Learn Italian

There are hundreds of different regional dialects in Italy and this will help you learn Standard Italian, which is the most widely understood. Standard Italian, which is based on the Tuscan dialect, is used in schools, the media and parliament. Italian is one of the languages most closely descended from Latin and is called a Romance language after the Romans.

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Italy

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Fun facts about Italian

The Italian for good luck, ‘In bocca al lupo’, literally means ‘into the wolf’s mouth’. It's important to respond to this with ‘Crepi il lupo’ - may the wolf die.

Italian is known as the language of music because of its use in musical terminology and opera. Words such as soprano, solo and piano all come from Italian.

The famous Italian poets Dante, Petrarch and Boccaccio all wrote in the Tuscan dialect of Florentine on which Standard Italian is based.

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