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Dr. G. Kapchits

Author, Somali Linguist @ ‘Hubsiimohal baa la siistaa’ Book

Dr. G.Kapchits was born in 1939. In 1969 graduated from the Institute of Asian and African Studies of Moscow State University. Qualified as a linguist in the field of Amharic and Somali studies. From 1967 to 2014 worked as a broadcaster and a commentator in Radio Moscow World Service. Lectured on the Somali language at the Universities of Moscow and Berlin. Several times visited Somalia and Djibouti. In 2000 defended PhD thesis on the Somali syntax.

‘To know something for sure, one would even part with a she-camel’ contains the most popular Somali proverbs obtained from the special experiment which has been conducted by Dr. G.Kapchits among the Somali communities in Germany and Denmark. Each proverb is cited in Somali, with an English translation and where necessary an explanatory comment. The book was published by scansom Publishers in 2016.