https://www.duolingo.com/LoverOfWords

Just curious!

This may seem like a dumb question but I don't know much about language and origin. French and Spanish seem to have similar influences, does anyone know where from?

June 13, 2012

4 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/milneyj

The short answer is that they both developed from Latin. Other languages sharing the same roots include Italian, Portuguese, Romanian and some less well known ones. The long answer can be found here:

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

June 13, 2012

https://www.duolingo.com/joshzel

If you're interested in origins and division between languages take a look at this infographic from the wikipedia: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/4/4f/IndoEuropeanTree.svg

As mentioned, Spanish French are both Romance languages (those that are direct descendents of Vulgar Latin) but they are in different sub-families. Spanish is an Iberian Romance, like Portuguese Ladino (aka Jewish Spanish). French is from the Gallic Romance, similar to the declining languages of Norman (which is hardly spoken at all now) and Walloon (a minority language in Belgium that is very similar to French). English was originally very different from French, but because of the Norman (similar to French) invasion of England in 1066, English took on a lot of French words and grammar.

June 14, 2012

https://www.duolingo.com/Grips

Agree, both derive from Latin.

June 13, 2012

https://www.duolingo.com/LoverOfWords

Thank you both! I will look more into it!

June 13, 2012
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