Facts and Figures About the Italian Language

When in Italy you are probably under the impression that everyone is speaking Italian, huh well not really 🙁 In fact people in Italy speak several different languages in Italy, as well as a number of dialects. So if you have questions like:

1) Where is Italian spoken?

2) How many Italian speakers are there?

3) What other languages are spoken in Italy?

4) What are the major dialects of Italian?

KEEP READING!

The three things that Italians have of their own, in most regions of Italy have, is their own accent, dialect, and sometimes their own language. The various languages and dialects spoken in Italy evolved over centuries and persisted separate from standard Italian for a variety of reasons. Here are some data relating to the Italian language.

How Many Italian Speakers Are There?

Italian is classified as an Indo-European language. According to Ethnologue: Languages of Italy there are 55,000,000 speakers of Italian in Italy. The speakers include those who are bilingual in Italian and regional diversities as well as those for whom Italian is a second language. There are another 6,500,000 speakers of Italian in other countries.

Where is Italian Spoken?

Besides Italy, Italian is spoken in 29 other countries:

Argentina

Australia

Belgium

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Brazil

Canada

Croatia

Egypt

Eritrea

France

Germany

Israel

Libya

Liechtenstein

Luxembourg

Paraguay

Philippines

Puerto Rico

Romania

San Marino

Saudi Arabia

Slovenia

Switzerland

Tunisia

United Arab Emirates

United Kingdom

Uruguay

USA

Vatican State

Italian is also recognized as an official language in Croatia, San Marino, Slovenia, and Switzerland.

What Are the Major Dialects of Italian?

There are dialects of Italian and there are dialects of Italy. The major dialects of Italian include:

Toscano

Abruzzese

Pugliese

Umbro

Laziale

marchigiano central

cicolano-reatino-aquilano

andmolisano


What Other Languages Are Spoken in Italy?

There are several distinct local languages in Italy, including:

emiliano-romagnolo

friulano (alternate names include furlan, frioulan, frioulian,priulian)

ligure (lìguru)

Lombardo

napoletano(nnapulitano)

piemontese (piemontéis)

sardarese (a language of Central Sardinian also known as sard or logudorese)

sardu (a language of Southern Sardinian also known ascampidanese or campidese) siciliano

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