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Italian Cinema

Italy excels in many sectors such as art, fashion, food and others. But we cannot forget to mention the cinema. Italian cinema has very old origins going back to the 20s.

But it was after the Second World War that Italy saw some excellent directors and actors who established the Italian cinema tradition. Italian realism was one of the first expressions of reality all over the world: films became a way not only to deal with good themes but also with the most hidden and sad aspects of the reality.

Marcello Mastroianni, Sofia Loren are examples of Italian excellence in cinema overseas.

Roberto Benigni with his La vita è bella (Life is beautiful) touched the whole world dealing with one of most terrible pages of history.

But Italy has been also one of the favorite backgrounds for famous movies: The Da Vinci Code was made in Rome, The Tourist in Venice.

Understand the language while watching a film is unique experience and allows you to appreciate details you couldn’t notice without knowing the language. Learn Italian would be a chance to enjoy Italian movies.

It is Easier to Learn a Similar Language

What is your name?

I am fine, thanks.

  • Come stai? (Ita)
  • Como estas? (Spa)
  • Comment ça va? (Fre)
  • Bene, grazie (Ita)
  • Bien, gracias (Spa)
  • Bien, merci (Fre)

Italian language is a good possibility to start with languages. As we say in Latin carpe diem! (seize the fleeting moment).

The Importance of Learning a Second Language

Australian people have a great fortune, they speak the most common and useful language of the world. But sometimes this chance can discourage English native speakers in learning a second language. They may feel they don’t really need it or they may be not interested in it.

Studies demonstrates not only that learning a second language helps brains to better develop but also that it helps in knowing and discover better one’s own language.

Furthermore learning a language that comes from a different root than your mother tongue can be a good way to enlarge your knowledge and your vocabulary while learning words and expressions coming from a different linguistic family.

Last but not least you will have the opportunity to go to a beautiful country such as Italy and be able to speak and understand the language. And if you cannot go so far, you might experience the huge Italian community in Sydney, Melbourne and others cities of Australia!

The importance of learning a second language

Australian people have a great fortune, they speak the most common and useful language of the world. But sometimes this chance can discourage English native speakers in learning a second language. They may feel they don’t really need it or they may be not interested in it.

Studies demonstrates not only that learning a second language helps brains to better develop but also that it helps in knowing and discover better one’s own language.

Furthermore learning a language that comes from a different root than your mother tongue can be a good way to enlarge your knowledge and your vocabulary while learning words and expressions coming from a different linguistic family.

Last but not least you will have the opportunity to go to a beautiful country such as Italy and be able to speak and understand the language. And if you cannot go so far, you might experience the huge Italian community in Sydney, Melbourne and others cities of Australia!

The Beauty of a Language: The Dialects

It is easy to fall in love with the beauty of Italian language.

It will bring you immediately to a great culture, a great history, a great tradition and a great food.

Italian language is the modern version of Latin, the language of the Pope and the language of many famous writers. Dante Alighieri, maybe the most famous one, wrote his masterpiece La Divina Commedia in a language in between Latin and modern Italian (even in Leichhardt in the Italian Forum there is a statue dedicated to Dante Alighieri).

The beauty of Italian language lives in its complex history: in Middle Age Latin was spoken only by educated people, by church men but not by the majority of Italians. Poor people spoke a “vulgar” form of Latin, because at that time they couldn’t go to school and have a good education. Then Italy was not a unique country, it was divided in many small countries and that’s why there were different forms of “vulgar Latin” (called dialects). When Italy was unified in 1861 (only 151 years ago!), people didn’t speak the same language but Tuscany dialect was chosen as the Italian Standard one because Dante Alighieri and many other poets wrote using this dialect.

Nowadays, although Italian is the national language and 151 years passed from the unification, dialects are still alive. People continue using them at home and in some informal situations.

So Italy has got not only a beautiful language that is Italian but many others attractive languages still alive and different from town to town.

