|Languages that overlap
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If you speak french, you can learn italian in a matter of months, no matter how gifted you are at language learning. The reason is obvious, that is because french and italian use closely related words, and knowing french facile helps you to understand italian facile (easy).
This aspect of language classification is of great interest to the ambitious language learner, because it allows him to learn additional languages easily if he already speaks a related language.
Below you will find drawings that illustrate the closeness of various popular languages and give you a rough indication of how far you are from your goal.
Explanation of the illustrations
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