|italiano, lingua italiana|
|Native to||"Italy, "Switzerland, "San Marino, "Vatican City, "Istria County ("Croatia) and "Slovene Istria ("Slovenia)|
|Region||"Italy, "Ticino and "southern Graubünden, "Slovene Littoral and western "Istria|
|64 million native speakers in the EU. (c.2012)
85 million, total number of speakers.
|"Latin ("Italian alphabet)
|"Italiano segnato "(Signed Italian)"
"italiano segnato esatto "(Signed Exact Italian)"
Official language in
"Sovereign Military Order of Malta
"Istria County ("Croatia)
" "Slovene Istria ("Slovenia)
|"Regulated by||"Accademia della Crusca (de facto)|
The geographic distribution of the Italian language in the world: blue indicates where Italian is the main language; large Italian-speaking communities are shown in green dots; light blue indicates areas where the Italian language was used officially during the Italian colonial period.
|Part of "a series on the|
|"Literature and other|
Italian ("" italiano ("help·""info) "[itaˈljaːno] or lingua italiana "[ˈliŋɡwa itaˈljaːna]) is a "Romance language. By most measures, Italian, together with Sardinian, is the closest to "Latin of the Romance languages. Italian is an official language in "Italy, "Switzerland, "San Marino, "Vatican City and western "Istria (in "Slovenia and "Croatia). It used to have official status in "Albania, "Malta and "Monaco, where it is still widely spoken, as well as in former "Italian East Africa and "Italian North Africa regions where it plays a significant role in various sectors. Italian is also spoken by large "expatriate communities in "the Americas and "Australia. It has official minority status in "Bosnia and Herzegovina, "Croatia, "Slovenia and "Romania. Many speakers are native bilinguals of both standardized Italian and "other regional languages. Italian is a major European language, being one of the official languages of the "Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe and one of the working languages of the "Council of Europe. It is the "third most widely spoken first language in the European Union with 65 million native speakers (13% of the EU population) and it is spoken as a second language by 14 million EU citizens (3%). Including Italian speakers in non-EU European countries (such as Switzerland and Albania) and on other continents, the total number of speakers is around 85 million.
Italian is the main working language of the "Holy See, serving as the "lingua franca (common language) in the Roman Catholic hierarchy as well as the official language of the "Sovereign Military Order of Malta. Italian is known as the language of music because of its use in "musical terminology and "opera. Its influence is also widespread in the "arts and in the "luxury goods market. Italian has been reported as the fourth or fifth most frequently taught foreign language in the world.
Italian was adopted by the state after the "Unification of Italy, having previously been a literary language based on "Tuscan as spoken mostly by the "upper class of Florentine society. Its development was also influenced by other "Italian languages and to some minor extent, by the "Germanic languages of the "post-Roman invaders. The incorporation into Italian of learned, or "bookish" words from its own ancestor language, "Latin, is arguably another form of lexical borrowing through the influence of written language and the liturgical language of the Church. Throughout the Middle Ages and into the early modern period, most literate Italian speakers were also literate in Latin; and thus they easily adopted Latin words into their writing—and eventually speech—in Italian. Its vowels are the second-closest to Latin after "Sardinian. Unlike most other Romance languages, Italian retains Latin's contrast between short and "long consonants. As in most "Romance languages, "stress is distinctive.
|This section needs additional citations for "verification. (October 2013) ("Learn how and when to remove this template message)|
During the "Middle Ages, the established written language in Europe was Latin. With the overwhelming majority of people illiterate however, only a tiny handful were well versed in the language. In Italy, as in all other countries, the majority would instead speak the vernacular (native tongue) of their region. These dialects (as they are commonly referred to as) were derived from "Vulgar Latin over the course of centuries, evolving naturally unaffected by formal standards and teachings. However, it should be noted that these "Languages of Italy are not truly "dialects" of Standard Italian, evolving independently (and alongside) of the predecessor of Standard Italian. They are often mutually unintelligible, and are better classified as distinct languages. 
