Learning a new language means getting a new soul, a new point of view.
Remember: language and culture are intimately linked. Learn another language and you’ll have insight into another culture. You’ll get a clear view of your own for the first time.
Everyone is constantly in the process of changing and evolving, and learning a different language is an excellent way to find out who you really are and what are your likes and dislikes.
“Italy and London are the only places where I don’t feel to exist on sufference”. E.M Forster
It’s good for your health. There are several advantages of bilingualism: the brain’s improved performance to plan and prioritise, a better defense against dementia in old age and – of course – the ability to communicate in a another language other than one’s native tongue.
No matter how old you are: the cognitive benefits of learning another language are effective. Memory improvement, longer attention span, and a reduced risk of age-related cognitive decline, are just a few of the known positive effects of speaking two or more languages.
“You may have the Universe, if I may have Italy”. Giuseppe Verdi
Visit Italy: Just with a basic ability in Italian you can order food and drink, find your way around, buy tickets, etc. If you have a more advanced knowledge of the language, you can have real conversations with the people you meet, which can be very interesting and will add a new dimension to your holiday.
“We are all pilgrims who seek Italy”. J. W Goethe
Food: all you have heard about Italian food is true. It’s genuine, fresh, delicious but … not in the restaurants situated next the touristic places. As in any country, restaurants and cafes right near the big tourist sites are the most likely candidates for a bad and expensive meal. It’s not always the case, of course, but often it’s true. In general, whenever you see as many non-Italians as Italians, be on your guard.
Remember that even if many Italians speak English is always better to pronounce some Italian words also with young waiters who want to show their nice English pronunciation. Say them you are not only a tourist but a real traveller that appreciate their land.
“Italy, and the spring and first love all together should suffice to make the gloomiest person happy”. Bertrand Russel