Italian is a language that is spoken throughout the world, but primarily in Europe or colonies established by Italy during its colonial conquests. The language is a Romance language and is considered to be one of the closest of the Romance languages to resemble Latin.
Other Romance languages like French or Portuguese have drifted further away from their Latin roots, unlike Italian.
This sets Italian apart from other languages that are within the Romance language family. This makes finding the right Italian language voice actor important if your project is intended for distribution within Europe.
Modern-day Italian is thought to have originated in the 10th century, but it wasn’t until the 13th or 14th centuries that Italian became a standardized, distinct language. The roots of Italian are thought to have been a dialect of Vulgar Latin that developed in Florence or Tuscany, before finding popularity and spreading to other regions within Italy. It is understood that the early dialect of Florentine developed into what we know as Italian today.
The language is an official language in three other nations besides Italy; San Marino, Switzerland, and the Vatican City. Out of these areas, the language does have official status in certain regions and communities found in Croatia and Slovenia. However, the language is spoken in far more countries than these. There are considerable Italian communities in the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Albania, Belgium, Malta, Romania and many more places in Europe.
It seems to be the case that the majority of Italian speakers can be found within the bounds of Europe, excluding a few Italian colonies and enclaves in places like Africa and the Americas. In total there are over 67 million native Italian speakers and over 13 million speakers of Italian that speak it as a second language. That is a total of 85 million speakers in the European Union alone!
An Italian language voice actor can help you tap into that audience. But what type of Italian should you use?
Like other languages, Italian has different modern dialects that are spoken in different regions. Many of these dialects are within Italy, but Swiss Italian is a variant of the Italian language spoken out with the borders of Italian’s home grounds. As the name suggests, Swiss Italian is natively spoken in Switzerland, specifically in the canton of Ticino and the southern part of Graubünden. Due to the influences of both the Swiss language and German, Swiss Italian varies in both vocabulary and phonetics from other Italian dialects found in Italy. Swiss Italian can also be found in certain parts of Northern Italy.
Understanding the different dialects out of Italy can help inform you with your decision making process for an Italian language voice actor. If your project is aimed at the Swiss and Italian markets, then Swiss Italian may be for you. If, however, you want to target the European Union as a whole, then standardized Italian may be best.
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