'English As She Is Spoke' NPR's Scott Simon talks with Paul Collins who found and reprinted an 1885 Portuguese-to-English phrase book called English As She Is Spoke. The book's authors could not speak English. They used a Portuguese-to-French dictionary and a French-to-English dictionary to create what can best be described as a linguistic train wreck.

'English As She Is Spoke'

'English As She Is Spoke'

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NPR's Scott Simon talks with Paul Collins who found and reprinted an 1885 Portuguese-to-English phrase book called English As She Is Spoke. The book's authors could not speak English. They used a Portuguese-to-French dictionary and a French-to-English dictionary to create what can best be described as a linguistic train wreck.

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