“A complete beginner in Italian, I had the pleasure of studying Italian I and II in private lessons with Maria Conte. Maria is a highly experienced and enthusiastic instructor committed to providing an optimal language and cultural learning experience for her students. She is flexible, appreciative, and always encouraging. I recommend Maria Conte highly.”

“As a student of Maria’s in Italian I and Italian II, I would recommend her courses to anyone. Classes were held weekly and were very organized, very productive and featured a great deal of speaking and reading in the foreign language. She is a caring teacher–very patient but also of course very knowledgeable. The curriculum stresses basic syntactic structures of the language, and by the end of it, you come away with a pretty strong foundation in the language and the ability to start conversing with native speakers.”

“My wife and I took two conversation classes with Maria Conte. Both were very helpful for improving our pronunciation, listening and speaking skills. The classes were well organized. Professoressa Maria listened carefully, spoke slowly, and gave us personalized suggestions and help. We also enjoyed ourselves which helped us relax and speak more freely. I recommend the conversation classes as a supplement for students who are studying Italian in more academic settings, or as a review for those who know some Italian and want to informally review and practice speaking. I also took a private tutorial, “Spanish for Travelers” from Professoressa Maria. It was intense, and very helpful. Maria Conte is an excellent teacher with loads of experience and a warm, personal approach.”

“Io parlo italiano! And you can, too. Maria is an excellent teacher, a native speaker of Italian with an abiding love of language and learning. Each course we take is structured differently. She brings in little props and plays games, and corrects our pronunciation with a smile. Her cultural activities and events are engaging and tremendous fun! Maria always challenges us to do our best, but friendship and laughter are really at the heart of the course. Mi piace imparare l’italiano con Maria–you will like learning Italian with her, too!”

“I have been taking Maria’s classes for a year. I took private Italian lessons with Maria Conte and then joined a group class. She is a great teacher- the classes are always well-prepared and engaging, and she encourages great conversations among students. I started with the alphabet and now I can understand whole articles and conversations in Italian, which is truly amazing. Thank you, Maria.”

“I enjoyed learning how to crochet and knit in separate private sessions with Maria Conte. Maria is gifted with her so many talents and expertise as well as being extremely patient. No matter if you are a beginner, Maria guides you through the entire process to learn the techniques and complete beautiful and decorative projects for your home. I was surprised in how fast I could learn. I also found these lost arts to be very entertaining and therapeutic.”

“My son and I took Greek cooking classes with Maria Conte. My husband is Greek, therefore my son gave me some gift certificates to be applied to cooking instruction with Maria as he had already taken a few classes with her in company of his girlfriend. I am not a great cook myself, but learning how to make stuffed vine leaves, spanakopita, tzatziki and baklava was an absolute extraordinary experience that increased my self-confidence in the kitchen. Thank you Maria for your gracious assistance!”

“My husband and I took a variety of Italian cooking classes with Maria Conte. At the time, we had no cooking experience, and were so frightened to even crack an egg. Maria has been very patient and encouraging, removed our fears and truly changed our lives as my husband and I enjoy preparing delicious meals for family and friends in our new kitchen. It was wonderful and fun learning how to make handmade pasta, a variety of pasta sauces, risotto dishes, stuffed vegetables, bean soups, cannoli, tiramisù e biscotti to name a few. Nevertheless, Maria can help you design a fabulous menu from antipasto to dessert for some special get together. We highly recommend Maria Conte.”

“I’ve taken an assortment of Spanish classes with Maria. I went from having no knowledge to being fluent in less than a year. She is kind, very patient, and dedicated to her students while also being reasonable with tuition. If you’re afraid of learning a new language, with Maria you will succeed without concern!”

“I have been taking Italian classes with Maria for more than a year now. She not only understands how to teach language to adult students but also has the patience to bring students along for an enjoyable learning experience. She has well designed reading materials with exercises that focus on learning grammatical skills which are then reinforced in a relaxed atmosphere in her classes. Maria clearly enjoys teaching students at all skill levels and her enthusiasm encourages her students to not only learn the Italian language but also better appreciate Italian culture. I highly recommend her.”