https://www.duolingo.com/AlexHKaiser

Speaking Italian in France

Hello, everyone!

So I will be traveling to Paris with my fiance in a few months. He speaks basic French but I lived in Italy for a few months and can speak Italian pretty well. I've even begun trying to read books in Italian. I know that Italian and French are .89 (the closest languages to each other) on Lexical similarity) My question is; should I shift my duolingo lessons to French for the next couples months and get basic French down (so pretty much where my fiance is), or would it be more beneficial to continue to become a lot more fluent in Italian? Would a French speaker be able to understand me if I spoke Italian?

9/6/2017, 5:18:26 PM

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I suspect with Italian in France, you will be able to read a lot but spoken French has a very different sound to it than Italian. I would definitely add some French lessons in to get you used to the significant pronunciation differences.

9/6/2017, 5:57:31 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/AlexHKaiser

That's a good point. Thank you!

9/6/2017, 10:19:03 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/Prenom.Pierre

You can speak English, in France millions of people can understand English.

9/6/2017, 8:27:29 PM

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Agree: in France, one person out of two (9 young persons out of 10) will understand and speak some English. Italian: one out of a thousand. There probably are more Italians in France than French people speaking Italian. It is pretty much useless to know Italian in France if you speak English.

That said, learning some French cannot hurt! :) Two months of Duolingo should do wonders.

9/6/2017, 11:28:42 PM

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I believe you'll be fine with English and Italian, but it would be best if you learned French honorifics, in order to avoid coming out as a "rude foreigner". When you walk into a store, say "Bonjour (Hello), (monsieur (sir), madam (misses), or mademoiselle (miss))". There are people who will be very rude to you if you can't greet them in French. Also, don't forget to say "Merci beaucoup" (Thank you very much) when somebody does something nice to you, because of manners, of course. And whatever you do, don't say "Bonjour" twice to the same person in one day. They'll think you've forgotten about their previous meeting.

9/6/2017, 11:31:39 PM

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i am learning italian and french that is good to know that they are basically the same so-thanks!(:

9/6/2017, 5:44:38 PM

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Sure! I wouldn't say they are basically the same but my coworker speaks about the same level I do in French and I can usually pick up enough similar words to understand what she's trying to say. But it will definitely make learning them a lot easier after one is mastered! :)

9/6/2017, 10:17:26 PM

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A thing that should be easy to learn in French if you know Italian: gender. Many words are related, and their gender is generally the same.

9/6/2017, 11:36:47 PM

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Try learning French though Italian!

9/6/2017, 7:16:44 PM

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Definitely beef up on French Duolingo. In my experience, spoken Italian is not of much use in France. It's a terrific help in Spain where you can speak Italian and be understood most of the time. In France... not really. French and English will get you far.

9/7/2017, 1:17:30 AM

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It depends on what language you'll use more

9/6/2017, 5:24:52 PM

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maybe but instead of swiching to french, you just add it to your languge list

9/6/2017, 5:25:09 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/hannapayne186

i say french!!

9/6/2017, 5:43:10 PM

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You need to learn French, they will find it hard to understand and disrespectful, just do some of the basics in the french language. Very cool how you know Italian though! Amazing!

9/7/2017, 2:06:43 AM

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9/7/2017, 8:23:46 AM
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