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Different Italian Language Dialects Found Around Italy (+Map)

Within any language or language group there may be significant changes in speech, vocabulary, and pronunciation. The term used to describe these changes is called a dialect. Some words or phrases that exist in one dialect may exist or be absent from different dialect.

The following are most commonly used dialects in the Italian language.

Siciliano Italian –
Calabrese Italian –
Lucano Italian –
Salentino Italian –
Pugliese Italian –
Campano Italian –
Molisano Italian –
Ciociaresco Italian –
Laziale Italian –
Abruzzese Italian –
Umbro Italian –
Marchegiano Italian –
Toscano Italian –
Emilano-Romagnolo Italian –
Lombardo Milarnes Italian –
Piemontese Italian –
Ligure Italian –
Trentinese Italian –
Ladino Italian –
Corse Italian –
Veneto Italian –

Different variants of the Italian language are spoken in many different nations and regions around the world, most commonly throughout Europe and Italy. However, the differences in regional dialects may not make one Italian speaker nearly incomprehensible to another. In most cases, the different dialects don’t have a specific written form of the language, but there’s usually a certain amount of literature that accompanies each dialect.

Interested in further study into Italian or confused on where to start? I recommend reading our Italian Beginners Guide

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