Italian Language and Literature

Italian is Beautiful and Fun

Michaelangelo’s David in Florence

Italian has an abundance of vowels makes it very musical. Opera fans know all about this, including Mozart who preferred to write his operas in Italian. The language is also fun, simply because Italians are friendly and open — and they won’t hold a grudge if your pronunciation is not perfect. Furthermore, Italians are one of the staunchest admirers of America in Continental Europe: they just love the Americans’ jovial approach to life when they come to visit Italian cities. Indeed, Italian words pepper the global modern lifestyle: billions are touched by Italian daily, whether they are singing a capella, complaining of a fiasco or enjoying a cappuccino. It’s fun to understand these words in their original context.

The Italian language is also the closest to Latin, the common ancestor of all romance languages. As such it provides a powerful basis for English diction and proficiency, since an estimated 60 percent of the English vocabulary also comes from Latin. Knowing Italian helps improve your scores in English, and conversely, English cognates help American students pick up Italian quickly. It’s a powerful and convenient symbiosis.