Kiwis learning Italian?

We have observed over the years that there are a number of reasons Kiwis learn Italian. Apart from the vogue, the peculiarity, the mental exercise and the culture it’s always useful to speak the language of those with whom we have been bewitched.

Italy is a perpetual fascination from which there is no escape, a country of colour and aromas, of inducements ideal and cultural that can’t be denied. The country “condemned” to manage and conserve about 80% of all the world’s archaeological and artistic beauty which, as much as it seems a clichè, renders it a prisoner.

It’s precisely the Italian language, seemingly unimportant in a commercial world, that contributes in a very significant way to enchantment. With its richness of inflections and nuances, it’s a language that is applicable to declarations of love as much as tragedy, to complicity as much as humour. Popular culture, including everything

from Roberto Benigni’s

filmmaking talent to Eros Ramazotti’s and Andrea Boccelli’s music to the best recipes for pizza

margherita, is made even more enjoyable when you know a little of the lingua franca!

Italian classes (as well as French, Spanish, German, Chinese, Japanese and Korean) start 26 April at Euroasia Language Academy in Auckland and Christchurch. Check out our course timetable or call 0800 387627 for more information.

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Why learn Italian

Italian is a very popular language at Euroasia, which is curious, because not many people speak Italian outside of Italy. Here we explore the key reasons why you should consider learning Italian.

  • Italian is one of Europe’s leading languages, with roughly as many mother-tongue speakers on the continent as English and French.
  • Young Kiwis can go and work in Italy for one

    year under a working holiday scheme.  A knowledge of the Italian language would obviously make a huge difference to anyone’s job prospects.

  • Italy is probably the greatest magnet for anyone interested in the history of western art and civilisation; it’s like a vast cultural treasure house.   Even a limited knowledge of the language helps to introduce some of the works of art.
  • Three cities in Italy are of paramount interest: Rome as the capital of the ancient empire and the heart of the Catholic church; Florence as the cradle of the Renaissance; and Venice as a unique and unforgettable link between eastern and western European styles.
  • Italy has made huge contributions to scientific progress, with Leonardo and Galileo being just two of the most obvious names.
  • Since the time of Boccaccio and Dante, Italian writing has been at the forefront of European literature.
  • Italy was the home of opera, and many of the world’s greatest works were composed in Italian; even today, Italian is the international language of music.
  • Italian food has achieved worldwide fame, and nearly all of us could name a good few Italian dishes and culinary expressions.
  • Italy has long been synonymous with fashion, elegance and design; go and see for yourself!
  • Italian cinema has long had a worldwide reputation, as have many directors and filmstars.
  • Italy is not just “culture”: the modern country has one of Europe’s largest economies.  And Italian cities are not just museum pieces: they are full of vitality and energy, which nearly everyone finds infectious.
  • The Italian landscape is incredibly varied, ranging from alpine to mediterranean, and the picturesque villages and small towns give it tremendous character.

Find out more about learning Italian with Euroasia. To enrol for a Italian course, check out the Italian timetable on the Euroasia website. Last intake for 2008 is coming up on 10 November.

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