"Languages 'leak' into each other in subtle ways"

I can personally vouch for this!

Not to mention, for example, that my Italian husband didn't really start speaking Venetian dialect until he was a teenager, and so apparently Venetian and English are stored in the same compartment of the brain, since sometimes an English word will come up mid-conversation when speaking to, say, older Venetians who don't even know Italian, much less a foreign language!


1 comment:

Anonymous said...

So true. A friend of mine, Italian from Italy and not Italian-American, meaning to tell a priest friend of ours that she had a proposition for him, told him instead that she wanted to propose to him (voglio farti una proposta)!