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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: Word 4 Word

Submitter: Christopher Johns

Submitter Email: c.s.r.johns@dur.ac.uk
Linguistic Field(s): Sociolinguistics

Media Body: As part of its 'Voices' series, the BBC is running a series of six
45-minute programmes on local language in the British Isles. It's on Radio
4 on Wednesdays at 9:00am, repeated at 9:30pm (British Summer Time). Full
details of the programme are available at


and you can listen to all six programmes online there.
Issue Number: 16.2399
Date Posted: August 10, 2005

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