Saturday 14 February 2015 is St Valentine’s Day and is a great time to start a language love affair with a Romance language in French, Italian or Spanish.
Valentine’s Day is celebrated all over the world with a variety of native traditions to explore and enjoy. However, nowadays, for most of us, it has become a massive commercial event, complete with chocolates, roses, teddy bears and quite frankly anything that is red and pink! Even, the days of anonymous love letters seem long gone …
Back to this particular language family, the destinations themselves certainly live up to their ‘Romance’ name. You can forget the winter blues because things really do hot up around this time of year! The Val de Loire region in France is well known for its celebrations on Valentine’s Day, as well as Verona in Italy where a four-day festival is held – a very likely location with it being the city of Romeo & Juliet ( it doesn’t get more romantic than that!). Or perhaps it does! It is without a doubt that Paris takes gold for the most popular city around this time of year, attracting thousands of lovers to enjoy the romantic sights, the walks, the restaurants and perhaps the less stereotypical ritual of attaching a padlock (or ‘love-lock’) to the Pont de Arts bridge.
Whether you’re heading somewhere romantic this Valentine’s Day or just looking to impress, learning a Romance language will certainly help you along the way. All Romance languages have Latin roots, so once you’re speaking one, it won’t take long for you to get the hang of the others. The grammar, vocabulary, syntax all share a lot of similarity and with the irresistible sounding accents and the cultural associations to go with it, it’s definitely a package deal!
French in particular has been dubbed the ‘language of love’. It is the accent best known for its passionate qualities and is the tongue that lends to many romantic expressions. Take the words ‘amorous’ or ‘amour’ for example, borrowed by English and originating from Old French. Other expressions may not translate word for word but the seductive undertone is definitely there.
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