The standard Italian language has a poetic and literary origin in the writings of "Tuscan writers of the 12th century, and, even though the grammar and core lexicon are basically unchanged from those used in Florence in the 13th century, the modern standard of the language was largely shaped by relatively recent events. However, Italian as a language spoken in "Italy and some surrounding regions has a longer history. In fact, the earliest surviving texts that can definitely be called Italian (or more accurately, vernacular, as distinct from its predecessor "Vulgar Latin) are legal formulae known as the "Placiti Cassinesi from the "Province of Benevento that date from 960–963, although the "Veronese Riddle contains a late form of Vulgar Latin that can be seen as a very early Italian dialect. What would come to be thought of as Italian was first formalized in the early 14th century through the works of Tuscan writer "Dante Alighieri, written in his native "Florentine. Dante's epic poems, known collectively as the "Commedia, to which another Tuscan poet "Giovanni Boccaccio later affixed the title Divina, were read throughout Italy and his written dialect became the "canonical standard" that all educated "Italians could understand. Dante is still credited with standardizing the Italian language. In addition to the widespread exposure gained through literature, the Florentine language also gained prestige due to the political and cultural significance of Florence at the time and the fact that it was linguistically an intermediate between northern and southern dialects. Thus the dialect of "Florence became the basis for what would become the official language of Italy.
Italian often was an official language of the various Italian states predating unification, slowly replacing Latin, even when ruled by foreign powers (such as the Spanish in the "Kingdom of Naples, or the Austrians in the "Kingdom of Lombardy-Venetia), even though the masses spoke primarily vernacular languages and dialects. Italian was also one of the many recognised languages in the "Austro-Hungarian Empire.
Italy has always had a distinctive dialect for each city because the cities, until recently, were thought of as "city-states. Those dialects now have considerable "variety. As Tuscan-derived Italian came to be used throughout Italy, features of local speech were naturally adopted, producing various versions of Regional Italian. The most characteristic differences, for instance, between "Roman Italian and "Milanese Italian are the "gemination of initial consonants and the pronunciation of stressed "e", and of "s" in some cases: e.g. va bene "all right": is pronounced [va ˈbːɛne] by a Roman (and by any standard-speaker), [va ˈbene] by a Milanese (and by any speaker whose native dialect lies to the north of the "La Spezia–Rimini Line); a casa "at home" is [a ˈkːasa] for Roman and standard, [a ˈkaza] for Milanese and generally northern.
In contrast to the "Gallo-Italic languages of "northern Italy, the "Italo-Dalmatian "Neapolitan language and its dialects were largely unaffected by the Franco-"Occitan influences introduced to Italy mainly by "bards from France during the "Middle Ages, but after the "Norman conquest of southern Italy, Sicily became the first Italian land to adopt Occitan lyric moods (and words) in poetry. Even in the case of Northern Italian languages, however, scholars are careful not to overstate the effects of outsiders on the natural indigenous developments of the languages.
The economic might and relatively advanced development of Tuscany at the time ("Late Middle Ages) gave its language weight, though the "Venetian language remained widespread in medieval Italian commercial life, and "Ligurian (or Genoese) remained in use in maritime trade alongside the Mediterranean. The increasing political and cultural relevance of "Florence during the periods of the rise of the "Banco Medici, "Humanism, and the "Renaissance made its dialect, or rather a refined version of it, a standard in the arts.
Starting with the Renaissance, Italian became the language used in the courts of every state in the "peninsula. The rediscovery of Dante's "De vulgari eloquentia and a renewed interest in linguistics in the 16th century, sparked a debate that raged throughout Italy concerning the criteria that should govern the establishment of a modern Italian literary and spoken language. Scholars divided into three factions:
A fourth faction claimed the best Italian was the one that the papal court adopted, which was a mix of Florentine and the dialect of Rome. Eventually, Bembo's ideas prevailed, and the foundation of the "Accademia della Crusca in Florence (1582–1583), the official legislative body of the Italian language led to publication of "Agnolo Monosini's Latin tome "Floris italicae linguae libri novem in 1604 followed by the first Italian dictionary in 1612.
An important event that helped the diffusion of Italian was the conquest and occupation of Italy by "Napoleon in the early 19th century (who was himself of Italian-Corsican descent). This conquest propelled the unification of Italy some decades after and pushed the Italian language into a "lingua franca used not only among clerks, nobility, and functionaries in the Italian courts, but also by the "bourgeoisie.
Italian literature's first modern novel, "I Promessi Sposi (The Betrothed), by "Alessandro Manzoni, further defined the standard by "rinsing" his Milanese "in the waters of the "Arno" ("Florence's river), as he states in the Preface to his 1840 edition.
