Learning Italian has never been more exciting! – Why you should learn Italian
Italy. What is the first thing that comes to your mind when I say Italy? Wine. Food. Pizza and pasta. Rome. I’m sure these are the most common things that may have popped in your head at first. I admit, they sure are the most exciting things. Do you want to take a trip down the Italian culture? Simple. Learn Italian.
The Italian language is one of the most common European languages, being the native language of Italy and some parts of Switzerland. Coming from the Romance family of languages, its sister languages have to be French, Romanian, Portuguese, and Spanish.
Before proceeding towards the phenomenal reasons behind learning Italian, let’s first briefly discuss the reasons and the advantages of being bilingual.
An easier and enjoyable travel
It stands true to this day. Let’s say you learn a foreign language and you are fortunate enough that you get to travel to that country in the near future. You wouldn’t have the problem of the language barrier. Local citizens adore the tourists who can speak their native language and hence your travel will be much more enjoyable and easier than you will have hoped.
A prime example of this is in the revolutionary film, ‘Rang de Basanti’
Alice Patten’s character ‘Sue’ is instantly adored and beloved by the group of friends and the locals as she speaks Hindi, their native language.
Broadens perspectives and educates about different cultures
This point has to be undeniable. There is no better way to learn about a culture than learn the language associated with it. Cultural knowledge goes a long way in personal development.
Learning a foreign language adds one more feather to the ‘personal development’ hat. It allows grasping multiple complex things at once which is a plus point in academics when you are specifically required to multitask. Studies have also shown that some other advantages of bilingual education is improved memory, cognitive development, better achievements, and the like.
Job market opportunities
After the personal development advantages, let’s now move on to economic advantages. Learning a foreign language opens gates to a lot of job opportunities as it increases your chances in the competition of the market. Let’s say for example if a German company is hiring. Germany happens to be the economic superpower of Europe and hence a job in Germany would be a big deal for you. But they prefer someone who has learned German over you, who doesn’t know how to speak their native language, and you lose that golden opportunity. The point being, it is always better to learn a foreign language, specifically if the country of that language excels in your career field.
When you learn a foreign language, it expands the fields of jobs that you can apply for. An academician, or a personal tutor perhaps. But if you want a job in the corporate world itself, you can become a translator for multinational corporations. It has great pay and high respect. You can further broaden your chances in the career fields as and when you learn more languages. Knowing just one language restricts you in various aspects of your life while learning a foreign language or more can break those barriers and help you reach greater heights.
Let’s get back to Italiaaaaaan!
- Rapidly growing study rate
People being attracted to the Italian culture has increased so much over the last few years that it clearly had an impact on learning of the language as well. Italian currently ranks the fourth most studied language in American schools and languages and the enrolment rate of the Italian language has been 20% more than any other language. Sooner or later, just like Spanish, Italian will become a fairly familiar language to the world.
- Open up a world of art knowledge
History, literature, cinema, philosophy, art, and archaeology are some of the fields that are rooted in the veins of Italy. Without all of these, Italy is incomplete and its culture remains incomplete. If art history is your field of interest, then Italy is the place you need to be in, and what’s the better start than learning the native language.
- Did I mention food?
What is the one cuisine that comes to mind when I say continental food? Italian. There is more to Italian food than just pizza, pasta, or wine. There is a range of unbelievable dishes and they are gobsmacking-ly delicious. The best way to explore this cuisine is to travel to Italy by yourself and how do you make the travel easier? Simple. By learning Italian.
4. Should I sell this more?
Versace, Gucci, Benetton, Armani, Prada, Fendi, Fila. SHOULD I SELL THIS MORE? These are the household names of Italian fashion and are known all around the world. If fashion is your forte, then these names should be on the priority list of your dream jobs and you need to travel to Italy for that. Learning Italian will your quickest escape to sweet success.
How to learn Italian?
There are so many different ways in which you can learn Italian. They are handy, easy and feasible ways and you can learn to speak fluent Italian in no time. Let’s get to it.
Language fluent is an online institution teaching more than 10 foreign languages. So not just Italian, you can learn 9 additional languages if you have that kind of passion for learning new languages. Coming back to Italian, Language fluent offers all the six difficulty levels of Italian, namely A1, A2, B1, B2, C1, C2. With trained professionals and expert guidance, learning Italian through Language Fluent will be a very exciting and inspirational experience you’ll have.
Duolingo is an American website and an app for language learners. It has over 98 different language courses in 38 languages. With the help of Duolingo, the language of Italian can be mastered. They start teaching any language from scratch or from a level based on your knowledge of Italian.
- Other websites
Apart from Language fluent and Duolingo, there are other various websites from where you can learn Italian. Babbel, Udemy, Youtube are some of the top sites that can help you master this language.
There are some tremendous books published that will help you get on the right track to learning Italian, quicker, and better.
- “Italian Made Simple” by Cristina Mazzoni
- “Living language Italian: Complete Edition” by Living Language
- “Italian Grammar: Barron’s grammar series” by Marcel Danesi
- “Practice makes perfect Italian Vocabulary” by Daniela Gobetti
- “Italian verb tenses: fully conjugated verbs” by Marcel Danesi
This modern age is lucky since we have so many resources to learn one language that it becomes easier for us to grasp the knowledge of any new language. Making full use of these resources, there are several podcasts for several languages available on music streaming platforms. Similarly, there are Italian podcasts as well and there is nothing better than listening to Italian pronunciations and sentence structures in order to learn Italian faster and better. “Coffee Break” is a popular podcast on Spotify where the instructors chat with the locals and the locals teach them (and you the language). They have these podcasts for the languages Italian, French, Spanish, German and Swedish.