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Arekkusu
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 Message 1105 of 3735
24 September 2010 at 4:42pm | IP Logged 
...when you try to add something original to this thread.
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maydayayday
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Studies: Urdu

 
 Message 1106 of 3735
25 September 2010 at 4:07pm | IP Logged 
And its your birthday in a month: your partner asks what you want for your birthday and you think of the options ......
a)Colloquial X & MT and a decent dictionary in a language you've never studied before
b)An immersion course (without her) in another language, ideally Icelandic
c)A watch (nah, thats not going to happen is it?)



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patuco
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 Message 1107 of 3735
26 September 2010 at 1:41pm | IP Logged 
When, a year in advance of a language course you would like to attend but is really far away and would be quite expensive, not to mention that it's in the middle of a family holiday, you start planning on how you're going to approach your wife and hopefully convince her to let you go to said course, thereby leaving her alone with the kids for a couple of days in a foreign country.
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MäcØSŸ
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 Message 1108 of 3735
26 September 2010 at 4:58pm | IP Logged 
Arekkusu wrote:
...when you try to add something original to this thread.


When you do crazy things just for the sake of contributing to this thread.
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ellasevia
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 Message 1109 of 3735
26 September 2010 at 6:01pm | IP Logged 
meramarina wrote:
But in other Nerdy News, I know, yet again, that I am a language nerd because I have become just a little bit of a language vigilante.

For me, the last two weeks have not been very good for language learning. First, I just had too much other work to take care of and then I was sick all this week, but today I went to the bookstore. Yes, I hear you - if you have read my posts before, you're likely wondering if I do anything BUT go to the bookstore - well, no, not really.

So there I was lurking around the language aisle, making my birthday wish list, because I plan to get myself a few gifts soon to celebrate this rapidly accelerating aging nonsense that makes me feel peevish and so I had a look at various books and a few were really very silly. Not my style at all, you know . . .

Have you seen the series "Hide This French/Italian/Spanish Book! (there are several versions) The objective here is to learn some very, very naughty foreign words. Hhmmmm . . . well, now! I'm not against learning some nasty new words, myself, but I just can't agree with this as the sole purpose of language learning, so I did just what the book said and I HID IT. I put it behind some other books, that's right, now it's gone, ha, and it was a good deed, yes it was.

Um, eh, OK . . . so I did learn a few things.
But I've already forgotten them - my memory is not what it was, and I am glad for that.


Inspired by you meramarina, I did just the same thing when I was at the bookstore yesterday! I didn't see any books from the "hide this [...] book" series (maybe someone from this website got there before me), but I did hide a book called "Dirty Japanese."
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maydayayday
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 Message 1110 of 3735
27 September 2010 at 12:52pm | IP Logged 
When you are playing online scrabble [www.lexulous.com] and you can tell from the typing that your opponent has excellent English, close to native [better than some natives]. Then you persuade said Urdu speaker to join HTLAL . . . because you can never have too many native resources to interact with, right ? Even though Urdu/Hindi is low down on your 'list', at the moment.






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Levi
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 Message 1111 of 3735
28 September 2010 at 6:53am | IP Logged 
...when you feel like you're the only one who consciously avoids confusing idioms when talking to people who don't speak your language very well.
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seldnar
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 Message 1112 of 3735
28 September 2010 at 8:22am | IP Logged 
When you overhear people on the bus talking about language learning and you hand them a
card from the local restuarant that hosts several different language nights.

When you actually stock up on these cards every time you go to a French evening (which is
also Turkish evening at another table and you long to join the Turkish speakers but don't
because you feel you'd be "cheating" on French).


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