Italian belongs to the Romance group of the Italic subfamily of the Indo-European family of languages. The official language of Italy and San Marino, and one of the official languages of Switzerland, Italian is spoken by about 65 million people in Italy, San Marino, Switzerland, other European countries, and in North and South America. The idiom of Florence, one of the Tuscan dialects of Italian, became dominant from the end of the 13th century to the middle of the 14th century and gave rise to modern standard Italian. The dialect of Rome also has influenced modern standard Italian.

Departments & Related Programs

Italian Studies Program
Department of French & Italian

Online Audio and Video

Ciao! Benvenuti in Italia!

The Italian Virtual Class brings the sights and sounds of Italy to life and immerses you in Italian language and culture through videos and images of geography, history, art, and daily life. Navigate the Italian Virtual Class just as you would travel through Italy, region to region, meeting Italians along the way, visiting historical places, living the Italian way of life!

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Online Resources

Online Italian dictionary and encyclopedia:
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Online Italian verb conjugation site:
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Emory Favorites

Ultralingua Dictionary and Verb Conjugations
Verbix Conjugations