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"Buenos dias", "buenas noches" -- this was the first words in a foreign language I heard in my life, as a three-year old boy growing up in developing post-war Western Germany, where the first gastarbeiters had arrived from Spain. Fascinated by the strange sounds, I tried to get to know some more languages, the only opportunity being TV courses of English and French -- there was no foreign language education for pre-teen school children in Germany yet in those days. Read more

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FYI: Soqotri original text available in Semitic linguistics archive

Author: Vladimir Agafonov

Linguistic Field(s): Text/Corpus Linguistics

FYI Body: California Linguistic Notes, Volume XXXIV No. 1 ISSN 1548-1484, winter,
2009, has published one more Soqotri original text in North-Western
Soqotri dialect - a Tale of Two Brothers (the first beginning part of the
Soqotran tale) which is very close to the Ancient Egyptian tale of Two
Brothers from the d'Orbiney papirus.

With English translation and comments.

The sound recording of this fragment could be found at SemArch website of
Heidelberg University:


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