After unification, a huge number of civil servants and soldiers recruited from all over the country introduced many more words and idioms from their home languages (""ciao" is derived from "Venetian word "s-cia[v]o" (slave), ""panettone" comes from "Lombard word "panetton" etc.). Only 2.5% of Italy's population could speak the Italian standardized language properly when the nation was unified in 1861.
Italian is a "Romance language, and is therefore a descendant of "Vulgar Latin (the spoken form of non-classical Latin).[note 1] Standard Italian is based on "Tuscan, especially its "Florentine dialect, and is therefore an "Italo-Dalmatian language, to which "Sicilian and the extinct "Dalmatian also belong, among a few others.
Unlike most other Romance languages, Italian retains Latin's contrast between short and "long consonants. As in most "Romance languages, "stress is distinctive. In particular, among the Romance languages, Italian is the closest to Latin in terms of "vocabulary. "Lexical similarity is 89% with "French, 88% with "Catalan, 85% with "Sardinian, 82% with "Spanish and "Portuguese, 78% with "Rhaeto-Romance, and 77% with "Romanian.
One study analyzing the degree of differentiation of Romance languages in comparison to Latin (comparing "phonology, "inflection, "discourse, "syntax, "vocabulary, and "intonation) estimated that among the languages analyzed the distance between Italian and Latin is only higher than that between Sardinian and Latin.
Italian is an official language of "Italy and "San Marino and is spoken fluently by the majority of the countries' populations. Italian is official, together with French, German and "Romansch in "Switzerland, with most of the 0.5 million speakers concentrated in the south of the country, in the cantons of "Ticino and southern "Graubünden (predominately in "Italian Grigioni). Italian is the third most spoken language in Switzerland (after German and French), and its use has modestly declined since the 1970s. Italian is also used in administration and official documents in "Vatican City.
Italian is widely spoken in "Malta, where nearly two-thirds of the population can speak it fluently. Italian served as Malta's official language until 1934, while it is also recognized as an official language in "Istria County, Croatia, and "Slovenian Istria, where there are significant and historic Italian populations.
It is used as the official language of the "Sovereign Military Order of Malta, a Roman Catholic chivalric order which, while not a nation per se, is still recognized as a sovereign subject of international law.
In "Albania, it is one of the most spoken languages. This is due to the strong historical ties between "Italy and "Albania but also the Albanian communities in Italy, and the 19,000 "Italians living in Albania. It is reported as high as 70% of the Albanian adult population has some form of knowledge of Italian. Furthermore, the Albanian government has pushed to make Italian a compulsory second language in schools. Today, Italian is the third most spoken language in the country after "Albanian and "Greek.
Due to heavy Italian influence during the "Italian colonial period, Italian is still understood by some in former colonies. Although it was the primary language in "Libya since "colonial rule, Italian greatly declined under the "rule of Muammar Gaddafi, who expelled the "Italian Libyan population and made "Arabic the sole official language of the country. Nevertheless, Italian continues to be used in economic sectors in Libya. In Eritrea, Italian is at times used in commerce and the capital city "Asmara still has one Italian-language school. Italian was also introduced to "Somalia through colonialism and was the sole official language of administration and education during the "colonial period but fell out of use after government, educational and economic infrastructure were destroyed in the "Somali Civil War. Italian is still understood by some elderly and other people. The official languages of the Somali Republic are "Somali (Maay and Maxaatiri) and Arabic. The working languages during the Transitional Federal Government were Italian and English.
Although over 17 million "Americans are of Italian descent, only a little over one million people in the United States speak Italian at home. Nevertheless, an Italian language media market does exist in the country.
In "Canada, Italian is the second most spoken non-official language when "varieties of Chinese are not grouped together, with over 660,000 speakers (or about 2.1% of the population) according to the 2006 Census.
Italian immigrants to "South America have also brought a presence of the language to that continent. Italian is the second most spoken language in "Argentina after the official language of Spanish, with over 1 million (mainly of the older generation) speaking it at home, and Italian has also influenced the dialect of Spanish spoken in Argentina and "Uruguay, mostly in phonology, as well as the Portuguese prosody of the Brazilian state of "São Paulo which itself has 15 million Italian descendants. This form of Spanish is known as "Rioplatense Spanish. Italian bilingual speakers can be found in the Southeast of "Brazil as well as in the South. In "Venezuela, Italian is the second most spoken language after Spanish, with around 200,000 speakers. Smaller Italian-speaking minorities on the continent are also found in "Paraguay and "Ecuador.
