Manu, My Favorite Online Italian Teacher, Is Passionate about Teaching

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Get to know Manu of Italy Made Easy

Today’s post is a second of several special installments about a powerful resource for learning Italian – Manu Venditti, the best online Italian teacher I’ve come across. And, I’m a pretty tough critic of teaching styles, so I hope you’ll follow my recommendation and get to know Manu.

Manu’s Italy Made Easy is loaded with free lessons

If you’re like me, you like to “kick the tires” if at all possible when choosing a teacher of any sort. Oh, how I wish I’d been able to sample some of the professors I had in college through a resource like YouTube, or the internet in general (I guess I’m dating myself, huh?). But back in those “dark ages” nothing like that existed, and I only had word of mouth, or personal recommendations to go on.

Once you sample Manu’s online Italian lessons, you’ll be hooked.

And, this is a very good thing. There’s nothing worse than the dread that often comes with learning and studying with a boring teacher. With Manu, you can’t help but enjoy yourself. I learned a great deal with Rosetta Stone, and while I continue to use it, its teaching approach just throws you into the deep end of the pool, and you basically learn how to swim without any explanations of the grammar.

Manu will help you understand the nuances of Italian, and the differences from speaking English.

This is no small matter. My brain needs to understand the underlying logic of a language. It isn’t enough for me to “get by” with the basics. I don’t want to sound like I’m talking baby talk when I speak with Italians. And, I want to be able to understand the conversations going on around me – which often occur at dizzying speeds.

In closing, I share with you a very fundamental lesson from Manu – How to say “What” in Italian. I encourage you to swim around in the vast selection of free videos to get your feet wet. You’ll also find them on the Italy Made Easy YouTube channel. Then you can kick it up a few notches with a more structured program (including something exciting Manu is launching soon!)

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By |2017-02-04T11:22:27+01:00February 4th, 2017|Italy Made Easy with Manu|6 Comments

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I’m an American expat living in Italy!


  1. Laurie February 8, 2017 at 7:07 am - Reply

    Yes! Manu is a wonderful teacher! He makes everything clear and challenges you to have fun while you learn.

    I am new to your “Italy Wise” blog and it was a great surprise seeing this post. I took Manu’s “Italy Made Easy” 6-week course a couple of years ago and I still follow him on YouTube. I plan to study with him again soon.

    All the best to you, Jed!

    • Jed February 9, 2017 at 6:01 pm - Reply

      Grazie Laurie! I think Manu will help take me to the next level, too!

  2. Joee Balestrieri February 4, 2017 at 1:14 pm - Reply

    Ciao Jed,
    I love your website! I have asked so many people about the legalities of moving to Italy and even my Italian friends in Italy don’t know the answers. I was reading your post to my friend in Piacencza last night on Skype and he asked me to send it to him. I hope to live in Italy one day. Sono mezza italiana ma credo nella mia testa sono tutta italiana! Studio Italiano da nove mesi ogni giorno, non perdo un giorno, ma ho molto da imparate e ho bisogno di piu pratica! Grazie mille! Your site is awesome!

    • Jed February 4, 2017 at 3:17 pm - Reply

      Grazie Joee, Navigating the bureaucracy and legalities can be confounding. Stay tuned for my post next Tuesday about the diversity of bureaucratic experiences depending on which region you decide to reside. Sto ancora imparando a conoscere i sottotitoli a parlare in italiano e ho così tanto da imparare. Fortunatamente il mio partner è italiano! Stay in touch! Jed

  3. Joee Balestrieri February 4, 2017 at 12:38 pm - Reply

    Manu is the best teacher I have ever had from kindergarten through college! He is not only extremely knowledgeable and fun, but he is a lovely person. There is always kindness and joy in his attitude and in his speech. When he explains something, he is clear and he is always correct but he has an undeniable humility which is unusual because he is such a talented teacher that he could easily be haughty and has a right to be. However, he acts like he is the same as everyone else while he generously shares his gift and knowledge with thousands of students! È il massimo!

    • Jed February 4, 2017 at 12:55 pm - Reply

      I couldn’t have expressed it better! You describe all the qualities that separate a talented teacher like Manu from the masses of average teachers. Yes, lui é il massimo!

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