Learning Italian is accompanied by a fascinating journey through contemporary Italian society and its cinema, media, literature, arts and popular culture. It is also beneficial in several career fields, as Italy is a world leader in the culinary arts, interior design, fashion, graphic design, furniture design, robotics, space engineering, construction machinery and machine tool manufacturing. The Italian language is particularly easy to learn: it shares many Latin-derived words with English as well as the alphabet, and is a phonetic language that is easy to read and pronounce.