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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: Country Names and Definite Articles

Submitter: Madalena Cruz-Ferreira

Submitter Email: mcf636@hotmail.com
Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics

Media Body: From the BBC News Magazine, dated 7 June:

'Ukraine or the Ukraine: Why do some country names have 'the'?'

At http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-18233844

Madalena Cruz-Ferreira
Issue Number: 23.2682
Date Posted: June 07, 2012

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