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Learning Italian with Carousel of Languages
There are so many reasons to introduce your young child to Italian!
Fun fact! Carousel of Languages began as Italian for Toddlers.
Carousel Founder and CEO, Patrizia Saraceni Corman felt very fortunate to have grown up in both the United States and Italy. “My childhood years in Italy gave me a wealth of priceless memories—vaporetti, delicious gelato, a love of that beautiful culture. The experience also instilled a deep connection to my heritage and a firsthand understanding of the immense personal and professional value of bilingualism.”
Returning to the United States as an adult, Patrizia’s intimate knowledge of Italian culture and her ability to speak the language opened a world of professional opportunity in high-end Italian fashion and lifestyle brands.
When she became a mother, Patrizia wanted to provide the same rich experiences and opportunities for her son. “I wanted him to skip along the canals in Venice, eat spaghetti in Rome, throw stones off ancient river bridges in the beautiful cities all over Italy.” says Patrizia. “And I wanted him to speak Italian.”
Patrizia launched her acclaimed foreign language program as a gift for her son.
Italian is a Romance language, meaning it’s derived from early, spoken Latin. Melodic and romantic, Italian is widely considered one of the most beautiful languages in the world–a delight to hear and speak.
For centuries, Italy has been known for its vivacity, cultural richness, and creative, innovative spirit. It boasts fine wine and delicious cuisine, groundbreaking cinema, stunning fashion design, some of history’s greatest sculpture and painting — Botticelli, Da Vinci, Michelangelo, Modigliani — world-famous architecture, as well as pioneers in math, biology, chemistry, astronomy, and physics, including Galileo Galilei, considered the father of modern science.
In addition to the warmth and glamour of the language and culture, speaking Italian is practical for travel and study abroad. Spoken by close to 70 million people worldwide, the vast majority in Europe, it’s the official language of Italy, one of the 4 national languages of Switzerland, and the second official language of Vatican City.
The similarity among romance languages means that once you’ve learned one, the others are much more easily understood and acquired. In our modern, globalized economy, bilingualism is a valuable career asset. And of course, Latin root words prove very useful in studying vocabulary for important exams like the SAT and GRE.
Carousel of Languages is New York City’s premier foreign language program for infants, toddlers, and schoolchildren. Our holistic philosophy, research-backed methodology, and acclaimed proprietary curriculum, Carousel Teaching System®, provide the proven cognitive, creative, and academic benefits of early exposure to more than one language.
Offering lessons in 11 languages and serving an international clientele, we celebrate diversity, foster connection to cultural heritage, and spark the curiosity that inspires a lifelong love of learning and builds the confidence to explore.
Building on 20 years of classroom success, our new remote program offers young students the very best in distance learning. Specially designed for very young students, our online sessions faithfully recreate Carousel’s signature warm, engaging, multisensory approach with brief, age-appropriate interval lessons, multiple times per week.
Give your child a passport to Global Citizenship–join the Carousel family today!