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Old 07-25-2011, 03:01 PM
 
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What languages are extremely similar to each other? Not only related or some words, but very similar that people in both language understand each other for the most part.

I know some:

Swedish - Norwegian

Norwegian - Danish

Swedish - Danish (but not as close as to Norway)

What other languages?
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Old 07-25-2011, 03:12 PM
 
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Spanish and Portuguese.

Speaking it and understanding is/can be difficult due to the pronunciation of certain words (ie, r, lh, nh, l, j) are completely different in how you would pronounce them compared to the other language.

Now reading is a different story. If you can read Spanish you can read Portuguese for the most part and vice versa. For instance carro means the exact same thing in both languages but the prunciation in one language like Spanish sounds like (Kah-rro) and in Portuguse (Kah-who).
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Old 07-25-2011, 03:38 PM
 
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croatian and serbian.

I think many people would have a hard time seeing the difference between these two.
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Old 07-25-2011, 03:41 PM
 
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croatian and serbian.

I think many people would have a hard time seeing the difference between these two.
Hey, I was going to write that as you are right!
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Old 07-25-2011, 03:44 PM
 
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Afrikaans and Dutch. So much so that the Dutch people I know call Afrikaans "baby Dutch".
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Old 07-25-2011, 04:09 PM
 
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Dutch & Flemish
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Old 07-25-2011, 04:40 PM
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What languages are extremely similar to each other? Not only related or some words, but very similar that people in both language understand each other for the most part.

I know some:

Swedish - Norwegian

Norwegian - Danish

Swedish - Danish (but not as close as to Norway)

What other languages?
Great thread subject and those are great examples you mentioned too!

I will put in some other examples here for languages that are extremely similar to each other:

Dutch-Africaans

Czech-Slovak

German-Dutch

Spanish-Portugese

Russian-Ukranian

Malay-Indonesian
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Old 07-25-2011, 04:44 PM
 
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Catalan and Portuguese.
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Old 07-25-2011, 04:49 PM
 
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American English and British English
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Old 07-26-2011, 02:54 AM
 
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I think it's very difficult to understand danish and norwegian can be difficult too.
It's much easier to read.
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