Language closest to Spanish.

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After I master this spanish thing (in the next ten years!! LOL ) I wanna move on to another language. So I wanted to know which language it would be easier to get into aka what language is most similar to spanish ( my guess is its one of the other romance languages). I heard italian is pretty similar what are your thoughts.

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updated ABR 30, 2012
posted by ravensty

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Really depends on your preference.

Spanish - ¿Cómo está?
French - comment allez-vous?
Italian - Come stai?
Portuguese - Como vai?
Romanian - Ce faci?

(If any are incorrect please correct them.)

Some small similarities but if i could choose only one i would go with portuguese because i've already noticed lots of their verbs are the same as spanish.

updated ABR 30, 2012
posted by brandon2
Portuguese is Como esta
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Yes, Colombian speak a good Spanish, Peruvian as well, very clear.

updated JUN 30, 2009
posted by picoroco
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Mexican use a lot of slang, but in standard Spanish is good, you could understand everything.

I have no problem understanding people in Mexico, but they probably try to speak more correctly when they hear my accent. A native speaker may have a different experience; I keep hearing people complain that Mexicans don't speak Spanish very well, that Colombian Spanish is much better.

updated JUN 29, 2009
posted by 00719c95
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Mexican use a lot of slang, but in standard Spanish is good, you could understand everything.Same case in Chile and Argentina countries with ¨freak¨ slang. Standard Spanish, no problems.
Por favor, hablemos castellano ( español) neutro, cure for all!

updated JUN 29, 2009
posted by picoroco
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Try to learn Portuguese. a bad Spanish jejeje ( joke)

Some people (on this forum) would say that Mexican Spanish is the real bad Spanish smile

smile Portuguese is coming after learning Spanish for me. i think Portuguese is more interesting than Italian or French, and Portuguese to me sounds like a mix of Spanish and Italian

updated JUN 29, 2009
posted by brandon2
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Try to learn Portuguese. a bad Spanish jejeje ( joke)

Some people (on this forum) would say that Mexican Spanish is the real bad Spanish smile

updated JUN 29, 2009
posted by 00719c95
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http://www.easyportuguese.com/ is a good website

updated JUN 29, 2009
posted by eric_collins
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I know this is way off-topic considering this is a Spanish learning site but does anyone know of a good Portuguese learning site. I figured I'd learn the basics of that language now instead of waiting to learn it after I've mastered Spanish. (I'd be waiting for a long time)

updated JUN 29, 2009
posted by ravensty
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Try to learn Portuguese. a bad Spanish jejeje ( joke)

Don't let Heitor see this. wink

updated JUN 29, 2009
posted by Nathaniel
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Try to learn Portuguese. a bad Spanish jejeje ( joke)

updated JUN 29, 2009
posted by picoroco
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Italian, or Latin I would say is the closest to Spanish...

updated JUN 29, 2009
posted by eric_collins
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You might want to take a look at this thread: http://www.spanishdict.com/answers/show/9215/

updated JUN 29, 2009
posted by Nathaniel
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I´m Italian and I can tell you that without knowing a word of Spanish I can understnd more than 70% of what I read. I´m learning now Spanish and trust me, it´s really similar! I also speak French and there are more similarities to Italian than French.
Hope this helps.

updated JUN 29, 2009
posted by AnnieG
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Portuguese is also very close to Spanish, but although in writing it is very easy to understand most of it, the pronunciation is not as close as Italian's, and it requires some getting used to before you can understand them easily. I'd say that French is the least similar phonetically speaking, and although it is similar when you write it, it is not as close as Portuguese or Italian.

updated JUN 29, 2009
posted by lazarus1907
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Yes. Italian is closest to Spanish and it is probably more useful than Tagolog.Although,unless you are planning to be a teacher and there are lots of Philiipino families in your area or you are thinking of moving to the Philippine Islands anytime in your future. I am a student at a CSU (California State University) and I am taking a summer course in the Sociolinguistics of Spanish. It is a class that you need to take to become a teacher in California. Spanish is very useful here in California. Most people speak it here. I heard my Professor speak in Italian and it sounds alot like Spanish. If you understand Spanish then you can understand Italian. French is not as close. I also studied Classical singing and had to sing songs in Spanish and French. French was not easy. I would love to learn Italian and I think that it would be next on my list of which my next language would be also. Then you could understand Opera.I am sure,Spainish is not going to take you ten years to learn. Maybe four or five if you are really going to study it intensively. My Professor is a Ph.D. of Languages and he said he had to learn about four languages. He knows Latin, Spanish, Italian, and he knows French. He's still taking classes in French.

updated JUN 29, 2009
posted by sg-ortega