Italian Dialects

Italian Dialects: Why Italians speak Thousands of Languages

Italians speak one language. No, actually, they speak thousands of them. I will tell you more: Italian is a newborn baby compared to the thousands of languages spoken in this country.

Let’s start from the beginning: let’s go back to 1861, when Italy was finally born, later than other European countries. The Regno d’Italia (Italian Kingdom) had just been formed, but what about the language?

“Fatta l’Italia, facciamo gli Italiani” (“We’ve made Italy. Let’s make the Italian people!”) This is what Italian writer and politician Massimo d’Azeglio rightly said. A unified country needed a unique language.

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