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More similar to spanish, portuguese or italian?

Buen día todos, i finally decided to learn portuguese as my second language behind spanish. I was torn between that and italian but after realizing that there are a good amount of portuguese speakers in my area, i felt it would come in handy more. I know ita/port. Both have many similarities to español but was just wondering which one has more similarities. I've heard that learning spanish and italian can be a tricky endeavor but haven't heard that as much w/ spanish and portuguese. In the early going it seems portuguese is more like spanish then italian is, so overall which one is more similar?

Edit - my apologies if this is the wrong place to post this topic.

3 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/Dsgoo
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Portuguese is more similar to spanish than italian is.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/TheLdawg

Gracias señor o señora, i guess it makes sense given the location of portugal and brasil.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Ivanka_ps
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Portuguese is so similar to Spanish, that a person that speaks Spanish is able to understand a person who speaks Portuguese, and viceversa, even with no background.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Marzell_Limmer

Actually Portuguese speaking people can hear, read, and speak (to a certain extent) Spanish with no practice at all, while a Spanish speaking person can read (to a certain extent) Portuguese but will struggle to speak and undertand the spoken language. This happens because Spanish sounds relatively the same as how it is written, but Portuguese has a very inconsistent pronunciation, making it difficult for Spanish speaking people.

9 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/josephkt

Spanish and portuguese are more similar than Italian is to both of them in vocabulary and grammar. french and Italian are a little closer in vocabulary and grammar than to the other two. people say Romanian is closer to Italian I have never heard enough Romanian so I don't know

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Cathy749922

I speak Spanish and Portuguese. I can understand some Italian because it has many similarities to Spanish. While in Romania, I couldn't understand a word. Oh, well there was one word I though I understood. When I asked what it meant, it was something totally different from what I thought. Ha, ha on me.

4 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/danaibalt

I'd say accent wise, italian is closer (My mother speaks italian and I speak spanish and we can communicate just fine) but vocab wise portuguese is closer

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/TheLdawg

¡Respuesta perfecta! I've noticed portuguese accent is pretty different and italian accent is very similar to spanish. They do say that a spanish speaker can have a perfect italian accent without formal training because the pronounciation and accents are so similar, and vice versa.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/danaibalt

The only difference between spanish and italian accents is a) Italian has that sing-song intonation which sounds amazing and b) Italian has 2 more vowels (a closed o and and open e)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/TheLdawg

It's funny but i couldn't think of the best way to put it but "accent wise, italian is closer but vocab wise portuguese is closer" sums it up perfectly.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/danaibalt

aw thank you. I was afraid i'd messed up the english

3 years ago

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Now Romanian is more Similar to italian. But Romanian its still in the incubator.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/tnel1
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I know Spanish (more or less) and I just started learning Italian. Overall, I would say Spanish has helped me more than it's been a hindrance. I've only been at it two weeks, but I have to say it is pretty easy to separate them in my mind. (There are some interesting differences to grapple with.) In fact, I think if you know Spanish you might as well learn Italian if you are up for it. After Italian, I'll go back and work on the French I started a few years back. I think French will be easier after Italian. But knowing Spanish helped too when I approached it before. :) Did I take you in circles?

You might like this chart on lexical similarity btn. these languages: http://weloveitalian.org/?p=1490

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/TheLdawg

Hmm muy interesante, gracias por eso. It's funny bcuz i did up to nivel 4 in itailian and didn't think it was all that similar to spanish but i guess i didn't stick w/ it long enough to find out more. On the flipside portuguese so far is almost identical to spanish imo, so much so that it seems like im cheating haha. I always heard that spanish and italian are so much alike but never heard that w/ portuguese and spanish. Well thanks for the reply tnel and the chart was great to see, gracias or obrigado.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/tnel1
tnel1
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:) yeah, i love that chart! blows my mind! all these languages are connected with each other.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Spencer644746

Portuguese

8 months ago