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Old December 12th, 2012, 11:15 PM   #31

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Any plans for repatriation to their rediscovered homeland?
Highly unlikely!
Many of the Romanis might not even Know what India is , keeping aside the issue of their repatriation !
They settled down there long time ago , got assimilated and would prefer to live there !
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Old December 12th, 2012, 11:37 PM   #32
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"Gypsy" derives from "Egyptian", because it was thought, and they claimed themselves, that they are the descendants of the ancient Egyptians from the Pharaonic times. But now, based on their language and customs, it's ascertained that they originate in India.
Totally agree with you.
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They settled down there long time ago , got assimilated and would prefer to live there!
They did not assimilate.
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They did not assimilate.
yes , ! Assimilation could be a wrong word . They still maintain their distinctive features , though slightly skewing from their original homeland
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About their origin: DNA study finds that European Gypsies left their ancestral home in north-west India 1,400 years ago | Abroad in the Yard
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Old December 13th, 2012, 01:41 AM   #36

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how widely do the Balkan Gypsies speak Romani languages? Here only a small minority of them can speak it and i think its the same in Slovakia, Romania, Czech Republic. They are linguistically mostly assimilated to their host countries.
Here they're bilingual, but I think they speak better Greek than Romani
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Here they're bilingual, but I think they speak better Greek than Romani
In Romania even those who still speak Gypsy between themselves are bilingual or trilingual, all speak Romanian. But many of those from the urban areas (and not only, even some from rural areas) don't speak their Gypsy language any more. As I told above, almost all from the city I live in speak now only Romanian between themselves.
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Absolutely, I can confirm what Ficino says about the Roma/Gipsies of Romania. I would like to add that there are some of them, especially in Transylvania who have Hungarian as their first language and in Constanta and Tulcea counties some who adopted Islam and have Turkish as the first language.
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