Many language learners attest to having slightly different personalities in different languages. Distinct intonations, accents and gestures are inextricably linked to language but Italian is probably the language most linked to the world of art and culture. You can find Italian influence in all major areas of life and culture: from painting arts to architecture, from literature to music, from design to food and wine.
Italian is an incredibly beautiful and intricate language and studies show that learning a new language increases analytical thinking skills. Studying a foreign language stimulates the brain, by boosting problem solving skills and improving memory. Italian is the most romantic of the romance languages!
Some languages are just easier for English speakers to learn than others, and Italian has a few advantages in this regard. As a native English speaker, there’ll be many words in the Italian language which are already familiar to you. Approximately 30 percent of words in the English language are of Latin origin, and the Italian language remains the most closely associated with Latin. This is, of course, an argument that can be used for the other Romance languages too, but Italian trumps them due to the easy pronunciation. You may struggle to roll the “r” and mimic perfectly the beautiful musicality of the language, but you won’t lose your tongue to the Spanish lisp, and you won’t have to solve the mystery of the disappearing consonants that the French language presents. The phonetics of the language can be readily understood from the written word, which is a huge advantage for the beginner. Furthermore, the Italian verb tenses correspond pretty well with the English tense system.