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What are the best business events in Milan

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Milan is the business capital of Italy where most business events and conventions, both national and international, occur. Salone del mobile, better known as “Milan Design Week”, or the fashion week are some of the most famous business events in Milan which attract people from all over the world. During these occasions you can certainly meet the dynamic businessman, designer, architect…

Business events in Milan

Events are always a meeting point and Milan is the ideal place where you can connect with people and get inspiration for your business. Meeting people means language exchange, it means talking and interacting. Moreover, a business event in Milan can be the perfect opportunity where you can introduce yourself, your business/startup and your ideas altogether while doing some networking. Thus, learning Italian will open up the doors of the city and let you spread out your project, grow your sales, connections and, who knows, also your success.

If you want to come to Milan for business purposes or to base your startup in Italy, then you better start looking for an Italian language school in Milan. Learning Italian, most likely, will ensure and increase your networking opportunities making you discover how easily the language knowledge can create and expand your relationships both in and out your business. 

L’Italiano A Portata Di Mano, is an Italian language school in Milan that can help you learn the basics or improve your language competence to actively participate in the business events in Milan you’re attending.

Milan’s holy grails as business capital of Italy

Business events in Milan: design

Design is one of the focus points in Milan and many events take place here:  Magistretti, Castiglioni and others are some of the topics which become occasion for discussions. Ideas, opinions, proposals, and debates… it’s all about your project and yourself: an event is the place where you can speak, talk, and open your mind.  

Business events in Milan: technology and sustainability

Events about new technologies and sustainability are going on in Milan not only to show people new techniques and their sustainability but also to let people know each other, to network and talk about new developments. Your Italian language competence is the key to participate in these events and to make your own contribution.

Business events in Milan: fashion

Besides the wonderful fashion week, there are other fashion related business events in Milan in which you can participate: the art of fashion, the craftmanship and the sustainable choice. In some cases, you can test your own styling abilities and show your creativity. Events which are occasions to meet, talk and speak with other fashion lovers like you.    

It’s clear that learning Italian is the key to reach your success. And learning Italian means attending a course where you study the language and live the culture. 

L’Italiano a Portata di Mano (an Italian language school in Milan), with its Italian courses, could easily help you on your search. In fact, our courses vary depending on your Italian level and your necessities. With L’Italiano a portata di mano you’re going to have a full circle experience, meaning not only are you going to learn Italian but you’re also going to enjoy Italy.

Through lessons in the classroom and practise outside, you can learn Italian moving from one place to another; you can talk with locals, make new experiences. Your Italian language course will turn into a real adventure. So, prepare yourself to have fun while making mistakes because your Italian journey awaits! 

With our intensive Italian language course in Milan, you can turn learning into a journey across the city living the culture and practising the language.  

If this post arises your curiosity and you feel you need to attend an Italian language course you can click the button below:

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Where to have language aperitifs in Milan

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learn Italian in Italy for free, is possible if you know how!

Milan’s nightlife usually starts with a simple “aperitivo” with friends, colleagues, loved ones, etc.  that might turn out into a “language aperitif”, a fun way to learn Italian in Italy for free with a little bit of twist.

Which is the best way to learn Italian without spending a penny? I actually can’t find any. If you want to learn Italian in Italy for free you either have very good friends that could teach you the language or you are bound to drop some money in order to learn or deepen/reinforce/ your Italian knowledge.

What does an aperitivo mean?

Aperitivo means meeting after work, talking, getting news and being always up to date with all that’s new in such a modern and open city as Milan is. By these means, aperitivo might also be a perfect opportunity for some language exchange. L’Italiano A Portata Di Mano (IAPDM), with its Italian courses, could help you on this.

A brief story about the origins of the Aperitivo

It all started after World War II from the Jamaica café and went on during the ’60s and ’70s until “la Milano da bere” was born in the ’80’s. In the 90s the story of the aperitif went on and everybody in Milan, between 7.00 pm and 9.00 pm, met and drank an aperitif: they paid the drink and ate for free.  This long story comes to us and still nowadays people meet and drink aperitif. They are different from the past: empty pages are still to be written about the aperitif… 



Top 3 bars for a perfect language aperitif

There are many places in Milan where you can enjoy an aperitif and discover both new and traditional ways of drinking an aperitif, speak Italian and carry on conversations. Coffee bars, events and all types of gatherings are probably the most appropriate places where to have a language exchange.

