What is the Official Language of Italy?

The official language of Italy is Italian.

Italian is a language spoken by 61 million people living in the Ticino Canton, mostly in the south of Italy and Switzerland. Italian-born immigrants often speak in the United States, Argentina, Brazil, Canada and Australia. It is on the Romance Language branch of the Indo-European language family. Italian is the most loyal to Latin in the Romans languages, so also its other name is “Modern Latin”. There are great similarities with other Romanic languages (such as French, Spanish, Portuguese, Romanian, Catalan). Someone who knows Italian well can learn other Romans languages in a short time.



At the end of the Middle Ages, the influence of the culture and literary superiority of the city of Florence shaped the present-day Italian language of Tuscan writing. Boccaccio, Dante Alighieri, and Petrarca have a big influence on the development of the language by using the Tuscan accent instead of Latin. However, the Italian language is very different from region to region due to the fact that the political unity wasn’t complete for a long time. Each region has its own unique accent and there are big differences, especially in the difficulty of negotiating between the North and the South.

Features of Italian

Venice Italy

Almost all of the words have a unique melody with the famous letter ending and the emphasis of the discovery. Since it was the Lingua Franca during Renaissance, other languages were very influential. And the terminology in the field of music is in particular Italian. It is one of the few melodic languages of the world. Its emotional expressions are very rich.

There are 21 letters in the language. The letters K, J, W, X, and Y are used only in foreign words. The grammar is quite easy. All names are male or female. Male words usually end with the letter “-o”, and female words usually end with “-a”.

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