Whether you are a widespread customer to Europe or simply an armchair visitor, the fantastic and amazing tales in Lingo
will perpetually switch how you take into consideration the continent, and should even make you must examine a brand new language.
Lingo spins the reader on a whirlwind travel of sixty ecu languages and dialects, sharing quirky moments from their histories and exploring their commonalities and variations. such a lot ecu languages are descended from a unmarried ancestor, a language now not not like Sanskrit referred to as Proto-Indo-European (or PIE for short), however the continent's ever-changing borders and cultures have given upward thrust to a linguistic and cultural range that's too usually forgotten in discussions of Europe as a political entity. Lingo takes us into contemporary distant mountain villages of Switzerland, the place Romansh remains to be the lingua franca, to previously Soviet Belarus, a rustic whose language used to be Russified via the Bolsheviks, to Sweden, the place up until eventually the Nineteen Sixties well mannered talking conventions required that one by no means use the note "you" in dialog, resulting in tiptoeing questions of the shape: "Would herr generaldirektör Rexed like a biscuit?"
Spanning six millenia and sixty languages in bite-size chapters, Lingo is a hilarious and hugely edifying exploration of the way Europe speaks.