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Forum: RFIs & Members' Projects 03-01-2013
Replies: 37
Views: 16,198
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Finnish, Estonian and Pashto

Some of the descriptions of the grammatical wonders of Finnish and Estonian sound similar to Turkish. However, despite the lack of gender in the pronouns I have rarely found it to be a problem.
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Forum: RFIs & Members' Projects 02-19-2013
Replies: 37
Views: 16,198
Posted By xf4wso
Apology!

Miss Parvati - My sincere apologies! I can only plead ignorance and my gender bias as regards to this site.

The quotation was from Fawn Brodie's biography of Burton, The Devil Drives, page 44....
Forum: RFIs & Members' Projects 02-18-2013
Replies: 37
Views: 16,198
Posted By xf4wso
Learning the talk...

I am sure that most of you are familiar with Sir Richard Burton, the 19th century British explorer, linguist etc. In the 7 years he was stationed in India he passed the language exams for 12 Indian...
Forum: RFIs & Members' Projects 02-16-2013
Replies: 37
Views: 16,198
Posted By xf4wso
Learning strategies

In your defense Dayuhan, I do not regard sitting in the shade drinking palm wine as the mark of a "lazy multilingual" - as long as the conversations were in the language you were trying to learn, the...
Forum: RFIs & Members' Projects 02-15-2013
Replies: 37
Views: 16,198
Posted By xf4wso
Even more appreciation...

Many thanks to all who have responded - I think some very interesting and valid (at least in my limited experience) points have been made.

- I have also found that people generally show more...
Forum: RFIs & Members' Projects 02-12-2013
Replies: 37
Views: 16,198
Posted By xf4wso
More appreciation

Again, thank all of you for your responses. I have found the issues of register and change over time to be equally interesting in Turkish. With speakers of non-standard (i.e. non-Istanbul) Turkish,...
Forum: Middle East 02-11-2013
Replies: 54
Views: 59,314
Posted By xf4wso
Bin Laden's Son-in-Law Arrested

This does not seem to have made it into most of the English-language press- a Turkish paper, Milliyet, reported on 3 February (the day after the suicide bombing at the US embassy) that Bin Laden's...
Forum: Middle East 02-11-2013
Replies: 54
Views: 59,314
Posted By xf4wso
Bin Laden's Son-in-Law Arrested

This is a story that does not seem to have made it into the major English-language news services. According to a leading Turkish daily, Milliyet, Bin-Laden's son-in-law Sulayman Jasim abu Ghaith was...
Forum: RFIs & Members' Projects 02-11-2013
Replies: 37
Views: 16,198
Posted By xf4wso
Appreciation

Thanks to all who have responded. I found the info on subtitled TV programs, DLI courses and Tagalog quite interesting. I have some background in Arabic, Persian and, having lived in Turkey now for a...
Forum: RFIs & Members' Projects 02-09-2013
Replies: 37
Views: 16,198
Posted By xf4wso
Foreign Language Training & Use

I would be interested in hearing from anyone with experience in learning and/or using one of the languages from recent conflict zones (i.e. Dari, Pashto, Arabic). In particular, was their a...
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