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Posted: 25 Oct 07, 12:21 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

1. Bomi and Jer were all spoke English??
2. If not, so did Freddie speak his parents' language?
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Posted: 25 Oct 07, 13:09 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

That is veeeery important,i think... :))


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Posted: 25 Oct 07, 14:26 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Bigbrotherbp wrote:

1. Bomi and Jer were all spoke English??
2. If not, so did Freddie speak his parents' language?
thanks



Good question - always wonder why he spoke English without any Indian tones etc. Maybe it was because his father worked for the British so had more contacts with them than natives? Wonder did he ever go back to Zanzibar - i doubt it!

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Posted: 25 Oct 07, 16:54 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Freddie's mother tongue was Gujarati, a language spoken in northwestern India. Not sure if he spoke Gujarati around the house though. I might have to ask him.


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Posted: 25 Oct 07, 17:25 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Bigbrotherbp wrote:

Bomi and Jer were all spoke English??


and you speak, what?

Cause make that all don't sense at.


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Posted: 25 Oct 07, 17:47 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

English is the official language in Zanzibar.


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Posted: 25 Oct 07, 17:52 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

English is the official language in Zanzibar (Tanzania).


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Posted: 25 Oct 07, 20:08 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

<font color=pink>Poo wrote:

I might have to ask him.


Yes, please let us know what he says!

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Posted: 26 Oct 07, 00:03 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

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Posted: 26 Oct 07, 03:43 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

He could hav spoken Japanese too at home i guess? As he was so fond of the country...or German, as he lived there so long...?
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Posted: 26 Oct 07, 04:23 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

It is very likely that he would have spoken an Indian language - if Mrs. B. spoke Gujarati then I imagine Freddie would have done so too, but he would certainly have learnt English from a young age.

At school in India, he would have had his lessons in English, as I believe it was a British-run school, but he may have spoken with his friends in Gujarati or another Indian language.

It is quite likely that he would have had knowledge of Farsi (Persian) as well, being of Persian ancestry and religion. The song Mustapha is, I think, mainly in Farsi - but whether that came from a real knowledge of the language or just things he heard I don't know.

As for his accent, I think he did have a certain 'twang' to his voice - not an Indian sound as such, but perhaps a Zanzibarian sound - having never heard a Zanzibarian accent, I couldn't really comment!

He came to England at a young age (13 I think), so he would have picked up a local accent a lot easier, however if you hear his sister Kashmira she has a very English accent - but then she is younger and so would have picked up the accent a lot easier.

Furthermore, when Freddie was a teenager, I think he was very conscious of the fact that he was 'different' from his school friends and so perhaps tried to cover up his accent.


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Posted: 26 Oct 07, 06:44 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

una999 wrote:

Bigbrotherbp wrote:

1. Bomi and Jer were all spoke English??
2. If not, so did Freddie speak his parents' language?
thanks



Good question - always wonder why he spoke English without any Indian tones etc. Maybe it was because his father worked for the British so had more contacts with them than natives? Wonder did he ever go back to Zanzibar - i doubt it!


Hehe, guys. Thanks first; but I'm not talking about why he spoke without any Indian accent.
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Posted: 26 Oct 07, 06:53 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

hebrew?


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Posted: 26 Oct 07, 07:35 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Freddie left India in 1964 after flunking in the SSC exam (I flunked it too :D)

Afterwards he went to Zanzibar where revolution arose and they left for England.

And yes, Freddie is a parsi but is not of Direct Persian ancestry. His hometown is Bulsar where they have a fucking lot of hot chicks.

Bulsar is in Gujarat and Parsis settled in Gujarat since over 400 years back, I mean if you can call a gujarati-parsi an iranian then you have to call every american an african or british or something.

Moving on to which language he spoke... Definately A persian dialect of Gujarati which is common amongst parsis here.

Panchgani was an elite school at the time Freddie went in it but obviously you don't converse with each other in English in India, its usually Hindi or your native tongue if your talking to someone with the same caste as you are.

the 'twang' in his voice as someone reffered is pretty much of a parsi dude trying to hide his roots.




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Posted: 27 Oct 07, 08:55 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

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Posted: 31 Oct 07, 12:00 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I don't see why trivia like this is important


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