Parliamo di Siena!
Today I’m back with a new podcast in which I will be talking about a wonderful Italian city - Siena! Today my guest will be Sarah Mastroianni, a young woman who was raised in Toronto in Canada - the daughter of an Italian father and a Canadian mother. Several years ago, after traveling in Italy, she fell in love with Italy and in particular, the city of Siena. Now she considers Siena her adopted town. In this podcast you will learn more about Siena and Sarah will also talk about her work, about her experiences with the language, her love for Italy and especially her passion for Siena and her reasons for moving there!
10 Jun 2015
Playing around in Italiano—Giochi, Barzellette, Scherzi
Inthis Podcast I am talking about Italian words for joking andplaying around...Scioglilingua, Giochi di Parole, Barzellette,Scherzi, Idiomi...Podcast can also be viewed on YouTube to see thevisuals that accompany the text. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JrRccsRyt2g Visit the Matta Blog for text in English andItalian For transcripts for this Video follow this link:http://wp.me/p22bKE-3vi
26 Apr 2016
An Interview with Daniela Mancini - Insegnante & Scrittrice
In this podcast I will be speaking with my friend Daniela Mancini! Daniela is an Italian teacher at Scud’It in Rome. I had the immense pleasure of studying with Daniela last July during my language and painting program. Daniela is a lively and entertaining teacher. She has also written a book about the Subjunctive tense: Congiuntivo. Here she is to talk more about herself, her home town of Frascati, her hopes and dreams and what it is like to teach at Scud’It in Rome. See program notes in Italian and English on the Studentessa Matta Blog. www.studentessamatta.com
3 Nov 2015
Interview with Melissa Muldoon, la studentessa matta
How Melissa Muldoon went matta for Italian & what she built from her craziness
13 May 2014
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Carnival in Italy
We will be discuss the origins of Carnevale and how Italians prepare for and celebrate this famous holiday. We will also be taking about the Venetian mask and the tradition of disguising oneself, as well and the floats and fun events that are happening in Venice during this time. We will also share some recipe for a traditional Carnevale sweet – le chiacchere.
12 May 2014
Valentine's Day in Italy
In this podcast we are exploring the subjects of love, romanticism and lovers and how the Italians celebrate the holiday. Naturally we will talk about Italian vocabulary that has to do with Valentine’s day. We will share some some romantic films that we like and some songs. Featuring 2 Italian guest speakers.
13 May 2014
Natale / Christmas in Italy
We are discussing Natale and Christmas in Italy and holiday traditions. We talk about the Italian Christmas markets and how Christmas is celebrated in Garda. Featuring 2 Italian guest speakers.
13 May 2014
La Venere di Botticelli / Venus on a Half Shell
Today I want to tell you about a painting…Botticelli's Birth of Venus - La nascita di Venere. Visit Matta Website for Translations: English & Italian https://www.youtube.com/c/StudentessaMatta_MelissaMuldoon To learn more about Matta Italian Language Workshops http://www.studentessamatta.com/italian-trips/ Visit the Matta Facebook page for learning tips and language fun: http://www.studentessamatta.com/about/
21 Feb 2016
Facciamo un salto nel passato! Andiamo ad Arezzo
Sometimes a trip to Italy is like stepping into the past. For me, that is part of the charm of Italy. Recently I had the impression of passing through a portal back to medieval times. It happened during my stay in Arezzo last September when I witnessed the Giostra del Saracino - The Joust of the of the Saracens. Practice your Italian language skills by listening to this podcast! You can find a transcript and translations on www.studentessamatta.com
16 Nov 2016
Andiamo al Mercato di Arezzo
Today we are going to the Arezzo’s Saturday market. There you can buy lots of things. The best would be the fresh food that you can buy there. There are so many things…peppers, squash blossoms, mushrooms, fruit and various kinds of meat and cheeses…but especially the porchetta. Come with us!
2 Oct 2016
Buona Pasqua! Dammi un Bacio!
Happy Easter! They say in Italian…Christmas with your family, Easter with whomever you want! Today I am going to talk a little about Easter and some of the sweets that Italians eat at this time of year. I’m going to especially talk about Baci chocolates
22 Mar 2016
Flash Academy - New App to Learn Itlalian
Today I am here to tell you about a fantastic new mobile app called “FlashAcademy”. It is the idea of the company behind FlashSticks – the company that created the app to learn a foreign language using the Post-it Notes. Now the app has a new interface and new images. Now it focuses on the progress of the student towards graduation from Flash Academy. Each lesson moves the student forward! The learning curve is fast paced with new interactive lessons.
