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One of the most rewarding things about travelling through Western Europe is the rich variety of cuisine, customs, architecture and history.
The flipside of course is that you'll encounter a number of very different languages.
Most languages spoken in Western Europe, including English, belong to what's known as the Indo-European language family, believed to have originally developed from one language spoken thousands of years ago.
Luckily for English speakers, all but one use Roman script.
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