Italian

Italy is many things to many people. For lovers of art it represents the home of the greatest artists and composers. For food lovers it is a diverse, culinary voyage of great food and wine. And for fashionistas it is the seat of power for the world’s leading labels and style conscious.

Rome, Venice, Sienna and Pompeii, just some of the Italian cities known worldwide for their outstanding architecture, culture and historical significance. Learn Italian and get more out of your journey through one of the most beautiful and creative countries in the world.

Knowledge of Italian can greatly benefit you in many career fields and can give you access to some of the world’s leading brands. Italy is a world leader in interior design, fashion, shipbuilding, construction, and many other industries.

Italian developed from Latin and an estimated 60 per cent of English vocabulary comes directly from Latin, therefore it is the language closest to English. Italian has the “best phonetic fit” and it is the easiest foreign language to read, write and pronounce because there is only one sound per letter of the alphabet. An interesting fact is dyslexia is rare in Italy. This may be because it is much easier for people with dyslexia to read in languages where there is one-to-one correspondence between letters and sounds.

Italian is the language of culture: it is the language of Dante and of lyric. It is the language of great artists, poets and philosophers. It is the language of fashion, food and fast cars. It is “La Dolce Vita”.

Manuela Felicetti
BA Italian Language and Literature
BA English Language and Literature
Language Co-ordinator for Italian

You can take one of our Italian courses or, if you are a student here, study Italian as an MOMD:

  • Language taster courses - aimed at beginners and near-beginners, these courses are a great way of getting a flavour of a new language.
  • Summer courses - a great way of trying out a new language from scratch or coming back to a language you have studied previously. There are no assessments and no books to buy, just lots of language practice in small groups.
  • Open Access - available for all who wish to study a language; students, staff, and members of the public.
  • Modules Outside the Main Discipline (MOMD) - reserved for undergraduates who wish to take a language course as part of their degree