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Book Title: Native Tongues|
The author of the book: Charles Frambach Berlitz
ISBN 13: 9780785818274
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 725 KB
Edition: Castle Books
Date of issue: January 21st 2009
Read full description of the books Native Tongues:I'm a lover of trivia, and I absolutely loved this book on the idiosyncrasies of various languages. The part I remember most vividly is the one where it is explained how to say "I love you" in various languages. I still remember some:
Je t'aime - French
Ich liebe dich - German
S'agapo - Greek
The ones I loved absolutely were Amharic
Afakrisalehou (pardon me if I goofed up!)
Watakushi-wa anata-wo aishimasu
I had no chance to field test these - hard luck! :(
You know what is the equivalent of "taking coals to Newcastle" in French, according to this book? "Going to Paris with one's own wife"!
One story from the book which I loved:
An Indian delegate was giving a speech at the UN. He said: "The colonial powers remain firmly entrenched, still holding in their hands their long-standing fallacies." Well, Indian pronunciation is somewhat peculiar, so he pronounced "fallacies" as "phalluses". This brought down the English-speaking section of the assembly.
Read information about the authorBorn in NYC, Berlitz was the grandson of Maximilien Berlitz, who founded the Berlitz Language Schools. As a child, Charles was raised in a household in which (by father's orders) every relative & servant spoke to Charles in a different language. He reached adolescence speaking eight languages fluently. In adulthood, he recalled having had the delusion that every human spoke a different language, & wondering why he didn't have his own like everyone else. His father spoke to him in German, his grandfather in Russian, his nanny in Spanish.
He began working for the family's Berlitz School of Languages, during college breaks. The publishing house, of which he was vice president, sold, among other things, tourist phrase books & pocket dictionaries, several of which he authored. He also played a key role in developing record & tape language courses. He left the company in the late 1960s, not long after he sold the company to publishing firm Crowell, Collier & Macmillan. He graduated magna cum laude from Yale Univ.
Berlitz was a writer on anomalous phenomena. He wrote a number of books on Atlantis. In his book The Mystery of Atlantis, he used evidence from geophysics, psychic studies, classical literature, tribal lore, archeology & mysteries & concluded that Atlantis was real. Berlitz also attempted to link the Bermuda Triangle to Atlantis. He claimed to have located Atlantis undersea in the area of the Bermuda Triangle. He was also an ancient astronaut proponent who believed that extraterrestrials had visited earth.
Berlitz spent 13 years on active duty in the US Army, mostly in intelligence. In 1950, he married Valerie Seary, with whom he had a daughter, Lynn. He died in 2003 at the age of 89 at University Hospital in Tamarac, FL.
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