des (angelicarson) wrote in linguaphiles,
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Few questions/observations regarding Romance languages

1. Spanish is my second language, and French is my third. When I talk to my friends in French, I've had them tell me that they can't understand me because of my accent. I think this is becuase I speak with a Spanish accent when I speak French. Does this sound right? Or do I just not know how to pronounce French correctly, or something?
EDIT: What I mean by this is, has anyone else ever run in to something like this, or did I just pull that theory out of my butt?

2. The Lei in Italian: when I talk to Italians online, they don't use Lei, they just use the ti. So how often is the Lei used in Italian? Is it used as often as the vous in French and the usted in Spanish? Or is it just when talking to people online?

3. What's the difference between the -ese and -era endings of the past subjunctive in Spanish? Anything? Is it just a matter of dialect/preference, whether one says "tuviera" or "tuviese"? Or do they have different meanings, like "conocí" and "conocía"?

Any input at all on these would be much appreciated; they've been bugging me for a while. Thank you.
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