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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: BBC: Wordhunt

Submitter: Kim Lomax

Submitter Email: kim@takeawaymedia.co.uk
Linguistic Field(s): History of Linguistics

Media Body: The BBC and the Oxford English Dictionary are asking members of the public
to join this project and help update the Dictionary with earlier evidence
for some of the more mysterious English terms. A television series on BBC2
next year will feature the results. The OED is appealing for a focused
effort on fifty words and phrases, which you’ll find listed at
www.bbc.co.uk/wordhunt and www.oed.com/bbcwordhunt.
Issue Number: 16.1904
Date Posted: June 20, 2005

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