Originally Posted by PrincessFiona60
I took Spanish and Italian in High School, mmphgh years ago...it was easy picking up on the Italian, many words in common for those day to day things.
My DIL comes from Naples. She took Italian in H.S. And she flunked. Her mother was furious. Now her moter didn't speak a word of English. She marched up to the school to talk to the teacher and started talking in Italian. The teacher didn't understand a word she said. For one, she was talking too fast, and second she was taling Naplese. The teacher talked only Roman Italian. So off to the principal's office the three of them go. My DIL acted as her mother's interpreter. The principal agreed with her mother. My DIL got a passing grade. The teacher got transferred to a school that lacked an Italian population. They got a native Italian teacher who understood the different dialects.
My two grandson's grew up (Son #2) speaking Italian to their grandparents and English to their parents. My youngest GS is two years old and speaks English to his father, Albanian to his grandparents and Italian to his mother. My son said that he does get a little confused when he hears his mother talk Albanian to other people and Italian to him. His other grandmother speaks seven languages, his mother five. His grandfather speaks two. Russian and Albanian. He is learning English. I only speak "childrenese."