In "Costa Rica, "Central America, Italian is one of the most important immigration communities languages, after "English. It is spoken in the southern area of the country in cities like "San Vito and other communities of Coto Brus, near the south borderline with "Panama.
According to the "Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, every year there are more than 200,000 foreign students who study the Italian language; they are distributed among the 90 "Institutes of Italian Culture that are located around the world, or in the 179 Italian schools located abroad, or in the 111 Italian lecturer sections belonging to foreign schools where Italian is taught as a language of culture.
In the United States, Italian is the fourth most taught foreign language after Spanish, French, and German, in that order (or the fifth if "American Sign Language is considered). In central-east Europe Italian is first in Montenegro, second in Austria, Croatia, Slovenia, and Ukraine after English, and third in Hungary, Romania and Russia after English and German. But throughout the world, Italian is the fifth most taught foreign language, after English, French, German, and Spanish.
In the "European Union statistics, Italian is spoken as a native language by 13% of the EU population, or 65 million people, mainly in Italy. In the EU, it is spoken as a second language by 3% of the EU population, or 14 million people. Among EU states, the percentage of people able to speak Italian well enough to have a conversation is 66% in "Malta, 15% in "Slovenia, 14% in "Croatia, 8% in "Austria, 5% in "France and "Luxembourg, and 4% in the former "West Germany, "Greece, "Cyprus, and "Romania. Italian is also one of the national languages of Switzerland, which is not a part of the European Union. The Italian language is well-known and studied in "Albania, another non-EU member, due to its historical ties and geographical proximity to Italy and to the diffusion of Italian television in the country.
From the late nineteenth to the mid-twentieth century, thousands of Italians settled in Argentina, Uruguay, southern Brazil, and Venezuela, where they formed a physical and cultural presence.
In some cases, colonies were established where variants of regional "languages of Italy were used, and some continue to use this regional language. Examples are "Rio Grande do Sul, "Brazil, where "Talian is used, and the town of "Chipilo near Puebla, "Mexico; each continues to use a derived form of "Venetian dating back to the nineteenth century. Another example is "Cocoliche, an Italian–Spanish "pidgin once spoken in "Argentina and especially in "Buenos Aires, and "Lunfardo.
"Rioplatense Spanish, and particularly the speech of the city of Buenos Aires, has intonation patterns that resemble those of "Italian languagesa because Argentina has had a continuous large influx of Italian settlers since the second half of the nineteenth century: initially primarily from northern Italy; then, since the beginning of the twentieth century, mostly from southern Italy.
Starting in late "medieval times in much of Europe and the Mediterranean, Latin was replaced as the primary commercial language by Italian language variants (especially Tuscan and Venetian). These variants were consolidated during the "Renaissance with the strength of Italy and the rise of "humanism and "the arts.
During that period, Italy held artistic sway over the rest of Europe. It was the norm for all educated gentlemen to make the "Grand Tour, visiting Italy to see its great historical monuments and works of art. It thus became expected to learn at least some Italian. In England, while the classical languages "Latin and "Greek were the first to be learned, Italian became the second most common modern language after French, a position it held until the late eighteenth century, when it tended to be replaced by German. "John Milton, for instance, wrote some of his early poetry in Italian.
Within the "Catholic church, Italian is known by a large part of the ecclesiastical hierarchy, and is used in substitution for Latin in some official documents.
Italian "loanwords continue to be used in most languages in matters of art and "music (especially "opera), in the "design and "fashion industries, in some sports like "football and especially, in culinary terms.
Throughout Italy, regional variations of Standard Italian, called "Regional Italian, are spoken. In Italy, almost all "Romance languages spoken as the vernacular—other than standard Italian and distantly-related, non-Romance languages spoken in border regions or among immigrant communities—are often imprecisely called ""Italian dialects", even though they are quite different, with some belonging to different branches of the "Romance language family. The only exceptions to this are "Sardinian, "Ladin and "Friulian, which are officially recognized as distinct regional languages by the law. On the other hand, "Corsican (a language spoken in "France on the island of "Corsica) is closely related to "Tuscan, from which Standard Italian derives and evolved.
