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Learn Italian Online

Dear Ciao Asheville members,
 
We certainly hope everyone is staying safe and healthy!
 
Since we are all stuck at home, Ciao Asheville has been thinking about how we can offer virtual Italian language classes and have come up with a plan. We are going to use Coffee Break Italian, which has free podcasts on their website. They have a beginning Italian series that includes 40 podcasts, with each podcast being about 20 minutes long. You can access the podcasts here to check it out. They also offer some other supporting materials which are free, plus a more comprehensive language program and materials for a fee.
 
We plan to use Zoom Pro and once per week in a one-hour time slot we will broadcast 2 of the audio podcasts back to back. Those interested would need to download Zoom (free; you do not need to pay for an account) onto their phone, tablet or computer to listen in and participate. Listening to the podcasts would take up about 40 to 45 minutes of an hour-long session. The remaining 15-20 minutes would be to practice, discuss, ask/answer questions, etc. via the Zoom session. Everyone participating would be put on mute for the podcast broadcast but then we would open up the lines so we could hear everyone for the discussion portion of the class. Note that the podcasts are *FREE* and we are offering this experience at no cost to members. We are hoping that this will give everyone something to focus on and we can all be ready with some basic Italian phrases when COVID-19 has cleared and we can plan (reschedule?) our trips to Italy. I know that I personally am really looking forward to that day!!
 
At this time, we would ask a couple of things from you. For those who are interested in participating, please do the following:
(1) Reply to this email (please do NOT reply all) to let us know you are interested.
(2) Let us know what day of the week and 1-hour time period you would prefer for the classes. Note that when we planned our language classes last fall that subsequently got canceled, we were going to have those classes on Thursdays starting at 5:30PM. 
 
If you are interested, please respond to us by Wednesday, April 8.  Feel free to email us if you have any questions.
 
Honestly, we are not sure how this will all work out but we are going to give it a good try!  We look forward to hearing back from you.
 
Best,
Gail Rampersaud
Events Coordinator
Ciao Asheville
Ciao@MetroWinesAsheville.com
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