Here at La Piazza di Carolina, we’re dedicated to teaching Italian to people of all ages. But we don’t want you just to know how to speak Italian; we want you to know about the language too! So here are 10 facts to start you off:
- Italian is a Romance language, tracing its roots back to Latin. It’s also the Romance language that is most similar to Latin.
- Approximately 66 million people throughout the world speak Italian.
- It is the official language of Italy, San Marino, and certain parts of Switzerland.
- Italy’s unification in 1861 established what we know as modern Italian as the country’s main language. Before this, many people mainly spoke a regional dialect.
- And speaking of dialects, modern Italian comes from one that was spoken in Tuscany.
- Italian is also spoken in various places outside of Europe, including parts of the US, Argentina, Venezuela, Australia, and Canada.
- The five cities in the United States with the greatest amount of Italian speakers are New York City, Boston, Chicago, Miami, and Philadelphia.
- Italian ranks fifth among the most popular non-native languages taught.
- Almost every word in Italian ends with a vowel.
10. According to BBC, the longest word in Italian (with 29 letters!) is esofagodermatodigiunoplastica, which they say refers to surgery following the removal of the stomach and oesophagus.
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