Why study the Italian language in India?
Looking for some convincing reasons to study la Bella lingua? Here are seven amazing benefits of learning Italian.
Table of Contents
- History of Italian language
- Italian Speaking Population in the world
- Why learn Italian in India?
History of Italian language
The Latin language came from the Latium region of central western Italy, where Rome was established.
During the Roman Empire, it became the capital city.
Latin represents two different languages — classical Latin and vulgar Latin.
Classical Latin was mainly a literary language to preserve Roman history, literature, military, etc.
The written work of Marcus Tullius Cicero, a Roman philosopher, writer, and orator, is now a valuable source of information.
Vulgar Latin was informally spoken like a group of vernacular dialects and varieties of Latin.
After the fall of the Roman empire, Vulgar Latin slowly and gradually drifted into the Romance languages.
Like others, such as French, Spanish, and Portuguese, Italian (Italiano) is a descendant of Vulgar Latin.
Placiti Cassinesi (four juridical documents), written between 960 and 963 in Southern Italy, is considered the first and oldest record ever written in the Italian languages’ variants.
Before 1861, Italy was made up of 100’s of autonomous states, each with their regional language or different dialects, maintaining their own cultural identity.
It was a linguistic mosaic.
Like many other romance languages, these local tongues are also natural languages derived from Latin. Therefore, calling them “dialects” would be misleading and unjust.
I’m a big fan of Italy.
My admiration for the country isn’t inspired by a love for pizzas and the Italian football league (all right, maybe a little bit).
It is borne out of interest that the country’s Italian language and cultural diversity did not create any significant problem.
On the contrary, the rich cultural heritage flourished throughout millennia.
Most regions in Italy have their unique language, accent, and dialect.
There were thousands of vernacular languages, and almost all originated from Latin.
The culture of each local tongue area is also starkly demarcated by their tongue.
Some of the most popular broad groups of languages in Italy are:
- Romanesco– Spoken by over 2 million in Rome and nearby areas.
- Neapolitan- Spoken by over 5 million in Naples and Southern Italy.
- Venetian – Offspring of Latin and Greek, It is spoken by over 4 million in and around Venice.
- Sicilian- Although different from standard Italian, the language is spoken by nearly 5 million people, mainly on the island of Sicily.
- Milanese- It is a dialect of Gallo-Italic and spoken in the Lombard region, including capital Milan and other northern parts of Italy. This variant has many similarities to German and French.
- Tuscan/Florentine – There are many Tuscan dialects spoken is different parts of the Tuscany region. Due to exemplary work by Dante, Petrarca, and Boccaccio.
Since Florence was a major European center of trade and business, Florentine became the most popular and modern standard Italian language.
Unlike big powers like England, France, and Spain, Italy did not join the exploration and colonization. Two main reasons were.
a) Before 1861, Italy was divided into many independent and small states and wasn’t a united country, unlike other neighboring countries.
b) It only had access to the Mediterranean Sea and did not have easy access to oceans. Spain controlled it.
After the reunification of Italy in 1861, Italian became the national language of Italy.
A unified country needed a unique tongue.
Over time, thanks to aggressive and compulsory governmental primary education, TV, and radio shows and immigration and relocation from the various parts of the country, mainly south to the industrial north, it became gradually accepted as the national language in the 1950s.
There are several distinct local languages.
Sometimes dialect is still spoken at home, with friends, relatives, or acquaintances in different parts of the country, mainly rural areas.
Some of which are broadly incomprehensible to people from other parts of the country.
However, nearly all citizens can communicate using a standard form of the Italian language.
If you are plan to learn Italian in India, don’t get discouraged with so many varieties in Italy. It is because Italian is the only official and most commonly spoken language of the Peninsula.
Italian Speaking Population in the world
Italian is spoken by over 85 million worldwide.
It is an official language in Italy, Switzerland, San Marino, Vatican City, Slovene Istria in Slovenia, and Istria County in Croatia.
It is also one of the 24 official languages of the European Union.
