My name is Danny Ferrone. I am from Chicago Illinois and I am the founder of the Fight Forever Foundation - a foundation that is Fighting to Cure Cystic Fibrosis, a deadly lung disease that affects 100,000 people worldwide.
I would like to take the time to express my deep gratitude to the directors, teachers and faculty at Scuola Leonardo Da Vinci in Milan. I came to Italy with the absolute necessity to learn Italian to be able to communicate the important messages of my foundation and to be able to communicate and collaborate with organizations here in Italy who share in our mission of finding a cure for Cystic Fibrosis.
None of this would have been possible for me to achieve if I had not had the opportunity to attend this school. Throughout the duration of my enrollment, I personally never encountered an instructor who wasn’t full of energy and dedicated to my learning Italian.
In the beginning, I started out taking a basic level 1 introductory class. My first language was English, which I believe for me personally, added some difficulty because of my natural tendency to translate from English to Italian, so needless to say my Italian did not come easy to me in my first several weeks. But because of the dedicated teachers at scuola Leonardo da vinci, I was able to overcome a lot of the common difficulties of learning a completely new language, and begin to speak and at the level that needed to be able to in order to effectively communicate both in business and personal settings here in Italy.
During my classes the teachers here were always helpful. They always encouraged myself and the other students in my classes to speak, have fun and make many errors. Because their Philosophy of learning a language is really true: If you speak constantly and make mistakes, eventually with practice the correct forms of the language will come and in the meantime you will learn to be conversational. That is so important and something that I took to heart and continuously tried to do while I was here.
When I wasn’t in class due to special engagements for my foundation and had questions or problems about travel issues both locally in Milan or long distance in Italy, every staff member at the school was always readily available to help. In general, someone was always there for you if you need them for something.
My time at scuola Leonardo Da Vinci was a wonderful experience. They have done so much more for me than just teach language lessons. They have given me the ability to communicate and share the my personal emotions and stories living with cystic fibrosis, and further the goals of my foundation with many great people and organizations here in Italy. I would have never been able to accomplish these things if it had not been for this school. The people here, personally cared about my improvement and always challenged me to try to communicate better.
I have made great friends here with many of the teachers, staff and other students and I am sad that I will be leaving. To me, there is truly not another Italian language school anywhere else, like Scuola Leonardo Da Vinci in Milan. I have had a great time learning and progressing through this school. And I hope that one day when you decide that you want to learn Italian, that you choose this school here Milan, so you can have the chance to experience it for yourself.
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