Being one of the most spoken languages in the world, Italian is regarded by many as the most beautiful language 1. Nowadays, there is a vast population of 60 million people speaking Italian all over the world2. It is the official language of Italy and San Marino, one of the official languages in Switzerland and the Vatican, and is also spoken widely in Chile, Argentina, Brazil, Australia, Canada, the USA and the UK.
As the transmitter of the great culture of the Renaissance, its influence on the other languages of Western Europe has been profound. For instance, a considerable number of English words are of Italian origin. To name a few, umbrella, spaghetti, macaroni, balcony, casino, fresco, volcano, lava, gusto, studio, regatta, malaria and bandit are all good examples, not to mention the many words in the field of music which are familiar to every music lover.
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