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     Why study Italian?
     
                                               
    A knowledge of Italian is important for people in business, the arts, technology and many professions. It also is useful for high school and college students planning careers in art, fashion, history, music, linguistics, education and international relations.
     
    • Students preparing for the SATs who have studied Italian tend to score higher on vocabulary and grammar. The reason is simple: Italian developed from Latin and an estimated 60 percent of the English vocabulary also comes from Latin.


    • Italian is the fourth foreign language most spoken in U.S. homes, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. It also is spoken in Switzerland, parts of Africa, the Balkans, and the island of Malta.


    • Italy is one of the top five economies and is a leading member of the G8 Group of the wealthiest democracies in the world.


    • An estimated 7,500 American companies do business with Italy, and more than 1,000 U.S. firms have offices in Italy including IBM, General Electric, Motorola, Citibank and Price Waterhouse.


    • Italy is a world leader in machine tool manufacturing, with advanced technologies in robotics, electro mechanical machinery, shipbuilding, space engineering, construction machinery, and transportation equipment. Many of these firms have offices in the United States.


    • Italy's economy is changing: state-owned companies are becoming publicly held, opening up the Italian market to American investment.


    • Italy is a world leader in the culinary arts, interior design, fashion, graphic design, furniture design, etc. Those planning careers in such fields benefit greatly from knowing Italian.


    • Italy has long been a magnet for the tourism industry: in the Jubilee Year 2000, Rome alone hosted over 30 million visitors.


    • Young Americans who want to become physicians, dentists, and veterinarians, but who cannot afford the tuition at American schools can study at Italian universities for a fraction of the cost. Their degrees are valid in the U.S.


    • Art historians need Italian. According to UNESCO (the cultural and educational agency of the United Nations), over 60 percent of the world's art treasures are found in Italy.