Italians speak Italian. Approximately 63 million people in the world speak Italian as their mother language or first langauge. An additional 3 million people speak Italian as a secondary language. Various statistical resources differs slightly between them, but, Italian are around the 20 most-spoken languages in the world, at place number 20.
Can Italian speakers understand Spanish?
Not all Spaniards and not all Italians speak their native languages (IE. Italian or Spanish), respectively, and in some cases they can only speak them as secondary languages.
However, due to the high degree of similarity between Spanish and Italian, they can understand each other, if they don't speak too fast. Both languages come from the original Latin and they share a lot of vocabulary and grammar. Italian belongs to the Romance branch of the Indo-European language family. Like the other Romance languages, it is a descendant of Vulgar Latin spoken by the ancient Romans and was imposed/forced by the Romans on all people that fell under their rulership. Therefore, Italian shares many characteristics with other Romance languages that descend from original the Latin.
Which countries speak Italian as their official language?
Italian is spoken by 57.7 million people in the country Italy.
Numbering a total worldwide 64 million speakers in 29 countries.
Italian is also the national, or de facto national, language of San Marino, Vatican City, Switzerland, and also in some areas of Slovenia and Croatia.
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There are two official languages spoken in San Marino: standard Italian and a Sammarinese dialect. About 83% of the country's population speak Sammarinese.
Vatican City State.
It is the Italian language that used by most of those located within the state; however the official documents of the Holy See are written in Latin.
The four national languages of Switzerland are German, French, Italian and Romansh.
What other languages are also spoken in Italy?
A number of minority languages are also spoken in Italy. Many of them have been classified as historical language minorities by the government of Italy.
Including Sardinian, Albanian, Occitan, Croatian, Slovene, Ladin, Friulian, Catalan, and Franco-Provencal, French, Greek and German, .
What is the most similar language to Italian?
In particular, among the Romance languages, Italian is the closest to Latin in terms of vocabulary.
Lexical similarity is 89% with French, 87% with Catalan, 85% with Sardinian, 82% with Spanish, 78% with Ladin, 77% with Romanian and 70% with Portuguese.
Italian Language Learning Pack.