Is French closer to English or Spanish? I learned English and Spanish when I was young and use them regularly, and now I'm trying to learn French. I know it has Latin roots, but is it closer to English or Spanish? Would knowing both be an advantage or disadvantage in this case?
May 19, 2019 7:22 AM
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Spanish. English is not a Romance language, despite the influence from such.


You are at a great advantage knowing both languages and learning French, as it is etymologically related to Spanish and historically related to English. General grammar rules and a good amount of vocabulary from Spanish will be the bulk of what you’ll see in French. English does have a large amount of vocabulary stock descended from Old French and Norman, so you’ll have an even greater advantage than somebody who speaks, say, Russian.
May 19, 2019
Spanish for sure, it is in fact quite similar!

I agree with Yogi Castaneda's very accurate explanation except for the relevance of Old French when it comes to understanding modern English... he's not actually wrong about this, but I reckon this relevance is really not that helpful in the learning process.

On the other hand, modern French is full of borrowed English phrases, so that should definitely help!
May 19, 2019


Je pense que le plus gros avantage que vous avez par rapport à vos compatriotes sera de ne pas vous tromper sur le genre des noms. La liste des mots de genre différent en espagnol et en français tient sur une page.

Bonne chance!

May 19, 2019
Thanks for all the comments ^^
That makes things easier when I take things into consideration!
May 20, 2019
May 19, 2019
Language Skills
Chinese (Mandarin), English, French, Spanish
Learning Language
Chinese (Mandarin), French