Well, do you really need to do anything in life except drink water, eat, and pay taxes? Probably not, but doing other things can certainly help you make more friends, get a better job, and live a fuller life, and learning Italian is one of those things. I have met many people along my journey here in Italy who don’t speak a lick of Italian and they have survived okay, but I have also met people who are wonderfully fluent in Italian. Of course their experiences have been vastly different and it’s up to you if you would like to put in the effort, time, and money (probably a lot) to learn the local language. In this article I’ll explore a few of the pros and cons.