Latin (i/ˈlætɨn/; Latin: lingua latīna; IPA: [ˈlɪŋɡʷa laˈtiːna]) is an ancientItalic language originally spoken by the ItalicLatins in Latium and Ancient Rome. Along with most European languages, it is a descendant of the ancient Proto-Indo-European language. It originated in the Italian peninsula. Although it is considered a dead language, many modern languages (the Romance languages) are in fact living continuations of this language. Additionally, many students, scholars, and some members of the Roman Catholic clergy speak it fluently, and it is still taught in some primary, secondary and post-secondary educational institutions around the world.