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Day: June 18, 2016
Why is Greece the 6th most important contributor in Organisation internationale de la Francophonie (OIF)?
I wish I knew. This is what I get from the Googles. Francophone Balkans? ‘Outsider’ Membership in La Francophonie and Other Language-Based International Organisations speculates that it’s because French is such a prominent foreign language in Greek education. Which explains why Romania is in the Francophonie. And French was indeed the default foreign language in […]
Why have you learned Latin, Ancient Greek or Sanskrit? What aspects of those languages are you fascinated by?
Latin: Opportunity. My uncle’s and aunt’s old Latin textbooks were in my grandfather’s storehouse, and I discovered them when I was 10 (1981). Thinking back, that’s where my love of language started. I read through the grammar, and then went to work translating Cornelius Nepos. I loved the intricacies of the grammar, I guess, but […]