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Study Italian in Milan: Helen’s story

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Study Italian in Milan: Helen’s story

Today let’s get to know Helen, a brilliant Architecture researcher who chose to study Italian in Milan and has made this city her home.

Helen continued her studies at the Politecnico di Milano, the most awarded university in Italy and among the best in the world. 

Politecnico di Milano is among the first universities in the world in the QS World University Ranking and is undoubtedly an international reference point for those who want to specialize in engineering, architecture and design.

Let’s find out Helen’s story together, what led her to study Italian in Milan, how she carried out her projects and what are her next goals.

Our chat with Helen

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Ciao Helen, tell us something about yourself…

My name is Helen. I come from Armenia and I am 26 years old. I have recently completed my master’s degree in architecture and today I work as a research architect at Polimi.

How long have you lived in Milan and how do you feel?

I have been in Milan for three years and I like this city very much. As a child, I have always loved Italian culture and when I started studying architecture I decided to continue my profession here.

In my profession, Italian architecture has very high importance and for this reason, I chose Politecnico di Milano and I did the Master’s Degree in Architecture.

What are you doing now?

My studies went very well and today I am an assistant researcher at the university (in fact, 98% of Politecnico graduates one year after graduation are hired, often permanently).

When did you start studying Italian and how?

I study Italian for work because after living here for three years I decided to stay in this city and for this reason I need to master the Italian language. I started when I came here and did the Italian course at the university for six months. The master in architecture that I attended was held in English, but now I need to improve the Italian language faster and I have decided to come to ELLCI.

When I first got here, my level was not very high but today, lesson by lesson, I’m noticing the difference. I learned a lot during the first three months of the evening course in ELLCI and today, from the beginning, I can express my thoughts, read the books, watch the movies thanks to ELLCI and my teacher Roberta.

Now I am continuing with the Italian online course and everything is going very well, there are no communication problems and I have no comprehension difficulties.

Did your life change in Milan?

Since I have been here my life has changed radically. In the sense of personality, knowledge and professionalism in my work.

Do you have plans for the future? Will you stay in Milan?

I would certainly say yes. I would like to stay here longer, don’t know how long yet. I would like to continue my work because I like it very much.

One thing you like about living in Italy and one thing you don’t like.

I really like this city, the culture, the people and the Italian lifestyle. I can’t say what I don’t like, it’s a very difficult question.

What would you recommend to anyone who starts studying Italian and dreams of living in Italy?

I would recommend being patient because learning a language takes time. Do many exercises every day and be outgoing.


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