Regional differences can be recognized by various factors: the openness of vowels, the length of the consonants, and influence of the local language (for example, in informal situations the contraction annà replaces andare in the area of Rome for the infinitive "to go"; and nare is what "Venetians say for the infinitive "to go").
Italian has a seven-vowel system, consisting of /a, ɛ, e, i, ɔ, o, u/, as well as 23 consonants. Compared with most other Romance languages, Italian phonology is conservative, preserving many words nearly unchanged from "Vulgar Latin. Some examples:
The conservativeness of Italian phonology is partly explained by its origin. Italian stems from a literary language that is derived from the 13th-century speech of the city of "Florence in the region of "Tuscany, and has changed little in the last 700 years or so. Furthermore, the Tuscan dialect is the most conservative of all "Italian dialects, radically different from the "Gallo-Italian languages less than 100 miles to the north (across the "La Spezia–Rimini Line).
The following are some of the conservative phonological features of Italian, as compared with the common "Western Romance languages (French, Spanish, "Portuguese, "Galician, "Catalan). Some of these features are also present in "Romanian.
Compared with most other Romance languages, Italian has a large number of inconsistent outcomes, where the same underlying sound produces different results in different words, e.g. laxāre > lasciare and lassare, captiāre > cacciare and cazzare, (ex)dēroteolāre > sdrucciolare, druzzolare and ruzzolare, rēgīna > regina and reina, -c- > /k/ and /ɡ/, -t- > /t/ and /d/. Although in all these examples the second form has fallen out of usage, the dimorphism is thought to reflect the several-hundred-year period during which Italian developed as a literary language divorced from any native-speaking population, with an origin in 12th/13th-century Tuscan but with many words borrowed from "languages farther to the north, with different sound outcomes. (The "La Spezia–Rimini Line, the most important "isogloss in the entire Romance-language area, passes only about 20 miles to the north of Florence.)
Some other features that distinguish Italian from the Western Romance languages:
Standard Italian also differs in some respects from most nearby Italian languages:
The Italian alphabet is typically considered to consist of 21 letters. The letters j, k, w, x, y are traditionally excluded, though they appear in loanwords such as jeans, whisky, taxi, xenofobo, xilofono. The letter ⟨x⟩ has become common in standard Italian with the prefix extra-, although (e)stra- is traditionally used; it is also common to use of the Latin particle ex(-) to mean "former(ly)" as in: la mia ex ("my ex-girlfriend"), "Ex-Jugoslavia" ("Former Yugoslavia"). The letter ⟨j⟩ appears in the first name Jacopo and in some Italian place-names, such as "Bajardo, "Bojano, "Joppolo, "Jerzu, "Jesolo, "Jesi, "Ajaccio, among others, and in Mar Jonio, an alternative spelling of Mar Ionio (the "Ionian Sea). The letter ⟨j⟩ may appear in dialectal words, but its use is discouraged in contemporary standard Italian. Letters used in Foreign words can be replaced with "phonetically equivalent native Italian letters and "digraphs: ⟨gi⟩, ⟨ge⟩, or ⟨i⟩ for ⟨j⟩; ⟨c⟩ or ⟨ch⟩ for ⟨k⟩ (including in the standard prefix kilo-); ⟨o⟩, ⟨u⟩ or ⟨v⟩ for ⟨w⟩; ⟨s⟩, ⟨ss⟩, ⟨z⟩, ⟨zz⟩ or ⟨cs⟩ for ⟨x⟩; and ⟨e⟩ or ⟨i⟩ for ⟨y⟩.
|Before back vowel (A, O, U)||Before front vowel (I, E)|
|Plosive||C||caramella /karaˈmɛlla/ "candy||CH||china /ˈkiːna/ "India ink|
|G||gallo /ˈɡallo/ "rooster||GH||ghiro /ˈɡiːro/ "edible dormouse|
|Affricate||CI||ciambella /tʃambɛlla/ "donut||C||Cina /ˈtʃiːna/ China|
|GI||giallo /ˈdʒallo/ "yellow||G||giro /ˈdʒiːro/ round, tour|
Italian has geminate, or double, consonants, which are distinguished by "length and intensity. Length is distinctive for all consonants except for /ʃ/, /dz/, /ʎ/, /ɲ/, which are always geminate, and /z/, which is always single. Geminate plosives and affricates are realized as lengthened closures. Geminate fricatives, nasals, and /l/ are realized as lengthened "continuants. There is only one vibrant phoneme /r/ but the actual pronunciation depends on context and regional accent. Generally one can find a flap consonant [ɾ] in unstressed position whereas [r] is more common in stressed syllables, but there may be exceptions. Especially people from the Northern part of Italy ("Parma, "Aosta Valley, "South Tyrol) may pronounce /r/ as [ʀ], [ʁ], or [ʋ].
