• Its family is: Indo-European » Italic » Romance » Italian.

  • Is the fifth most taught non-native language, after English, French, Spanish and German.

  • Spoken by about 60-65 million people, primarily in Italy.

  • Is regulated by “Accademia della Crusca”.

  • Italian is ranked 19th on the “List of Languages by number of native speakers.” (in a near tie with Turkish and Urdu).

  • Mostly spoken in Italy, but also in communities in Switzerland, Austria, Slovenia,  Croatia, Argentina, Brazil, the United States, Australia, Luxembourg and some places in Africa.

  • It is not uncommon for Italian-speakers to also speak a dialect particular to the   region where they live.