Classifying the most widely spoken languages in the world is not an easy task. This is because it is practically impossible to know exactly how many people speak each specific language. More and more people opt to learn other languages in addition to their mother tongue, which complicates the statistics.
According to the 22nd edition of Ethnologue, a linguistic project promoted by SIL International, providing data on the number of speakers, regions, dialects and linguistic varieties of a language, Italian is the fourth most studied language in the world. Preceding Italian, English, Spanish and Chinese are the most frequently requested standard languages people from all over the world want to learn.
This ranking reinforces that Italian is one of the most rapidly growing languages. If in 2013-2014 there were 1.7 million students of Italian, in the following two years it is expected the number of people who learn Italian will continue to increase.
Currently there are more than 2 million students of Italian in 115 different countries around the world. This is certainly proof more and more people are seduced by the Italian language and its culture. There is no doubt: Italian is a very lively language with a great future ahead.
Fascination with “Made in Italy” and the Italian language
Italian is not the fourth most spoken language in the world, but it ranks fourth in the classification of languages studied worldwide. Art, architecture, history, music, cinema, fashion, and Italian design are undoubtedly major reasons to study the Italian language.
Many people who do not have Italian as their mother tongue want to learn it in order to be able to more deeply enjoy their exploration trips to Italy, a shopping day in fashionable Milan, or at the Opera, to give just a few examples.
Florence, the taste of Tuscany
Florence, the birthplace of the Renaissance, is one of the most photogenic and beautiful cities in the whole country. Each year its monuments and picturesque corners attract numerous tourists, and more and more are encouraged to explore the rest of Tuscany while doing an Italian course in Florence.
Centro Machiavelli has the perfect formula for you to make the most of your stay in Florence. Through activities outside the classroom, they encourage student contact and expand opportunities for students to continue speaking Italian throughout their stay.
The school’s goal is not limited to students meeting academic objectives and being able to understand and express themselves in Italian. They strive to convey the essence of Italy and Florence in all its myriad dimensions, sharing culture, heritage and constantly proposing a variety of local immersion activities.
In addition to the classic Italian language courses, other programs can bring you closer to other aspects of Italian culture and tradition while teaching you to speak Italian. You can choose between Italian + art history, Italian + cooking or Italian + music and singing courses.
What about the location of the school? Its central location in Florence makes it possible for you to walk to class every day and not depend on public transport. You can experience Florence in depth, both day and night. What else could you ask for?