The sexiest languages

French may be known as the sexiest language but it actually is just one of the Romance languages. Italian, Portuguese, Romanian, Catalan, Spanish and others also are called Romance languages.

Vulgar Latin (also called Colloquial Latin or Common Romance) dialects were spoken in the Mediterranean region, particularly the Roman Empire, and is distinct from Classical Latin.

Modern Italian emerged in the 13th century. Spanish first appeared during the 10th century and was standardized in the 16th century after the Moors had been driven out of Spain.

Portuguese evolved from the medieval language known today by linguists as Galician-Portuguese (Old Portuguese or Old Galician), with the first documents dating to the 9th century.

The first recorded document in modern Romanian dates from 1485 –

An attested reference to Romanian comes from a Latin title of an oath made in 1485 by the Moldavian Prince Stephen the Great to the Polish King Casimir, in which it is reported that “Haec Inscriptio ex Valachico in Latinam versa est sed Rex Ruthenica Lingua scriptam accepta” – This Inscription was translated from Valachian (Romanian) into Latin, but the King has received it written in the Ruthenian language (Slavic).


The first French document, the Oaths of Strasbourg, is dated to 842. French developed from the Gallo-Romance branch of the Romance languages.

Oaths of Strasbourg parchment
Oaths of Strasbourg parchment in Gallo-Romance.
Sexy, isn’t it?

French became the official language of France in 1539. Today, French is the 5th most spoken language in the world.

See complete Wikipedia list of Romance languages

Also see List of most spoken languages in the world

02/16/2010. Category: trivia. Tags: , .

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