of things that you should be familiar with to know if Level 3 is right for you:

1) You can say short phrases in Italian in the present tense such as:

I speak Italian.
He listens to the radio.
We go to the beach every weekend.
My parents live in Rome.

2) Do you get that, for most verbs, you use avere (ho, hai, ha, etc.) with a past participle* to form the main past tense (il passato prossimo).

*Examples of past participles:
Telefonare = Telefonato (Ho telefonato, for example)
Vendere = Venduto (Ha venduto la macchina, for example)
Dormire = Dormito (Hai dormito fino a tardi, for example)
Vedere = Visto (Abbiamo visto il professore, for example)
Dire = detto (Loro hanno detto la verità, for example)

Knowing how the above works, you would be able to form phrases like:

I bought a car last week.
He ate a sandwich yesterday.
We saw a friend at the bar last night.

If the answer to these questions is yes, you would be able to keep up with a Level 3 class. Level 3 will help you solidify the passato prossimo and introduce the imperfetto (io mangiavo, lei leggeva, etc.) and trapassato prossimo (tu avevi mangiato, noi eravamo entrati(e), etc.) tenses, with the goal of enabling students speak comfortably about events that already happened.

80% of our students place themselves correctly, so don’t stress about your level. Use these descriptions to determine which level best matches where you’re at in your study of the language and save your spot in a class by enrolling ASAP. Many of our classes fill up weeks in advance - don't get stuck on a waitlist by waiting too long to enroll! Students who find the class they signed up for is too advanced or not advanced enough after the first week or two should talk to their teacher about switching levels. With the teacher's approval, we will transfer you to the correct level of class in the same language you signed up for at no additional cost. Still hesitant about what level you need? Just give us a call and we can help you select the right class!

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Level 4

More about Level 4

Level 4 students are fairly comfortable putting together sentences in the present and the main past tenses. Here’s a list of things that you should be familiar with to know if Level 4 is right for you:

You should understand the following phrases:

Marco ha preparato la cena ieri sera.
Mentre preparava la cena, guardava la televisione.
Da bambino, guardavo molti cartoni animati.
Prima di partire per l’aeroporto, Rita aveva confermato il suo volo.
Il sabato quando avevo finite le pulizie, uscivo con i miei amici.

2) Do you know the difference between:

Ti ascolto vs. l’ascolto
Lo compriamo vs. Le compriamo un regalo.

If the answer to these questions is yes, you would be able to keep up with a Level 4 class. In Level 4, you will start to understand some of the more complex relationships between verb tenses (io vorrei, lui viaggerebbe, etc.) and understand the difference between the futuro semplice and the futuro composto (tu mangerai vs. tu avrai mangiato). Level 4 also provides an intro to the harder verb tenses like the subjunctive ("lui vuole che io faccia").

80% of our students place themselves correctly, so don’t stress about your level. Use these descriptions to determine which level best matches where you’re at in your study of the language and save your spot in a class by enrolling ASAP. Many of our classes fill up weeks in advance - don't get stuck on a waitlist by waiting too long to enroll! Students who find the class they signed up for is too advanced or not advanced enough after the first week or two should talk to their teacher about switching levels. With the teacher's approval, we will transfer you to the correct level of class in the same language you signed up for at no additional cost. Still hesitant about what level you need? Just give us a call and we can help you select the right class!

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Level 4 Group Classes
in Manhattan

Wednesdays 7:30-9:30pm
December 10 - February 25 * Skips Dec 24 and Dec 31

Level 5

More about Level 5

Here’s a list of things that you should be familiar with to know if Level 5 is right for you:

1) You can conjugate many common verbs in the present tense, the main past tenses, the conditional and the future tense. For example, you can use the verb “parlare” to say, “I speak, I spoke, I was speaking, I had spoken, I would speak, and I will speak.”

2) You are starting to get comfortable using the subjunctive in the present tense. In English, the conjugation of “to do” is:

I do
You do
He does

But notice how it’s "His parents require he do his homework…"

In Italian, the conjugation is

Io Faccio
Tu Fai
Lui fa

But notice how it’s "I suoi genitori richiedono che lui faccia i compiti a casa."

