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Lexical Similarities of European Languages (For Linguistic Super Nerds!)

I'm wanting to learn another language in addition to French, so I thought I'd try to find what language is closest to French in terms of similar vocabulary because I feel that I could pick it up with relative ease. So I came across this diagram:

https://elms.wordpress.com/2008/03/04/lexical-distance-among-languages-of-europe/

Fascinating, no?

March 28, 2017

12 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/KapitanKaya

Yes totally agree with you:-D

March 28, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Liebert_

I've never thought that Albanian is a language so isolated from the other languages and has a relationship with Greek. Very intriguing!

March 28, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/BLRT2000

Random comment but I'm Albanian and I can guarantee you that a lot of what keeps pushing me to keep learning languages after starting them, is comparing them to my own... Suddenly, the grammar that i was struggling with doesn't seem so difficult! Our language is weird.

July 8, 2017

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    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Sens44

    Oh wow this one is even more complex. Thanks for sharing!

    March 30, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/KlenovvySyrop

    Cool, kind of confusing, but cool.

    March 28, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SnapeC

    A very interesting article. Thank you for posting this.

    So according to this French and Italian have a similar lexical distance to Latin (assuming that the ball indicated as 'Rm' stands for Latin).

    March 29, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Sens44

    I believe that's Romansh, not Latin.

    March 29, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SnapeC

    Oh thanks for that. I believe I was misled by some of the comments.

    March 30, 2017
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