Italian in Wellington

Italians live in all regions of New Zealand, although one of the largest populations reside in Wellington, where more than 1,000 residents claim to be of Italian origin, according to the 2013 census. Consequently, Italian-New Zealander culture is prominent across Wellington, influencing the city’s art, food and drink, and film industry. Discover all the city has to offer to Italian speakers and start learning the language with us today! At Language Trainers, we specialise in designing tailor-made courses that suit your needs and schedule, so you will be speaking Italian from the very first lesson.

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Why Study Italian in Wellington

For Work: With some of the most well-recognised, prestige brands in the world, Italy is the world’s eighth-biggest industrial economy, offering a huge amount of opportunities to New Zealand exporters. When it comes to Wellington in particular, the major exports include wool, hides and precious stones, dairy, wood and electrical machinery. So, workers in these industries who learn Italian will certainly broaden their professional horizons and find new employment opportunities around Wellington by being able to offer the somewhat rare skillset of aiding communication between businesses in the two countries. Also, if you are looking to connect with companies and entrepreneurs of Italian origin, you can contact the Italian Chamber of Commerce in New Zealand (Wellington Chapter), an organisation that works to stimulate, facilitate and foster economic and trade relations between Italy and New Zealand. Attend their networking events and impress the attendees with your Italian to start building good relations!

For Social: Those looking to make new friends who share a passion for the Italian language and culture will find many opportunities for doing so. For example, you can join the meet-up called The Italian Way, a language exchange group that welcomes Italian expats and learners, whether they speak fluently, are beginners or everything in between. The purpose of the group is for members to get together to speak about all things Italian at least once a month. The topic of conversation changes every time, so you won’t get bored and will learn new vocabulary every time. Take advantage of this opportunity to make new friends and put your new Italian skills to use! Also, the Club Garibaldi organises weekly events to play indoor bowls, cards, enjoy a drink and members’ company. Other social occasions during the year include the national day celebration, a senior members' lunch, a fund-raising dinner, a picnic and even a Christmas party. In Wellington, you will never run out of opportunities to speak Italian!

For Culture: Work and social opportunities aside, Wellington honours its Italian heritage all year long. For example, you can join the many activities organised by the Club Garibaldi, established in 1882 to foster and promote Italian heritage, the language and customs. The club operates from its own building on the corner of Tory and Vivian Streets in Wellington and holds an annual evening of Italian entertainment and, twice a year, hosts some of the country's leading singers in a live show. Come and sing to the beautiful Italian tunes using the pronunciation you learn with us at Language Trainers while enjoying delicious Mediterranean food. If you are more interested in art, you can attend a permanent exhibition at the New Zealand national museum, Te Papa, Qui Tutto Bene, which features the best works of Italian painters and sculptors. And those who enjoy parties and celebrations should not miss the annual Italian Festival, which has been running since 1995 and shows off the best of Italian entertainment, food and drink; in 2018, it attracted more than 15,000 visitors, so be sure to attend and have the time of your life!


Where to Learn Italian in and around Wellington

Get started with us today and learn Italian with one of our dynamic, interactive, tailor-made courses! Contact us and we will set up a meeting with a native-speaking instructor in the comfort of your home or office. If these options do not suit you, you can also decide to study in a public place around the city, such as the National Library Wellington on Molesworth Street, Fidel’s Cafe on Cuba Street or Aro Cafe on Aro Street. There are countless possibilities!

If you are not based in downtown Wellington but would like to book some Italian lessons with us, you can still do it. Our top-notch instructors can start teaching today in Johnsonville, Petone, Porirua, Wainuiomata and Lower Hutt.

Reach out to us to find out more about our Italian courses! Let’s go, andiamo! And if you have some knowledge of the language, discover your level by taking our free Italian Level Test, so we can start designing a language pack tailored to your current ability!

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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 Wellington

Our general one-on-one courses in Wellington 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 Wellington

Our Italian courses in Wellington 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 Wellington (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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