Italian in Halifax, NS

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 language. According to the 2016 census more than 1.5 million Canadians claim full or partial Italian ancestry and Halifax is home to about 13,500 of them. While this number is relatively small in comparison 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. So, learning Italian is crucial to be able to connect with the local community on another level, explore their culture and improve your job prospects.

Why Study Italian in Halifax

For Work and Studies: The majority of the Italian immigrants who arrived in 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 and today, there are many companies of Italian origin in the city. Some of them are The Italian Market, the Bertossi Group and Burberry, which are looking to hire blingual speakers. If you are not actively job-seeking but would like to participate in an exchange program instead, Dalhouse University offers two study abroad opportunities to students who have a couple of years of experience with the Italian language. At Language Trainers, we can help you increase your language skills so you can take this course with confidence!.

For Culture: Work aside, Halifax is the heart of the Italian cultural activity that goes on in Nova Scotia. The Italian Canadian Cultural Association (ICCA) on Agricola St was founded 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 started in 2008. In 2017, this festival featured 15 performances of 3 main stage operas as well as concerts, lectures and masterclasses in front of hundreds of people. These events make Halifax an important focal point not only for the local Italian community, but also for those who have an affinity for all things Italian, including music aficionados, art enthusiasts and, of course, Italian language learners like you.

For Social: If you are interested in meeting new people with an interest in the Italian language, you can join the Italian Conversation Meetup Group for basic and fluent speakers who share a passion for the Italian language, culture, food and fashion. Or you can share Italian movies with your friends by attending the annual the FIN Atlantic International Film Festival on Hollis St, an eight-day celebration of film, media, and music that screens several Italian movies. In 2018, more than 2,000 people attended the festival. You will be able to watch these movies without reading the English subtitles after taking an Italian course with us and impress your friends with your knowledge of Italian!

 

Where to Learn Italian in and around Halifax

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. So, why not start today with Language Trainers? Just contact us and we will arrange for a native Italian teacher to go to your home or workplace. You can also take your lessons at a public place if you prefer. Some options are the Halifax Central Library on Spreen Garden Rd, the Coastal Café on Robie Street and The Board Room Game Café on Barrington Street.

And if you are not based in Halifax but live in the outskirts of the city, just let us know. We have great instructors ready to start teaching in Dartmouth, Bedford, Bridgewater, and Truro.

What are you waiting for? Let’s go, andiamo! Take one of our free online Italian level tests so we can offer you a language package suitable for your skills and requirements!

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WHY people learn ITALIAN?
1.
Personal reasons (communicating with friends and family in Italian)
2.
Work abroad in Italian-speaking countries
3.
Travel abroad
NUMBER of SPEAKERS
Native
64
Million
Non-Native
21
Million
ITALIAN

JOKE
Ci sono uno spagnolo e un italiano in una stanza.
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.

2-to-1 and Small Group
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.


NUMBER of HOURS needed
to reach a certain level
in Italian
30 Hours
Elementary
150 Hours
Intermediate
400 Hours
Advanced
6878
people have taken our
Italian level test.
45
language teachers in Halifax, NS
are already registered with Language Trainers.

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