posted by Ms. Sue .
French is spoken by more people than Italian. I personally don't think either language will increase in importance in the forseeable future.
Check this website for the 30 most widely spoken languages in the world.
Is it worth to study Italian over French or vice versa?
Taking into consideration what the future holds, the linguistic demographics and applications, does anyone have an opinion based on broad experiences (seeing as mine is so narrow!)
I agree with Ms. Sue. A choice between Italian vs. French as languages to study comes down to your own heritage and travel and artistic preferences. I have recently begun to enjoy opera more and wish I understood more Italian. I sudied French for a year but usually don't have a clue what they are saying.