A scenario in which paying attention in Intro Italian class could change the course of your life:
Guy: "I won't rape and kill you if you can say, with a relatively decent accent, 'Hello. I'm from New York. Where are you from?' in Italian."
Girl: "Sono di New York. Dove sei?"
Guy: "Well done. Solid accent, nice comprehension. But the thing is, I'm going to rape and kill you anyway because I'm horny and on drugs."
Guy rapes and kills girl.