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My Fascination with Hungarian

A woman is painting plate of Herend porcelain

I’ve been fascinated with Hungarian for the best part of a decade. I started with some night classes in Vienna during 2002 and continued with the purchase of the US Department of State self-teaching method that runs into fifty-two 90-minute cassettes (we are talking 2004) and is recommended for US embassy staff and spies, I […]

Swiss Romansch

Scoul Engandin Grisailles

As if Switzerland isn’t peculiar enough, it has a corner  – or rather several scattered ones  – where Romansch, its fourth official language is spoken.  These corners tend to be where Italian meets German meets Frenchand that’s what the language looks like: a mixture between the three with a Latin-based vocabulary but with a German […]