im SHOCKED that french is getting this many votes.
I'm not. That's how thread came up, well, my version of it anyway. Ginu was asking someone to post a poll on another habs forum in french, to see a dif side of the story, I said the majority here are french anyway so it was pointless.
I used to be perfectly fluent in Italian. I still speak it everyday to communicate with my grandparents, but it has turned into dialect now.
I'm pretty brutal. For example, a few years ago, my grandfather was over for thanksgiving and I asked my bro how to say "Happy thanksgiving". He tells me, I go to my grandfather and say "Buona festa del tacchino". My grandfather starts laughing, I'm like what? Then my bro is like "i made you say happy turkey day". I'm not great and my comprehension isn't 100% either so got made a fool of there lol.
it seems that a lot of Italians have turned to this kind of dialect you are talking about.
It's not that they turned to the dialect, it just depends what part of Italy they come from. Each region has their own dialect and many times, it's hard to understand other region's dialects. My family speaks the Treviso dialect, which I understand perfectly (obviously), but if you ask me to translate the Sicilian dialect, I would fail miserably.