There are Italian-speaking minority communities worldwide, including Malta, Libya, Somalia, the US, UK, Argentina, Romania, France, Brazil, Venezuela, Albania, and Australia.
It is one of the most widely spoken non-official languages in Europe.
While English, Spanish, German, and French aren’t unexpected, English is the most taught foreign language globally.
However, you may be surprised to know that Italian is the fourth most studied language globally, as per Corriere Della Sera’s article.
Millions of people around the globe are picking Italian for a variety of reasons.
“If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his own language, that goes to his heart”.Nelson Mandela
There are lots of perks of studying a foreign language.
Of the choices, picking the right foreign language to learn is very important.
What are the first few things that come to mind when you think about Italy or Italians?
For me, it often evokes scenes of canals in Venice, and for some, it might be delicious cuisine or great historical places.
Learning Italian is downright fun!!
Whatever the reason, maybe!!
It is hugely beneficial in several career fields in India, Italian-speaking nations, and other parts of the world.
There are ample amount of scope and job opportunities after studying Italian in India.
Why learn Italian in India?
If you’re looking for some good incentives for learning Italian, here are the 7 Amazing Advantages of acquiring the Italian language.
1. Broaden your cultural horizon
Some of the most famous artists, poets, and authors, including Dante, Da Vinci, and Michelangelo – hail from Italy.
This beautiful language provides infinite enrichment, both personally and culturally.
It is the one which is most studied for culture and pleasure because of its extraordinary richness and strength.
Read → (i) Italian courses in India (ii) Italian classes in Delhi (iii) Italian proficiency tests.
2. For the love of Music and Movie
The opera is entirely an Italian creation.
Mozart, the well-known and influential German musician, composed most of his operas in Italian rather than in German.
Italian is known as the language of music (La Lingua Della Musica) because of its use in musical terminology.
Even today, it is still considered a kind of musical lingua franca today for musicians worldwide.
Italian is incredibly rhythmic thanks to rhythmical words, soft intonation, and high usage of vowels.
If you want to enjoy the mesmerizing music and songs of Luciano Pavarotti, Dino Crocetti, Ramazzotti, Bocelli, Anna Oxa, to name a few, learn Italiano.
A different language is a different vision of life. – Federico Fellini (Italian Film director)
There is no need for subtitles to watch great Italian movies by famous directors such as Tornatore, Visconti, Pasolini, Sorrentino, Fellini, and Benigni.
Italian cinema has given the world some excellent, high-quality, and unforgettable films.
Many years ago, I saw “La Vita è Bella” (life is beautiful).
It is one of the most beautiful films I have ever seen.
3. Planning a Trip to Italy? Learn Italian
“You may have the universe if I may have Italy.”Giuseppe Verdi
Do you want to see historic art & architecture scattered in Rome?
Perhaps, haggling in one of Milan’s street markets, or wish to have a gondola ride along a quiet canal in Venice.
Perhaps you get swept away by Florence’s old-world charm. Italy offers a variety of beautiful places for travelers.
According to UNESCO, most of the world’s cultural heritage sites are in Italy.
It offers a variety of stunning historic sites across the country.
“The Creator made Italy by designs from Michelangelo.”Mark Twain
Being one of the most beautiful countries, each place has its own charm and unique in its own way.
If you are not planning to hire a linguistic tour guide, learning even some essential phrases are the right thing to do before visiting the nation.
As per UNESCO, 60% of the world’s art treasures are to be found in Italy.
The country of Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo is known for its prominence in the art world.
It is notable for research in art history.
Knowing this beautiful tongue will open you to a more luxurious experience and understanding of its art and history.
4. Italy economy and “Made in Italy” reputation
A recent study by KPMG has shown that “Made in Italy” is the third most recognized brand globally.
Italy is the eighth largest economy and ranks as one of the wealthiest countries worldwide.
Italy is the world leader in culinary arts, interior design, graphic layout, fashion, robotics, furniture design, manufacturing tools, shipbuilding, space engineering, building machinery, transportation equipment, to name a few.
