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    Lightbulb Languages that share similarities with Spanish are ...

    Languages that share similarities with Spanish are ... and why...

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    I would say Portuguese is the language that resembles Spanish the most.
    They both are Romance languages and share a large number of words that are either spelled identically or have similar spelling although they may be pronounced slightly differently.

    On the other hand, Italian and Spanish also have a lot in common



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    I agree Hebe. If I recall cerrectly, long ago when I started studying Spanish they told us these were the three Romance languages which were derived from latin.
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    Quote Originally Posted by vicente
    they told us these were the three Romance languages which were derived from latin.
    That´s right Vicente; I ran into this web-site on this subject which I found interesting.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Romance_languages

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    Strange as it may, Antonio Alatorre, in his book Los 1 001 años de la lengua española, says that reading a Romanian text with a dictionary on hand is an enlightening experience (full of surprises) for any Spanish speaker (Romanian is also a Romance language, evidently: the very name of the country, Romania, says it all). Though I haven't tried reading Romanian (it's very difficult to get Romanian books in México, you know), I truly recommend this book. I'm sure you'll enjoy it. It's published by the Fondo de Cultura Económica.
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    Quote Originally Posted by vicente
    If I recall cerrectly, long ago when I started studying Spanish they told us these were the three Romance languages which were derived from latin.
    Well, all Romance languages derive from Latin (Roman Empire, you know ) and there are more than those three. Romanian (which has been mentioned), French, Catalan and Galician...

    Obviously Catalan and Galician are the most similar to Spanish and easiest to understand, but spoken only in a very limited geographical area. Portuguese from Portugal sounds quite similar to Spanish (it is in fact very close to Galician) but Brazilian Portuguese I find a lot harder to follow. Romanian sounds to me impossible to understand (there's a lot of people from Romania living in Spain so you can often hear the language) but I suppose it'll be easier to spot some familiar words here and there if reading a text.
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    I just wanted to say that due to the recent movement of Argentine soccer players to Romania, I have been scouring Romanian websites for updates and I must say that, although it is definitely a foreign language still, you can notice similar vocabulary and patterns. It is a lot less "foreign" than the Slavic languages of the countries around it.

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    That's what I meant to say in my previous post, only I had forgotten to include "in writing"! Edited now.

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    Default Re: Languages that share similarities with Spanish are ...

    Also Italian.

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    Default Re: Languages that share similarities with Spanish are ...

    Of course! I mentioned only a few other Romance languages that hadn't been mentioned in previous posts, I never meant to say I was listing all of them, The complete list is a lot longer as it includes different local varieties spoken in Spain, Italy... but that's high school stuff, not the kind of thing I remember in detail after all these years!

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