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Basic gear from the mid-twentieth-century Federal Republic of Germany

Discussion in 'History of Diving Gear' started by David Wilson, Jul 14, 2019.

  1. David Wilson

    David Wilson Loggerhead Turtle

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    No need for an apology, Kosta. My foreign languages are French and German, which I taught for many years, and my knowledge of these European tongues has given me confidence, but not necessarily competence, to dabble in other languages now I've retired from full-time employment. We learn far more if we get things wrong and have our errors corrected than we do when we get things right. Or at least I do. I can only say in mitigation that I copied the data about Λευκάδα verbatim from a website whose text now needs correcting.
     
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  2. wetb4igetinthewater

    wetb4igetinthewater Instructor, Scuba

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    The Greek letter ipsilon does cause a lot of trouble! Greek isn't an easy language, but easier than Russian! (which I'm currently learning)
     
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  3. dmaziuk

    dmaziuk Orca

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    на здоровье, товарищ
     
  4. wetb4igetinthewater

    wetb4igetinthewater Instructor, Scuba

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    Спасибо! (man that was hard to type without Russian letters on my keyboard!)
     
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  5. dmaziuk

    dmaziuk Orca

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    Паракало (sorry, we did lose a couple of letters in the last thousand years or so)
     
  6. АлександрД

    АлександрД Manta Ray

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    Удачи! :)

    P.S. David, sorry for this small offtopic ...
     
  7. David Wilson

    David Wilson Loggerhead Turtle

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    Пожалуйста, АлександрД! :) No need to apologise. Having learnt and taught other people's languages throughout my working life, I welcome any opportunity to boost my own linguistic and cultural knowledge and understanding now I'm retired. And, after all, use and understanding of foreign languages have played a vital role in researching and creating these threads about historical diving gear across Europe.
     
  8. wetb4igetinthewater

    wetb4igetinthewater Instructor, Scuba

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    Oh yes I have this on my desktop keyboard but not my laptop which I use more
     
  9. Sam Miller III

    Sam Miller III Scuba Legend Scuba Legend

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    When my two older girl were born we had a neighbor couple who also had two girls born the same time.
    They were Greek ! The father spoke English very well the mother knew very little English so Greek was the language of choice in the household

    When the children played together at their home or ours which was every day the language of choice was Greek. They became bilingual by association at a very young age.

    The often spoke Greek which baffled the younger sibling as the came along as well as us as parents almost ever day ...
    SDM
     
  10. wetb4igetinthewater

    wetb4igetinthewater Instructor, Scuba

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    Love that story!

    I'm curious how my daughter will turn out language wise. My wife will only speak Russian to our daughter, my mother is only allowed to speak Greek, and my father Dutch. I'll be the one speaking English. Because of the subtleties that exist in language, I want my daughter to develop an ear for different languages.

    @David Wilson, thank you for not minding us to deviate from the topic at hand.

    One of the things I want to do for my future dive op is to include the history through images, story boards, and vintage gear. Your post is very useful to me for that.
     
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