Italian is widely taught in many schools around the world, but rarely as the first foreign language. Italian is the fourth most frequently taught foreign language in the world. Italian is known as the language of music because of its use in musical terminology and opera.
Italian is the official language of classical music. If youâ€™ve ever seen a classical music score, youâ€™ve probably come across terms like crescendo (get louder), staccato (detached), and forte (loud), all of which come from Italian. This is because musical notation was invented in Italy during the Renaissance, and thus became the standard language used in classical music.