Italian in Chicago

Italian is the official language of Italy, San Marino, and Ticino in Switzerland, and is the fourth most studied language in the world. As of 2018, around 70 million people in the world speak Italian and about 500,000 of them live in the Chicago area, according to the 2011 American Census. The first Italian to come to what would become Chicago was Enrico Tonti, a Neapolitan soldier in the service of the French. In the 1800s, thousands of Italians settled in Chicago and, since then, the city and its diverse communities have not stopped growing. So, taking an Italian course in Chicago is a great way to participate in the vibrant Italian community that thrives in the city. Contact us today and let’s get started learning Italian!  

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Why Study Italian in Chicago

For Work: Learning Italian in Chicago can give a boost to your career. Did you know that the total Italian imports to Illinois in 2016 amounted to $2 billion? The top import categories in the last few years have been aircraft parts, machinery parts, pharmaceuticals, organic chemicals, and vehicles. So, those working in these fields can find learning Italian very useful to broaden their professional horizons. And if you are actively looking for a new job, you should get in touch with the Italian Trade Agency on Michigan Avenue, an organization that promotes the internationalization of Italian companies by providing information, support, and advice to Italian and foreign businesses. Also, there are an estimated 75 Italian companies in greater Chicago, including Alitalia, Amplifon S.p.A, Armani, Barilla, and Cosmed, which are always looking for bilingual speakers to add to their teams. Study Italian in Chicago and stand out when applying for a job!

For Social: Those who would like to meet new people with a similar passion for the Italian culture and language can join the Chicago Italian Language Meetup Group. The objective of the group is to speak Italian and have some fun. Their weekly meetings last two hours, and they are usually held at themed Italian restaurants around the city, such as the Italian Village Restaurant on Monroe Street, or Quartino Ristorante on State Street. There, you can order delicious gnocchi, spaghetti or cagnoli using the Italian language skills you acquire with us at Language Trainers! And you can also attend Ciao Chicago events and seminars with your new friends: Enjoy current exhibits as well as special art installations that include guest speakers and presentations. These are excellent opportunities to get in touch with Italian native speakers and further practice what you learn in your language course.

For Culture: Chicago is also one of the hubs of Italian American culture, with Little Italy at its epicenter. In addition to restaurants, this neighborhood has churches founded by Mother Cabrini, and it even has the National Italian-American Sports Hall of Fame, with exhibits honoring greats like Joe DiMaggio and Vince Lombardi. And if you are into the Italian Opera, you can go and enjoy the shows organized by the Lyric Opera of Chicago, an institution dedicated to producing and performing consistently thrilling, entertaining, and thought-provoking opera. Most of the songs are performed in Italian, so you will be able to make the most out of this experience after taking some lessons with us at Language Trainers. And if you are a cinema lover, enjoy movie night at Sentieri Italiani on Broadway Street, featuring the latest Italian films, many of which have not yet been released elsewhere in the U.S. Viewing is followed by a lively discussion of the film in Italian, so take advantage of this opportunity to put the language to use!


Where to Learn Italian in and around Chicago

Taking Italian classes with us is easy and simple! At Language Trainers, we specialize in providing personalized language courses tailored to your skills. Our teachers are native Italian speakers who will guide you to fluency. You decide where you want to take your classes, so our tutors can go to your home or office. You can also take your lessons in a public place if you prefer, such as the Harold Washington Library Center on S. State Street, Toni Patisserie & Café on E. Washington Street, or Meli Cafe on S. Dearborn Street.

And if you are living on the outskirts of Chicago or in a nearby city, you can also contact us. We have excellent tutors waiting to start teaching in areas such as Aurora, Rockford, Joliet, Peoria, Elgin, and Naperville. 

So, what are you waiting for? Let’s go, andiamo! In case you have some knowledge of Italian, take our free Level Test to see your current ability. Then, send us an inquiry and we will start designing a language program for you!

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Interesting Language Facts

On average, bilingual pay differentials range between 5 and 20% per hour more than the position's base rate.

31% of international executives are bilingual.

1 in 2 people worldwide speak 2 or more languages.
WHY people learn ITALIAN?
Personal reasons (communicating with friends and family in Italian)
Work abroad in Italian-speaking countries
Travel abroad

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l'italiano si spoglia e lo spagnolo dice: "asta la vista."
l'italiano gli risponde: "si ma tu l'hai vista l'asta?"
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1-on-1 General Italian Course in Chicago

Our general one-on-one courses in Chicago will help students improve their Italian level quickly and efficiently, whatever their needs. One of the most exciting aspects of our courses is that they are developed entirely around the needs of the students. The fact that we offer our Italian classes on a One-on-One basis means that you can learn the words and phrases you need in a comfortable and relaxed environment.

1-on-1 Business Italian Course in Chicago

Our Italian courses in Chicago are taught on a one-on-one basis and will help you improve your business communication skills immensely. No matter what level you begin at we will soon have you dealing with business introductions comfortably before moving onto other matters. Beginner level students can expect to finish the course with basic telephone Italian and email skills, as well as a level of survival Italian, granting them the ability to work in a country where Italian is the native tongue.

2-to-1 and Small Group
Italian Courses in Chicago (closed group)

Our Italian courses are also available for small groups studying together (Two-to-One Italian Course or In-Company Small Group Italian Course). All participants must have the same language needs, be able to study at the same time at the same place and be at the same level. All participants should be booked at the same time. Language Trainers suggest that you do not look for classes with more than 8 students at one time. However, an In-Company Taster Italian Course can contain a maximum of 12 people.

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Language Taught: Italian, German, French, English

An English-French bilingual born and raised in France, Linda has extensive experience teaching the two languages to learners of all ages and skill levels, in both France and the United States. She holds a Master's in English, as well as a French teaching certification. She has special experience preparing students for language examinations.

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Anna is a native speaker of both Polish and German, and has over seven years of experience teaching both languages. She currently holds a Master's degree in German Literature and History. She is also a regular participant in conferences related to German language and culture. 

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