Italian is a leid spoken bi aboot 70 million fowk, maistly fowk frae Italy, frae whaur it gets its name. It is an ofeecial leid in Italy, San Marino, Vatican Ceety, Swisserland an in some ceeties o Slovenie an Croatie. It is uised in some pairts o Monaco, Maltae, Albanie, Dodecaneso (Greece), Eritrea, Libie, Ethiopie, Somalie, Tunisie, Slovenie, Croatie an some ither places an aw.

Italiano, Lingua italiana
Native taeItaly, Swisserland, San Marino, Vatican Ceety, Istrie Coonty (Croatie) an Slovene Istrie (Slovenie)
RegionItaly, Ticino an soothren Graubünden, Slovene Littoral an wastren Istrie
Native speakers
69 million native speakers in the EU[1] (c.2012)[2]
90 million total speakers
L2 speakers: 24 million
Laitin (Italian alphabet)
Italian Braille
Italiano segnato "(Signed Italian)"[3]
italiano segnato esatto "(Signed Exact Italian)"[4]
Offeecial status
Offeecial leid in
 San Marino
 Vatican City

 Istrie Coonty (Croatie)
Slovenie Slovene Istrie (Slovenie)
 Brazil (Talian dialect in Rio Grande do Sul & Santa Catarina)[5]

 European Union
 Sovereign Militar Order o Malta

Recognised minority
leid in
Regulatit biAccademia della Crusca (de facto)
Leid codes
ISO 639-1it
ISO 639-2ita
ISO 639-3ita
  Main leid
  Used offeecially in the Italian colonial period; nou seicontary
  Lairge Italian-speakin commonties
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Whaur Italian is spoken in Europe.

It is maistly derived frae Laitin, wi some wirds frae Greek, Etruscan an ithergates. It is cried an inflectit leid - that means that the meanin o wirds can be chynged bi chyngin their endins. Italian noons is aither masculine or feminine (thir's grammatical terms, for ordinar anerly indirect adae dae wi gender).

Maist singular masculine noons ends in -o, an maist plural masculine noons ends in -i.

Maist singular feminine noons ends in -a, an maist plural feminine noons ends in -e.

Sae - gatto = male cat, gatta = female cat, gatti = male cats, gatte = female cats

The endin o verbs is awfu complicate, acause they lippen on the tense o the verb (past, praisent, futur an sae on) an on the person o the verb (A, ye , thay etc).[11]

Frae that - parlo = A speak, parliamo = we speak, parlava = he wis speakin, parlarono = thay spak, parlerò = A will speak, parliamo = lat's speak!

There's gey mony o thir endins tae learn - it is a difficult pairt o Italian. But soondin is semple - there's anerly a puckle rules tae learn, an haurdly ony difficult soonds.

Mony Italian wirds haes entered the Scots leid. Pizza, spaghetti an ravioli is juist some o the fuid wirds that we uise. Mony technical wirds in muisic is Italian, sic as forte an allegro. Mony muisical instruments' names air Italian an aw, sic as cello an tuba. Frae the daurker side o Italian life we get Mafia an vendetta.


  1. "Eurobarometer – Europeans and their languages" (PDF). (485 KB), February 2006
  2. Italian at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  3. "Centro documentazione per l'integrazione". Retrieved 22 October 2015.
  4. "Centro documentazione per l'integrazione". Retrieved 22 October 2015.
  5. Aprovado projeto que declara o Talian como patrimônio do RS Archived 27 Januar 2012 at the Wayback Machine, accessed oan 21 August 2011
  6. Lewis, Simons & Fennig 2014.
  7. "Australian Bureau of Statistics, 2005, "Language other than English" (spreadsheet of figures from 2001 Census)". Archived frae the original on 20 Julie 2008. Retrieved 14 Mey 2018.
  9. Bernasconi, Giulia (2012). "L'ITALIANO IN VENEZUELA". Italiano LinguaDue (in Italian). Università degli Studi di Milano (2): 20. doi:10.13130/2037-3597/1921. Archived frae the original on 2 Februar 2017. Retrieved 22 Januar 2017. L'italiano come lingua acquisita o riacquisita è largamente diffuso in Venezuela: recenti studi stimano circa 200.000 studenti di italiano nel Paese
  10. Nordhoff, Sebastian; Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2013). "Italian". Glottolog. Leipzig: Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology.
  11. Berloco 2018



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