Where to have language aperitifs in Milan

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Where to have language aperitifs in Milan

Where to have language aperitifs in Milan 1200 801 Maria

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.  

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Ciao, nice to meet you! My name is Maria Pagano and I’m passionate about languages. I’ve studied Modern Foreign Languages and Literature at the University of Catania. I’m a teacher of Italian L2 and I got the second level DITALS certification issued by the University for Foreigners of Siena. I’ve taught and still teach Italian language to foreign students, as a volunteer in schools, like Penny Wirton and Mamme A Scuola ONLUS where Italian language is taught for free. My mission is to teach the Italian language to let students discover and live the Italian culture through direct contacts with people and in different context from the classroom, in order to satisfy the needs, the wishes and the curiosities of people who want to know Italy and its features. Learning the language and live the culture. How? With an experiential course which alternates lessons in classroom with practice outside the classroom, all over the city. At the end of this journey Milan will have no secrets for you. And neither will the Italian language. During my academic course (and after it as well) I’ve had the opportunity to study foreign languages and I’ve experienced and lived the impact with foreign cultures in foreign countries. I know what happens when you “go out of the school” and face the world around you. These experiences have turned into moments of reflection which led me to think about a different way of teaching and learning a foreign language: an EXPERIENTIAL COURSE.

Author: Maria
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