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Learn to Speak Italian

Italian for Fun! is a group of tutors who love the Italian language and love to build the Italian community in Tennessee.  Classes meet at our offices at 810 Broadway, in the basement level on nights and weekends.  The classes have a relaxed and casual atmosphere.  We do this part time and most students find us by word of mouth.  This means that someone enjoyed the class enough to tell their friends.  We hear a lot from our students that this was the perfect
preparation for their travel to Italy.


We provide conversational Italian language lessons in Middle Tennessee that are affordable and fun in a relaxed environment. Join us and meet friendly, like minded students interested in Italian language, travel and culture!


Weekly Classes forming now for:
Adults, Children, Home-School and Church Groups


Private Lessons and Translation services also available: Ask for details.

Patti Nelson, Director

Promoting All Things Italian in Nashville

(615) 306-1615

Italian for Fun Language Center

810 Broadway, Suite B1

Nashville, TN 37023

Patti Franklin Nelson

Patti has been speaking and singing professionally in Italian since the age of 19. Born in an Italian neighborhood of upstate New York, it was destiny for Patti to be connected with Italy.  She studied in Europe and then served with a Christian organization for ten years, both in Italy and India.  She then lived and worked in the music business for another ten years while living in Torino, Northern Italy. Patti now lives with her husband, Gary, in Nashville.  She travels back to Italy each year to bring music and inspiration!  She started Italian for Fun! to spread the beauty of Italian language and culture in Tennessee.


Paulette Licitra

Originally from New York City, Paulette Licitra is now a chef and writer in Nasvhille. Her Italian-American background connects her to Ragusa & Palermo in Sicily and Campania, Italy. She completed her professional culinary studies at the Institute of Culinary Education (ICE) in NY, and has traveled extensively throughout Italy for culinary research – studying with home cooks in Emilia Romagna, Lazio, Liguria, the Veneto, and Campania. She has worked in Mario Batali’s restaurant Lupa, she was a chef at Micol Negrin’s Rustico Cooking Studio in NY, and catered via her company Chez Paulette to corporate organizations and for special events.  Paulette is also the publisher/editor of the food journal Alimentum: The Literature of Food.  She was food editor for the webzine Urban Desires, and food columnist for Riverdale Press.


Viviana Luison

Viviana is a native of the small town of Azzano Decimo, (about 45 minutes from Venice). She moved to the United States in 2003 to experience the “American Life” and since then Nashville has become her home. She graduated in May 2009 with a BBA in Business Administration and a concentration in Consumer
Marketing from Tennessee State University with the second highest GPA in the College Of Business. She took a position in 2009 with a wine distributor in town, 100% Italiano and currently covers the role of Sales and Marketing Manager. Her husband, Steve Porter, is also a student of Italian for Fun!


Catherine (Caterina) Vinci Carminati

Catherine is a first generation Italo-American.  Her parents were born in Marsala, Sicily.  Catherine was born and raised in southern California but moved to Italy after her first year of college.  She studied Italian language and culture at the Universita’ per Stranieri di Perugia, lived in the small town of Acqui Terme in northern Italy for nine months, then settled in Firenze (Florence) for about seven years.  She married in Firenze and had two children there.  Catherine currently resides in Franklin, TN as of 17 years, and is a student at the University of Phoenix, Nashville.  She plans to complete her bachelor’s degree in Global Business Management this year.