Italian

Top Ten Reasons to Learn Italian

"Knowledge of Italian is fundamental for those who embrace a career in the humanities and the social sciences, especially in art history, literature, history, music, linguistics, education and international relations. It is also becoming increasingly useful for those who plan a career in a technological field, in business administration and in many other professional fields.

1.     Art related professions need Italian. According to UNESCO (the cultural and educational agency for the United Nations) the most of the world’s cultural heritage sites are in Italy.

2.     Italy gave birth to literary masterpieces known and acclaimed word-wide such as Dante's "Divine Comedy andit is the language of music and opera.

3.     Italy is a world leader in fashion, interior design, industrial design, graphic design.

4.     Italy has long been a magnet for the tourism industry. For example in the year 2000, Rome alone hosted over 30 million visitors. Italian language could enable tourists to travel in the country as insiders.

5.     Italy is one of the top economies in the world, and many employers are seeking people who speak both Italian and English. An estimated 7,500 American companies do business with Italy and more than 1,000 U.S. firms have offices in Italy, including Chrysler, IBM, General Electric, Motorola. Many Italian firms have offices in the U.S.

6.     Knowing Italian is greatly beneficial in several career fields. Italy is a world leader in machine tool manufacturing, with advanced technologies in robotics, electro mechanical machinery, shipbuilding, space engineering, construction machinery, and transportation equipment. Many of these firms have offices in the United States.

7.     The Italian language is the closest to Latin, the common ancestor of all romance languages.

Italian developed from Latin and an estimated 60 percent of the English vocabulary also comes from Latin. Knowing Italian may help improve your scores in English.

8.     No need of subtitles to see Rossellini, Fellini, Visconti and Pasolini movies! There is a great tradition of filmmaking in Italy, why Scorsese decided to shoot “Gangs of New York”at Cinecittà Studios in Rome?

9.     A recent study showed that enrollment in Italian language classes at U.S. high schools and colleges is growing. Italian is recognized as one of the most beautiful spoken languages on the planet

10.   Italian has the highest number of words for describing food!  ("National Italian American Foundation")."

Students, what are your reasons?

 

