Why Italian?Compared to other foreign languages, Italian may be the simplest one to study. The fact that in the Italian alphabet almost every sound corresponds to a letter ("Si scrive come si legge e si parla") make Italian the easiest language to read, write, and pronounce.Italian is the romance language closest to Latin. Since the English language has a huge number of words of Latin derivation (about 60 percent), a knowledge of Italian is very useful to better understand the "how and whys" of English. It is a fact that students who have studied Italian generally score higher on the SAT, showing greater competency and proficiency in in vocabulary and grammar.Considering that almost all scientific and legal terminology comes from Latin, Italian can help students to be more confident even with other standard tests where knowledge of specific terminology is required.In studying Italian, students not only learn one of the musical languages in the world, but they also gain insight into a great and rich culture. Students of Italian will be able to read major writers of world literature such as Dante, Boccaccio, Petrarca, Macchiavelli, Italo Calvino, Luigi Pirandello, and Umberto Eco to mention a few. They will be able to deeply appreciate the operas of Verdi, Puccini, and Rossini, not to mention the more recent interpretations of Luciano Pavarotti and Andrea Boccelli. Understanding Italian will allow students to enjoy the latest Italian Films in their original language as well as the directorial masterpieces of DeSica, Visconti, Rosselini, Fellini, Antonioni, Tornatore, Moretti, and Roberto Benigni.For those who have artistic interest, Italian is the best language to study considering that over 60 percent of the entire world's art treasures are located in Italy, according to UNESCO (the cultural and educational agency for the United Nations).Studying Italian, career prospects are enhanced, since the positions where knowledge of Italian is required increase every day. Italy is a world leader in fields such as design, fashion, culinary art, and tourism as well as in manufacturing, engineering, and advanced technologies. Jobs opportunities in these areas are certainly wide ranging for those who know Italian. Many American companies trade with Italy and a huge number of them have offices in the country, including big firms like IBM, Citibank, and Motorola. The demand for managers, marketers, and administrators who speak Italian and English is quickly growing. Last, but equally important is the opportunity to study at Italian universities. Not only is the education outstanding there but, compare to the average American college tuition, the cost is really low. Italian degrees are recognized in the United States.