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The Romance languages are derived from Vulgar Latin (or Romance) language, which was an ancient Italic language of the Indo-European family. By the late 20th c. they are spoken by more than 800 millions persons in 50 countries all over the word. The major Romance languages are Spanish, Portuguese, French, Italian and Rumanian. French and Spanish have the status of official languages of the United Nations.