Translation into Italian
The Italian Language tends to be pushed aside, to the advantage of other European languages such as English and French. This does not take anything away from its beauty or the interest surrounding it, and it is still widely used in the field of translation.
Italian Around the World
In addition to the approximately 60 million inhabitants of Italy, many Italian speakers are scattered around the world. In Europe, for example, the Republic and Canton of Ticino, with a total population of about 290,000, has Italian as its official language. The same goes for the Vatican (for which Latin is the first official language). Croatia and Slovenia are home to Italian-speaking communities.
Once the Roman Age came to an end, Italy was not a great coloniser like Great Britain. However, when the United States started to become an immigration hub, a large number of Italians formed several communities, namely in Rhode Island, New York, New Jersey Florida, Connecticut and Massachusetts. Nowadays, there are approximately 18 million Italian Americans in total.
Italian migrants have also settled in Brazil, Argentina and Uruguay, with a total of about 50 million Italians speakers in South America.
Italian in the Professional Sphere
Italian is above all a language of international trade and commerce. This is due in particular to the fact that Italy has a substantial presence in the commercial field. It is the fourth richest European country and has the eighth strongest economy in the world. The country boasts some of the world’s leading brands of products, to name but a few: Fiat in the automotive industry, Dolce Gabanna for luxury ready-to-wear fashion and Ferrero Rocher and Nutella in the food industry.
Italian, being the language of culture and tourism, inevitably brings us to Leonardo di Vinci and Botticelli. The Greco-Roman civilisations have left behind a heritage that the mastery of the Italian language makes it easier to understand.
Subtleties of the Italian Language
Italian is, at first glance, very easy to read. Each letter is pronounced. As French and Italian are both romance languages, sometimes it is easy to guess the meaning of an Italian word without being an Italian-speaker.
However, being able to Speak Italian is still essential, even if it is only to understand that ‘colazione’ is not a snack, but a breakfast. To give an example of another ‘false friend’, ‘il cancro’ does not mean dunce, but cancer; an inversion of letters changes the meaning of the world completely. When someone offers you a ‘regalo’, this is not a kind of food, but a present. A person’s ‘riposta’ is not a retaliation, but an answer.