The Aperitivo can be an occasion, as already said, to speak Italian, to test your competence and to meet with your Italian teacher and other students.

Now on to the fun part…

Would you like to have a good aperitif in Milan and speak Italian?

At Casa degli Artisti – 89/A, Corso Garibaldi (downtown) – there’s a bistrot where you can have a “language aperitif”. It is located in a very welcoming place which allows you to meet people and carry on conversations about different topics in a foreign language which is, in this case,  Italian. You can sit in a warm and cosy place or, when the weather is nice, you can enjoy a long stay outside in a green atmosphere. Stay tuned: special events are organised for you to meet and talk with the artists living there.  

Would you enjoy learning Italian, participating in an event and tasting an aperitif all at once?

21 Way Of Living – 24, Via E. Nöe (Città Studi) – is a special place where you can learn Italian for free, as well as taste an aperitif in the bistrot or in the courtyard, meet students who temporarily live there, and workers who work in the co-working area, and enjoy a young and lively atmosphere. And there’s more: at 21 WOL many events take place in which you can participate, listen to Italian local artists and to people who run different activities and talk with them, ask for questions and practise your Italian. Many foreigners live here but Italian is the main language you can hear. What a “language aperitif”!

Do you want to have a language aperitif in the lively Isola neighbourhood?

Deus Café Isola – 3, Thaon de Revel – is located in a lively neighbourhood swarming with young people but where you can still meet pensioners living in this area who drink their “bianchino” in the traditional taverns that are still open in this neighbourhood. At Deus café you can enjoy a good aperitif in an informal and vibrant atmosphere and take the opportunity to speak Italian, visit their shop and live for a while in the world of bikers and motorcyclists.  

Learning Italian while enjoying life in Milan is our leitmotiv: our Italian language and culture courses take place all over the city. From classrooms to squares, from a café to a park. 

Through our experiential Italian courses, you can learn the language moving from one place to another; you can talk with locals and have a 360 degree Italian experience. Delight your night with a language aperitif, have fun together with your classmates, colleagues and new acquaintances. So, prepare yourself to have fun while making mistakes because your Italian journey awaits!

With our intensive Italian language course in Milan, you can turn learning into a journey across the city living the culture and practising the language.  

If this post arises your curiosity and you feel you need to attend an Italian language course you can click the button below:

Or click here to contact us: you can get more information about our experiential courses, find answers to your questions, and dispel your doubts.  

Best places to drink coffee in Milan and meet people

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Haven’t you had your morning dose of caffeine, yet? Let’s go for a stroll around the coffee bars in Milan while learning Italian!

Drinking coffee in Milan, and all over Italy, is a daily ritual – Italians start in the morning at home and go on during the day at different café bars: they may drink a “caffè” standing in front of the bar or sitting at a table. In any case, drinking coffee means talking, socialising, and meeting people. It means, speaking Italian.

Coffee bars are all around the city, thereby you can easily find one where to drink a nice caffè espresso – near your working place, near your school, near the university, downtown… every café has its own characteristics and it’s full of people who, for any reason, spend their time around, i.e., students, co-workers, tourists, etc.

Looking for a place where you can drink coffee in Milan?

Right beneath, there are the top 4 coffee bars L’Italiano A Portata Di Mano suggests

Would you like to drink coffee in Milan and speak Italian?

Ottolina Café in Maciachini is a small cosy bar with a dehor where you can drink a very good caffè – long, with warm or cold milk, etc. – with some pastries. It’s located in a modern business centre, and you can see, hear, and meet people going to work or having a break, or coming from the gym. A lovely and lively place where you can have the chance to practice the Italian language while you are attending your intensive Italian language course. In Milan. 

Do you want to spend a good afternoon and practise Italian? 

RED (Read Eat Dream) in Piazza Gae Aulenti is the first of the Feltrinelli bookshops with a café and bistrot. RED is a very nice place where you can sit and drink a coffee and spend the whole afternoon in an enjoyable Italian atmosphere. While sitting around the wooden tables and drinking a coffee, your Italian language course will turn into a real experimentation: you meet people, you can read books and talk with Italians. What an “Italian speaking” coffee!  

Do you want to drink coffee in Milan right into a special place and learn Italian in a relaxing context?

