The Italian language is one of five romance languages (Spanish, Portuguese, French & Romanian are the others) and the closest language to what is known as Vulgar Latin . With about 69 million native Italian speakers and about another 16 million speakers taking it on as a second language, Italian can be heard around the world. Many people enjoy speaking Italian whether it’s a first or second language or simply basic Italian for travel plans or professional needs.
Italian is considered an official language in:
Italian Is Spoken In Many Places
While Italian may only be considered “official” in a few different places, you’ll find many Italian speakers in places such as:
The Italian Language - Learn History, Facts and Words
If you’re interested in more facts on the Italian language, here are a few more that may pique your interest:
Now that you know some basic facts about Italian, if you’re considered enrolling in an Italian learning course with Rosetta Stone, these common words and general information on Italian grammar will help you get started. Don’t be intimidated at the idea of learning Italian. Rosetta Stone makes it engaging with ten-minute, bite-sized lessons that are designed to have you speaking with confidence, whether you want to learn on your smartphone or desktop.
But first, let’s consider some Italian language basics with some simple grammar rules:
Unlike in English, Italian classifies nouns and adjectives as feminine or masculine.
In Italian, articles are classified as feminine or masculine and singular or plural. This is vastly different than how we use articles in English.
Pronouns are also classified as singular or plural and in some cases, have masculine or feminine forms:
Italian language learning really requires you to simply memorize new rules. Once you do, you’ll find yourself falling in love with Italian , and getting into a rhythm as you go through each Rosetta Stone lesson.
To build up your word bank, here are some simple Italian words and phrases you’ll commonly use as you learn Italian.
These are just some of the Italian words and phrases you’ll learn as you start to converse confidently in Italian, with Rosetta Stone. From studying Italian words, to speaking with our native-speaking tutors, you’ll be ready for in-person, real life conversations in Italian .
Surround yourself with Italian whenever, wherever with the Rosetta Stone app .
Download a unit and knock it out on the train or a flight. Select a 5-10 minute lesson and sneak it in while you wait in line or for your ride to show up. And explore dynamic features, like Seek and Speak, where you can point at an object in the real world and get a translation .
The best part? You don’t have to choose between app or desktop. Both come with your subscription and sync, so you can switch between devices seamlessly.