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Lingo free pdf Whether you're a frequent visitor to Europe or just an armchair traveler, the surprising and extraordinary stories in "Lingo" will forever change the way you think about the continent, and may even make you want to learn a new language. "Lingo" spins the reader on a whirlwind tour of sixty European languages and dialects, sharing quirky moments from their histories and exploring their commonalities and differences. Most European languages are descended from a single ancestor, a language not unlike Sanskrit known as Proto-Indo-European (or PIE for short), but the continent's ever-changing borders and cultures have given rise to a linguistic and cultural diversity that is too often forgotten in discussions of Europe as a political entity. "Lingo" takes us into today's remote mountain villages of Switzerland, where Romansh is still the lingua franca, to formerly Soviet Belarus, a country whose language was Russified by the Bolsheviks, to Sweden, where up until the 1960s polite speaking conventions required that one never use the word "you" in conversation, leading to tiptoeing questions of the form: "Would herr generaldirektor Rexed like a biscuit?" Spanning six millenia and sixty languages in bite-size chapters, "Lingo" is a hilarious and highly edifying exploration of how Europe speaks."

About Gaston Dorren

Gaston Dorren is a linguist, journalist, and polyglot. He speaks Dutch, Limburgish, English, German, French, and Spanish, and reads nine more languages. He is the author of two books in Dutch, and the creator of an app, The Language Lover's Guide to Europe. Dorren lives in the Netherlands.

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Author : Gaston Dorren
Publisher : Atlantic Monthly Press
Data Published : 01 December 2015
ISBN : 0802124070
EAN : 9780802124074
Format Book : PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
Number of Pages : 320 pages
Age + : 15 years
Language : English
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