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  •  I have heard Italians say they can (3+ / 0-)
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    Anak, Ojibwa, MT Spaces

    understand Romanian; and people who are fluent in Yiddish can probably make some sense of German. I have friends who speak Ladino, and they managed to understand Spanish well enough to travel around South America.

    All those are probably easier to co-understand than Old English and what we speak.

    •  Yes, definitely. (3+ / 0-)
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      plf515, Ojibwa, MT Spaces

      And, btw, within a certain language's history, divisions can be made when certain big changes occur, such as the Great Vowel Shift which distintuishes Middle English from Modern English. So, it's that kind of thing that "defines" one language stage from another.


      Lamentablemente, por ahora, los objetivos que nos planteamos no fueron logrados en la ciudad capital. - Hugo Chávez, 1992

      by Anak on Sat Feb 18, 2012 at 02:59:04 PM PST

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