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8 Jul 2014

Meet our newest recruits

Our team not only travels a lot and understands the importance of learning languages, we enjoy it as well! Want to know more?

You know that we are an international company and as such change frequently. This may seem sad as people come and go very easily. However, without this aspect of our company we would never meet new people from all over the world, gain experience and without doubt make friendships. After all what could be better than travelling wherever you want and not paying for accommodation!

Want to know more about the newest Easy Languages team members....read on.



Lucia Caira

What did/do you study? 
I studied marketing and communication in Brussels

What is your position?
Bookings manager for High school programmes in the USA and England....soon :) (She is currently doing her training period).

Which country and city are you from?
I am from Brussels, Belgium but I have Italian blood.

Lucia during her Australian travels

Why did you choose Easy Languages?
Because I wanted to work in the tourism sector. After my travels around Oceania, I decided to apply to Easy Languages because I wanted to share my experience with young students as it really is the best way to learn and experience a new language. 


Which languages can you speak?
French, English and Italian.

Which language would you still like to learn and why?
Spanish because it's a beautiful and international language

What would be your ideal holiday?
Travelling across Australia

What has been your best experience abroad?
My best experience abroad was when I went travelling around New Zealand, Australia and China. It was my best holiday ever. I met people from all around the world and got to discover lots of new cultures. The countries are so beautiful and the experience was unforgettable.



Raffaele Rizzo


What do/did you study?
I studied tourism and have training in tourism product sales.

What is your position?
I will be working with teenagers who want to spend a year in the USA on High School programmes

What country and city are you from?
I am half Italian, half Belgian. My father is from the south of Italy and my mother is from Brussels.

Raffaele during his time in Ecuador

Why did you choose Easy Languages?
I have experience with language holidays as I have been on some myself, which I enjoyed a lot. I think that speaking lots of different languages is very important, so its a great thing to be promoting these kinds of programmes. At the office I also get the opportunity to speak lots of different languages so that makes things interesting as well!

Which languages can you speak?
I can speak Italian, French, English and Spanish. I can understand some Dutch but not very well :)

Which language would you still like to learn and why?
I would like to learn Dutch as it is one of Belgium's official languages. In my opinion it is important to be able to speak all of a country's languages.

What would be your ideal holiday?
My favourite type of holidays are adventure holidays. I like visiting new, unfamiliar cities, explore new areas, try extreme sports, find amazing landscapes. Renting a motorbike, crossing the country and trying new food would be great :)

What has been our best experience abroad?
My best experience was when I went to Ecuador to learn Spanish and work on a volunteer programme. I spent three months there and was able to discover an incredible country. There are wonderful beaches, mountains (La cordillera de los Andes) and rainforest (Amazonia) all in the same country!! If people like sustainable tourism and want to take part in a project they should definitely go to Ecuador!!!!



Conclusion: travel often, no matter who with. All of us here at Easy Languages understand the importance of language learning in today's international world, but more importantly we love it and this is what we try and convey to our students. Contact us!

Original by: Blanca Díaz Blanco


7 Jul 2014

Our schools in Venice

Venice, our Destination of the Month, has the full package for language students. Not only does it offer a very rich culture from its music, art, carnival and architecture but it is also a important international centre for higher education, being home to three large international universities.




The importance of speaking a second language is growing rapidly as travel is becoming easier and businesses are going international. While Italian might not be in the top three most spoken languages globally (English, Mandarin and Spanish), this may actually be to your advantage. If you are one of the few who can speak this language, you are likely to stand out and be more in demand, so lets take a look at our school in Venice...


Italian in Venice - Instituto Venezia


The School

The school that we work with in Venice, Instituto Venezia, is located in a historic building with a large terrace in the Campo Santa Margherita area of the city. It is a great location for students to meet the locals and do some shopping in the boutiques or relax in one of the open-air cafés.

The school is officially recognised by the Italian Ministry of Education, which ensures high quality language training. All of the teachers are native speakers and qualified in the teaching of Italian as a foreign language. Students have access to WiFi, a fully furnished self-access study room and the school's collection of films.


