Question: Is Spanish or Italian language older?

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What was first Italian or Spanish?

Origins of Spanish and Italian

Spanish and Italian are both Romance languages. That means that they are derived from Latin which was the language of the Roman Empire. With the collapse of the Roman Empire around the 5th century, dialects of Vulgar Latin started to form over time in some of the Roman territories.

What was the first language?

Sumerian language, language isolate and the oldest written language in existence. First attested about 3100 bce in southern Mesopotamia, it flourished during the 3rd millennium bce.

When did Italy change from Latin to Italian?

The early 16th century saw the dialect used by Dante in his work replace Latin as the language of culture. We can thus say that modern Italian descends from 14th-century literary Florentine.

What is the world rank for the language Spanish?

Ethnologue (2019, 22nd edition)

Rank Language Percentage of world pop. (March 2019)
1 Mandarin Chinese 11.922%
2 Spanish 5.994%
3 English 4.922%
4 Hindi (sanskritised Hindustani) 4.429%

Why is Spanish the second most spoken language?

You may not know this, but Spanish is the second most spoken language in the world, by the number of native speakers, behind only Mandarin Chinese. This means that there are more people who speak Spanish as their first language than those whose mother tongue is English.

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