Also, some of the ancient languages that are now considered dialects are now being given language status for the sake of preservation. Evidently Neapolitan was given language status in 2008.
That (Napoletano-Calabrese was officially recognized by some organization), plus even if we're not calling it a distinct language, then I want to learn more about the "Neapolitan dialect of the Italian language."
I speak spanish... I got a degree in it (classes were heavily conversation based) and then I've made a practice of USING spanish on a regular basis so that it doesn't get rusty... my grammar is probably kind of rusty because I've been mostly using colloquial spanish instead of proper, but it gets the job done
speaking with someone in the language is about the best practice you can get from my experience of learning AND teaching ESL in the past!
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