Thought a Simpsons ref would draw you. Anyway, I’ve been trying to learn Italian recently and a prior knowledge of Spanish from trips to Spain is proving a major hindrance - I’m constantly dropping Spanish vocab in accidentally, instead of Italian words which to my English ear sound similar. “Bueno” instead of “Bene” and what have you.
They’re both Romance languages, but I never recall having this problem learning French and Spanish at the same time. What I guess I’m asking is how far the similarities run; if you put a Spaniard and Italian in a room together how easy would they find verbal communication?
Are there any appropriate comparisons with the relationship between Spanish and Italian and English and another language? I’m guessing German would be most appropriate, I certainly found it easiest to pick up.