American Gypsies - Bookrepublic

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As a rule Gypsies are unwilling to teach a stranger their language. It' was therefore only by liberal presents of cigars and tobacco to the men and bright silk handkerchiefs to the women and girls that I induced this band to teach me. Again, Gypsies seldom can read or write, and it is not easy to learn a language accurately from ignorant people. For instance, I asked how they said in Gypsy Will you have a cigar? They said Will tuti lella tav. Later, however, I discovered this phrase meant Will you have a smoke, not Will you have a cigar. Ignorant people also soon tire when teaching you, and mislead by their answers, saying yes often when they should say no, simply because that happens to make it easier for them. Frequently their replies are very amusing, and it is difficult to get an answer to your question.

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eng

Anno

2017

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9780243688654

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