French is a Romance language too, as is Romanian.
One who speaks French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese or even Romanian, can probably *read* the other languages quite well, but the spoken language is harder to follow. Add to this that many people speaking a Romance language have a habit of speaking at a high pace, and you'll understand the problem.
German and Dutch are likewise related (Germanic languages). Other Germanic languages are Norwegian, Icelandic, Swedish and Danish.
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