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To: blam

German was my first foreign language to study, then Spanish and Russian.

I just took up Farsi, for several reasons.

It is so interesting to study that language, knowing that it, too, is an Indo-European language.

However, so far, I have not been using the Arabic script, but am using Cyrillic, like the Tajiks do. I think it is somewhat fitting that an Indo-European language should use an Indo-European script. I’ll try to work on the Arabic script later on for my Farsi studies, but it’s real convenient to use a familiar script for note-taking from the Pimsleur course I’m using.


4 posted on 01/30/2008 8:46:05 AM PST by fishtank (Fenced BORDERS, English LANGUAGE, Patriotic CULTURE: A good plan.)
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To: fishtank
Your first 15 or 20 languages, if sufficiently demonstrative of the full breadth of the family involved should enable you to do "instant translations" of segments of languages you've never heard nor read.

Good idea to learn American Indian sign language as well ~ it's just like Shang Dynasty characters and a good guide to ideographs with non Chinese, non Sumerian origins (like Windows).

7 posted on 01/30/2008 8:55:09 AM PST by muawiyah
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To: fishtank

It is really difficult to learn a new language and a new script at the same time. I know, I have sort of done it. Emphasis on sort of.


8 posted on 01/30/2008 8:55:31 AM PST by squarebarb
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