We can even take an Italian lesson at Caminadella dolci in S. Ambrogio neighbourhood, via Caminadella 3. You have to enter a courtyard in an old Milan building (and often you have to ring the bell). What an atmosphere! No crowd, nice tables, and a very relaxing and cosy atmosphere. You can take a coffee and eat delicious pastries – the owner will explain you what they are and how they cook them. It’s the perfect place to speak Italian and practise what you’ve learnt in classroom. A perfect Italian course living in the heart of Milan. 

Would you like to go at least once to an historical café in Brera?

At 32, Via Brera there’s a place called Jamaica (once Giamaica): it’s one of the places Micol Arianna Beltramini talks about in her book “101 cose da fare a Milano almeno una volta nella vita”. And that’s true. At least once you should visit this place and drink a coffee in the café where there’s still the old map of Jamaica and where you can still see the traces of that world of artists who lived and worked in Brera until the ’70s. We can talk a lot here and discover the history and changes of such a famous neighbourhood like Brera. It’s part of an Italian course. In Milan.

With our intensive Italian language course in Milan, you can turn learning into a journey across the city living the culture and practising the language.  

If this post arises your curiosity and you feel you need to attend an Italian language course you can click the button below:

Or click here to contact us: you can get more information about our experiential courses, find answers to your questions, and dispel your doubts.  

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Phone interview in Italian: how to

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Do you need to do a phone interview in Italian, and you don’t know where to start? Read this article!

Phone interview is becoming more and more the initial step for recruiting candidates. They are mainly used to narrow down the list of applicants who will be invited for the final step of the job interview which will be conducted personally. Sometimes, phone interviews may also be straight up the final step.

They are generally held to accomodate candidates that are out of town, minimizing possible expenses involving the interview process.

What is a phone interview?

A phone interview is basically a job interview only through the phone.

It is usually a scheduled phone call that might last from 30 to 60 minutes during which the employer will be asking specific questions, costum tailored ones to evaluate your compatibility with the position/employment at stake and see how well you’d work for your future team.

Phone interviews are usually supervised directly by the hiring manager but this is not always the case, as a matter of fact, you might also be interviewed by a recruiter or an HR (Human Resource). It actually depends on the company but, in any case, you should always take your interview seriously wether you’re talking to a recruiter or to an HR.

A well conducted phone interview can create career opportunities, therefore always come and be prepared.

Differences between phone screening and phone interview?

More often people confuse the two things. It is quite known that both are managed through a phone call and that they might have similar purposes but the main difference is that, phone screenings are usually held to have a first impression of the candidate, to see wether they are suitable for the position or not. In this process, the recruiter might simply ask qualification questions and you might be discussing informations about the employment as well, meanwhile the phone interview will be an in-depth interview which will include behavioral and more detailed questions about your past work experiences.

Another main differences are the time limit of the job interview and the interviewer per se. Generally, a phone screening lasts less than 30 minutes and is led by a recruiter or an HR, while the phone interview can also take up to an hour and it is led directly by the hiring manager.

Phone interview in italian

If you are looking for a possible employment in Milan, or getting ready to your first phone interview in italian but are not quite sure of your language level, don’t worry because our school – Italiano A Portata Di Mano – can easily solve and help you with your problem.

With our school, you can easily hold your phone interview in italian without having to worry about the outcome.

IAPDM (Italiano A Portata di Mano) provides a variety of italian courses that could help you improve your language skills. Thanks to our innovative system of teaching: the Experiential Course, learning italian language will be quicker and more efficient. By studying the language both indoors (inside a coworking space where you will be able to talk not only with your classmates and teachers but with locals as well) and outdoors (where you are going to practice what you’ve learned), you will acknowledge new experiences and competences.

In my personal opinion, living the culture first hand will only refine your italian skills more and fasten your learning process.

Italiano A Portata Di Mano will be dealing different topics, including the perfect way to handle a phone interview in italian. If you need and desire, we can also help you rehearse in class. We will help you prepare your presentation and we will review your answers to any possible questions they might ask you.

To give you some headups on how to conduct a successful phone interview in italian, here are some basic guidelines to follow while you’re waiting for that call:

  1. Research

Make a thorough research about the company or the employer. The more you know the better chance you’ll have to impress the hiring manager or the recruiter. Researching allows you to tailor your answers, by doing so you maximize and ensure your oppotunities to be considered as a perfect candidate for the offered employment.

2. Be prepared

Be ready to make an impeccable presentation of yourself, enlist your strengths and weaknesses and be prepared to answer to their job and company related questions and to ask them back as well. Expressing interest and excitement in the opportunity can only leave a positive impression. Furthermore make sure that your phone is charged and that you have a clear signal.

