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Bar-sur-Loup Provence France

Portuguese -- more or less

Disclaimer : I'm not claiming to be fluent in any of the languages mentioned below, though I did at one time have notions of Spanish.
However, during our trip to Lisbon, every time that I heard people speaking Portuguese it sounded to me like Spanish being spoken by Russians.
The same vowels and the same rhythms as Spanish, but full of "sh" and "zh" sounds -- far more than in French, Spanish, or Italian. So that's how my simple mind processed it -- a nation full of Eastern European immigrants struggling to master a vaguely Iberian language.

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Bar-sur-Loup Provence France

December 2011

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