2. Before I was born.
3. Must have been a fascinating trip as well, but a place I'll likely never visit for various reasons.
edit: I forgot to mention that no, it was not a 'personal observation', purely a language thing.
in Turkish = yok
in Arabic = la
Very different, but they both know basic words each use [Arabic vs Turkish], especially given the geographical location.
Next book on my list: Topaz - by Leon Uris.