Romanian (Român) is a Romance language belonging to the Italic branch of the Indo-European language family, having much in common with languages such as French, Italian, Spanish and Portuguese. It spoken by around 24 million people as a native language, primarily in Romania and Moldova, and by another 4 million people as a second language. Romanian speakers are scattered across many other countries, notably Italy, Spain, Ukraine, Bulgaria, the United States, Canada, Israel, Russia, Portugal, the United Kingdom, France, and Germany. Romanian nouns are characterized by gender, and declined by number and case. Romanian has seven vowels. There are twenty-two consonants.