The following article, written by Breena Kerr, appears on BBC.com.
How Italian became the language of love
Writers and poets shaped its style and vocabulary over centuries, with beauty and sound as some of their primary considerations.
It happened again the other day. I was walking down the street in my home city in the US when I heard it; a couple speaking Italian. I hurried to catch up with them, staying close so I could eavesdrop. From what I could understand, they were talking about remodelling their house. Not the most elegant topic. But the words sounded so beautiful that I cried.
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