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MEET FLAVIA: She is One Of Our Italian Instructors!

August 1, 2017


Meet Flavia, she is from a town in Sicily, Italy called Agrigento. She has been living in New York City for the past 5 years. She is a native Italian speaker who started to learn English when she was 14 years old. 

When asked why she has choosen NYC, Flavia's response was,

New York City is the city that never sleeps. ​It​ is ​full​ of great energy. Energy that hit​s​, teach​es​ and chan​ges every single person that  comes here. It​ is filled with adventures and it is ​a city that encourages ​people to do better everyday​​​.

Flavia has been teaching Italian for the past 4 years, she truly enjoys teaching and motivating her students to excel, she believes the power of knowing a different languaga is undeniably powerful. Where she mostly taught on her own until joining Speakitaly NYC, it was an easy decision to be apart of the growing Italian Culture Center after she met Raffaella (Speakitaly NYC's director).  

When asked what advice she gives to all her students, or anyone wanting to learn Italian, her response was, "The Italian grammar ​can be​ difficult ​so ​I suggest ​to ​my student​s​ to pay attention ​to​ the sound of the words and imagine the Italian language as a song with a beautiful and lovely melody​. I encourage them to ​have fun with the Italian body language."

Flavia love's New York City for it​'​s ethnic and cultural diversity a​s well as it's vibrant mix of world influences. The first place that she would take someone from Italy in N​ew York City would be​ ​Long Island City, because it has an amazing skyline of New York City as well as some other​ magical and colorful view​s. Her go to place ​for authentic Italian food is Cacio e Vino or Cacio e Pepe in NYC​ for their authentic and delicious Cucina Siciliana with warm atmosphere.

When asked what she would tell someone from NYC about to trip to Italy, her response was, "FIRST: Don't be afraid of our friendliness and happy behavior help if you get lost​.  Give 2 kisses when you meet new people and when you leave. SECOND: Ask for help if you get lost​. ​Italians are generous and caring and will be more than happy to help. T​H​IRD: Eat as much ​Italian food as ​you can​.​"

Her favorite Italian dish is Farfalle (w​h​ich is pasta ​that is in the​ shape of ​a ​butterfly) with fresh Mediterranean salmon, heavy cream and parsley. The ​biggest​ thing that she miss about Italy is the pleasant Mediterranean climate with a blissful 6 month summer.

When asked where in Italy she would go and why, her response was,

Sicily is the most beautiful island that remains distinctive in both of it​'​s history and culture ​ in ​spite​ of ​ its close proximity to the Italian mainland. ​There are many​ ​v​ibrant towns ​that offer​ ​an​ authentic Sicilian experience alongside what are considered to be some one the most beautiful bays in the Mediterranean. The Scala dei Turchi is a rocky cliff on the coast of Realmonte, Italy-Sicily. The Scala is formed by marl, a sedimentary rock with a characteristic white color. It lies between two sandy beaches, and is accessed through a limestone rock formation in the shape of a staircase, hence the name. The latter part of the name derives from the frequent raids carried on by Moors. It​ is indeed ​a magical view!

Flavia studied and mastered the language at the Universita` Di Lettere e Filosofia of Palermo-Italy. She has also worked as an activity coordinator for children. Her passion, enthusiasm, work ethic and team work all contribute greatly to Speakitaly NYC. 

I​ believe that if you​ support others, ​work hard ​and having ​​a gracious heart​, you ​will get far​ in this world​. - Flavia