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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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Date Submitted: 18-Jun-2007
From: Sudhir Narayanan
Subject: Looking for a linguist
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Notice: About 13 years ago I saw a BBC program in London where
they showed a linguist teaching children to learn a
language almost overnight.

He was from an Eastern European country and had been
conscripted into the German army (during WW2) as a
translator once his talents were spotted.

He was living in USA when I saw his program and was
charging about US$ 10,000 to teach a language at that

Would someone know his name and how to contact him??