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Tuscan versus Italian

Meet a Tuscan in Cape Town, South Africa - Samuele Socci - PART 1

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Meet a Tuscan in Cape Town, South Africa - Samuele Socci - PART 2

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When you think of the origin of the Italian language, we all connect back to Dante Alighieri and Tuscany. Is it true that Italian comes from Tuscan? is Tuscan a language or a dialect? These are the common questions we hear from foreigners or Italian students all the time.

It is certain that the writers and poets like Dante Alighieri, Petrarca or Boccaccio contributed to form what later became our language.

Unlike many other regions in Italy, in Tuscany we don’t really have “dialetti” (dialects). They are called “verncacoli” and they represent the way each city pronounce the words. So it is not a dialect. Our Tuscan guest also shares some of the most famous Tuscan expressions everybody connects to Tuscany and talks about the fact Tuscans aspirate the letter C.

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