Campo Santa Margherita, Source: www.campiello-venise.com


The courses

The lessons are taught in small groups, on average 10 students per class, in order to maximise contact time with the teacher. Lessons lasts 55 minutes and take place Monday to Friday mornings. All students ages 16 and up of all levels can take part in these programmes, on the first Monday after arrival students will be evaluated so that they are placed in an appropriate class.

An activity programme is included to provide students a cultural education as well as a linguistic one. The minimum duration is one week and courses take place year round.

The available programmes are the following:

  • Standard programme*: 20 Lessons per week
  • Combined programme: 20 group lessons +5 or 10 individual lessons per week
  • Individual programme: 20, 30 or 40 lessons per week
  • Art and Italian: 15 lessons per week
*Afternoon lessons only available from May - October at a reduced price.




Accommodation

Host Family: Staying with a host family is the perfect compliment to your Italian lessons, giving students more opportunities to speak everyday Italian with locals and get a real inside look at the daily life and family culture in Italy. The host families are carefully selected for the quality of the accommodation and welcome that they offer students.

The families offer students single rooms (or double rooms if two students are travelling together). While meals are not included, students have access to the kitchen where they can prepare all of their meals.

Student Residence: The student residence is located in the historic centre of the city, in the Giudecca district. The residence has 25 rooms, a communal sitting room and kitchen, WiFi connection and laundry facilities. Students have single rooms (or double if two students are travelling together) with private bathrooms. 


You can also study Italian in Venice on our Total Immersion in Italy programme. 


If you're thinking about an Italian course but are looking to experience the rich culture this country has to offer, look no further. Contact us with any of your questions.

3 Jul 2014

Ciao Italia!

Welcome to July and our new Destination of the Month. With summer officially underway, we are off to the beautiful city of Venice this month. 


Source:
www.theydrawandtravel.com


When learning a language it is not just about grammar rules and verb conjugations. You have to explore the culture and history that has shaped the language into what it is today. With that in mind what better place is there to combine Italian and culture than Venice, the Italian centre of art, music and architecture.

Most of you will probably already know quite a lot about this city as it is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Europe. However for those of you who have never been to this city and for those of you who would like to know a bit more here's a summary about this beautiful Italian city.


In Summary



Source:
www.telegraph.co.uk

Venice, or Venezia in Italian, is located in the North East of Italy on a group of 118 small islands separated by canals and linked by bridges. It is the capital of the Veneto region with a population of 270, 660 Venetians. Its climate is classified as humid and subtropical with cool winters and very warm summers. It is recognised for its architecture, art and natural beauty, in fact the city in its entirety is listed as a world Heritage Site.







A brief history




Source:
commons.wikimedia.org

The city's name dates back to the 10th century BC and the Veneti people who used to inhabit this area. It was historically the capital of the Republic of Venice, which existed from the late 7th century until 1797 when it lost its independence to Napoleon. It was not until 1866 (after many revolts and treaties) that Venice became a part of the Kingdom of Italy. Due to its geographical location it became a very important trade centre from the 9th - 12th century, particularly in the trade of silk, grain and spice, between western Europe and the rest of the world. By the late 13th century it was the most prosperous city in Europe.

Venice has always been a very important centre for art since the middle ages and the Renaissance, so much so that its own style developed called the Venetian School. By the end of the 15th century it was the capital of printing, and home to Aldus Manutius who, in 1499, printed what is considered to be the first paperback book. Venice is of course also famous for its canals, which were enhanced during the middle ages by the dredging of soils to raise the marshy ground above the tides. The canals are still used today for transport along with 400+ bridges. It has many nicknames because of this, some of which are: The City of Water, The City of Bridges, The Floating City and The City of Canals. 


Source:
famouswonders.com




Tourism


This city is a very important tourist location due to the art and Venetian culture, as of 2007 the city has around 50,000 tourists visiting per day and in 2006 the city had 2.93 million international arrivals! Some of the main tourist attractions include St. Mark's Basilica, Grand Canal and Piazza San Marco.

Venice is Europe's largest urban car-free area, all transport is by water or on foot or the famous Gondole which are big tourist attractions. Due to this, the city has over 400 bridges to allow for all of the foot traffic.








If you are interested in visting this city and brushing up on your Italian skills, have a look at what our school in Venice offers! Remember if you have any questions you can always contact us.