The ITALIAN Language:
Italian is the official language of Italy and San Marino, and one of the official languages of Switzerland. Italian is spoken by about 58 million people in Italy, 24,000 in San Marino, 840,000 in Switzerland, another 1 million in other European countries, and approximately 5 million in North and South America. Historically, Italian is a daughter language of Latin. Italian uses the Roman alphabet. The pronunciation of the language follows the spelling very closely. Italian is often described both as the language of art and music as well as the language best suited to singing.