直到几年前，在意大利会英语的人挺少的，从旅游观点来看，这件事情也代表一个不小的问题: 难怪直到几年前，在中国在线论坛上有很多中国人民发帖问 “只会说英语，可以自由行去意大利吗？”, “要去意大利旅行了，但是只会英语，不会意大利语，请问在公共场合交流会成问题吗？谢谢”, “不会意大利语的话去意大利旅游方便吗?”
Until a few years ago, few were those who could properly speak English; from a tourism perspective, this was a big issue, in fact in many Chinese online forums there were common questions such as: “Can you travel to Italy if you only speak English?” “I would like to go to Italy, but I only speak English, will this be a problem?” “Is it easy to travel around Italy if you don’t speak Italian?”
随着时间的推移，情况发生了根本性的变化，现在所有意大利小孩子都在幼儿园或小学开始学习英语，小学生参加的英语培训班和英语娱乐活动也不少。感谢英语更大的扩散，越来越多人接近这种语言: 有许多意大利人（包括四十五岁以上的大人) 开始看英语电视剧和电影；此外，感谢越来越也普遍的电子书使用让许多意大利人看用英语写的书籍和杂志。社交网络在英语传播中也发挥了重要作用。其实，有时候问题不是人缺乏”语言天赋”而可能缺乏的只是用那个语言交流的机会。现在，在意大利，英语的普及越来越高，来这里旅游的小伙伴们真的不用担心，你会英语依然可以很方便的在意大利旅游！
The situation has completely changed over the years. Nowadays Italian children start learning English in kindergartens or in primary schools. Furthermore, many students are also taking part in English training classes and English entertainment activities. Due to the wider spread of English, more and more people are increasingly approaching English. Italians, including those over forty, are starting to watch English-language TV shows and movies, and, thanks to the growing popularity of E-books, many Italians started reading English books and magazines. Social networks also play an important role in the spread of English language. In fact, sometimes the problem is not a lack of “Linguistic talent”, but rather a lack of opportunities to communicate in that language. Nowadays, in Italy, more and more people speak English, friends who want to travel here don’t really have to worry, because if you speak English, you can get easily around Italy!
虽然现在会英语的人不少，但是不能否认如果你是来意大利留学的话肯定要学意大利语。要不然，离开课堂，走出学校，你身边的大部分人都是意大利人，他们不会英文的话，怎么办? 你房东是不会英文的意大利老人怎么办? 所以，虽然你会选择英语授课，但是还要学意大利语的基础知识。意大利大学课堂上讲英语没错，但学意大利语也会让你更好了解意大利文化，意大利社会等。还有，留学生毕业回国后 会三种语言的话 (汉语，意大利语，英 文) 对工作非常有用。
Although there are many people speaking English now, to study in Italy you have to learn Italian. What if, out of class, out of school, most of the people around you are Italian, and they don’t speak English? What about your landlord is an old Italian who doesn’t speak English? So, even if you choose to take class in English, you still have to learn the survival Italian language. It’s ok to speak English in an Italian university class, but learning Italian will also give you a better understanding of Italian culture, Italian society, etc. Furthermore, speaking three languages (Chinese, Italian and English) will be very useful for you after graduation.
We know that online shopping is now very common in China. In Italy, perhaps people will be more impressed by Rome, by the capital of fashion Milan and by the city of water, Venice. Italian cities have a fascinating sense of history and art, but, at the same time, young people here are also keen on international shopping websites. Mobile shopping and the number of e-commerce users in Italy has increased dramatically, mobile sales are already outpacing desktop and tablet sales. Italians are used to savingmoney, but it does not affect the pursuit of high quality and fashion, after all, Milan is the capital of fashion. Italian offices are generally very refined, modern and comfortable.
Talking about clothing, Italians prefer hemp-made clothes, especially for women. There are also quite a few hemp-made clothes produced by big-name enterprises. If they buy a set of hemp-made bed sheets, bedspreads and pillowcases, the price will be much higher than that of pure cotton. Italian high-end hotels will provide linen towels, as a proof of their luxury
So, whether you are here to study or to travel you really don’t have to worry, because in Italy the international language of shopping, fashion brands can easily meet your needs.
I am often asked by friends, “Is it possible to travel in Italy speaking English instead of Italian?” When they ask me this question I always smile confidently: “Who says is not possible?” Italians are good at using body language to communicate, and I’m good at gesturing.”
It’s just a joke. But to tell the truth, the English level of Italian people is really not to be complimented. If people all over the world are English speakers,, Italian people still have the title of “Language slacker”. Most of the time, they speak with foreigners still using the age-old tradition of “Gesturing”. So we ask everyone, do you know Italian “Gesturing”?