Italian Art

Did you know that 75% of the international artistic property of the world is in Italy?

In Italy you will find art works from 3000 years ago up to now. It seems unbelievable but it is true.

Italy saw art changing during the time. From Roman buildings and works, to Middle Age beauties and up to the modern and contemporary master-works.

COLOSSEO or TORRE DI PISA (the leaning tower) are only a couple of examples known by everybody as for Italian artistic expression. Italian cities are like museums: you will get lost among the beauty of their old squares, ancient streets and famous buildings. You will be impressed by the art of painting as well: churches, palaces and all important buildings (both now and in the past) are covered by art: wall paintings, fresco paintings and many others will give you the sensation to go back of ages.

For those who love art, Italy is the best place to go to have a great meeting with.

Italy is full of art and its language is form of art, too. Italian language has got a sound and music inside itself that makes it one of the most beautiful master-work of the world!

Italian fashion

Where do GUCCI, ARMANI, VERSACE and many other brands come from? ITALIA. They are Italian designers known everywhere because of their style, elegance and mark.

How can you easily recognize people coming from Italy? Definitely from the way they are dressed. Impeccable, elegant and in fashion all the time. That’s Italy and these are Italians.

You may think fashion is a kind of obsession for Italian people but it is not. It is a part of their way of being, of their way of thinking. Be in fashion means to take care of one’s body and appearance, to express one’s likes and dislikes. To show one’s personality. It is the inner personality that comes out.

To better understand Italian personality you should know something more about it. Learn Italian could combine you interest in fashion and Italy with the elegance of the most dressed up language of the world!

Italian Music

Luciano Pavarotti, Andrea Bocelli, Laura Pausini are only some of the most famous Italian singers.

Italian Opera, that is to say music + singing + acting together, started to spread in 1500. Italy is considered the mother land of Opera and it is still the most prestigious country where singers and musicians come to study music.

Know Italian language can be very useful while studying music: the technical terms and directions as for Opera are still in Italian, no matter in which country people are learning to play a music instrument, to sing or to read music. Moreover many Operas were born in Italian and are always performed in the original language.

Children usually start learning a second language through songs because we believe that music may be a funny and simply way to get involved into a different language.

But why don’t we take into consideration the same idea for adults as well? Music might be a great starting point to appreciate and love Italian language! And don’t forget that Italian language has got a sound and music inside itself already.

Italians love sport!

Italian sport comes immediately after food. Italians love sport, they like doing sport but they prefer watching it! What is Italians favorite one? Football! Italian CALCIO…

Football was born in England and came to Italy in the late 1800 but it immediately had a wide success. In few years many of the most famous football clubs were set up such as Juventus (1898, black and white t-shirt) and Internazionale Milan (1908, blue and black t-shirt), usually known as Inter.

Italian football teams and players are among the most famous and excellent of the world. Everybody knows at least something about Italian football and about Italian successes (many times Italian teams won Champions Leagues and recently, in 2006, the National Italy football team won the World Cup).

But football is not the only one: Italy excels for skiing, swimming and many others. Italians are simply keen on sports.
When you are keen on something it is easier to be interested in what goes around it. For those who love sport, boning up on Italian language could be a funny way to train your tongue!

Who doesn’t love Italian food?

“I fell in love with the food and then I fell in love with the language”.

Many people say it while talking about Italian language.

When people think of Italy the first thing that comes into their mind is definitely the food! PIZZA, SPAGHETTI, MOZZARELLA and many others. Although people cannot speak Italian they can certainly pronounce these words, sometimes properly and some others in a funny way. But they never try to translate it, because the quality of a food tradition is not translatable in other languages and cultures.

Food is a part of Italian culture and tradition. The good quality of Italian food has travelled during the time together with the language that has spread abroad thanks to the successfulness of the cooking.

Learn Italian and love Italian food are two good reasons to plan a journey to Italy and to meet the most delicious language ever!

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