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How old is the Italian language?
Italian is a relatively old language, with evidence showing its use as far back as the third century.
The Italian we have is a version of the “vulgar” Latin spoken by common folk long ago in Italy.
In today’s context, the word “vulgar” has a negative connotation.
In this sense, it means the language spoken by regular people and not the language used in literary or ecclesiastical circles.
Check out the astonishing facts about the Italian language below:
- There are 85 million Italian language speakers.
- The longest word in Italian has twenty-six letters.
- Italian is a Romance language derived from Latin.
Many terms (such as simile, medicina, and memoria) used today in Italian are directly taken from the Latin version from two thousand years ago.
Italian spread as a result of Rome’s efforts to colonize and conquer foreign lands.
After the fall of the Roman Empire, Latin became less popular, and the Italian dialects we are familiar with today emerged to create separate identities.
The birth of standard Italian
Italian literature was popular with elite groups and the educated for many years.
The Italian language spread further with the works of Dante, Petrarca, and Boccaccio, whose literary works created prestige and recognition from scholars across Europe and other parts of the world.
In 1861, Italy was unified, and the foundation for a standard Italian version began gaining popularity.
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Short Italian quotes
These Italian quotes are quick and concise.
1. “I grew up in a big Italian family.” — Jonathan Bailey
2. “There’s nothing more romantic than Italian food.” — Elisha Cuthbert
3. “I am proud to be Italian because I was born in Italy.” — Mario Balotelli
4. “In my time, you needed to speak a little Italian, and that was it.” — Juan Manuel Fangio
5. “If your mother cooks Italian food, why should you go to a restaurant?” — Martin Scorsese
6. “I speak five languages: English, Swedish, French, Italian, and German.” — Roy Hodgson
7. “Italian food is all about ingredients, and it’s not fussy, and it’s not fancy.” — Wolfgang Puck
8. “I grew up in Italy, I went to school in Italy, and I have worked in Italy. I’m Italian.” — Mario Balotelli
9. “The trouble with eating Italian food is that five or six days later, you’re hungry again.” — George Miller
10. “I love the feel of good quality Italian black lace that feels delicate and really feminine.” — Nicole Trunfio
Italian quotes about life
Italians have unique views about life, and these quotes celebrate that.
11. “I’m, like, half Norwegian and half Italian.” — Toby Regbo
12. “I speak Spanish to God, Italian to women, French to men, and German to my horse.” — Charles V
13. “I speak three other languages – Serbian, French, and Italian – but typically read in English.” — Stana Katic
14. “Life is too short, and I’m Italian. I’d much rather eat pasta and drink wine than be a size 0.” — Sophia Bush
15. “I’m Italian, but some people think I’m Jewish because I work the Yiddish. I also work the Italian, by the way.” — Joy Behar
16. “I’m a bit old-fashioned. I like the idea of going to the cinema and then an Italian restaurant.” — Louis Tomlinson
17. “Italians know that what matters is style, not fashion. Italian style does not have social or age boundaries.” — Stefano Gabbana
18. “What football means to an Italian coach is tactics, trying to control the game by following the ideas and systems of the manager.” — Claudio Ranieri
19. “My father’s family were Italian ice cream men, and the knowledge was passed on, so I ran an ice cream van while I was dating my wife.” — Chris Rea
20. “The Mediterranean is in my DNA. I’m fine inland for about a week, but then I yearn for a limitless view of the sea, for the colors and smells of the Italian and French Riviera.” — Alain Ducasse
Italian quotes about family and friends
These quotes celebrate friends the Italian way.
21. “On the Italian side, we can trace the family back 2,000 years.” — Christopher Lee
22. “Italian men do appreciate beautiful women. They’re not afraid of the beauty, which is nice.” — Eva Herzigova
23. “My parents are Italian and British. They live in Berkeley now – we all moved there four years ago.” — Claire Forlani
24. “I am a sucker for those old traditional places, and Rome is as good as it gets, particularly when you throw in Italian food.” — Roger Federer
25. “My family is certainly very vocal. They’re very Italian. A lot of our holidays end with people screaming at each other across the room.” — Chris Evans
26. “I learned to say ‘hello’ in German, French, Spanish, Dutch, Chinese, Indonesian, and Italian – languages of the countries I’ve visited.” — Suzuka Nakamoto
27. “I like Italian movies. I was frequently there in the ’60s, in Rome and the vicinity. It was a great period in life. I was very influenced by their stuff.” — Clint Eastwood
28. “I am certainly Italian in my love of food! I eat everything, but I love Italian food most of all. Even my daughter does. Her favorite food is pasta and parmigiana.” — Monica Bellucci
29. “I had been learning Italian for years. I always loved Latin, but Italian is a living language; I’m writing in it now as well as reading it. It is so interesting delving further into language.” — Jhumpa Lahiri
30. “I began thinking there should be an American phrase book, ’cause I’ve got an Italian phrase book, and an Arabic one… now a British one. I think it’d be pretty good to have an American phrase book.” — Joe Strummer
Italian quotes about history
These quotes take us down memory lane.
