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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: Endangered Language, Politics/English in Europe


Author: Michael A. Covington

FYI Body: This is the first time I can recall reading about an endangered language
in the general news media:

http://www.accessatlanta.com/ajc/

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LINGUIST readers might find interesting this Business Week article on
the politics of English in Europe.

http://www.businessweek.com/magazine/content/01_33/b3745009.htm

Michael Erard


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