South European Languages


Corsican

Corsican (Corsu or Lingua corsa) is a Romance language spoken and written on the islands of Corsica (France) and northern Sardinia (Italy). Corsican is the traditional native language of the Corsican people, and was long the sole language of the island, which was acquired by France in 1768. …

French

French (Français) is a Romance language spoken as a first language by around 136 million people worldwide. A total of 200 million speak it as either a first or as a second language. Moreover, roughly 110 million people learn French as a second or third language. …

Greek

Greek (ελληνικά, or ελληνική γλώσσα), an independent branch of the Indo-European family of languages, is the language of the Greeks. Native to the southern Balkans, it has the longest documented history of any Indo-European language, spanning 34 centuries of written records. …

Italian

Italian (Italiano or lingua italiana) is a Romance language spoken as a native language by about 70 million people in Italy, San Marino and parts of Switzerland, Croatia, Slovenia and France. In addition, it is spoken by an additional 120 to 150 million people as a non-native language. …

Portuguese

Portuguese (Português or língua portuguesa) is a Romance language that grew from the Latin descended Galician-Portuguese language that was spoken in the mediaeval Kingdom of Galicia, whose territory is now divided between northern Portugal, Galicia and Asturias. …

Spanish

Spanish or Castilian (Español or Castellano) is a Romance language in the Ibero-Romance group that evolved from several dialects and languages in the northern fringes of the Iberian Peninsula during the 10th century and gradually spread through the Kingdom of Castile, becoming the foremost language for government and trade in the Spanish Empire. …

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