31. “It’s in the nature of Italians to live life with a positive tone and to celebrate the invitations that come along in life. Italian food is so conducive to all of that.” — Lidia Bastianich
32. “I’m a big pasta fan. I’m a big Italian food fan. Anything Italian – I love cheese, mozzarella. Mozzarella is my favorite, so I have to say anything Italian, I’ll take it.” — Malin Akerman
33. “The Celtic, Galatian, or Gallic nation received from the common mother endowments different from those of its Italian, Germanic, and Hellenic sisters.” — Theodor Mommsen
34. “Very few Italian restaurants in Britain do a good job. They’re too scared to show you what real Italian food is like because they think you can’t handle it, so they dilute it.” — Gino D’Acampo
35. “I speak Italian and a little bit of French. I moved to Trento, Italy, when I was around ten to learn Italian. I have family there. I’m trying to restart my French. And then I want to get into Mandarin.” — Eiza Gonzalez
36. “Dante can be understood only within the context of Italian thought, and Faust would be unthinkable if divorced from its German background, but both are part of our common cultural heritage.” — Gustav Stresemann
37. “My father is Italian, and I never met my paternal grandparents. The family name was ‘Caroselli,’ and it was changed in the mid-’50s. I think they wanted to assimilate, which was pretty common, although I love the name ‘Caroselli.’” — Steve Carell
38. “I love food, all types of food. I love Korean food, Japanese, Italian, and French. In Australia, we don’t have a distinctive Australian food, so we have food from everywhere all around the world. We’re very multicultural, so we grew up with lots of different types of food.” — Hugh Jackman
39. “The Army was always big on Clausewitz, the Prussian; the Navy on Alfred Thayer Mahan, the American; and the Air Force on Giulio Douhet, the Italian. But the Marine Corps has always been more Eastern-oriented. I am much more comfortable with Sun-Tzu and his approach to warfare.” — Jim Mattis
40. “Good food and a warm kitchen are what makes a house a home. I always tried to make my home like my mother’s because Mom was magnificent at stretching a buck when it came to decorating and food. Like a true Italian, she valued beautification in every area of her life, and I try to do the same.” — Rachael Ray
Italian quotes about family
These quotes celebrate the Italian family.
41. “I’m Jewish and Italian, and I lucked out and got the nose of both cultures.” — Chelsea Peretti
42. “I am a nice human, but I’ve also got Italian in my family. My mom’s side is Italian, and my mom is a very scary human being.” — Rhea Ripley
43. “I’m still ambiguously ethnic. I could be Persian – I could be anything. But I’m Italian and Jewish, so I’m a citizen of the world; that’s what I prefer.” — Justin Baldoni
44. “Only the French people say French food is the finest cuisine in the world. If you ask anyone else, they will tell you the best food in the world is Italian.” — Gino D’Acampo
45. “I know that’s really hard for people to understand, but I grew up in an Italian family where we didn’t overdo anything. We ate pasta, yes, but not a lot of it.” — Giada De Laurentiis
46. “I really enjoyed playing Vinny Vedecci, the Italian talk show host. He was the first character I ever came up with where I gave him a name and a way of dressing.” — Bill Hader
47. “I see the face of a child. He lives in a great city. He is black. Or he is white. He is Mexican, Italian, Polish. None of that matters. What matters he’s an American child.” — Richard M. Nixon
48. “I’m Italian; I take my time. We’re not really fast. We’re very slow. I had my first child at 40, my second child at 45, James Bond at 50. I’m so curious as to what’s next!” — Monica Bellucci
49. “I grew up speaking Spanish and English. My mother can speak Spanish, English, French, and Italian, and she’s pretty good at faking Portuguese. I wish that I spoke more languages than I do.” — Sebastian Arcelus
50. “I speak a little bit of Italian, yeah. I understand more than I speak. I speak more of a dialect; my mom’s from Naples, and my dad’s from Sicily, so it comes out little a bit of a cocktail of the Italian language.” — Luke Pasqualino
Speak Italian and spread love
The Italian language has a long and rich history.
Even today, many common English words have an Italian origin.
Words such as broccoli, propaganda, quarantine, zucchini, lottery, fiasco, and flu are all derived from Italian.
The longest word in the Italian language is precipitevolissimevolmente, which means someone or something that acts very hastily.”
Many people became familiar with Italian through exposure to opera.
People from all over the world visit Italy to see opera performances.
Today, the Italian language is spoken by more than 90% of the population that lives in Italy and is among one of the most studied foreign languages in the world.
Sixty-five million people speak Italian in Italy, San Marino, Switzerland, the United States, Australia, Malta, and Vatican City.
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