5. Career options after learning Italian in India
Several International Italian companies, like Banco, Fiat, Benetton, Gucci, Lloyd, Ferrari, Marconi, Pinnacle, etc., have set up their business in India. They are also looking for skilled in the Italian language.
There are lots of Italian language specialist jobs in India.
The Italian language ability can help you find employment in Delhi, Mumbai, Pune, Noida, Bangalore, Chennai, Gurgaon, Hyderabad, and other parts of India.
Many international and Indian companies such as Accenture, Amazon, TCS, Infosys are always looking for staff with a command of the Italian language in India.
Thanks to globalization, outsourcing, and offshore, there are enough opportunities in many MNC, BPO, and KPO in many sectors.
If you want to make your career in Italian, the prospect looks promising.
Due to the lack of enough Italian speakers in India, there is always a demand for translators, content writers, interpreters, proofreaders, and language trainers.
One can also look forward to jobs in the Italian embassy in New Delhi and the consulate in Mumbai.
There are too few positions in the hospitality and tourism industry.
These days, speaking the language is required as a primary skill and occasionally as a secondary skill.
The scope of Italian in India is increasing year after year.
If you want to make your career in this beautiful language, then go ahead.
The future of Italian looks bright.
6. Delightful and exquisite Italian cuisine
It is trendy across the globe.
Thousands of restaurants and dishes find their Italian roots, from pizza and Risotto to latte macchiato and pasta.
It has the highest number of words for describing food, and the country is known as the culinary leader of the world!
The country continues to produce some of the most popular and evocative wines in the world.
7. Italy is the world’s hub for fashion and design
Milan (Milano) is one of the fashion capital of the world.
With big names such as Giorgio Armani, Versace and Gucci, Benetton, and Prada, to name but a few, Italy has it all!
Knowledge will help to find employment at one of the world-famous Italian fashion houses.
While there are plenty of good reasons for learning Italian, however, the choice of learning Italian is linked to factors intrinsic to the language.
It is recognized as one of the most beautiful spoken languages globally, but there are many job opportunities.
Italian is also considered one of the easiest languages.
Once you know Italian, learning Romanian or other European tongues will look straightforward.
It is a passport to one of the world’s most vibrant cultures, history, and traditions.
Sir, I teach Italian language online. I have a diploma in teaching Italian as a foreign language from an Italian university (FILIM Diploma from Ca’ Foscari University in Venice, Italy), and I have the C2 Level of proficiency in the European system. Can you please tell me how to inform the public about this?
Thank you for your attention.
You can teach through various platforms like Verbling, iTalki, Preply, Lingoda, Rype, etc. Alternatively, you can run your social media channels or/and blogs to promote your online Italian courses.
Is Italian is a good language for job opportunities in India or foreign countries?
Yes, but opportunities are limited. But then, the number of Italian learners are also more less.
Would I have to be in India, or do Indian companies also hire Italian speakers working remotely in Italy? My skills are in sales, marketing, writing, project management, and travel tours.
That depends on the job profile. In most cases, for full-time, one needs to be physically present. There is also some remote work from home
Sir, I took admission to Jesus and Mary College, Delhi this year (2020) in BA (prog) Spanish-Sociology in the first cutoff, and now I have a chance in BA (Hons) Italian in the Department of Germanic and Romance Studies in the upcoming lists. I want to know whether or not I should take Italian if I get it since it’s an Honours course, but on the other hand, Spanish has more perks over Italian. I want to go for the Masters after my UG degree. I take interest in both languages. What do you suggest?
I personally like Italian though career choices are fairly limited in India. If you have the interest and ok with limited opportunities, you can pick Italian. You can always learn Spanish later or through part-time courses. After BA, you can also pursue an MA in Italian from the GRS department, or Masters in any in-demand stream like an MBA.
Sir, I’m already in B1 French. After completing my French, I want to take the Italian language. Is there any high paying job with both or I should master in only one?
