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French is a Romance language spoken in France, Belgium and Switzerland, and parts of Canada. It is an official language of 25 countries. It is also an administrative language in many international organizations. It is spoken by about 90 million people.

German (Deutsch) is a Germanic language, it is part of the Indo-European language family, and one of the world's major languages. German belongs to the 10 most spoken languages worldwide. It is spoken in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, and in parts of Belgium, Italy, France, Luxembourg, and 37 other countries. There are over 110 million native speakers and over 120 million who speak it as a second language. (It was the official language of Namibia till 1990.)


Do you like pasta, the mafia, or mandolins?
Would you like to go to Firenze, Venezia, Roma, Milano, le Cinque Terre, Napoli, or Palermo?
Have you ever heard of Leonardo, Donatello, Raffaello or Michelangelo?
What about Luciano Pavarotti or Andrea Bocelli?
Ever wonder why Clemenza says, "Leave the gun, take the cannoli" in The Godfather?

If any of the above questions interest you, you will find what you seek studying Italian at West Valley College. My name is Anthony Sargenti and I, like Virgil to Dante, will be your guide. Please feel free to email me about any questions you may have. See you in the Fall or the Spring!

Japanese (日本語) is spoken by about 124 million people on the islands of Japan, including Ryukyus. Japanese is composed of a large group of dialects. A large number of Japanese words derive from Chinese loan elements. The present writing is in kanji and hiragana, with katakana being used chiefly for foreign loan words.

Latin Lingua Latina is an Indo-European language belonging to the Italic group, it is the ancestral language to the modern Romance languages. Originally spoken by small groups of people living along the lower Tiber River, Latin spread with the increase of Roman political power. The Latin alphabet remains the most widely used alphabet in the world. Latin was the language of the Catholic church and is still the official language of the Vatican.

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Russian russkiy yazyk is the principal state and cultural language of Russia. Russian belongs to the family of the Indo-European languages. Together with Ukrainian and Belarusian, the Russian language makes up the eastern branch of the Slavic family of languages. Russian uses the Cyrillic alphabet, it is one of the official languages of the United Nations, and it is spoken by about 167 million people.

"Россию можно понять с разумом… Необходимо просто верить в России."
"Russia cannot be understood with the mind... One must simply believe in Russia." -Fyodor Tyutchev

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Spanish español or Castillian castellano is a Romance language spoken by more than 250 million people in Spain, the Americas, and Africa. Outside the Iberian Peninsula, Spanish is spoken in all of Central and South America except Brazil, as well as in the Canary Islands, parts of Morocco, and the Philippines. Latin-American Spanish has a number of regional dialects; all are derived from Castilian but differ in several points of phonology from European Spanish.

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