Jeremy Fowler first experienced Kurdish culture while at university in his homeland of Britain.
"When I was at Oxford in the UK, I had Kurdish friends and I heard a lot regarding the condition of Kurds and I pitied them regarding the condition of the Kurdish language. I found that I love languages and I could help them. Kurdish is a very nice language but we have to work together," he told Rudaw.
Fowler has learned Kurdish for 10 years, but over the past eight months he has studied on a daily basis.
He now lives and works in Duhok at Form Foundation and has begun to write an online Kurmanji dictionary
for people who want to learn the most-spoken Kurdish dialect.
Fowler's family has even enrolled their daughter at a local Kurdish school.
"It is an honor to have a student coming from Britain and study Kurdish while most of our people want to learn English," the principal of Zagros School, Zirak Mohammed, told Rudaw.
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