SpanItalish is what I’d like to call the language I was basically speaking when I arrived in Italy and throughout my time in Italy… Let me break it down for ya:
Span-Ital-ish: Span = Spanish, Ital = Italian & ish = English 🙂
After my time in Central and South America, all the conversational Italian that I did know converted completely to Spanish! So now before going back to Italy I was trying in my mind to think Italian instead of Spanish…. That was definately easier said than done as I kept speaking Spanish to myself, desperately trying to recall the Italian words again… In fact, I was sort of doing that in my mind (converting my Spanish to Italian) while in the Gatwick airport, but obviously gave up when helping out the woman from Spain:)
When I first got to Italy, while I could understand everyone and what they were saying (depending on their speed of speech and whether they had a heavy accent or not) I would reply pretty much completely in Spanish, lol!! Needless to say this was rather annoying to me though luckily everyone seemed patient with me as I repeated myself to them, slowly converting Spanish to Italian. Slowly but surely Italian came back and took over my Spanish! Now I find myself thinking “how would I say that in Spanish???” and not being able to recall, lol!!! It’s seriously a case of “when in Rome” because when in the environment it’s easier to be and speak Italian or Spanish as needed!
I threw English in there of course because first I am fully fluent in English and second because it was my last resort if Spanish or Italian didn’t work in asking questions, lol!!! And since neither Spanish nor Italian helped while I traveled the rest of Europe, I was glad that at least English did!!