Italian speakers in Brockley

Polly wants to know if there are any Italian teachers in the hood. We know there's a big Francophone community, how about Italophones?

We are moving to Italy in August and I'd like to give my children a bit of a head start with the lingo by finding a tutor for them before they are well and truly thrown in at the deep end! I am looking for a native Italian speaker who is qualified to teach young children - they are 4 and 6. I know I can find a tutor through one of the central London language schools, but I am hoping to find someone local. My email address is cpu_fox@yahoo.co.uk.

20 comments:

Mb said...

My parents used to swear at each other and me in an Italian/English mash up. You think that Italian coastguard could curse? Nothing compared to mamma monkeyboy.

max said...

There are Italian classes for children somewhere in Lewisham.
Ask Antonio of Gennaro Delicatessen, he told me about them.

Polly said...

Thanks Max, I'll ask him - I did search online for more of a class/club, a bit like Le Club Francais, and drew a blank.

Kate said...

One of my daughter's friends is Italian. I could ask her mum though I know she's not qualified to teach. But she's Italian!

Anonymous said...

Have you tried asking at La Lanterna?

Anonymous said...

la laterna is a wall at the moment.

Anonymous said...

Italian Cultural Institute - London

The Institutte has a list of private tutors:

tel: 020 7235 1461 fax: 020 7235 4618

Italian Courses

tel: 020 7823 1887 e-mail: courses@icilondon.info

TJ said...

In case you cant find anything local - there is a central London children's club for Italian

"The Language Class
Central London Italian classes for children form 4 to 12 years. Lessons are interactive and fun, children will enjoy drawing, singing songs and rhymes naturally all in Italian.
London
E1 6PL
t: 020 7193 2814
http://www.italian-lessons-london.co.uk"

TJ said...

On further investigation - looks like they will even come to your home..

mp said...

I'm an italian broccolian and I know others living in the area. A couple of them are theachers so I'll ask and something might pop up

Nico said...

I would also like to find something. My kids are interested in doing a local class (11 & 13) but lukewarm about travelling to central London and unenthusiastic about personal tuition. I did a great class at Goldsmiths but for grown ups only.

Has anyone else heard that Brockley is the home of Italian knife sharpeners serving the catering industry all over London?

Anonymous said...

Nella's is based in Hither Green (knife sharpening) and Paris.

Brockley Nick said...

There is a knife sharpening company in one of the mews and one in Crofton Park. Didn't know one of them was Italian though.

Anonymous said...

think the one in the mews is a Nella's - various members of the family also own lots of the big converted houses on Wickham, Breakspeares etc.

NAT said...

I've heard that nearly all the knife sharpeners in Europe and the U.S. have origins in three neighbouring Northern Italian villages.

Anonymous said...

is that in Sicily?

Don Brokley said...

There is some Italian audio with interpretaion on the news channels at the moment. Vocabulary is limited to maritime, but you could start with that.

Polly said...

Thanks Don Brokley but I think some of it is a bit blue for a 4-year-old.

Nella cutlery said...

Nella cutlery were based in Brockley but have moved to bigger premises in SE13. If you need any knives sharpened they do a fantastic job. www.nellacut.com

Nella cutlery said...

Nella cutlery were based in Brockley but have moved to bigger premises in SE13. If you need any knives sharpened they do a fantastic job. www.nellacut.com

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