The "voiced postalveolar fricative /ʒ/ is only present in loanwords: for example, garage [ɡaˈraːʒ].
There are two "genders (masculine and feminine), however there is a number of nouns that change their gender from the singular to plural, having a masculine singular and a feminine plural, and thus are sometimes considered neuter (those are derived from "neuter Latin nouns). An instance of neuter gender also exists in pronouns of the third person singular.
Nouns, adjectives, and articles "inflect for gender and number (singular and plural).
The order of words in the phrase is relatively free compared to most European languages. The position of the verb in the phrase is highly mobile. Word order often has a lesser grammatical function in Italian than in "English. Adjectives are sometimes placed before their noun and sometimes after. Subject nouns generally come before the verb. Italian is a "null-subject language, so that nominative pronouns are usually absent, with subject indicated by verbal "inflections (e.g. amo 'I love', ama 's/he loves', amano 'they love'). Noun objects normally come after the verb, as do pronoun objects after imperative verbs, infinitives and gerunds, but otherwise pronoun objects come before the verb.
There are numerous "contractions of "prepositions with subsequent "articles. There are numerous productive "suffixes for "diminutive, "augmentative, pejorative, attenuating etc., which are also used to create "neologisms. There are 27 pronouns, grouped in "clitic and tonic pronouns.
There are three regular sets of verbal "conjugations, and various verbs are irregularly conjugated. Within each of these sets of conjugations, there are four simple (one-word) verbal conjugations by person/number in the "indicative mood ("present tense; "past tense with "imperfective aspect, past tense with "perfective aspect, and "future tense), two simple conjugations in the "subjunctive mood (present tense and past tense), one simple conjugation in the "conditional mood, and one simple conjugation in the "imperative mood. Corresponding to each of the simple conjugations, there is a compound conjugation involving a simple conjugation of "to be" or "to have" followed by a "past participle. "To have" is used to form compound conjugation when the verb is transitive ("Ha detto", "ha fatto": he/she has said, he/she has made/done), while "to be" is used in the case of verbs of motion and some other intransitive verbs ("È andato", "è stato": he/she has gone, he/she has been). "To be" may be used with transitive verbs, but in such a case it makes the verb passive ("Ê detto", "è fatto": it is said, it is made/done). This rule is not absolute, and some exceptions do exist.
|English (inglese)||Italian (italiano)||Pronunciation|
|Of course!||Certo! / Certamente! / Naturalmente!||/ˈtʃɛrto/ /ˌtʃɛrtaˈmente/ /naturalˈmente/|
|Hello!||"Ciao! (informal) / Salve! (formal);||/ˈtʃaːo/|
|How are you?||Come stai? (informal) / Come sta? (formal) / Come state? (plural) / Come va? (general, informal)||/ˌkomeˈstai/; /ˌkomeˈsta/ /ˌkome ˈstaːte/ /ˌkome vˈva/|
|Good morning!||Buongiorno! (= Good day!)||/ˌbwɔnˈdʒorno/|
|Good night!||Buonanotte! (for a good night sleeping) / Buona serata! (for a good night awake)||/ˌbwɔnaˈnɔtte/ /ˌbwɔna seˈraːta/|
|Have a nice day!||Buona giornata! (formal)||/ˌbwɔna dʒorˈnaːta/|
|Enjoy the meal!||Buon appetito!||/ˌbwɔn‿appeˈtiːto/|
