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Spanish->Italian->French and Vice Versa

Has anyone notice how Italian is like the midway- between Spanish and french? I started on french and Spanish and see similarities then started Italian and things make more sense now. Anyone else see the relation? Is it only like this in the beginning?

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2 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/Prol3psis
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Your observation is correct and the explanation is actually quite simple. It's because Italian kept close to the source they all derived from, vulgar Latin (i.e. the vernacular, the Latin spoken by the ordinary man, not the literary Latin that was spoken by the upper-class). Spanish and French originated under very different (geopolitical) circumstances. Spanish was greatly influenced by Arabic (Spain was occupied by the Moors for more than 700 years and a very high percentage of the Spanish vocabulary can be traced back to Arabic origins), whereas French came into being while the people had to deal with different invasions of Germanic tribes who brought their own language with them.

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https://www.duolingo.com/slogger
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You're right. Italian, French, and Spanish all developed from the same source, Latin.

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https://www.duolingo.com/JoeyMirandaS

Ya but I mean it seems like Italian is the center of the bridge between them if you know what I mean (metaphors)

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If you like. I wouldn't say Italian is more "central" than either of the others or any of the rest, but it probably depends on what you're looking at, and I'm no expert. Supposedly they developed rather independently, growing apart and then borrowing from each other at times.

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https://www.duolingo.com/TheQueenZerelda

Not central. Just if you compare French, Italian and Spanish, it seems like Italian is more similar to French and Spanish then French and Spanish are to each other. It's like the middle color in a rainbow. (Metaphors) Sorry if you already understood and I'm over explaining. :)

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https://www.duolingo.com/DragonPolyglot
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They are all Romance languages, which mean they are all from Latin and therefore similar, but there is actually a language that is more similar to both Spanish and French than Italian is; it's called Catalan, it's spoken exclusively in northern Spain. And Portuguese is strikingly similar to them too. I can understand Portuguese because most of the words sound the same in Spanish (which I am most fluent in, as far a second languages goes), even when spelled differently.

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https://www.duolingo.com/JohnLiotta
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Catalan actually has the third most lexical similarity of all the Romance languages to Italian. The closest is Romanian, followed by French and then Sardinian. Spanish is the least similar.

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https://www.duolingo.com/sillycowonline

you are right on that

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https://www.duolingo.com/W-Cephei

And Portuguese too. Spanish and Portuguese are quite quite similar.

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