Instructors

Dr. Hiroko Yamashita
Chair of MLC, Paul & Francena Miller Chair in International Education, Professor of Japanese
Language taught:
Japanese
Office: EAS-3239
Phone number:
585-475-6074
Afrah Alfatli
Adjunct Professor of Arabic
Language taught:
Arabic
Office: 1-3219
Phone number:
585.475.2903
Natala Arapov
Natalya Arapov
Adjunct Professor of Russian
Language taught:
Russian
Office: EAS-3219
Phone number:
585-475-3219
Godys Argmengot
Godys Argmengot
Lecturer of Spanish
Language taught:
Spanish
Office: EAS-3236
Phone number:
585-475-4427
Dr. Sara Armengot
Dr. Sara Armengot
Associate Professor of Spanish
Language taught:
Spanish
Office: EAS-3223
Phone number:
585-475-4343
Johannes Bockwoldt
Adjunct Professor of German
Language taught:
German
Office: G. Eastman Hall Rm. 3219
Phone number:
585-475-2903
Janis Bruns
Adjunct Professor of German
Language taught:
German
Office: EAS-3219
Phone number:
585-475-2903
Roberto Camps
Adjunct Professor of Spanish
Language taught:
Spanish
Office: EAS-3219
Phone number:
585-475-2903
Dr. Philippe Chavasse
Associate Professor of French, French Program Coordinator
Language taught:
French
Office: EAS-3233
Phone number:
585-475-3156
Dr. Zhong Chen
Assistant Professor of Chinese, Chinese Program Coordinator
Language taught:
Chinese
Office: EAS-3179
Phone number:
585-475-6917
Dr. Elisabetta D'Amanda
Senior Lecturer of Italian, Italian Program Coordinator
Language taught:
Italian
Office: EAS-3152
Phone number:
Birgit Deir
Adjunct Professor of German
Language taught:
German
Office: G. Eastman Hall Rm. 3219
Phone number:
585-475-4427
Nadia Eldabh
Adjunct Professor of Arabic
Language taught:
Arabic
Office: EAS (Building 1) Room 3219
Phone number:
475-2903
Dr. Diane J. Forbes
Dr. Diane J. Forbes
Associate Professor Spanish, Spanish Program Coordinator
Language taught:
Spanish
Office: EAS-3197
Phone number:
585-475-6765
Christina Garitselov
Adjunct Professor of Spanish
Language taught:
Spanish
Office: EAS-3219
Phone number:
585-475-3219
Francia Gonzalez
Francia Gonzalez
Adjunct Professor of Spanish
Language taught:
Spanish
Office: EAS-3211
Phone number:
475-2903
Vincent Incardona
Systems Administrator
Office: EAS-3241/ EAS-3263
Phone number:
585-475-7880
Wibke Klapetzky
Adjunct Professor of German
Language taught:
German
Office: EAS-3219
Phone number:
585-475-2903
Alexandra Kuzmich
Adjunct Professor of French
Language taught:
French
Office: EAS-3219
Phone number:
585.475.2903
Kévin Le Blévec
Visiting Lecturer of French/Technology Specialist
Language taught:
French
Office: EAS-3260
Phone number:
585-475-7234
Miho Lee
Miho Lee
Language taught:
Japanese
Office: EAS-3219
Phone number:
585-475-4427
Yu Fang Liu
Adjunct Professor of Chinese
Language taught:
Chinese
Office: EAS-3219
Phone number:
585-475-2903
Yukiko Maru
Yukiko Maru
Senior Lecturer of Japanese, Japanese Program Coordinator
Language taught:
Japanese
Office: EAS-3329
Phone number:
585-475-4558
Daniela Morschbacher
SILP Adjunct Professor of Portuguese
Language taught:
Portuguese
Office: EAS-3219
Phone number:
dxmgsl@rit.edu
Masako Murakami
Masako Murakami
Senior Lecturer of Japanese, Japanese Program Coordinator
Language taught:
Japanese
Office: EAS-3158
Phone number:
585-475-4418
Ping H. Pian
Adjunct Professor of Chinese
Language taught:
Chinese
Office: EAS-3219
Phone number:
585-475-2903
Rosalba Pisaturo
Adjunct Professor of Italian, Adjunct Professor of Spanish
Language taught:
Italian, Spanish
Office: EAS-3219
Phone number:
585-475-4427
Linda Rossiter
Modern Langues and Cultures Sr. Staff Assistant
Office: EAS-3225
Phone number:
585-475-2018
Yolanta Samek
Adjunct Professor of French
Language taught:
French
Office: EAS-3219
Phone number:
585-475-3219
Dr. Ulrike Stroszeck
Dr. Ulrike Stroszeck
Senior Lecturer of German, German Program Coordinator
Language taught:
German
Office: EAS-3156
Phone number:
585-475-2921
Marina Sweany
Adjunct Professor of Russian
Language taught:
Russian
Office: EAS-3219
Phone number:
585-475-4427
Yuki Taguchi
Adjunct Professor of Japanese
Language taught:
Japanese
Office: EAS-3219
Phone number:
585-475-4427
Emiko Takai
Adjunct Professor of Japanese
Language taught:
Japanese
Office: G. Eastman Hall Rm. 3219
Phone number:
585-475-4427
Guoming Tian
Dr. Guoming Tian
Adjunct Professor of Chinese
Language taught:
Chinese
Office: EAS-3219
Phone number:
585-475-2903
Dr. Marie-Josephe Van Vliet
Dr. Marie-Josephe Van Vliet
Adjunct Professor of French
Language taught:
French
Office: EAS-3219
Phone number:
585-475-2903
Mihoko Wakabayashi
Mihoko Wakabayashi
Adjunct Professor of Japanese
Language taught:
Japanese
Office: EAS-3219
Phone number:
585-475-4427
Ai-ze Wang
Adjunct Professor of Chinese
Language taught:
Chinese
Office: EAS-3211
Phone number:
475-2903
Wilma Wierenga
Associate Professor Emeritus
Language taught:
German
Phone number:
Ida Wilder
Ida Wilder
Adjunct Professor of Italian
Language taught:
Italian
Office: EAS-3219
Phone number:
58-5475-4427

Conversation Table

The MLC Department offers weekly opportunities to practice conversations in specific languages with other students.

CONVERSATION TABLE
Mondays 
4-5pm in 3171 EASTMAN

MUSIC CLUB

Mondays in EAS 3171
3-4pm
 

Tutoring

The MLC Department offers free tutoring opportunities for students two times a week for one hour.

Tutor: Francesco

Tuesdays from 4 to 5 pm in EAS 3181

Thursdays from 6 to 7pm in EAS 3181

Resources

Videos

Fare conoscenza

Al bar

Dal medico

La casa

Feste - tradizioni - famiglia

In cucina

Al supermercato

Lo shopping

Dal tabaccaio

Che tempo Fa

Informazioni turistiche

Immagini dell'Italia

Alla stazione ferroviaria

In albergo

Al telefono

In banca

All'ufficio postale

All'agenzia immobiliare

Il tempo libero

Trekking

Spettacoli

TV & Radio

La stampa

A scuola

Al lavoro

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Tell Me More! Language Learning Software

Tell Me More! is a premier language learning company. Their latest product is an online Language Learning "Lab" which is available to all students at RIT. The Modern Languages Department strongly recommends this resource to any Language Student who is currently taking Italian classes

To use this exciting resource, please visit the Wallace Center's Login Portal (RIT Login Required):  http://library.tellmemore.com.ezproxy.rit.edu/?lid=Rochester&cc=Rochester

You'll need to set up a Tell Me More account when you visit the site for the first time in order to track your progress.

Tell Me More! also offers a Demo Site. If you are interested in checking out Tell Me More!, but do not want to make an account just yet, feel free to check it out here: http://www.tellmemore.com/edudemo.aspx Please Note: The demo site does not track progress.