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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jwHkwQQe5gE
YouTube video titled Akbar Biribal-Rajshri, India.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5NsoNJoPlp8
YouTube video titled Akbar & Biribal - Kazi's Embarrasment.


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Birbal
Birbal from Wikipedia.

http://www.csupomona.edu/~inch/akbar.pdf
The Mughal Dynasty in India - Stories of Akbar an Birbal.

http://www.srikumar.com/family/akbar_and_birbal.htm
Akbar & Birbal, Indian Mythical stories. Kids page & Panchatantra Stories.

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1) Here's a great story, and I can imagine it coming in handy for language teachers. I'd like to hear more stories of this Akbar character. It is related by Anu Garg who runs the indispensible "A Word A Day" service, delivering exactly that by email, along with its dictionary definition and comments of interest. More at
http://www.wordsmith.org/awad

That reminds me of one of the numerous Akbar-Birbal stories — tales from the court of King Akbar and his wisest courtier Birbal — I grew up listening in India. Once, long ago, a linguist visited the court of Akbar. The visitor spoke fluently in dozens of languages. The King was curious to know the guest's mother tongue. Akbar had his many courtiers interview the linguist but they reported that he had a flawless command of all of his languages.

The King then sought help from Birbal, his most trusted courtier. Birbal walked over and promptly kicked the linguist in the backside, making him stumble. The linguist gave vent to a few choice invectives. Birbal then announced the native language of the visitor. He explained that we may speak in any language, but when it's time to select the best insults, we revert to our native tongue.
Tim S.

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Oddly, that's probably not true in Welsh where most swear words are English, though of course all first-language Welsh speakers old enough to swear are bilingual. Anyone using one of the few Welsh curses (e.g. "cer i'r diawl," go to the devil) is probably a learner, since learners tend to be more conscientious about using "proper" Welsh words.
Philip A.

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Thanks for posting the Akbar/Birbal language story. You piqued my curiosity about these two characters, so I googled Akbar /Birbal. Discovered a treasure trove of the tales on various sites on the web - see a couple of them listed below. The tales are reminiscent of Hodja stories. Also, many legends about the 16th century Mughal Emperor Akbar, plus some information debunking his legacy.

"Birbal Shortens a Road"
The emperor Akbar was travelling to a distant place along with some of his
courtiers. It was a hot day and the emperor was tiring of the journey.
“Can’t anybody shorten this road for me?” he asked, querulously.
“I can,” said Birbal.
The other courtiers looked at one another, perplexed. All of them knew there
was no other path through the hilly terrain. The road they were travelling on
was the only one that could take them to their destination.
“You can shorten the road?” said the emperor. “Well, do it.”
“I will,” said Birbal. “Listen first to this story I have to tell.”
And riding beside the emperor’s palanquin, he launched upon a long and
intriguing tale that held Akbar and all those listening, spellbound. Before they
knew it they had reached the end of their journey.
“We’ve reached?” exclaimed Akbar. “So soon!”
“Well,” grinned Birbal, “you did say you wanted the road to be shortened.”

Here's a site:
http://www.dimdima.com/khazana/stories/showstory.asp?q_cat=Birbal+Stories
Judy S.

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