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How to Learn the Basic Word List      249

Latin /, e g fierro for hierro (iron) andfavlar for hablar (to speak) So
also do the Portuguese The change began in the neighbourhood of
Burgos on the Spanish border of the Pyrenees, and in Gascony on the
French side That is to say, it prevailed where Spanish and French
communities were m closest contact with the/-less Basques Below are
a few characteristic examples of the change from / to H> i.e. the dis-
appearance off

LATIN
	ITALIAN
	SPANISH
	PORTUGUESE
	FRENCH
	ENGLISH

faba
	fava
	HAVA
	fava
	feve
	bean

fabulan
	(parlare)
	HABLAR
	falar
	(parler)
	to speak

facere
	fare
	HACER
	fazer
	faire
	to make

falcone
	falcone
	HALCON
	falcao
	faucon
	falcon

fame
	fame
	HAMBRE
	fome
	faim
	hunger

farina
	farina
	HARINA
	fannha
	farine
	flour

fendere
	fendere
	HENDHR
	fender
	fendre
	to split

foeno
	fieno
	HENO
	feno
	foin
	hay

fervore
	fervore
	HERVOR
	fervor
	ferveur
	fervour

ferro
	ferro
	HIERRO
	ferro
	fer
	iron

fico
	fico
	HIGO
	figo
	figue
	fig

filio
	figko
	HIJO
	filho
	fils
	son

filia
	figlia
	HIJA
	filha
	fiUe
	daughter

filo
	filo
	HtLO
	fio
	fil
	thread

foha
	fogha
	HOJA
	fdlha
	feuille
	leaf

furca
	forca
	HORCA
	forca
	fourche
	pitchfork

forma
	forma
	HORMA
	forma
	forme
	form

formica
	formica
	HORMIGA
	formiga
	fourmi
	ant

fugire
	fuggire
	HUIR
	fugir
	fmr
	to flee

fumo
	fumo
	HUMO
	fumo
	fumee
	smoke

furone
	furetto
	HURC5
	furao
	furet
	ferret

ficato
	fegato
	HIGADO
	figado
	foie
	liver

The disappearance of initial / did not take place in all old Spanish
words It remained intact when followed by r or uey as is shown in the
following

LATIN
	ITALIAN
	SPANISH
	PORTUGUESE
	FRENCH
	ENGLISH

fronte
	fronte
	frente
		front
	forehead,


	
	
		
	front

fngido
	freddo
	fno
		froid
	cold

fhcto
	fhtto
	fnto
		fht
	fried

foco
	fuoco
	fuego
	fogo
	feu
	fire

forti
	forte
	fuerte
	forte
	fort
	strong

fortia
	forza
	fuerza
	for^a
	force
	force