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budonoseito
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 Message 961 of 3735
05 August 2010 at 2:27pm | IP Logged 
YKYALN = You know you’re a language nerd
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Tally
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 Message 962 of 3735
06 August 2010 at 2:11am | IP Logged 
YKYALN when you know what YKYALN means.
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B-Tina
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 Message 963 of 3735
06 August 2010 at 11:13am | IP Logged 
glossa.passion wrote:
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)


YKYALN when you propose using an Assimil book instead ;-)


Edited by B-Tina on 06 August 2010 at 11:05pm

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johntm93
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 Message 964 of 3735
08 August 2010 at 8:04am | IP Logged 
Polyglotted wrote:
When you question your friendship with someone because they ended
a sentence in English with a preposition

"I had to complain to the catalogue it was bought through" instead of "the catalogue
through which it was bought"

What does it matter if a sentence ends in a preposition? Does it impede your
understanding of the sentence that much?
Sorry, I don't understand why people get worked up about it. And plus, who says we
can't end a sentence in a preposition? Afaik there's no regulatory body for English
.

YKYALN when you start thinking about voiced and unvoiced sounds in random words you
see.

And when you plan on going to bed in 30 minutes and end up staying up for 2 more
hours...I haven't been here in a week so I wanted to catch up with all of the things I
missed.

Edited by johntm93 on 08 August 2010 at 8:12am

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ibraheem
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 Message 965 of 3735
08 August 2010 at 8:23am | IP Logged 
When you hate when people say things like "I want to learn X language so I can tell when those foreigners are insulting me in their language! That would sure surprise them when I reply in their language". Or you hate people that associate your language studies with a very narrow minded perspective of a country. "Oh you're learning Thai, I really like Thai noodles!". Incidentally I'm not learning Thai.
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PaulLambeth
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 Message 966 of 3735
08 August 2010 at 10:06am | IP Logged 
ibraheem wrote:
When you hate when people say things like "I want to learn X language so I can tell when those foreigners are insulting me in their language! That would sure surprise them when I reply in their language". Or you hate people that associate your language studies with a very narrow minded perspective of a country. "Oh you're learning Thai, I really like Thai noodles!". Incidentally I'm not learning Thai.


But you DO like Thai noodles.
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LanguageSponge
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 Message 967 of 3735
08 August 2010 at 11:39am | IP Logged 
When you have a phone conversation with a friend in Slovenian in front of your half-brother and he says "wow, what's that?". Then you immediately think "well, that's probably his first encounter with a foreign language, I'll remember this for when he's older".

When you listen to music in five different languages and deliberately sing along to songs in those languages (Latin, German, French, Italian and Russian) in front of the aforementioned five year old half-brother (and have been doing so since he had just turned 3) in the hope that he will pick up an interest in languages. These attempts seem to really work, and now whenever he hears another language, he says "my brother probably understands that" or "what are they saying?"

I went to visit the aforementioned brother yesterday as he is "on holiday", as he puts it, at a caravan site a few miles away. The people on the pitch next to him were German, and he comes up to me excitedly saying "what are they saying? Go talk to them, I want to hear you speak" (and I did, obviously - I was as fired up for it as he was)

When your half-brother begins French at school (at 5 years old) and you're really jealous that you never had the opportunity to start it that early, thinking you might actually have really liked French if, when you started at 5 years old, it had involved counting and simple things like that while playing ball games or whatever.

When you get frustrated at yourself because you know you thought of one or two other things to write in this response but can't remember them right now. Grr.

EDIT: Remembered one. When you look at your Russian handwriting in a letter to your friend and you think "I should hide this away. Someone wandering around is bound to read this." You know in principle that no-one in your house but you can read the letter, but you think that Cyrillic is so transparent anyway that they could probably work it out pretty easily. And are so convinced by this fact that you hide the letter away anyway.

EDIT: When you look at posts on this forum with Japanese in them, thinking "right, that looks like a lot of gobbledegook to me" and then you think "I can't wait to learn to read that" :]

Jack

Edited by LanguageSponge on 08 August 2010 at 11:54am

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kottoler.ello
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 Message 968 of 3735
08 August 2010 at 10:34pm | IP Logged 
LanguageSponge wrote:
... you think that Cyrillic is so transparent anyway that they could probably work it out pretty easily...

I get this with Swedish so much, I always feel like English speakers are going to be able to figure out whatever was in Swedish, written or spoken. It's so close!


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