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About Neapolitan

Neapolitan is the language spoken in the city of Naples, Italy and in a range of forms across Southern Italy. It is related to but generally not mutually intelligible with Italian. Influences include Latin, Greek, Spanish and French. It is considered an endangered language by UNESCO and is principally an oral language used in informal situations. It is also spoken by immigrant communities in the United States, Germany, Northern Italy, Argentina and Australia.

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Fun facts — Neapolitan

  • The phrase ‘see Naples and die' ("vedi Napoli e poi muori" - Goethe) means that the city is so beautiful that, once you’ve seen it, there’s no reason to go on living.
  • The name Napoli originates from the Greek word 'Neapolis' or 'new city'. Naples was founded by the Ancient Greeks in the 2nd century BC.
  • According to linguists, the Neapolitan dialect has had a huge impact on the Italian spoken in the US because historically some 80% of Italian immigrants came from Southern Italy.

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