Ciao! Hello there!

I'm Elena, an Italian native teacher and language learner.

It's great to have you here :)

Living abroad for many years now (5 and counting!) taught me much about the struggles of moving to another country, learning a language and adapting to a whole new life. I realised that you need more than fluency to communicate with, and not just talk to, native speakers. That is why I want to help you to learn languages hand in hand with cultures.

When I moved to Japan I started to understand and appreciate my own country's culture in its uniqueness. I began teaching Italian as a second language and through my students' love for Italy I fell in love with it too.
Since 2015 I live in London where I got my Certificate of Language Teaching to Adults and I teach Italian both online and in presence.

Why hitoritabi?

Hitoritabi 一人旅 is a Japanese word that means solitary journey, travelling alone. Like having a one woman business, living abroad, learning something new. This is the place where my online teaching, my passion for Japan and my experience as a language learner get together.

I speak English, Japanese, some French and I'm currently studying Swedish, but my language wishlist is endless :)
In the blog you can read about Italy, Japan, Sweden and find language learning tricks, resources and inspiration.

If you want to get in touch you can write me at, I'm always happy to hear from you!

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