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Polyglotted
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 Message 953 of 3735
05 August 2010 at 2:56am | IP Logged 
When you know straight away in what language the warnings on the front of people's cigarette packets are.

When you watched 'The Big Bang Theory' when Sheldon learns Chinese to confront the people at his local restaurant about using oranges instead of tangerines on the chickens, and you firstly were envious of how quick he could pick it up and then can understand his language faux-pas without the subtitles :)
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Damasta
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 Message 955 of 3735
05 August 2010 at 7:57am | IP Logged 
YKYALN when you've been too impressed with the fact that Iversen's studying practically the whole Indo-European linguistic family and is fluent in just half of them to realize he's petting cheetahs in his avatar.
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Iversen
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 Message 956 of 3735
05 August 2010 at 9:36am | IP Logged 
What's wrong about petting cheetahs? If they are handreared, then they aren't dangerous - provided that you aren't stupid enough to start running.

(and what's the meaning of YKYALN?)
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newyorkeric
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 Message 957 of 3735
05 August 2010 at 10:15am | IP Logged 
YKYALN = You know you’re a language nerd
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glossa.passion
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 Message 958 of 3735
05 August 2010 at 11:27am | IP Logged 
YKYALN when you go to the toilet - knowing that it'll take some time - and you take a dictionary with you instead of a newspaper (apart from newspapers in your target language)

When my brother-in-law once witnessed that, it made him laugh all day. And he makes til today fun out of it - "You never guess what my sister-in-law takes for reading to the toilet" or "Ten Euros if you guess what ..."

But I really don't mind, I also laughed about it :-)
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ennime
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 Message 959 of 3735
05 August 2010 at 12:41pm | IP Logged 
mashmusic11235 wrote:
When you explain code switching to a friend with the example
sentance: Code switching is where someone who speaks several languages will, in the
middle of a sentance, ga uit van een spraak naar een ander; and it completley slips
your mind to translate the Dutch part.


Correction: it's "taal" not "spraak"

paranday wrote:
When you just bought a 764 page Khoekhoegowab dictionary for $79.95,
because no library in the USA has one, and it was in stock at the online bookstore, and
somehow Namibia might one day be on your horizon, in the same way Jupiter or
Neptune might one day be.


Ow... Haacke's? I can't even get it in a bookstore in South Africa, I'll be taking a
trip to Namibia and will pick one up there... nifty language aye ^_^
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ennime
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 Message 960 of 3735
05 August 2010 at 12:43pm | IP Logged 
Iversen wrote:
What's wrong about petting cheetahs? If they are handreared, then they
aren't dangerous - provided that you aren't stupid enough to start running.

(and what's the meaning of YKYALN?)


oh? well... maybe if you try shadowing while running from them you'd have super retention
:p


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