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TOP 10 REASONS WHY LEARNING ITALIAN WILL CHANGE YOUR LIFE

learning italian will change your life

Learning Italian changed my life. It led me down a new path in life I had never imagined. So, if you’re considering learning Italian but are sitting on the fence, these 10 reasons will inspire you to take action once and for all!

A Brief History of Italian

The Italian language has been around since the 900s. The first known written text resembling what we now recognise as the Italian language was a legal document regarding a dispute over land ownership between southern Italian monasteries. Known as the Placiti Cassinesi, the documents date back to the years 963-960.

The Italian language didn’t become standardised until the time of Dante Alighieri, the most famous Italian writer of all time. Dante Alighieri penned La Divina Commedia (The Divine Comedy), which was completed in 1320, a year before his death. 

In the late Middle Ages, the vast majority of poetry and literary works were written in Latin, but Dante was a proponent of vernacular literature that used the common language of the people. He wrote The Divine Comedy in the Tuscan dialect, a highly unorthodox choice that would set the standard for Italian literature and position Tuscan Italian as the language of high culture and the basis for the ‘standard’ Italian spoken today.  For this reason, Dante is often referred to as the “father of the Italian language”