- vincentNovember 2019
Yes, it is true. Colloquial italian can differ a lot from a region to another: However most of regional varieties of Italian (not to be confused with the regional languages of Italian) can be classed into two groups: Northern and southern varieties. These groups have a lot of differences in accents, pronounciation and usage of verbal modes and tenses). However, unless the speaker has a very thick accent, we Italians can understand each other even if we come from different areas of the country.
It's true. Throughout its history Italy existed as a set of independent states which united only in 1861. Being this case, Italian language underwent a parallel development which varied from region to region. Along with a standardised form of local usages of the Italian language, a sundry choice of dialects flourished as well. If each of us would speak to each other in his own dialect, we could never fully understand each other.