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Venetian (vèneto)

Venetian is a Romance language spoken by about 2 million people mainly in Venice and the surrounding area, and also in Trieste, Croatia, Slovenia, Mexico and Brazil. The language is more closely related to French and Spanish than it is to Italian.

When Venice was an independent republic (between the 9th and 18th centuries), the Venetian language enjoyed considerable prestige. However literary Venetian lost out to the Tuscan dialect, which eventually became the national language of Italy.

Today Venetian has no official status in Italy but is recognised by the Regional Council of Vèneto. It is used mainly in informal contexts. In the municipality of Serafina Corrêa in Rio Grande do Sul in Brazil the Talian dialect of Venetian holds co-official status with Portuguese.

Venetian alphabet

A a B b C c Ç ç D d E e F f G g H h
a e èfe aca
I i J j K k L l Ƚ ƚ M m N n O o P p
i i lóngo capa èle èle
ème ène o
Q q R r S s T t U u V v X x Y y Z z    
cu ère èse u ics fio zéta    

Venetian pronunciation (Grafia Veneta Unitaria)

Venetian pronunciation


Sample text in Venetian (Venice dialect)

Tuti i eseri umani (i) xe nai (ƚ)iberi e conpagni par dignità e diriti. I xe dotai de raxon e de cosiensa e i gà da conportarse i uni co i altri co spirito de fradeƚansa.


All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.
(Article 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights)

Useful phrases in Venetian


Information about the Venetian language

Grafia Veneta Unitaria

el Galepin - Venetian - Italian - English dictionary

Raixe Venete - el jornale dei Veneti (online Venetian newspaper)

Short stories in Venetian

Romance languages

Aragonese, Aranese, Aromanian, Asturian, Catalan, Corsican, Franco-Provençal, French, Friulian, Galician, Gallo, Genoese, Guernésiais, Italian, Jèrriais, Ladino, Ladin, Latin, Lombard, Megleno-Romanian, Mirandese, Moldovan, Occitan, Piedmontese, Portuguese, Romanian, Romansh, Sardinian, Sicilian, Spanish, Venetian, Walloon

Other languages written with the Latin alphabet