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Lingo: A Language Spotter's Guide to Europe by [Dorren, Gaston]

Lingo: A Language Spotter's Guide to Europe Kindle Edition

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Learned and pleasantly ironic ... [an] entertaining exercise in "language tourism" ... [Dorren's] tour of the continent is a richly diverting exercise ... He has something interesting to point out about nearly every topic ... brilliant

The depth and breadth of [Dorren's] understanding and knowledge are awesome ... this charming, funny and fascinating gem of a book has persuaded me of the richness we are in danger of losing.

I can't praise it enough. If you ever wanted to know how exactly Finnish and Hungarian are related and how Turkish fits in, it is clearly explained here in two to three pages. And so is everything else you ever wanted to learn about European languages but were afraid to ask. Brilliant, witty, excellent!

Joyful ... <i>Lingo </i>is that rare thing: a book about language the manages to be both genuinely interesting and enormous fun. Particularly impressive is Dorren's ability to flip with ease from jokes and surprising facts to the discussion of complex linguistic ideas ... For the sadly monoglot, <i>Lingo </i>is a wake-up call: a book that brims with joy at linguistic variety and invention, and reminds us what he - and we - are missing

Through 60 compelling stories about European linguistics, it tells us an impressive amount about Europe ... An entertaining, accessible guide

Full of charm and pleasing detail ... [an] amusing tour of Europe's linguistic landscape

Fact-packed ... [an] absorbing tour

A new approach to understanding the world ... ideal for any cunning linguist

Gaston Dorren offers an excellent overview of Europe's languages ... It's very enlightening, and very well done

I love this book. It's witty and informative, with a wealth of engaging comments on all things language-related on our continent ... highly amusing ... the book's mine of information, make[s] this a great seasonal stocking filler - whether you're a lingophile or not.

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Why the Spanish speak so fast, the Dutch are gender-benders and it's hard to add up in Breton

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 10423 KB
  • Print Length: 305 pages
  • Publisher: Profile Books; Main edition (6 November 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Asia-Pacific Holdings Private Limited
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,81,031 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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A. Silverstone
5.0 out of 5 starsLearning about Languages can be Fun
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