Subject: Re: Learn Better Italian or add a bit of French for Paris?
Hello Paul/Paolo,

I'd say you better take your chances with French. While Italian and French have the same roots (Latin) they are really a world apart. I'd say the average knowledge of Italian from a French citizen is probably not different than that of a German or British one. Food words, mainly, and a bit of odd words picked here and there. Plus, the different accent make words sound unusual. Being an European traveller, I try to learn as much as I can from the different languages; while I can speak some French, I won't discuss anything important in other languages than Italian or English. Bye

Paolo Trieste, Italy