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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 20, 2019Verified
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 15, 2019Verified
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, 2017Verified
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, 2016Verified
I look forward to my Italian lesson every week because it's fun. I'm learning a lot and Tony is very knowledgeable with the subject matter. He knows what he's teaching and he's good at it.Nov 15, 2015Verified
- 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.