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How useful is studying Latin for learners of more than one Romance language?

The main advantage of learning Latin before Romance languages such as French or Spanish are based on similarities between Latin and those languages: A lot of vocabulary in the Romance languages can ...
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How useful is studying Latin for learners of more than one Romance language?

The four major "latin" languages lie on a continuum, with French and Spanish being the most different. Italian and Portuguese are most like Latin, but Italian is closer to French, and Portuguese is ...
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How can I learn to read and write Spanish in Aljamiado (Arabic) characters?

What I can recommend is Glosario de voces ibéricas y latinas usadas entre los mozárabes by Don Francisco Javier Simonet. Although it focuses on Mozarabic rather than [Old] Spanish, it has a lot of ...
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Latin, Italian, or French?

Efficacy: Italian is the way to go here, if you are Spanish speaking. I speak Portuguese myself and it is one of the most natural languages to understand, after Spanish. Speed: Italian as well, for ...
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What is the significant difference between the Germanic language group and the Romance group?

The main difference between the Germanic languages and the Latin (and Celtic) languages is Grimm's Law, which describes a set of sound changes that map Germanic words to their Latin and Celtic ...
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Pronunciation of "ll" in the Romance languages

As mentioned, you’re overgeneralizing somewhat. For example, standard Italian does not use “ll” to spell a “y” sound. "yeísmo" is the merger of the “ll” and “y” sounds in Spanish. Before ...
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Latin, Italian, or French?

Efficacy : I'm not entirely sure. My first guess would be Italian as I agree too that Italian is a bit closer to Spanish than it is to French. However, as you are fluent with English, you might see if ...
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What strategies there are for learning a Romance language when I already know a Germanic language?

The technique I was speaking of is known as Grimm's Law. From another answer I posted a while back: The main difference between the Germanic languages and the Latin (and Celtic) languages is Grimm's ...
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