There isn't any other language quite like Italian. For starters it's one of the most beautiful spoken languages on the planet. It's also the most studied language in the world for culture and pleasure. Closest to Latin in terms of vocabulary, it's one of the easiest languages for English speakers to pick up as a second language. Over 85 million people speak Italian worldwide and it is the third most spoken language in Europe. It's an official language in Italy, Vatican City, Switzerland, San Marino and Istria. It's also spoken in Albania, Monaco, Malta, Italian East Africa, Italian North Africa and various expatriate communities in the Americas and Australia. Enrollment rate for Italian classes at colleges and high schools across america is growing 20% faster than for any other foreign language.
Italy has one of the top economies in the world. And with over 7,000 American firms conducting business in Italy, learning Italian as a second language is a huge addition to any resume. Major American firms including GE, Motorola, Citibank, IBA, and Chrysler have offices in Italy. Conversely, many Italian firms have offices here in the United States. Speaking Italian is a huge asset to any job seeker who wants to position themselves for career advancement opportunities. Learning Italian will benefit you in a career in culinary arts, fashion design, furniture design, manufacturing, space engineering, transportation equipment and more.
Did you know that Mozart composed the majority of his operas in Italian? Italian is the international language of culture, second only to French. It is an international reference language for music, art, food, design, fashion, architecture and the opera. And if you really want to experience the essence of Italian culture, there's no better way than to learn Italian.
So how difficult is it to learn to speak Italian? Not hard at all. And you're never too old to learn. People of all ages can learn Italian. Our guides to the Italian language are designed for beginner to intermediate learners who want to improve their ability to understand and speak Italian. Study for just a few minutes a day and you'll see your ability to speak and understand Italian blossom.
Italian for Travelers