„Buongiorno, amore mio!” Does this sound like a music to your ears? If you have not yet decided to start learning Italian this year, here you will find some convincing reasons to start studying it now! The best place to learn Italian is in Italy. Where else?
Italian, or lingua italiana is a major European language with 65 million native speakers and total number of speakers around 85 million. It is an official language in Italy, Switzerland, San Marino and the Vatican City. Italy is one of the top economies in the world, and many employers are seeking people who speak both Italian and English.
2. “Belleza” and romance
Italian is without doubts considered as one of the most beautiful spoken languages on the planet. Its melodic sounds indeed give the impression that who speaks Italian sings all the time. Associated with love and romance it is perfect for expressing your feelings and emotions.
3. Easy peasy… and helpful!
Not only beautiful, it is also one of the easiest languages to learn. Italian is a Romance language, the closest to Latin, the common ancestor of all Romance languages. If you already speak any of the Romance languages, Italian will be a piece of cake. If you are English speaker you will also be able to start speaking from day one, as approximately 30% of words in the English language are of Latin origin. Easy pronunciation, easiest what-you-hear-is-what-you-write orthography and not too complicated grammar will prevent you from breaking your tongue or getting bored with hours spent on grammar books.
On the other hand, it will be helpful in learning other Romance languages like French, Portuguese and Spanish. The phonology is close to Spanish, however, in vocabulary it’s closer to French.
4. Culture and art
Italian culture is one of the richest cultures in the world and Italy is known as „cradle of Western civilization”. A recent UNESCO report states that over 60% of the world’s art treasures are to be found in Italy. Italian language is key to study and research in the fields of art history, literature, archaeology and philosophy.
Italian is the language with the highest number of words for naming food, restaurants, dishes and products! Italy is the culinary leader of the world and the increased popularity of the language reflects the growing obsession with Italian food. Enjoying Italian food is much more fun when you can name and pronounce correctly what you´re eating!