|Goodbye!||Arrivederci (general) / ArrivederLa (formal) / Ciao! (informal)||(listen) /arriveˈdertʃi/|
|Good luck!||Buona fortuna! (general)||/ˌbwɔna forˈtuːna/|
|I love you||Ti amo (between lovers only) / Ti voglio bene (in the sense of "I am fond of you", between lovers, friends, relatives etc.)||/ti ˌvɔʎʎo ˈbɛːne/; /ti ˈaːmo/|
|Welcome [to...]||Benvenuto/-i (for male/males or mixed) / Benvenuta/-e (for female/females) [a / in...]||/beɱveˈnuːto/|
|Please||Per favore / Per piacere / Per cortesia||(listen) /per faˈvoːre/ /per pjaˈtʃeːre/ /per korteˈziːa/|
|Thank you!||Grazie! (general) / Ti ringrazio! (informal) / La ringrazio! (formal) / Vi ringrazio! (plural)||(listen) /ˈɡrattsje/ /ti riŋˈɡrattsjo/|
|You are welcome!||Prego!||/ˈprɛːɡo/|
|Excuse me / I am sorry||Mi dispiace (only "I am sorry") / Scusa(mi) (informal) / Mi scusi (formal) / Scusatemi (plural) / Sono desolato ("I am sorry", if male) / Sono desolata ("I am sorry", if female)||(listen) /ˈskuːzi/; /ˈskuːza/; /mi disˈpjaːtʃe/|
|What?||Che cosa? / Cosa? / Che?||/kekˈkɔːsa/ /ˈkɔːsa/ /ˈke/|
|Why / Because||perché||/perˈke/|
|Again||di nuovo / ancora||/di ˈnwɔːvo/; /aŋˈkoːra/|
|How much? / How many?||Quanto? / Quanta? / Quanti? / Quante?||/ˈkwanto/|
|What is your name?||Come ti chiami? (informal) / Qual è il suo nome? (formal) / Come si chiama? (formal)||/ˌkomettiˈkjaːmi/ /kwal ˈɛ il ˌsu.o ˈnoːme/|
|My name is ...||Mi chiamo ...||/mi ˈkjaːmo/|
|This is ...||Questo è ... (masculine) / Questa è ... (feminine)||/ˌkwesto ˈɛ/ /ˌkwesta ˈɛ/|
|Yes, I understand.||Sì, capisco. / Ho capito.||/si kaˈpisko/ /ɔkkaˈpiːto/|
|I do not understand.||Non capisco. / Non ho capito.||(listen) /noŋ kaˈpisko/ /nonˌɔkkaˈpiːto/|
|Do you speak English?||Parli inglese? (informal) / Parla inglese? (formal) / Parlate inglese? (plural)||(listen) /parˌlate iŋˈɡleːse/ (listen) /ˌparla iŋˈɡleːse/|
|I do not understand Italian.||Non capisco l'italiano.||/noŋ kaˌpisko litaˈljaːno/|
|Help me!||Aiutami! (informal) / Mi aiuti! (formal) / Aiutatemi! (plural) / Aiuto! (general)||/aˈjuːtami/ /ajuˈtaːtemi/ /aˈjuːto/|
|You are right/wrong!||(Tu) hai ragione/torto! (informal) / (Lei) ha ragione/torto! (formal) / (Voi) avete ragione/torto! (plural)|
|What time is it?||Che ora è? / Che ore sono?||/ke ˌora ˈɛ/ /ke ˌore ˈsono/|
|Where is the bathroom?||Dov'è il bagno?||(listen) /doˌvɛ il ˈbaɲɲo/|
|How much is it?||Quanto costa?||/ˌkwanto ˈkɔsta/|
|The bill, please.||Il conto, per favore.||/il ˌkonto per faˈvoːre/|
|The study of Italian sharpens the mind.||Lo studio dell'italiano aguzza l'ingegno.||/loˈstuːdjo dellitaˈljaːno aˈɡuttsa linˈdʒeɲɲo/|
|two thousand and seventeen (2017)||duemiladiciassette||/dueˌmilaˈditʃasˈsɛtte/|
|Italian edition of "Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia|
... if the Romance languages are compared with Latin, it is seen that by most measures Sardinian and Italian are least differentiated and French most
L’italiano di oggi ha ancora in gran parte la stessa grammatica e usa ancora lo stesso lessico del fiorentino letterario del Trecento.
L'italiano come lingua acquisita o riacquisita è largamente diffuso in Venezuela: recenti studi stimano circa 200.000 studenti di italiano nel Paese
Today, even though for political reasons English is the most widely taught foreign language in Albanian schools, Italian is anyway the most widespread foreign language.
|Italian edition of "Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia|