Category Archives: Italian Classes

10 Reasons Your Little One Should be Bilingual


Many parents see raising a bilingual child to be a very daunting task. They fear that their child will become confused between the two languages and will have trouble communicating in the future. The truth is that raising your child to be bilingual can provide them with a tremendous mental and individual growth lacked by monolinguals. In this increasingly globalized world bilingualism, and multilingualism, is an advantage in more ways than one. Here are 10 reasons why your child will benefit from becoming bilingual;

1. Positive Effect on the Brain

Bilingualism has a positive effect on intellectual growth and mental development of a child since it actually strengthens the mind’s cognitive muscles.

2. Linguistic Knowledge

Bilinguals develop a metalinguistic awareness, allowing them to better understand and articulate how languages work. It therefor makes learning new languages easier; children who learn Italian can easily pick up other Romance languages like Spanish, French, and Portuguese.

3. Cognitive Control

Bilingualism improves the brain’s executive function; your child will be able to remain more focused on a goal, plan and perform actions to achieve it, and ignore distracting information better than monolingual children.

4. Increased Attention

Bilingualism enhances listening skills in children.

5. Improves English

There is a positive relationship between foreign language study and English language arts. English speaking students who study languages like Italian develop a better understanding of their native tongue.

6. Sense of Surroundings

Children will develop a heightened ability to monitor and recognize changes in their environment.

7. Future Opportunities

Being bilingual will provide a broader range of career and travel opportunities.

8. Broadens Social Interaction

Bilingualism also allows for children to communicate and interact with a larger group of people.

9. Withstands Memory Loss

As your child moves into adulthood, as a bilingual, they will be more resistant to the onset of dementia and other symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease.

10. Strengthens Cultural Ties

Knowing more than one language builds multicultural understanding and appreciation.

When you raise children to be bilingual, you open their minds to a world of new opportunities. Bilingual children are able to express themselves and communicate ideas in a wider variety of ways. Children who speak more than one language have proven to perform better academically and have more favorable chances in their future. Considering the extent of worldwide integration that your child will soon be a part of, what reasons are there not to be beautifully bilingual?

Here is a list of other articles and websites on bilingualism.

La sagra del carciofo

Ciao! I’m particularly excited about this blog post because I think the topic is interesting and quirky: la sagra del carciofo (the artichoke festival). I heard about this through my school, and I immediately knew I had to go. A *festival* for *artichokes*?! It’s not that I’m weirdly obsessed with artichokes, but I do like them, and I found it pretty amusing that there was a festival just for them.

I’ve been told that Aprile (April) is pretty rainy in Rome, and so far, that’s been true. It was raining the day of the festival, but we decided to venture to it anyway. We only had to take a half-hour train to Ladispoli, and we were there! We were a little confused though because at first it just looked like a regular market. Where were all the artichokes?

Finally we found a big truck load of them and knew we were on the right track!

We still aren’t exactly sure, but we think that some of the participants didn’t show up because of la pioggia (the rain). Still, it was a lot of fun to take a look at the different stands.

All that walking was making me hungry, and I had heard that some stands sold artichokes prepared in different ways. Finally, we found a stand selling carciofi fritti (fried artichokes)! I had to try some. They were pretty good, even if they were a little scary looking! And I must say, fried artichokes are much more filling than I expected.

Before we left, we made sure to take a visit to the ocean. I had heard that Ladispoli is on la spiaggia (the beach) and is a lot of fun to visit, especially when it’s not raining, but hey, we had the beach all to ourselves because of that!

After a few hours, we took the train back to Rome. I must say, I was very pleased with our little adventure. It wasn’t too far away, I had some fried artichokes, and I could huddle up inside my apartment for the rest of the rainy day. Still, I’m hoping for some drier tempo (weather) soon! Ciao!


“The first group to comment or tweet about our current blog post “The Top 3 Reasons to Learn Italian This Summer” will be entered into a drawing to receive an autographed copy of La Bella Lingua, My Love Affair with Italian, the World’s Most Enchanting Language, by Dianne Hales.”


Why should you consider learning, speaking, brushing-up, and exposing yourself and family to the beautiful Italian language and culture this summer? Peruse our TOP 3 REASONS below.


If indeed you are going to Italy with family or friends it is a great idea to either learn the basics, brush-up giving yourself more confidence, and/or give your children a preview to the country they will be visiting.

At La Piazza di Carolina you can register for a Family Lesson where Carolina comes to your doorstep – books, photos, and music in hand – ready to give you and your family an Italian preview that will prepare you for your travels and enhance the cultural experience for your children. Call us for details.

If you are going to Italy with a group of people or a companion, then our Traveler’s Italian Course is perfect for you. In four meetings you will learn phrases to get you through traveling, shopping and dining, scheduled at your group’s convenience.

If you prefer individual attention, Carolina will work with you to arrange Private Lessons.

All of our lessons are taught through a communicative approach to get you speaking Italian as quickly as possible.


Give your child a unique, immersion experience in Italian. For 2 weeks in July your child will learn Italian through a variety of stimulating topics while playing and having fun. This is no conventional classroom, but rather a nurturing, home-like setting where creative exploration occurs in natural ways – all in Italian!

For ages 3-5 and 6-10, and also a Counselors in Training Program for ages 11-14.


So your little one has a knack for speaking Italian. Now is the time to leverage this ability! A recent study at Bristol University in the UK has found that “babies exposed to multiple languages during their first few months retain the ability to recognize sounds from all the languages they hear.” Read article here.

You can join our Summer-Time Primi Passi/Pronti a Correre series for infants and toddlers ages 6mo-35mo.

Thursdays at 10am

June 24 – July 29

Summer Special! $150″

Italian Classes – Spring Session Now Open

April 4- June 14

(10 weeks)

Registration is now open for our spring session. Please register for Primi Passi, Pronti a Correre, Asilo Italiano, Scuola Elementare, o lezioni privati on our schedule page. Yorktown Classes must be registered at the Yorktown Department of Parks and Recreation.

Winter Session Begins January 11th, 2010

Some highlights of our winter session are:

Adult Beginner Italian, Thu 7-8:15pm

i primi passi, 6mo-2yrs, Fr 11:45-12:30

Carnevale Celebration with La Fata Italiana, TBA

Check out our schedule

Register for our winter session BEFORE Christmas and recieve a 10% discount.

Our winter schedule is now finalized. Take a look at what were are offering and sign up today! If you have a suggestion for a class or don’t see the time that coordinates with your schedule just drop Carolina an email. We are very flexible! Just take off 10% when filling out your registration form.

Winter 2010 Schedule

Deep Discount Offer for Adult Italian Lessons

We hear you! Times are rough and not everyone is rushing to pay for the extras. But we know you want to learn Italian and we think everyone should have the opportunity. So eccovi a significant discount on our fall Italian courses for adults. Save $100! Usually $380, now, until Friday, Sept 18 you can register for $280. Just fill out a registration form and put in $280 in the tuition/fee box.

Speriamo di vedervi presto!


Open House Saturday, September 12, 10-12pm

La Piazza di Carolina will hold an Open House on Saturday, September 12 from 10am to 12pm. During this time you can check out our facility, view one of our signature Italian classes, and register for the fall semester which begins September 14. Bring friends and family. Lite refreshments will be served. Address: 116 Alta Vista Drive, Yonkers, NY 10710.

Fall ’09 Schedule to Begin September 14

Stay tuned for un orario favoloso this fall! We will be chock full of classes and events for all ages!