Learning Italian will give you the great opportunity to discover the several facets of the “Bel Paese” (the Beautiful Country), famous worldwide for its rich historical heritage, its gastronomic variety and its natural beauty.
Here are the top ten reasons why people learn Italian:
- Why do you think Mozart composed most of his operas in Italian rather than in German? It’s because of reason number two below.
- Italian is recognized as one of the most beautiful spoken languages on the planet.
- According to UNESCO (the cultural and educational agency for the United Nations), Italy is the country with the highest number of cultural heritage sites.
- Italy is one of the top economies in the world, and it has been a member of the G7 (major advanced economies) from the time this group was formed in 1975. Many employers are seeking people who speak both Italian and English. An estimated 7,500 American companies do business with Italy and more than 1,000 U.S. firms have offices in Italy, including Chrysler, IBM, General Electric, Motorola, Citibank. Many Italian firms have offices in Singapore as well.
- If you like arts, music, design, architecture, opera, food, etc. this is the reference language. Knowing Italian is greatly beneficial in several career fields. Italy is a world leader in the culinary arts, interior design, fashion, graphic design, furniture design, machine tool manufacturing, robotics, electromechanical machinery, shipbuilding, space engineering, construction machinery, and transportation equipment.
- The Italian language is the closest to Latin, the common ancestor of all romance languages.
- Italian is developed from Latin and an estimated 60 percent of the English vocabulary also comes from Latin. So you already know more Italian than you realize.
- Italy has a great film culture and by learning Italian you will not need subtitles to see Fellini’s, Visconti’s and Pasolini’s movies!
- A recent study showed that Italian is the fourth most studied Language in the World. More people are learning Italian than Chinese, Japanese and German.
- Italian has the highest number of words for describing food! This should appeal to most Singaporeans :)
For more information, please contact Italian language coordinator at Italian@ntu.edu.sg