Many people around the world study the Italian language; even though it isn’t spoken in a wide geographical area or by large numbers of people, many foreign students choose to learn it. Why study Italian? It partly depends on the personal projects of those studying it, however there are several motivations that go beyond the individual sphere. Let’s see why many foreign students choose to study Italian.
Why study Italian?
Because the study of the language is linked to that of the Italian culture.
Italian is the language of Opera and of music, but also that of the Made in Italy: Italian art, fashion and food. Italian is also the official language of the Vatican City and is central for the Catholic religious world.
Passion for the language
In an interview on the future of Italian language diffusion, Prof. Paolo Balboni of Ca’ Foscari University in Venice stated that the desire to learn Italian stems from passion, not necessity. Studying Italian means having a motivation which is linked to passion for culture and the urge to study the «language in which these passions flower».
Why study Italian with us?
Because we have a long tradition in teaching and disseminating the Italian language.
Since 1889, the Dante Alighieri Society has been spreading and promoting the Italian language and culture in Italy and in the world, with Italian language courses for foreign students, activities and cultural events. The headquarters of the Dante Alighieri Society is located in the heart of Rome’s centre, in Palazzo Firenze, a historic building of the 16th century. The headquarters coordinates all the activities of the 81 Italian Committees and Italian Language Schools for Foreigners of Rome, Milan, Florence, Bologna and Turin. There are more than 400 Dante Committees abroad, in 80 countries, that carry out 8,700 Italian language and culture courses. Studying at the Dante Alighieri Society’s Italian Language Schools for Foreigners means having access to an educational context with a long tradition in promoting the Italian language and culture, in Italy and around the world.
Why the Schools are located in five important Italian cities
The Italian Language Schools for Foreigners of the Dante Alighieri Society are situated in the historic centres of Rome, Milan, Florence, Bologna and Turin, near the major monuments and sites of artistic and historic value, while also being close to the traditional coffee shops and restaurants, thus offering students the possibility of experiencing the city by immerging themselves in a very pleasant daily routine. The library service (where present in Dante Alighieri’s Italian Language Schools), the regular weekly appointment for Italian film viewing, the educational trips and social events for students, all contribute to making our Schools provide a rich and pleasant learning experience.