2 Oct 2016
Dante & Beatrice
Hi guys! I’m Melissa la studentessa Matta! Welcome back to my channel! Are you ready to take a little stroll into history with me…and Dante and Beatrice? Visit Matta Website for Translations: English & Italian http://www.studentessamatta.com For translations for this Video click this link: http://wp.me/p22bKE-3t0 To learn more about Matta Italian Language Workshops in Italy http://www.studentessamatta.com/italian-trips/ Visit the Matta Facebook page for learning tips and language fun: http://www.studentessamatta.com/learning-tips/ Find me on Instagram: https://instagram.com/studentessamatta
27 Feb 2016
My first novel “Dreaming Sophia” is here! I am thrilled and happy to share Sophia’s journey with my readers. The book is now available in print and e-pub versions for Kindle and iBook. You can find the book on Amazon and through many other distributors as well. The e-pub version of the book has links to the “Dreaming Sophia” website and Pinterest site, so that you can experience the book visually – see the art and images and videos – referred to in the book, as well as listen to the music. To win a copy of the book visit the Studentessa Matta website: http://www.studentessamatta.com/dreaming-sophia-book-give-away The book is available on Amazon and on itunes. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0997634804?ie=UTF8&creativeASIN=0997634804&linkCode=xm2&tag=diariodiunstu-20 https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/id1151283653 visit the Dreaming Sophia website: www.DreamingSophiaBook.com
2 Oct 2016
Festa delle donne
Questo mese festeggiamo la giornata internazionale della donna…anche semplicemente detta "festa della donna". Ricorre l’otto marzo di ogni anno per ricordare sia le conquiste sociali, politiche ed economiche delle donne, sia le discriminazioni e la violenza che le donne ancora oggi subiscono in tutto il mondo. This month we celebrate International Women’s Day - or simply the la festa della donna. It falls on the 8th of March each year and commemorates both the social achievements, political and economic conditions of women, as well as the brings in evidence the discrimination and violence which women are subjected to still in all parts of the world.
11 Mar 2016
Andiamo! Traveling in Italy
In this podcast Cher & Melissa talk about traveling in Italy. They provide tips for packing & things to bring, useful expressions, how to make a good impression and things you absolutely must eat when you are in Italy. We will also discuss how to maximize practicing your Italian language skills when you are traveling up and down the boot.
9 Jun 2014
The Dog Days of Summer — La canicola estiva
The hottest days of summer are called the dog days of summer. In Italian, the expression is La canicola estiva. In this Youtube video find out reason why! Hint: it has something to do with the brightest star in the summer sky - Sirius AND the ancient Romans! For text and translation visit: www.studentessamatta.com To find out more about my Italian language Immersion programs in Italy for 2019 visit: https://www.studentessamatta.com/italian-language-immersion-programs-italy/
27 Aug 2018
In Cucina con Daniele
Last week my friend Danielle Palermo from Sicilia came to visit me. Our last day together, we decided to roll up our sleeves and cook an Italian meal together. Not just an Italian dinner, however, as Daniele corrected me — a Sicilian meal! He decided to prepare for me Arancine and Sfingi for dessert. Visit: www.StudentessaMatta.com for more details
2 Apr 2018
Il vino fa cantare: Italian food and Wine Expressions
Italian expressions that have to do with food and wine! Visit the StudentessaMatta.com website for more information, transcriptions and text in Italiano and English. http://www.studentessamatta.com/italian-food-idioms-detti-cibo-italiano/ For information about Melissa's programs to learn Italian in Italy visit: http://www.studentessamatta.com/italian-language-immersion-programs-italy/
2 Mar 2018
Interview with Melissa Muldoon - Author of Waking Isabella for Inside Scoop
Interview with Melissa Muldoon - Author of Waking Isabella with Inside Scoop Topics of conversation: Isabella de Medici Research for the book in Arezzo, Italy Giostra del Saracino - Annual Jousting Festival held in Arezzo Suppression of Artists and Hitler's Obsession during WWII Melissa's Writing Process Her Award Winning Italian Language Blog and Immersion Trips to Italy Most Rewarding Experience as an Author
17 Feb 2018