But that's not all! Both French and English are part of a big family of languages. Almost all European languages are part of this language family. And like with all families, some of its members are clearly very closely related and therefore very similar (like Dutch and German, for instance), whereas others are not (like Swedish and Spanish). Some members are relatively young (modern Dutch didn't exist 200 years ago) and others have been around for ages (Latin was spoken over 2,000 years ago).