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The Ciao Languages Difference
All of our language teachers are native speakers and experienced online foreign language tutors. Accordingly, you will only interact with experienced, knowledgeable instructors who are willing to put in the extra effort to make sure you learn how to interact in the language you are learning.
We recognize the central role of the trained language instructor in holding an effective live foreign language lessons.
All of our language learning materials have been designed with an eye to creating a streamlined experience so that the language learner can dedicate time to practicing and exploring new chunks of language with her instructor.
Motivation is essential to long-term learning and our teachers foster it by encouraging all attempts at learning.
In our Learning Resource Center, you will have the chance to review all of the concepts covered during your live lessons. By having access to files of the teacher’s whiteboard notes, the teacher slide decks, as well as a wealth of extra digital exerceises, you’ll gain mastery of the building blocks of the foreign language you are studying.
Furthermore, even if you are unable to remember something from a live lesson, or are uncertain about how a word is pronounced, you’ll be able to rewatch the recording of your live lessons as many times as you like.
Ciao Languages Level System
Just like with any activity, there are different levels of “being good” at something. To make your life easier, we have broken foregin languages down into various levels of proficiency. At each step, there are grammatical structures and vocabulary items to be learned. In this way, it’s always clear what you need to know and what you will need to do.
Think of the level as “CAN-DO” statements. As you progress through the levels you “CAN DO” more and more things with the language.
A1 – Once you have completed this level, you will be able to engage in a very basic conversation, say where you are from, describe your home and family, and talk about what you do in your free time.
A2 – You have a general idea of how the tenses work and can now have some basic conversation. You are able to say what you will do and have done, compare objects, people and experiences. You can give more detail about your preferences.
B1 – At this level you are able to formulate your opinions and to justify them with explanations. You no longer have much difficulty in shifting back and forth between tenses. You are fairly autonomous with the language, not just able to “get by,” but to strike up conversations and interact with people naturally.
B2 – Your ability to communicate is becoming more sophisticated and you are able to use a wider range of vocabulary to describe your emotions, feelings, opinions and preferences. You make hypothetical statements about the past and future and discuss advantages and disadvantages of a choice.
Take our free test to see what level you are!
C1 – This is the level where you begin to deepen your knowledge of the language’s culture and gain a greater understanding of cultural references in conversation. Your knowledge begins to extend to implicit understanding of concepts and you are able to adapt your way of speaking to informal and formal situations.
C2 – This level is known as the “Mastery” or “Proficiency” level because it is where you become so knowledgeable about the language that you are able to deal with any situation that might arise. You are able to make a joke, quote a proverb, or make an elliptical remark. Congratulations, you may have a bit of an accent when you speak, but you have mastered the foreign language.
Take a Language Level Test
Try one of the language tests below. They each consist of thirty questions and you are free to opt out after every section of five questions.
To have a completely accurate measurement of your level, it is also recommended that you schedule a spoken assessment with a Ciao Languages representative. Enjoy your test!
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Stuff Our Students Say About Us
The course on French I have started recently with a delightful tutor in Portugal on Zoom, has made me enthusiastic to go the whole way. I have started with 20 lessons twice a week and the price is reasonable and the learning steep. I have had technical glitches but am not very techie myself, and the help from Sean has been impressive and effective. I feel vey fortunate to have a personal relationship with the school, it is a rare experience and a rewarding aspect.
Ciao Languages is a fantastic way to learn a language. My teacher Jessica makes learning Italian fun. She is very patient and gives free outside sources to help you learn the language. Sean and Jessica both respond to any questions you may have immediately. Having taken other language courses in Italian before, they are absolutely the best. They make learning fun. I highly recommend them for any language you want to learn.
Learning French through Ciao Languages has been a fantastic experience. Sean, the owner, is always responsive to any questions or concerns. Enrollment is simple and the logon procedure is easy to navigate. I elected to take private French lessons because it is more convenient with my schedule; I like the flexibility to schedule lessons month to month and my teacher, Evelyne, is always accommodating if I need to switch days occasionally. Evelyne is wonderful! I studied Spanish and Italian many years ago and Evelyne is the best language teacher I have had. She is always encouraging and makes every lesson fun and interesting. I sometimes get frustrated if I feel I am progressing too slowly, but she constantly reminds me that learning a new language takes time and to be patient with myself. I have always wanted to learn French and Ciao Languages has given me an exciting learning adventure from the comfort of my home. Linda C.
Ciao Languages is a top notch A+ language learning organization. They are very helpful with any of my questions and concerns. The lessons are fun and they hone in on any areas I am having difficulty with. It is very personalized and a great bargain if you are needing to learn a language for fun, travel, school or keeping the mind engaged and active.
Quick to respond. Very clear about offerings. I am happy with the language tutor he recommended. And it is affordable.
“Ciao Languages is the best language learning program I have used. I have been using it very successfully for over four months, and because of it, I have had dramatic breakthroughs in fluency and comprehension. It has greatly increased my ability to speak with less and less hesitation, to be more easily understood, and to better understand what is being said to me. Based on this recent progress, I believe Ciao Languages to be the most effective program of the many I have tried over the six years that I have been studying French. Its efficient combination of language tools sets the stage for the student to learn and immediately reinforce newly acquired vocabulary, grammar, and syntax with the help of a live native speaking instructor. The coordination of the course material with the on-line software also allows the student to progress on their own as quickly as they wish in between the live tutoring sessions.”