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Monolingual Hams

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by David CowhigWAlLBP

Most hams on or orbiting this planet do noi speak English as their firsi language. Ttw Radio Amateur's Conversation Guide, written by Jukka OH1BR and Miika OH2BAD Heikinheimo, with the help of ham native speakers, teaches monolingual hams how to get their tongues into acceptable shape for foreign ears. The second edition, published in W85, includes English. German. French, Italian. Spanish, Portuguese. Russian (in C yrillic and phonetic script), and Japanese (romanized). Hour-long cassette tapcN made by ham native speakers cover these languages, plus Swedish and Finnish,

Supplements to the Guide introduce you to Finnish, Danish, Dutch and Serbo-Croatian. Phonetic guides and number lists are followed by 50 pages of phrases in each of the eight languages of the Guide. In the 30-page multilingual glossary at the back of the book, you cun look Up the equivalent ol English words commonly used by hams in seven oth cr languages.

The phrases give you all you need to con* duct a very basic QSO (contact), describe your equipment, complain about the other guy s splatter, inquire into the other operator's marital status ian important question for international radio romances), and ask for a QSL card.. Next time a Japanese station QRMs f interferes with) your long rag-chew on 160 meters, you can tell her "Shuhatsu-o tsukatteimasu!" If the offending OM (male ham) is in Moscow, you might say, "Castata zanjala! 'it you want to ask a Russian to give you a call next time he hears you, why, just say, "Kagda byi vyi ni uslvisali minja pa/al-sta, vizavftje minja" (and don't forget the accent marks).

Some ^ ou Have to Hear

Language tapes are necessary for those languages which English-speaking people find hard to pronounce. Japanese pronunciation is fairly easy and regular. You could probably make yourself understood in Japanese without the tape if the authors would explain the phonetic systems they use. Romanization \s used for Japanese and Russian, but the conventional spelling of languages written in the roman alphabet is given. Just a list of the kana syllabary used to write Japanese would help readers pick out the pronunciation much more easily. The standard romanization of Japanese used in the Guide can mislead. For example Tive years/ gonenhm, is pronounced "gonen-kan/' not "gon-en-kan."

A one-hour tape of any language in the Guide costs plus shipping. Text sup plements cost SI .75 peF language. You can order 77^ Radio Amateur's Conversation Guide r by Jukka and Miika Heikinheimo, from CQ Communications* Main St,. Greenville, NH 03048. TeL (800)457 7373, I iie price is S9.95 plu^ S3.75 postage,

Spanish and Russian

"Hola CQ/' by "Doe" Schwartzbard AF2 Y, gives you all the sentence patterns and vocabulary you need to carry out a basic QSO in Spanish. Many hams who took high school Spanish will find that the sentence patterns come back. Their new ham vocabulary also makes them want to learn more Spanish by radio.

The ARRl/s "Hold CQ'1 consists of fine Spanish lessons for hams. A 90-minute cassette tape accompanying the text teaches the basics of Spanish pronunciation as well as the pronounciation of caeh phrase in the text. AF2Y reminds us of the many words Spanish shares with English and other romance languages, and how recognizing these words will speed our progress. You can get "HolaCQ" from the ARRL. 225 Main St., Newington CT 06111. It costs S7 plus postage.

Once you have mastered some phrases in your chosen language, you might try to find a night course at a local high school or junior college. You could also pick up a first-year college textbook on the language to get a systematic introduction to vocabulary and grammar; With your access to on-the-air tutoring, you may become an outstanding ham linguist.

Russian and Japanese in Particular

Other language lessons for hams are available. Len Traubman, with the help oi some

Russian hams, wrote "Russian Phrases for Amateur Radio/* a 20-page booklet. The accompanying audio cassette iapc is for English-speaking hams who want to communicate in Russian. The booklet contains English words and phrases for ham contacts, with Russian translation and transliteration for each phrase. You can get the booklet for S5 <S7 overseas) and the audio cassette for S6 overseas from Len Traubman W6HJK, 1448 Cedarwood Drive. San Mateo CA 94403.

You can also download "Japanese for Hams/' a 12-page guide I have written on making simple QSOs in Japanese, free from the 73 landline BBS (603) 525-4438; or from JAHAM in the files section of the N4QQ packet BBS. Call K3AF-7 in Washington, DC on 28.195 MHz 1200 baud, connect to K3AF-3, and then to N4QQ,

Goh Kawai 7L1FQE/N6UOK, a linguistics scholar at Stanford University, is working on a text of Japanese lessons for hams, You can contact him at CompuServe 76056,1726. If you get more serious about learning Japanese, you can order Japanese for Beginners and Japanese for Today, edited by Yasuo Yasuda. and published by GakkenT from Kinokuniya. 10 West 49th St., New Vork NY or from some other bookstore. Tapes accompany the text.

After you have worked on Japanese for awhile, you will find reading articles in CQ Ham Radio, the wonderful telephone-book-size (!!') ham magazine from Japan, a great incentive to improve your Japanese, You can order CQ Ham Radio through Nihon IPS, lidabashi 3-11-6, Chiyoda-ku. Tokyo 102 JAPAN for about $120 per year. You may be able to order single copies of itt or of its more technical cousin Ham Journal•

As the karatkavalnavtks (hams) say back in the U.S.S.R-, 'Zelaju vam uddci i mnogadi-eks": I w ish you good luck and lots of DX.B0

David Cowhig has translated articles in Japanese for us and written articles on ham radio in Japan.

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