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About the Italian language

Italian is spoken by about 70 million people worldwide, of whom 60 million speak it as a first language.

It is the main language of Italy, and is also spoken in the Canton Ticino region of Switzerland, Croatia, as well as by a large number of emigrants around the world.

Todi, Umbria, Italy

So why learn Italian?

Any trip or stay in Italy will be enriched if you take the time to learn a little of the language before you go.

Better appreciate Italian culture
From Italian cuisine through to opera, a little knowledge of Italian will help you better appreciate Italy's many contributions to world culture.

It sounds beautiful
Italian is generally considered to be one of the most beautiful-sounding languages in the world.

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