If you are reading this article, you’re probably questioning about whether or not to start learning Italian. Maybe you’re afraid or sceptical, and on the other hand you may have all the rights to be reluctant: you think it’s too late to learn a foreign language from scratch and you might believe it is impossible to learn Italian fast; maybe you feel you’ve never been good at learning languages or you think you don’t have enough time to practice Italian words and phrases.
First of all, let me tell you that if you don’t have an immediate reason that pushes you to consider studying Italian (such as… living or studying in Italy!), you’re right to be cautious: learning a new language is an experience that can change your life (for the better) but that requires a fair amount of motivation, commitment and good will. But here we are to motivate you: after all, that’s what an Italian language school does! We truly believe that you should consider learning Italian in Italy since, of all the languages that you can choose to study, Italian language is able to give you something extra.
So, why should you consider learning Italian?
Italian is the language of music, poetry, culture.
Although Italian music does not fare so well, Italian has been for centuries the language of choice for musicians, writers and academics, both for the prominence of the culture of Italian Renaissance and for the objective proximity of Italian language to his father, Latin. It is definitely not a case that, at least until the last century, Italian was also the language of the international scientific community.
Italian is the language of design and fashion.
If you usually wear clothes (we hope so for you, unless you live in a tropical paradise), you will certainly have at least once worn an Italian garment. And, although many words of fashion used by the international community come from French, learning Italian is definitely a good way for those who intend to pursue a career in this line of work, if nothing else, because surely will have to visit Milan, the European capital of fashion…
Your brain will be thankful, but also your muscles will be happy!
Learning a new language is always an invigorating experience for the brain: recent studies show that learning a foreign language can even increase the size of your brain, as well as improve its functionality by activating new channels through which the various brain areas communicate with each other. But that’s not all: in fact, speaking Italian is an excellent exercise for your muscles, for it is a language that requires elasticity and amplitude in the articulation of sounds. Let’s say that Italian is the only language that allows you to burn your pizza’s calories… simply by speaking! 😀
Every language brings within it a vision of the world, and that of Italians is in some ways unique.
In fact, Italian is a lexically rich language and it will change the way you see things: is not it a coincidence that, a few years ago, the BBC wondered “why do Italians live longer than us?”. The answer, far from being only obtainable from genetic data, resides in culture, of which the Italian language is the utmost and most complete expression.
Italian cinema, to be fully appreciated, must be seen in the original language.
The Italian language enjoys a rich and deep substratum, which is still alive in the many dialects (actually proper languages) spoken in the different regions of the Italian peninsula. The overlap between the dialects and the standard Italian has therefore given rise to a set of “regional Italian languages“, rich and extremely interesting linguistic varieties that, inevitably, can not be appreciated in a dubbing.
The study of Italian language will open the door to the understanding of much of the vocabulary of other Romance languages.
As mentioned, the extreme lexical and morphological proximity of Italian with its parent, Latin, has in the past led to the great success of the Italian language in the communities of European scholars and academics. Even today, a fair knowledge of the Italian vocabulary will allow an easier approach to the other Romance languages, providing useful tools to recognize the lexical material coming from the Latin.
Italian is a multidimensional language, in which the gestural and the deictic dimension carry a predominant weight.
According to a rough estimate, Italians use on average 250 gestures to accompany and complete the spoken language. Learning this huge amount of non-verbal language may seem like a no mean feat, but the immediacy and spontaneity of Italian gestures are in fact an indispensable aid for all learners who do not yet possess an appropriate vocabulary for everyday communication.
The first to speak Italian correctly…were foreign students!
While Italian was being adopted as a national language, the Belpaese was a preferential destination for what at the time was called the Grand Tour: an educational experience that allowed scions from half of Europe to embark on a journey in the discovery of Classical and Renaissance culture. With most of the population of the peninsula still and inevitably anchored to local languages (today improperly called “dialects”), it goes without saying that the first, true speakers of the newborn Italian language were precisely these privileged young people coming from the European upper classes.
Italians love those who speak at least some of the language.
You will be surprised by the range of possibilities that will offer you even a minimum proficiency in Italian. In an increasingly globalized world, showing appreciation and respect for a rich and fascinating culture like that of the Belpaese will certainly have an effect on native speakers!
You can order your favorite dishes without embarassing yourself.
Even if the Italians are very happy to hear you speak their language (see above), do we really need to explain that pronouncing grazie and bolognese by crippling the final /e/ will not make you look (nor sound) good when at a restaurant? In addition, if you can understand the Italian menu, you can avoid ordering a plate of spaghetti aglio elio and probably save your life (see photo) …: D
Did we manage to convince you? In case we didn’t, give a glimpse at what our Italian language school in Rome can offer! Because in addition to learning the language by joining our Italian language courses, you will also get the chance to meet new international friends and discover a Great Beauty of which, perhaps, you do not even suspect the existence!