Milkman Overcomes Language Barrier by Learning Gujarati

A 69-year old white, English-born milkman from Blackburn, has become almost fluent in Gujarati, after doing his milk rounds in the town’s Asian community for the last 50 years.

John Mather’s ability to procure foodstuffs that the Asian population couldn’t find in local shops in the 1960’s put him in great demand, but he soon came up against the language barrier, with neither him nor his customers being able to understand each other.

So he started learning Gujarati by memorising what he had heard and repeating it when he saw the customers again. This is no mean task given that Gujarati is so different from English, with few non-Indians learning it.

But not content with one Indian language, he is proficient in Bengali as well!

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