Antonio Messina (Los Angeles)
Antonio Messina (Los Angeles)

Antonio Messina (Los Angeles)

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Introduction: ATT ALL INTERESTED STUDENTS: I live in LOS ANGELES (Beverly Hills) and can ONLY tutor you AT HOME in the LOS ANGELES area for a $40.00 a lesson rate or tutor you ONLINE for a $30.00 a lesson rate. I want to be AFFORDABLE!!! Notice that if you scroll down to the bottom of this profile, you will be offered ALTERNATE teachers who are ALL more EXPENSIVE than I am. My goal is to offer you the BEST bang for the BUCK. If I teach/tutor you at home, it's to your advantage, you can relax and just wait for me to show up; if you don't want to be taught at home, I STRONGLY suggest a public library study room, they're usually quiet and CONDUCIVE to learning. Starbucks and Coffe Bean are frequently NOISY and NOT conducive to learning. IF YOU LIVE OUTSIDE OF LOS ANGELES: I can ONLY tutor you ONLINE, for a $30.00 a lesson rate. Online Classes work; as long as you have a good computer and good internet service, you will make progress and learn Italian with me. I have or have had students in Florida, Texas, Ohio and Michigan, and they've all done very well learning online. NOW, let's answer the question "Why should you hire me?". Please read the 44 five-star reviews I've received on this website. I don't think you have to read all of them. After reading four or five, you should get the idea. I also teach at LA Harbor Community College in Wilmington, CA. At the moment, classes there have been suspended, because the LAHC Adult Ed program has been put temporarily on hiatus. Once they start up again, I will notify you here. The key to learning a foreign language is to go at your own pace, if you're not sure about what's covered in a lesson, we just go back and review it. Group classes place unnecessary pressure on students to keep going to the next chapter, even if no one fully understood the preceding chapter. Most of us don't realize that we learned our mother tongue the same way, by constant repetition, that's why it comes so easy to us. I will give you ALL THE REPETITION YOU NEED, I WANT TO MAKE SURE YOU LEARN, YOUR GOAL IS MY GOAL. Students need to hear various speakers, on well produced websites or on Italian radio; radio is good, but the websites are better because some of them give you the chance to HEAR the spoken language while simultaneously READING it and memorizing vocabulary. I teach intermediate and advanced students with Italian movies on Italian-produced DVDs, with subtitles in Italian (which are intended for the hearing impaired). You get a chance to LISTEN and READ. Both are important. Another nice thing about subtitled movies is that the subtitles tend to summarize rather than go verbatim, so you can learn different forms of self-expression and find the linguistic style that's right for you. By mixing all these various mediums, you'll be racing on the Italian language highway, rather than getting stuck at the detours. But I'll be there to guide you, not only with great books w/CD-roms but with great web tools that will help you navigate trough the grammar and verb conjugation maze with amazing ease. We leave nothing to chance and we ask questions when we're not sure of something. If you stumble on pronunciation, we'll go over all those problem words, I'll make accurate recordings of whatever you have trouble saying and you'll be saying it right in no time. This isn't a gimmick, you going to have to work hard, WE are going to have to work hard, but if you make the effort you'll get FAST results. And please, do not underestimate the POWER and the IMPORTANCE of GRAMMAR. I got dropped into first grade in a Florentine school at the age of five, without knowing a word of Italian. I was lucky, I had a teacher who was patient and she kept me after class and gave me private lessons. I didn't know it at the time, but she was teaching me GRAMMAR. And it all started to make sense. I became of her best Italian students. Older people cannot absorb as readily as children, but they can compensate through organization, and I'll be there to help you organize every step of the way. And you'll start having fun, you'll start speaking Italian like an Italian.
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Lorraine L.

Italian Lessons

I only worked with Antonio for a short time before a trip to Italy but I could tell right away that he was very passionate about teaching Italian. Without my asking, he'd send me audio clips and notes outside of our scheduled lessons to help me learn faster and review. In just a few lessons we covered the alphabet/pronunciation, verbs and some key phrases I might want to use during my travels. He's responsive and easy to work with.
Jun 19, 2019
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Ilona J.

Italian Lessons

I feel fortunate to have met Antonio. His work ethic is excellent. He is professional in every way. He started with the basic knowledge of the Italian language and he teaches me in an organized and methodical manner. It is important to Antonio that I learn words and sentences correctly and he is patient in making certain that I get it right. He is responsive in his feedback, explaining the pronunciation and grammar and he makes sure that I understand. He is always punctual and stays overtime until our lesson is done. Antonio is exceptional and I highly recommend him. I. J. , M.D.
May 14, 2019
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Joanne M.

Italian Lessons

If you are on the search for an Italian teacher, search no further! Antonio is your guy! He is a dedicated and knowledgeable Italian language teacher who really wants you to reach your goals and is committed to helping you do that. Antonio and I have been meeting once a week online since December 2018. He is always on time right to the first second the clock hits the minute we are to start. A very impressive skill indeed. He is extremely knowledgeable! He is also masterful at differentiating the style in which he is teaching depending on how I need to learn on that given day! Therefore, you get to experience many different teaching strategies and are challenged each and every lesson! He is also extremely likable, something that is an important factor when forming a teacher - student relationship with someone. Trust has to be at the core and with Antonio, it is from the start! I have set a goal to learn to speak basic Italian by the end of next year, and I know I have the right teacher by my side to help me crush it! I needed someone patient, disciplined, challenging, goal oriented and fun. I found him! Antonio never makes me feel bad for making the same mistake several times. Instead, he pushes me to say it in Italiano again and again, and maybe even again until I get it esatto! Hire this teacher now before he has no room in his already busy schedule. I hired him based on his stellar reviews and I am so pleased with my choice!
Feb 1, 2019
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Yana f.

Italian Lessons

A fantastic tutor Antonio has been an amazing tutor for me over the past year. I always look forward to my Italian lessons with Antonio and feel as though I have accomplished something when they are finished. I have become more confident in Italian that allows me to enjoy practicing the language every time I visit Italy. I sincerely appreciate his work and would seriously recommend him and his highly effective teaching style to any student.
May 4, 2017
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Mike S.

Italian Lessons

Mr. Messina is terrific. I've enjoyed my lessons with him and his knowledge is impressive. My Italian family told me he has a great accent.
Aug 10, 2016
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  • What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?

    It's not complicated; usually $35-$40 an hour, depending on the student's location and I'm not a clock watcher. And if a student is really serious, and wants two lessons a week, I'll come down to $30 an hour ($60 a week). And I'll charge you the lower rate ($30) if you're a college student who's barely getting a C in Italian and who needs an A to keep up his/her average. I'll need to know what college you go to and what text book you use.

  • What is your typical process for working with a new customer?

    The student should meet me in person and decide if I'm the right teacher for his or her needs; I'll be there to help them make that decision by showing how I teach and what materials I use. I don't like to teach in public places, unless it's at a private study room in a library. I'm currently teaching an ESL student at the Redondo Beach Library, which has private study rooms.

  • What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

    All of my so-called primary education was in Italy, and Italian schools are very good, although a bit strict. My secondary education was also very good, I attended Stuyvesant HIgh School in New York City. It was (and still is) a math and science school and although I'm more of a humanities guy, I still think I got a lot out of it. The icing on the cake was the opportunity to study at Temple University in Philadelphia which has a very good Italian department and which is where I got my Bachelor's degree. My strongest skill is not just knowing Italian, it's knowing English and knowing the differences between the two languages. A lot of Italian guys and girls come here thinking they're going to have an easy time teaching their native language, but if their English isn't up to par they're not going to have an easy time at all, and their students are going to suffer.

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