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why study italian ?

Italian, one of the most romantic and rich languages of the world... the richness of Italy is one of the most convincing reasons for anyone to study and learn its language. With many of its glorious achievements in the major districts of the country for all to see, and the food is undoubtedly loved by everyone from anywhere in the world.

Italian is the Romance language closest to Latin, A knowledge of Italian, therefore, will go far in helping one to understand the whys and wherefores of the English language, which has a very large percentage of words of Latin derivation.

It is also the language closest to English (Cambridge Encyclopedia of Language, 1987). Italian will therefore serve to enrich the students' knowledge of English vocabulary since it contains many cognates and roots that resonate with familiarity.

Italian is the language having the "best phonetic fit". It is the easiest foreign language to read, write, and pronounce because there is only one sound per letter of the alphabet and four consonant blends.

There are over 70 million speakers in the world (native and foreign) and they have made Italian the 19th most spoken language in the world, although the population of Italy represents only 1% of the world's population.

Italy draws thirty million tourists per year. This is fifteen to twenty million more tourists than are drawn by any other country. This enormous influx of visitors is due to the large number of cultural centres in the country.

Being able to speak Italian opens doors in the culinary, tourism and hospitality fields for which Italy is internationally-renowned. It is also a gateway to the world of great and lasting achievements in the arts and sciences. Italian film, music, literature and cuisine stand out not only in Europe, but throughout the world. Famous musical pieces and operas use Italian

Did you know that according to UNESCO, over 60% of the world's art treasures are found in Italy. Some of the most famous Western artists, from Giotto to Michelangelo were Italian. Knowledge of Italian is vital to understand the contexts of this art. Since Roman times, Italy has exported its literature and culture to other parts of Europe and beyond, in the areas of Latin literature, Romanitas, humanism, opera, film, science, political thought, fashion, design and cuisine. Knowing Italian allows you to understand, appreciate, and analyze this treasury of human expression.

Learning the Italian language or another foreign language benefits you and you alone. It helps enrich and expand your vocabulary. There are endless beautiful things to gain from learning the language so allow yourself to be enthralled by the opportunity.

Here are a few of the many good reasons to choose to study Italian...

Communication skills: In many careers and free-time activities, you will find it beneficial to communicate with people who are native Italian speakers. In any realm of business it always pays to know the client's language. Italian instruction also encourages you to think about important details of language usage which may not have occurred to you before thereby improving your writing and speaking skills in English as well.

Jobs in Business: As more and more businesses are "going global" by opening offices throughout the world, knowledge of Italian is an increasingly important asset when applying for jobs. Six of the 100 biggest global companies have their headquarters in Italy, and Italy is the world's fifth largest industrial producer of goods. Jobs in Italian business are lucrative.

Travel: To travel to Italy and experience the essence of Italian culture, knowledge of Itlaian language is essential. To truly know Italy I takes more time and, above all, Italian language skills.

Research: No matter the area of specialization, knowledge of Italian is not only helpful, often necessary for academic, business or social research. Translations are not always correct or even available.

Art and Culture: No matter how good the translation, inevitably some meaning is lost in process. Therefore, to fully appreciate the richness of Italian literature, theatre, opera, films knowledge of the language is essential. Other aspects of Italy's culture are also best appreciated by those who can speak and understand Italian. How could you, for example savor a gourmet Italian meal in a Tuscan restaurant if you couldn't read the menu?

Self-Fulfillment: Learning Italian is a big accomplishment which brings with it great satisfaction and added confidence. In addition, immersion in a foreign culture can open new avenues of self-exploration and personal growth.

Intellectual Stimulation: Learning Italian enhances your skills in analyzing, discussing, catergorizing information and ideas.

.....the study of Italian is an open journey ......buon viaggio

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