Ciao, bella! Parlez vous francais? No, we didn't just call you by the name Bella. Those are two very common phrases, one Italian and the other French. One is a greeting and might be used when greeting a beautiful woman, while the other is simply asking if you speak French.
Let's take a close look at both languages. Both are referred to as "romance" languages, having evolved from what was commonly called Vulgar Latin, which was a tongue of the Roman Empire. It evolved further from the Latin spoken in Gaul, which was what France was called under Roman rule. It has many other influences, however, and today these languages are spoken in 29 different countries.
Italian also descends from Vulgar Latin and is considered the modern language most close to it. Although not spoken in as many countries as French, it is the main language in a number of areas within other countries. It is spoken in the Vatican City, parts of Switzerland, San Marino and even in parts of Africa.
So, as a lover of languages, the question is, can you spot an Italian phrase from a French one? Some are straightforward, while others will have you exercising your linguistic gray matter as you strive to ace this quiz. Good luck!