Italian voice-over production made simple
As an established Italian International voice-over agency, Matinée Multilingual has been providing a professional Italian Voice-Over Service and Italian Subtitling Service for over 25 years. We offer a selection of the very best Italian voice-over talent, at a price you can afford.
Whether for documentary, advertising, eLearning, or IVR, we’ll help you select the best Italian voice-over talent for the job. We can record wild or sync to picture, and deliver the audio back in the file format of your choice, same day, via FTP. We can also lay-back the audio onto your video, and re-work the captions where necessary.
To check the availability of our voice-artists and to confirm costs, please contact us using the quick Quote form opposite, and we'll respond within one hour. Or you can email firstname.lastname@example.org or call on +44(0)118 958 4934.
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A short history of the Italian language
Italian is a Romance language, derived from Latin, and belongs to the Italic branch of the Indo-European family of languages. Of all the Romance languages it is the closest to Latin in terms of vocabulary.
There are many different Italian dialects, even today. Historically, each city-state had their own dialect and it wasn’t until the 14th century that one began to dominate over the others.
Modern standard Italian is based on the Tuscan dialect, which prevailed for several reasons, including the region’s central position geographically, the importance of Florence in terms of commerce and culture, and the closeness of the Tuscan dialect to classical Latin.
It wasn’t until the unification of Italy in 1861, however, that standard Italian became the country’s national language. Read more
Which countries have Italian as a national language?
Italian is the official language of Italy and San Marino, and is also one of four official languages in Switzerland.
Italian was Malta’s official language until 1934, and is still widely spoken there (almost two-thirds of the population are fluent in Italian).
In Istria County in Croatia, Italian is recognised as an official minority language.
How many people speak Italian as their first language?
It is estimated that around 60 million people speak Italian as their first language in the EU, and another 14 million speak it as a second language.
There are large expatriate Italian communities in the United States, Canada, Australia and Argentina. Over 17 million Americans are of Italian descent, although only around one million people in the United States speak Italian at home.
Italian is spoken by a minority of people in Monaco, Corsica and southeast France. The language is still widely understood in the African countries of Libya and Eritrea – a hangover from the Italian colonial era.
Did you know…
- The lexical similarity (which compares word sets) between Italian and other languages is: 90% with French, 88% with Catalan, 85% with Spanish and Portuguese, and 77% with Romanian.
- There are only 21 letters in the Italian alphabet. The letters j, k, w, x and y are not used, although they do appear in loanwords such as jeans, whisky and taxi.
- Italy was the place for educated European gentleman to visit during the Renaissance. In England at this time, Italian became the second most common modern language to be learned, after French. Italian loanwords were – and continue to be – used throughout Europe in cultural contexts such as art and music.
- Some of the most distinct Italian dialects – unsurprisingly – are found on the islands of Sardinia, Sicily and Corsica. A group of dialects in the north/northwestern part of Italy display a strong French influence, and are known as Gallo-Italian.
The Italian economy
Italy has a diversified industrial economy – the ninth largest in the world, the fourth largest in Europe and the third largest in the Eurozone (in terms of nominal GDP).
The country is split economically between the more industrial north (dominated by private companies), and the less developed, agricultural south (with high unemployment). The production of high-quality consumer goods by SMEs (often family-owned) is important to the country’s economy.
Italy is a member of the G7, the G8, the European Union and the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development.