Italian in Christchurch

Italian is the fifth-most studied language in the world, according to Ethnologue, and it is just as prevalent in Christchurch as anywhere else. According to the 2011 census, there are more than 6,000 Italian speakers in the country and almost 1,000 of them live in the city of Christchurch. Links were forged between the two countries when, during the late 1800s, Italians left a life of poverty and hardship to look for ‘la bella fortuna’ around the world. Migration chains led from rural Italy to several locations in New Zealand, such as Christchurch, where communities were formed on the basis of work and kinship. Today, the Italian community in the city is very much alive, with cultural, social and professional opportunities available to those who speak the language fluently. Contact us at Language Trainers and we will start designing a programme just for you, so that you can take advantage of these incredible prospects!

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Why Study Italian in Christchurch

For Work and Studies: Speaking Italian is a real employment asset in Christchurch. Some companies, like Park Street People, El Murrino and Da Vinci’s Italian Restaurant, are always looking for bilingual speakers to communicate with their clients of Italian origin. And if you are looking to connect with businesses and entrepreneurs from Italy, why not get in touch with the Italian Chamber of Commerce in New Zealand? Although its main offices are not in Christchurch, they organise events in the city frequently. For example, every November you can join Ciao Italia, an Italian-themed event that showcases Italian imports of any kind, Italian institutions operating in New Zealand, producers and professionals and even activities involving the Italian language, music, and culture. Take advantage of this opportunity to network with like-minded professionals and start a long-lasting relationship with them by impressing them with your new Italian skills!

For Culture: There are many instances around the city for you to experience the beautiful Italian culture. For example, you can participate in the events and festivities organised by the Dante Alighieri Society of Christchurch. This Society is named after Dante Alighieri, the famous Renaissance poet from Florence. Similarly, if you love literature, you can participate in the monthly Book Club, which takes place from March to November. Its members discuss eight books - one per month - written by Italian-speaking authors. Every debate is held in Italian, so you will be able to participate once you have taken a reasonable number of lessons with us! And if you would like to take a break from your daily life and take a dip into the amazing Italian atmosphere without even leaving the city, you can attend a workshop on Italian music and lyrics. Learn to sing beautiful Italian songs while improving your pronunciation. The teacher is a native Italian speaker who wants to share her passion for Italian music with you. Let your heart sing and transport yourself to beautiful Italia!

For Social: Meet new people with a similar passion for the Italian language and culture by joining the InterNations group for Italians in Christchurch. Whether you have settled as an expat in New Zealand or are currently learning the language and would like somewhere to practise, this group is for you. Established in 2007, the community gets together every Tuesday in different bars or restaurants around the city. Another popular option is the Christchurch Language Cafe - Italian Conversation Meetup. In addition to getting together to have some drinks and practise the language, this group also organises gatherings at ice-cream shops that serve Italian flavours or at different cinemas that screen movies in Italian. Make the most out of these opportunities with the language skills you acquire with us!


Where to Learn Italian in and around Christchurch

Get started with Italian today and enjoy all the city has to offer! You are the one who controls where and when the lessons take place. So, get in touch with us and we will send one of our professional instructors to your home, office or a public place of your choice. Some great spaces where you can study are the Portershed Specialty Cafe on Lincoln Road, C1 Espresso on High Street or the South Christchurch Library on Colombo Street.

Are you based in Christchurch’s surrounding areas but would still like to sign up for an Italian course? Just reach out to us and we will be there. Our teachers are available in Rapaki, Lincoln, Lyttelton, Prebbleton and Merivale.

Start your language journey today! Let’s go, andiamo! If you have some knowledge of Italian and would like to know where you stand, you can take our free Italian Level Test. Then, we will start designing a course tailored to your current ability.

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Interesting Language Facts

1 in 2 people speak 2 or more languages.

There are 6 official languages in the United Nations.

Bilingual students are more likely to succeed in school than their monolingual counterparts.
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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1-on-1 General Italian Course in Christchurch

Our general one-on-one courses in Christchurch 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 Christchurch

Our Italian courses in Christchurch 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 Christchurch (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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