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There are many different influences on the Italian languages including French & Spanish and those 3 languages are called the romance languages rub off on each other and give each other influences but the main origin would be Latin.

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Here are some ways many Latin words changed into Italian:
-us & -um becomes -o
servus & vinum becomes servo & vino

B's are pronounced like V's
Portabant becomes Portavano

Ending -m and -t dropped
eram & erat become ero and era

U's are rounded off to O's
Fabula becomes Favola

L's are dropped
claudere becomes chiudere

"au" is shortened to O or U
aurum becomes oro, audire becomes udire

N's before s+consonant clusters are dropped
transmittere becomes trasmettere

You can actually go through Latin derived words and, using some of these rules, find their Italian translations without even touching an translator!
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