More and more people around the world are choosing Italian as second language. Italian follows English, Spanish and Mandarin Chinese in the rankings of most popular languages among students. But while the top three can boast hundreds of millions of speakers and have clear CV-boosting potential, the appeal of Italian is somewhat less obvious.
There are many reasons why people, both young and mature, want to learn Italian.
1. LEARN ITALIAN AND DIVE INTO CULTURE!
According to UNESCO most of the world’s cultural heritage sites are in Italy. With 51 Italian properties inscribed on the World Heritage List, Italy leads the world ranking. In fact, we have more masterpieces per square mile than any other country in the world.
Italian is the main language of melodrama and lyric music, of gastronomy as well as of fashion.
The Italian authors (from Petrarca to Gramsci or Leopardi) are the most loved and read abroad and finally
2. LEARN ITALIAN FOR THE LOVE OF FOOD!
The world is experiencing a growing obsession with Italian food. Don’t stop at pizza, pasta and lasagne, any Italian region has its own culinary tradition and flavour with even more varieties from town to town.
Moreover, Italian is the language with the highest number of words for naming food, restaurants, dishes and so on. Impress your date by ordering with confidence at an authentic Italian restaurant.
3. LEARN ITALIAN TO MAKE THE MOST OF YOUR HOLIDAYS
In 2018, the Italian fashion capital Milan welcomed 6.05 million international arrivals. If you come this far, it’s no surprise that Italy is one of the main tourist destinations in the world.
It’s always nice to be able to communicate with the locals in their own language. So even if you’re just going on holiday for a couple of weeks a year, this is a great reason to learn Italian as the locals will really appreciate you making the effort to speak Italian to them.
4. LEARN ITALIAN TO STUDY IN TOP RANKING UNIVERSITIES
the Italian University System is competitive in a wide variety of disciplines: three Italian Universities – two Milanese, Politecnico and Bocconi, and one in Rome, La Sapienza – stand out in the world top 10 of the QS World University Rankings by Subject.
Furthermore, these Italian Universities are among the fifty best in the world in 21 disciplines, six more than in 2017, reaching excellent results in very different subjects such as Finance and Archeology, Physics and Performing Arts.
5. LEARN ITALIAN AND USE IT TO FIND NEW OPPORTUNITIES!
No matter your intention to use Italian on a daily basis or occasionally, having the knowledge of a second language can benefit you in many ways. For example, you can write on your resume or CV that you attended a foreign language school and lived abroad. New opportunities can present themselves in ways you cannot imagine initially. You’ll make friends when you visit, discover new places and impress your potential employer with your acquired soft skills.
Finally, learning Italian may also not be a necessity, but something people actively choose to do – for fun, for love, and maybe on a whim – is part of what makes it such a bella lingua.