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Kary
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 Message 865 of 3735
24 July 2010 at 5:34pm | IP Logged 
You often have three or more web browser windows opened to different language dictionaries, another to Google Translate, yet another for searching to find examples of the word/phrase in use and several heavy desk reference dictionaries within arm's reach.
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zamie
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 Message 866 of 3735
24 July 2010 at 5:43pm | IP Logged 
confused as hell with your heavily configured keyboard.

Edited by zamie on 24 July 2010 at 5:43pm

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gogglehead
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 Message 867 of 3735
24 July 2010 at 7:23pm | IP Logged 
When your heroes are Polyglots instead of Musicians and Sportsmen (and when you can't help but laugh when Benny the Irish Genius compares himself to Dr Arguelles
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ruskivyetr
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 Message 868 of 3735
24 July 2010 at 7:28pm | IP Logged 
gogglehead wrote:
and when you can't help but laugh when Benny the Irish Genius compares himself to Dr
Arguelles

Whoa. Hold up. He compared himself to Professor Arguelles? How exactly did he put this comparison?
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ellasevia
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 Message 869 of 3735
24 July 2010 at 7:37pm | IP Logged 
ruskivyetr wrote:
gogglehead wrote:
and when you can't help but laugh when Benny the Irish Genius compares himself to Dr
Arguelles

Whoa. Hold up. He compared himself to Professor Arguelles? How exactly did he put this comparison?


Same question here. That seems a bit odd...

...when you know exactly who these people (and many others) are and are more familiar with them than with any other "normal" celebrities. And then when you make reference them in a conversation, you find it surprising that your listener doesn't know who you're talking about.
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gogglehead
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 Message 870 of 3735
24 July 2010 at 8:14pm | IP Logged 
ruskivyetr wrote:
gogglehead wrote:
and when you can't help but laugh when Benny the Irish Genius compares himself to Dr
Arguelles

Whoa. Hold up. He compared himself to Professor Arguelles? How exactly did he put this comparison?


Don't get me wrong, I love Benny's blog and have learned a lot from it. I can't find the exact page where he wrote it, but the line goes something along the lines of "(learners)..who want to be polyglots like Myself, Professor Arguelles and Moses McCormick". Dr Arguelles devoted his life to acquiring an encyclopedic mind, mastering some very exotic languages, and even authoring scholarly works on the subject.

Benny, you are a great polyglot (as is Mr McCormick), and an inspiration to many (in fact you are much more "my style" of linguist than some more academic/conventional polyglots) but, likening yourself to Arguelles, however lightly, may actually discourage others from taking your blog seriously (which is EXCELLENT, by the way).
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kottoler.ello
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 Message 871 of 3735
24 July 2010 at 10:00pm | IP Logged 
When what you're most concerned about knowing about your very drunken last night in Sweden is if you were at least practicing your Swedish... and when you ask your friends they say that you in fact were speaking Swedish, and in addition to that kept running off and being found speaking various foreign languages (including ones you don't know) with other foreigners. Apparently you were "quite belligerent" if addressed in your native English.
... And all this makes you proud that you can stick to your values even while heavily intoxicated.
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josht
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 Message 872 of 3735
24 July 2010 at 11:53pm | IP Logged 
... you get extremely excited when you receive a Russian learner's history book in the mail, which has vocabulary notes in French, which you purchased from a German seller (using German to communicate).


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