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Spanish spoken throughout Europe?

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1. Posted by skyesque (Budding Member 8 posts) 10y

I speak almost fluent Spanish in addition to English. Will this be of any help to me in France, Italy, and other countries and places where English isn't as common?

2. Posted by Desiree (Inactive 157 posts) 10y

italy perhaps

further, i don't think it helps you very much, of course french will be easier to understand, but i doubt if french speaking persons can make a whole conversation with you.

for whole europe i think english is more helpfull

3. Posted by amanecer (Respected Member 203 posts) 10y

I agree. I italy you can try to use spanish if people don't understand english, because spanish is quite a similar language to italian. In france as well, they should understand spanish. In the rest of europe you can just use english.

4. Posted by BjornParee (Full Member 150 posts) 10y

If you go to South America you can speak in a lot of countrys spanish of portugues but Europe is different.

English : Most of the countrys
German : I guess Europe's second language after English

It also depend on the country you are visiting in Europe. For example : In the Netherlands most people speak English, German en a lot speak French.

In the Netherlands we have a sense "if a tourist comes to the Netherlands we speak there language ; if we go to there country we speak the language of the country we visit"

5. Posted by TrvlJunkie (Budding Member 13 posts) 10y

I speak Spanish as well and when I was in Italy and France I was able to figure some phases out because some of the words are very similar. I wouldnt count on being able to carry on a entire conversation though, especially in France.

6. Posted by yolandac8 (Respected Member 159 posts) 10y

In Italy and Portugal for sure... It is very similar to Spanish, so you can manage to be understood if you bump into someone that doesn't speak English...

For the rest, just use English and your hands, they always help a lot!!!!!! Have a good trip!

7. Posted by magykal1 (Travel Guru 2026 posts) 10y

It's probably more useful for being able to read stuff than actually carrying out a useful conversation I reckon.

8. Posted by Caesar (Full Member 74 posts) 10y

In Spain it happened several times that people spoke with me in spanish thinking i was spanish and after 5 minutes i was listening i told them : " no comprendo, amigo"

Of course italians understand spanish, esp if it's spoken slowly

9. Posted by amanecer (Respected Member 203 posts) 10y

as for portugal maybe spanish is better than italian for a conversation.
of course, if you speak a fluent english and spanish, maybe the person in front of you can understand you, but you have always to speak slowly:)