Prata du Svenska?
Reading about the relationship between various languages was such an eye-opening experience. It's something I've always known but to actually read about how and why it happens was really interesting. The evolution of language is obviously complex and difficult to follow often without the lack of recorded forms of the earlier languages. However, as the chapter showed, the evidence is right there in the many languages earlier forms spawned.
My ongoing problem is that sometimes the differences between a dialect and language can still seem arbitrary to me. I've heard of dialects that are farther apart than some languages. In high school and on through college I learned Swedish. I happened to run into a Norwegian exchange student several months ago and was amazed at the ease in which I could converse with him. Technically Swedish and Norwegian are separate languages, however the minute changes to words and grammar did little to impede our ability to communicate in his native language and my second language. It was definitely a fun and educational experience and made me appreciate reading this chapter all the more!