Translation into Italian

The Italian language is sometimes minimized in favor of other European languages like English, French, or Spanish. However it does not detract from its own beauty, or the deep cultural and artistic interest surrounding it, and Italian is still positively and widely used as a working language for translation in its many key dominant fields heralded around the world, such as Italian tourism, high fashion, specialty automotive, the arts, skilled trades, cuisine, fishing, agriculture, and many others.

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 (where Latin is actually the first official language). Croatia and Slovenia are also home to significant Italian-speaking communities.

Once the Roman Age came to an end, Italy was no longer a great colonizer like Great Britain. However when the United States started to become an immigration hub, a large number of Italians formed many large communities namely along the Eastern coast of the U.S. in Rhode Island, New York, New Jersey Florida, Connecticut, Massachusetts, and even as far down south as in New Orleans, Louisiana, and as far north as in Detroit, Michigan and Chicago, Illinois. Nowadays there are approximately 18 million Italian-Americans in total living in the United States.

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 to the fact that Italy has a substantial presence in the commercial field. It’s the fourth richest European country and has the eighth strongest economy in the world. Italy boasts some of the world’s leading name brands for products, to name a few: Fiat and Ferrari in the automotive industry, Dolce & Gabanna, Gucci, and Armani for luxury ready-to-wear high fashion and footwear, and Ferrero Rocher and Nutella in the food industry.

Italian, as the language of culture and tourism, inevitably brings us to notable masters like Leonardo DaVinci and Botticelli. The Greco-Roman civilizations left behind a heritage in arts and cultural wealth that a mastery of the Italian language make easier to understand.

Subtleties of the Italian Language

Italian at first glance is very easy to read. As a rule, each letter is always pronounced, as simple as that. Similar to French and Spanish as romance languages firmly rooted in Latin, it can sometimes be easy to guess the meaning of an Italian word or expression without actually being a fluent Italian-speaker.

However the ability to speak Italian is still essential for expert translation and understanding in business documents, meetings, art, literature, and international events; even if it is only to understand that “colazione” is not merely a snack, but actually breakfast. Another false friend  idiomatic example, saying “il cancro” does not mean “fool” or “dunce”, but actually refers to the word “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 instead a present. A person’s “riposta” is not a retaliation, but an answer instead.
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