After English, French and Spanish, Italian is the fourth most studied language in the world.
This phenomenon has caused wonder among linguists and Italian language lovers, an element due not only to the simple attraction to the”language of Dante” but also to the fascination with customs and traditions characterising our country in a manner so suggestive.
In fact, in recent years, the attraction of “Made in Italy” has increased significantly in all its forms : fashion, design, food and wine!
Even art, history, and literature have made this notably increasing of the interest in Italian language from foreigners.
The first reason why many students (and not) wish to learn Italian, is characterized precisely by our architectural heritage, art and music: essentially it is the whole Italy to stimulate an absolute interest.
Also, learn Italian has become a real “hook” for many generations of foreigners, to feed job outlook and business.
The countries that have recorded the highest rate of students of Italian language are France and Germany.
In the US and Australia, where in the twentieth century our citizens have given rise to a massive immigration stream, now the Italian language is part of the cultural heritage due to their settlement in these lands.
The US recorded the highest number of chairs of Italian and Italian Studies departments in the world, while in Australia our idiom remains the second most studied language, facing the expansion of the Chinese.
A special mention goes to Brazil, where it was concluded a memorandum of understanding to increase Italian courses in universities.
Even in Albania, the Italian language is widespread thanks also to the terrestrial signal programming that is capable to reach up to the Italian local TV and making our country really a cultural and linguistic reference model for the Albanians.
In Tunisia and Egypt the study of the Italian language is spreading like wildfire, as well as Italian people are attending university courses in the Mediterranean.
Young people get closer and faster to the products ‘language-culture-economy-society-Italian’ through new media.