Masters in one language is usually better than moderate proficiency in two languages.
Sir, can you tell me the Scope as I am pursuing Italian hons?
Read — Job opportunities after learning Italian.
Sir, I have scored 86% in 12th and I wanted to get admission in the department of Germanic and romance studies in BA Hons in Italian or Spanish, Is it possible?
86% might be okay for a BA in Italian.
Hi, I want to learn Italian but unable to find any institutes in Pune. Also, can you explain the scope of Italian in Pune in IT sector/corporate sector? I am a French language expert.
Unfortunately, I am not aware of any Italian learning centre in Pune. Italian is not a popular language and therefore opportunities are also limited. You can find job options as an Italian specialist in a company that deals with Italy.
Hi Sir, I have completed my Masters in French from Mumbai University and I’m keen on learning Italian. However, I’m wondering whether it’s advisable to study it from Italy itself since there are no intensive Italian courses in Mumbai. The Department of French no longer conducts Italian language courses. Can you possibly suggest some institutes in Italy? I don’t mind staying there for a few months or maybe even a year.
Waiting for your reply. Thank you.
In Mumbai, you can try Indo-Italian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LINK).
They offer various short-term courses, ranging from Level I to IV. LanguageLab in Chennai and Italian Culture Centre in Delhi are two great options in India. If you really wish to learn Italian from Italy, you can certainly do that. The Italian immersion program in Italy is usually more effective. While it is always good from the cultural aspect but it may or may not be beneficial for a career.
Sir, I want to learn a foreign language for employment purposes, but so confused that which language I should choose. Please suggest to me.
This is something only you can decide. You can check this → How to choose a foreign language?
I am in my final year of Graduation and I am pursuing my degree in Public Administration as my Major and Environmental Studies as my minor subject. I have a keen interest in the Italian Language. I have lived in Italy for a year when I was in 10th grade.
I went for a student cultural exchange program and stayed with an Italian Family and did my 10th Grade in Italian medium from a High School in Palermo, Italy. I had picked up the language very well during my year there and still have a good command over it even with the lack of practice. I have even done Training on Intercultural Competence from Germany.
I have a keen interest in cultures too. I am looking forward to picking up the language again and maybe do something that has both, culture and Italian Language. There is a vacuum of information available on this. Could you please be kind enough to guide me further or refer me further on this?
I’m glad to know that you have a profound interest in Italian language and culture. There are not many great options as far as the Italian language course in India is concerned. You can try to achieve advanced Italian language exams through a combination of self-study, nearby private institute, and online resources.
Then after your major, you can appear for the entrance exam for MA in Italian studies from Delhi University. It is one of the few (maybe only) universities in India with a Master’s program in Italian. The course is interdisciplinary focusing on various aspects of Italy and Italian. Additionally, DU also provides scholarships and exchange programs. At the bottom of the article, you can find the list of Universities and Institutes offering Italian programs in India. In bocca al Lupo 🙂
When compared to French and Italian, which language has more scope in India?
If career scope is your primary goal, then go with French. Italian offers two distinct advantages — Cultural aspect and less competition since very limited number of people are learning Italian in India.
Sir, I’m pursuing graduation in BA English honors and will complete my graduation in June 2019. Further I want to choose foreign language as my career. But I’m so much confused for which language should I choose. I want to choose a language that has good job opportunities and can make me earn a handsome amount. Please suggest me which one is the best to choose. And I want to do a short term professional course from embassy. Waiting for your reply.
Unfortunately, No language is best. Read more and choose as per interest, career goal, existing skills, target sectors, or countries. You can choose one from the Top 5 list.
From a career perspective, there is no advantage in pursuing the short-term course from embassy affiliated culture center. It will take three years to reach an advanced level, a prerequisite for most good jobs these days.
Sir, i have finished my advanced diploma in Italian language and now i am looking for a job. Can you suggest some companies who hire Italian language expert?
Amazon, AXA, Accenture, Genpact, Barclays, HP, HCL, etc.