Italian in Halifax, NS
Why learn Italian in Halifax? The Italian community in Nova Scotia is among the oldest in Canada, and Halifax in particular, given its strategic location as one of North America's most important trade hubs, holds a significant place in the history of Italian immigration, culture, and the Italian language. The majority of the Italian immigrants who arrived to Nova Scotia at the turn of the twentieth century were recruited to work in the mining, steel, forestry, and fishing industries. Soon thereafter, merchants, and shopkeepers filed in, starting their businesses predominantly in Halifax. Then in 1928, when the historic Pier 21 opened for business, the largest wave of Italians flooded in. Throughout its 40-year operation, 471,940 Italian immigrants arrived to Canada through the Port of Halifax. According to the 2016 census, although more than 1.5 million Canadians claim full or partial Italian ancestry, nowadays Halifax is home to only about 13,500. While this number is relatively small in size comparatively-speaking to other Canadian cities, those of Italian descent along with the Italian language and culture have been fundamental in shaping Halifax's social, economic, and political life. Italian is inherently connected to the local community and taking Italian lessons in Halifax is a way of preserving the spirit of immigration that made Canada a land of opportunity for so many.
Halifax is the heart of the Italian cultural activity that goes on in Nova Scotia. The Italian Canadian Cultural Association (ICCA) came together over 40 years ago and has been a key supporter and sponsor of Italian cultural initiatives in Halifax. Every year, they host numerous dinner parties and social events promoting Italian cultural heritage and they publish a bilingual English-Italian newsletter called La Voce on a seasonal-basis. Other Italian cultural events include the Halifax Summer of Opera Festival (HSOF)—a month-long series that has been going on for over a decade featuring 15 performances of 3 main stage operas as well as concerts, lectures and masterclasses—where up-and-coming opera stars performed in front of hundreds of people in 2017. That same year, the FIN Atlantic International Film Festival (FIN AIFF)—an eight-day celebration of film, media, and music—screened several Italian-inspired features among the 120 film screenings from around the world. These events make Halifax an important focal point for not only the local Italian community, but also for those who have an affinity for all things Italian, including Italian language learners, music aficionados, art enthusiasts, and foodies.
Learning about Italian and Italian culture sheds light onto some the most important aspects of Western art, culture, history, fashion, and design. Whether you want to travel to Italy perhaps to learn more about your family’s history or simply just want to get a taste of the dolce vita, taking Italian courses in Halifax will maximize your experience. If you would like to learn more about the language spoken by so many of history's most brilliant minds, consider taking tailor-made Italian lessons from a native-speaking teacher. Sign up for Italian classes in Halifax to join the millions of people investing not only in their Italian cultural capital but who also want to expand their business horizons. Send us a quick inquiry to learn more becoming fluent in Italian.
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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?"
1-on-1 General Italian Course in Halifax, NS
Our general one-on-one courses in Halifax, NS 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 Halifax, NS
Our Italian courses in Halifax, NS 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.
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Italian Courses in Halifax, NS (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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