3. Practice interviewing

Phone interview isn’t as easy as it seems and you should be as professional as your in-person interview. Practice can be helpful to realize if you have some adjustments to make in order to sound more appealing for the recruiters.

4. Body language and tone of voice

Eventhough your recruiters can’t see you, you are still able to pass on a positive impression of yourself by paying attention to your body language. For instance, make sure to sit up straight or simply stand up, this will keep you alert and focus on the interviewer. Don’t forget to smile, it’ll make you sound more upbeat and engaged.

Since this type of job interview is mainly led through the phone, body language is missing in the communication, therefore you have to rely only on your language competence, the tone and the register of your voice and the ability to understand even the “speaking silence”.

To wrap up, after the phone interview, make sure to write a thank you letter. Thank you the recruiter for the time and for considering you as a possible candidate. Remember to reiterate your strengths and your interests for the job.

Speaking, listening, and understanding are of absolute importance in a phone interview and Italian competence is the key to do that with Italian candidates. 

Learn italian language by living the italian culture! Prepare yourself to have fun while making mistakes because your italian journey awaits!

If this post arises your curiosity and you feel you need to attend an Italian language course you can click the button below:

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How to lead a sales negotiation

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Looking how to lead a sales negotiation in italian? You’re in the right place.

Before going right into this topic, it is important to know the meaning of sales negotiation:

sales negotiation is a series of meetings, discussions, and proposals between sellers and buyers. In this process, you are able to speak and persuade, to give a solution and satisfy your customer and, for this matter, you must use the correct verbal and non-verbal language in order to empathise with the person you are negotiating with. 

Here you can find some tips & tricks about how to lead your customer into signing a contract deal and sell your product

Connection

You have to build a connection with your possible client or buyer. Therefore, in this stage, the first impression is crucial. It’s with your self-introduction that you give the most important information about your product or sales proposition. 

As soon as you meet a person, you open a communication channel touching the emotional part of the human being: words are very important as well as paying attention to the sensibility of your buyer. Be a good listener, read between the lines and acknowledge their concerns. 

Be prepared

Before heading to your sales meeting you should prepare a well-done plan which contains relevant insights about possible challenges that could occur and how you can handle them. In this way, you let your customer think that your proposition is valuable for the company. Trust building is a key factor, in that you create a strong bond that could lead to a successful sales negotiation outcome.

Remember: Be proactive, don’t let the buyer lead the entire negotiation process.

Lead the negotiation

After building a bond and  gaining your costumer’s trust, you can begin the meeting by leading the negotiation. Show your goals and share your concerns, your offers, and your ideas, and set the agenda for the meeting. 

Note the essentials: what you want as a sales representative and what the buyer wants. You must be able to foresee future desires, be prepared for possible challenges, requirements, and so on. 

Be a problem solver

You should always have a plan B, in case you fail to reach an agreement with your initial offer. You should always keep your eyes open for opportunities, explore new possibilities, make a trade that could change the price.

Walk away 

If demands become unreasonable or unprofitable for the company don’t be afraid to walk away, mostly if it doesn’t give you any kind of benefits despite your best efforts to reach an agreement. 

These are only few of the many other stages on how to lead a sales negotiation. There are many blogs, studies, trainings which can teach you more about it. If you live in Milan and work as a sales representative, you should be able to communicate well to finalise your sales negotiations. You need to learn and speak italian. You have to know the right questions to ask, explain why you are asking them, how to let your customer understand you’re paying attention to him.

Before starting any sales negotiation, not only should you be able to speak Italian, but you should also know the Italian culture, the attitude of the locals and understand who’s the person in front of you. To achieve these goals, L’Italiano A Portata Di Mano is the school for you. Our school offers various courses which vary according to your level of Italian and your needs. IAPDM provides a different way of teaching: the “Experiential Course”.

  • It’s clear that learning Italian is the key to run a successful sales negotiation in Milan. And learning Italian means not only learning the language rules but learning to use the language in real situations.

Through our experiential Italian courses, you can learn the language moving from one place to another; you can talk with locals and have a 360 degree Italian experience from understanding the body language and gestures to becoming one of us.

Nothing can teach you quicker and more efficiently than L’Italiano A Portata Di Mano which offers, exactly what you’re searching for: a school that teaches you the Italian language while living the Italian culture. So prepare yourself to have fun while making mistakes because your Italian journey is waiting!

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