Italian is a Romance language. Together with Sardinian, it is the Romance language closest to Latin. Italian is spoken by about 60 million people and is the official language in Italy, Switzerland, San Marino, Vatican City, Malta and Western Istria (in Slovenia and Croatia).

Italian is a major European language, being one of the official languages of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe and one of the working languages of the Council of Europe. It is the third most widely spoken first language in the European Union with 65 million native speakers (13% of the EU population) and it is spoken as a second language by 14 million EU citizens (3%).

Outside of Europe, Italian is also spoken in Africa. Due to heavy Italian influence during the colonial period, the language is still understood by some in former colonies such as Somalia, Eritrea and Libya. It is also spoken in countries like Canada, the United States of America, Australia and South America due to Italian immigrant communities that have settled there.

The standard Italian language has a poetic and literary origin in the writings of Tuscan writers of the 12th century. It first started to appear in written documents during the 10th century in the form of notes and short texts inserted into Latin documents such as lawsuits and poetry. For a long time there was no standard written or spoken language in Italy and writers tended to write in their own regional dialects. In Northern Italy, which was often ruled by the French, French and Occitan were used as literary languages.

During the 13th century such writers as Dante Alighieri (1265-1321), Petrarch and Boccaccio were influential in popularizing their own dialect of Italian – the Tuscan of Florence – as a standard literary language. By the 14th century the Tuscan dialect was being used in political and cultural circles throughout Italy, though Latin remained the pre-eminent literary language until the 16th century.

During the 15th and 16th centuries both Latin and Italian were used for technical and scientific texts. The Italian used was full of Latin words and over time Latin was used less and less as Italian became increasingly popular. Today the Tuscan dialect is known as Italian (Italiano) and is the official language of Italy.


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Italian Proverb: “A ogni uccello il suo nido è bello.” – “To every bird, his own nest is beautiful

Meaning: There is no place like home.


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