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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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Media: German replacement of English terms with French

Submitter: Karen S. Chung

Submitter Email: karchung@ntu.edu.tw
Media Body: There's a report in Reuters' 'Oddly Enough' series, dated April 9,
2003 and posted over the Yahoo network, entitled:

"German Professors Declare War on English Terms"
by Erik Kirschbaum and Dave Graham

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Many thanks to my NTU colleague Prof. Kirill Thompson for calling
this report to my attention.

Karen Steffen Chung

Issue Number: 14.1069
Date Posted: April 10, 2003

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