Italian classes start at Mackie

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Pizza, pasta and profiteroles are all time-honoured Italian cuisine. We’re a nation of Italian food lovers, but have you ever considered learning the language?

Italian expert, Katherine Thornborrow is encouraging people to sign up for her beginners’ Italian classes, which will take place at the Mackie Academy every Monday from 7-9pm.

Katherine teaches “practical” Italian and cultural insights from her years’ spent living in Italy. For example how to decipher a menu, ask directions or buy a train ticket while on holiday.

According to Katherine: “The culture and fabulous food are a big attraction. To say Italian is one of the most expressive languages in the world is not an exaggeration. Just look at Strictly Come Dancing judge, Bruno Tonioli, who is typically Italian with his expressive gestures and one liners.

“I like to create a relaxed learning atmosphere, there’s no pressure to speak but I do encourage students to speak Italian from the moment the step into my class. I use a variety of teaching methods to make my classes fun, enjoyable and interactive so everyone can learn at their own pace.”

Katherine’s love affair with Italy began when she went to evening classes many years ago. She spent a gap year volunteering in a holiday home on the Italian Riviera, afterwards she worked in a home for the elderly in the Piedmonte region. She went on to study a degree in Italian and during her third year she worked in a tourist information office in Genoa.

“I loved living and working in Italy and making friends with the locals. Italians are such a warm, welcoming nation. They’re really encouraging when you make an effort, however small, to speak their language.”

Local businesswoman, Karen Scott, who has signed up for the classes, added: “I’m really looking forward to learning Italian. I attended one of Katherine’s introductory classes and was impressed with how much vocabulary I picked up in the space of two hours.

“By the end of the class I was able to say a bit about myself and order my favourite food and drink in Italian. It’s never too late to learn a new language and I would encourage others to sign up for the classes so they can speak with the locals the next time they go to Italy on holiday.”

Students will benefit from small class sizes. All ages and abilities are welcome to join, for further enquiries please contact Alistair Lawrie or Mary Gove on 01569 762688.