Italian words have made their way into English over the course of many centuries, you will be happy to know that you already are using quite a bit of Italian.  If you are a musician, you will be familiar with the terms such as bel canto, cello, mezzosoprano, pianoforte, and solo.  Structural design has borrowed words like cupola, loggia, and stanza.   Of course then there is Italian foods such as ravioli, mozzarella, lasagna, vermicelli, or porcini.  During the course of some everyday lives the Italian words, such as paparazzi, graffiti, mafia, and ghetto are used every day. As you can see your vocabulary already consists of several Italian words.

Because of the growing influence of American culture through the media, this has become a two-way street.  There are many English words, which have been adopted by the Italians.  They even have a name for these words.  It is called Itangliano, which translates into highly anglicized Italian.  Some of these words are club, flirt, shopping, spray, and style.  When visiting Italy, it may seem you hear more English spoken than Italian in the cities where tourism is heavy, such as Florence, Rome and Venice.

Politicians and academics have made a series of efforts to defend the Italian language against what is known as Italenglish or Itangliano.  A campaign against English phrases and grammar was launched by the members of Parliament because of the stream into their culture and language, and threatening to kill off Italian.  Just recently Italian officials vowed to simplify the manner in which the state communicates with its citizens by declaring war on officialese.