Ciao! My name is Silvia and I come from Italy. I’m studying Philosophy at the University of Glasgow and I’m a language enthusiast. I joined Radio Lingua in May 2019 as part of the Coffee Break Italian team, and even if I am fairly new here I can definitely say that I love working for Mark and Catriona!
What is your role in Coffee Break?
My role in Coffee Break can be summed up as ‘Italian Social Media Assistant’. That means I contribute to the creation of content for our social media and online lessons. In other words, I write Facebook posts for Coffee Break Italian, grammar points, and anything which may need the help of an Italian native speaker.
What experience have you had speaking and learning other languages?
I started learning languages in primary school, where I first got to know the English language. During middle school I also learnt French and Latin. I have always loved languages, so when I had to choose my high school I decided to attend Liceo Linguistico, which is particularly focused on languages. I started learning German while improving my English and French. I also had the chance to attend Spanish and Chinese beginners’ courses, and I volunteered as an Italian teacher for foreigners. After graduating in high school, I moved to Scotland to study Philosophy, while also fostering my passion for languages. I continued German in my first year and then attended a Russian beginners’ course. And of course, I improved my English by living in the UK and learnt some Scottish words as well!
What are your favourite memories of working with Coffee Break?
My favourite memory of working with Coffee Break is probably when I first met the team at the office, in May 2019. I was scared but also excited to start a new adventure, and my colleagues truly made me feel welcome and at ease from day one. I really appreciated how I immediately felt part of the team and I could not wait to start working. Being in a friendly and supportive environment really changed my concept of work and I am really grateful to be part of Radio Lingua. And, of course, I’m sure I will create many more positive memories in the future!
Where would your ideal coffee break be and with whom?
My ideal coffee break would definitely be in Italy (coffee there is amazing!), in a warm summer morning. I would love to have it with Franz Kafka, who is one of my favourite authors, or with my mum, because she is always busy and definitely deserves a coffee break!
What’s your best language learning tip?
I’d say I have two main language tips: be confident and practise! Don’t be afraid to make mistakes, it’s more than normal when learning a new language. Just give it a try and find as many occasions to speak as possible. Practise really makes you perfect: listen to songs, podcasts, read books, watch films and TV series in the language you want to learn. The best way to practise is obviously visiting the country, speaking that language: a full immersion is always the best and fastest way to learn. Try to travel there if you have the chance!
• Favourite language: Italian (but also German and Russian!)
• Favourite word/phrase in Italian: amore
• Favourite film: The Lord of the Rings – The Fellowship of the Ring
• Favourite TV show: Dark, Stranger Things, Maniac, A Series of Unfortunate Events
• Favourite singer: Vampire Weekend, Twenty One Pilots, Radical Face, Eugenio in Via di Giola
• Favourite destination: Barcelona or my hometown (so far!)
Any further thoughts?
Learning a new language makes life richer and fun. That’s why I could not be happier to be part of the Coffee Break Team and to help you learn Italian. Ciao!