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Re: languages vs dialects

Poster: PETERSR@spiegel.becltd.com (Peters, Rise J.)

Evan said:

>>Seriously, I think our hypothetical hiker would notice... but he'd also
>>realize that he'd picked up quite a bit of Italian en route without really

I can get by in French and get in trouble in Spanish... on a camping trip 
through Europe (Luxemborg, France, Switzerland, Italy, Germany) it amazed me 
how fast Italian sinks in enough to be usable... and how =every time= I 
ordered a meal in Germany I never got what I thought I was asking for. 
 French, Spanish and Italian are amazingly similar on a functional level.


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