The Museo Italo Americano founded its classes in 1981 and offers Italian Language classes at two locations: at the Museo Italo Americano in San Francisco and at the Cubberley Community Center in Palo Alto. Below are descriptions of the various Italian Classes that we offer. For days and times that classes are held, see Italian Class Schedules.
The thrill of going from zero Italian to being able to order ‘caffè macchiato’ at a caffè, to ask for directions to the Colosseo and to greet your newly found cousins in Genova!
Intermediate I & II
Continue to enrich your vocabulary while learning the Passato Prossimo, adjectives and imperfetto.
Intermediate III & IV
Besides continuing your grammar studies you begin reading short, short stories and after studying the ‘imperfetto’, conditional and conjunctive, you can start writing them.
Intermediate Review & Conversation
Converse about Italian art, cuisine, fashion design and opera while reviewing those boring pronouns, prepositions and the mystifying use of the imperfetto.
The articles. The verbs. The prepostions. Conversation! Prepare for your next trip to Italy!
Complete your study of Italian grammar, including the CONGIUNTIVO, the CONDIZIONALE and much more!
Letture in Italiano
Now that you know everything about Italian food and wine, you can begin to learn about Italy’s contemporary literature: humor writers, Achille Campanile, Beppe Severgnini or more serious ones, Natalia Ginzburg, Dino Buzzati, Alberto Moravia and many others. And, while you discuss the text, your teacher will gently remind you about the subjunctive, the double negative and the use of ‘fare’ with the infinitive! Films based on reading material will be shown as available.
Advanced Culture and Conversation
A detailed study of a region’s geography, history, traditions, art and cuisine, will serve as the basis for advanced conversation. The region studied this semester will be Umbria.
Italian Literary Masterpieces in Translation
This course, taught in English, focuses on Italian history and literature as viewed through Italian masterpieces such as The Garden of the Finzi-Continis by Giorgio Bassani.
Italian Cinema in Translation: Films That Made & Changed History
Discover the magnificence of Italian Cinema. View and learn about some of the most important Italian films ever made. This class is taught in English.