You should be fairly comfortable with the subjunctive, but will solidify when and how to use it in Level 5.

Level 5 will help you get comfortable with phrases like the following:

Sono Contento che tu abbia trovato un lavoro.
Dubito che voi abbiate finito tutto.
Volevo che loro parlassero con Carlo.
Mio padre era preocupato che io avessi l’influenza.
Il padre di Anna era fiero che sua figlia avesse vinto.
Ho parlato con il figlio della signora, il quale abita giù.
I ragazzi dai quali sono andata ieri sono I miei cugini.

Level 5 focuses on solidifying major grammar points and is meant to gear you up for Advanced Conversation Practice. If you are already feeling pretty solid with all this grammar, you should sign up for Advanced Conversation Practice.

80% of our students place themselves correctly, so don’t stress about your level. Use these descriptions to determine which level best matches where you’re at in your study of the language and save your spot in a class by enrolling ASAP. Many of our classes fill up weeks in advance - don't get stuck on a waitlist by waiting too long to enroll! Students who find the class they signed up for is too advanced or not advanced enough after the first week or two should talk to their teacher about switching levels. With the teacher's approval, we will transfer you to the correct level of class in the same language you signed up for at no additional cost. Still hesitant about what level you need? Just give us a call and we can help you select the right class!

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Advanced Conversation Practice

More about Advanced Conversation Practice

Advanced Conversation Practice is for students who have completed Level 5 at Fluent City or the equivalent elsewhere. Each 20-hour session is designed to be taken multiple times by any one student.*

Advanced students might need a quick grammar refresher here and there, but are comfortable speaking Italian, even if they are still making a lot of mistakes and still need to refine the details. Mini grammar reviews based on the group's specific weaknesses are part of each 2-hour session and increasing listening skills is also a major component of Advanced Conversation Practice class with the goal in mind of moving towards being able to comfortably have conversations with native Italian speakers. In class discussions may center around: recent movie releases, foreign films and classic cinema; trends in fashion; food and wine; Italian musicians/bands as well as the local music scene; current events and news stories both in Italy and also around the globe; human rights issues; travel and cultural exploration; contemporary and classical literature; online dating and more.

*Most students do about 60 hours of Advanced Conversation Practice (three 20-hour sessions) before moving to Expert Italian.

80% of our students place themselves correctly, so don’t stress about your level. Use these descriptions to determine which level best matches where you’re at in your study of the language and save your spot in a class by enrolling ASAP. Many of our classes fill up weeks in advance - don't get stuck on a waitlist by waiting too long to enroll! Students who find the class they signed up for is too advanced or not advanced enough after the first week or two should talk to their professor about switching levels. With the professor's approval, we will transfer you to the correct level of class in the same language you signed up for at no additional cost. Still hesitant about what level you need? Just give us a call and we can help you select the right class!

 

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How do I know which level I am?

Each 20-hour class is a “level” (Level 1, Level 2, etc.) and most students choose to continue on to the next level at the end. If you are an absolute beginner and/or wish to start at the very beginning, you should choose a Level 1 class. Level 2 is for students who are at least a tiny bit familiar with how the language works and have taken at least one class at some point before, even if it was a long time ago.

A Level 2 student can usually struggle through saying something like: "Hello, my name is ___, I live in Brooklyn. I have a cat. My brother is a teacher…"; but would not be able to say more complex things like "I wanted to meet up tonight, but I forgot that you aren't available."

80% of our students place themselves correctly, so don’t stress about your level. Use these descriptions to determine which level best matches where you’re at in your study of the language and save your spot in a class by enrolling ASAP. Many of our classes fill up weeks in advance - don't get stuck on a waitlist by waiting too long to enroll! Students that find the class they signed up for is too advanced or not advanced enough after the first week or two should talk to their teacher about switching levels. With the teacher's approval, we will transfer you to the correct level of class in the same language you signed up for at no additional cost. Still hesitant about what level you need? Just give us a call and we can help you select the right class!

If you want to go ahead and purchase the book(s) required for the course you sign up for so that you have it in time for the first class, but end up changing to a different level class that uses a different book, we are happy to buy the unused new book back from you for no more than the price listed on our website (fluentcity.com/books) for that specific book.

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