angstlich (angstlich) wrote in linguaphiles,
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German Conflicting With Italian

I'm almost certain no one has had this problem before, considering one is Romantic and the other Germanic, but here goes...

I'm already a proficient German speaker and now, my freshman year of college, I decided to also take an intensive Italian course because it's the course designed for students who have already studied another language. That's all fine and good, but the first thing that comes to mind, always, is German, German, German, never Italian. I want to conjugate things the German way. Ask me if I want to play? "Ich will spielen," is the first thing that comes to mind and, sometimes, the first thing that comes out of my mouth. 

I've never heard of this problem before, of mixing up Germanic and Romantic because, really, how on earth does that happen? The only other students that get languages mixed up are the ones who have already taken Spanish and get the similarities mixed up.

Does anyone have any advice for this completely ridiculous problem?


Tags: advice, german, germanic, italian, romance
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