Students eat up language classes

By Sara Niven
It’s commonplace to ask for a cappuccino or latte but do you know what macchiato means and why it is spelt with an ‘h?’
Or that pepperoni is not actually salami but a vegetable?

Those that can now claim to are the students attending Amanda Stewart’s ten-week long Italian language class in Swanage which comes to an end early next month after starting in the new year.
Her Beginners’ Italian for Foodies is a language course with a twist – all the classes are culinary themed. It has gone down a treat with enthusiastic linguists of all ages who meet each week at Marine Villas on Swanage Pier.

Amanda Stewart (above) is teaching a Beginners’ Italian for Foodies class in Swanage

Amanda Stewart (above) is teaching a Beginners’ Italian for Foodies class in Swanage

“There’s definitely no shortage of culturally motivated people in Swanage – they bring a lot of work and travel related experience to the classes which I try to make as creative and fun as possible,” says Amanda, an experienced language teacher who grew up in a bilingual Italian and English household.
“Last lesson we covered the fact that Italians have seven different ways of simply saying ‘the’ but we did it through studying a typical menu.
“We then covered the fact that ‘pepperoni’ is not salami but is actually peppers, and to highlight that, I brought in roasted ones drizzled with a typical ‘Bagna cauda’ sauce originating in Piedmont, northern Italy.”
For details of future Italian classes in Swanage, email

One Comment

  1. Janet Simpson Reply

    Live in Lulworth Would love to know more about your Italian intermediate sessions! When, where & how much?
    Before Covid Lockdown I studied Italian for 2 years or so in U3A group & one to one with a couple of native speakers
    Would love to improve all round

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