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Levi
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 Message 105 of 3735
17 October 2009 at 2:37am | IP Logged 
...when you're the only one around here with more votes than days since joining. :-þ
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Thatzright
Diglot
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Finland
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 Message 106 of 3735
17 October 2009 at 1:08pm | IP Logged 
Warp3 wrote:
ExtraLean wrote:
[QUOTE=J-Learner]
[QUOTE=jeff_lindqvist] ...when your mp3-player is loaded with foreign language podcasts instead of music.


I didn't even own an MP3 player until very recently. Now that I do, it's got nothing but Pimsleur lessons loaded on it.


I wouldn't say mine has nothing but Pimsleur (and I use Michel Thomas too), but there are certainly more Pimsleur and MT tracks in total on my iPod than tracks of any single artist or band. This can create some rather annoying situations when I walk to school for example and put shuffle on.

*A song plays*
*"This is unit fifteen of Pimsleur's speak and read essential Russian"*... skip
*A song*
*"I would like to talk about a word in Spanish tha..."* skip
"This is unit nine of Pimsleur's speak and read esse..." *skip
*A song*
*"So how would you say I'd like to help you but I don't have the time to do it right now"* SKIP

Add to this the fact that I don't even like all of the music on my iPod and so sometimes stuff like this can lead to a situation where I just spend an entire minute skipping tracks until a good song comes on. Since I keep my iPod in my pocket, all of this means that I can spend up to a minute just staring down at my iPod's screen while walking, and of course people kind of give me weird looks because of it :(
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Lizzern
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 Message 107 of 3735
17 October 2009 at 2:34pm | IP Logged 
Thatzright wrote:
I wouldn't say mine has nothing but Pimsleur (and I use Michel Thomas too), but there are certainly more Pimsleur and MT tracks in total on my iPod than tracks of any single artist or band. This can create some rather annoying situations when I walk to school for example and put shuffle on.

*A song plays*
*"This is unit fifteen of Pimsleur's speak and read essential Russian"*... skip
*A song*
*"I would like to talk about a word in Spanish tha..."* skip
"This is unit nine of Pimsleur's speak and read esse..." *skip
*A song*
*"So how would you say I'd like to help you but I don't have the time to do it right now"* SKIP

Add to this the fact that I don't even like all of the music on my iPod and so sometimes stuff like this can lead to a situation where I just spend an entire minute skipping tracks until a good song comes on. Since I keep my iPod in my pocket, all of this means that I can spend up to a minute just staring down at my iPod's screen while walking, and of course people kind of give me weird looks because of it :(


I have the same problem with audiobooks. What you need is a playlist for each - that'll solve the problem perfectly. Easy peasy to make in iTunes too. I have a playlist called 'Music only', another called 'Italiano' for Italian music only, and so on. Shuffle is pretty much useless otherwise - but I can still shuffle within each playlist, and it keeps the audiobooks separated from the rest. Maybe you need a 'Music I actually like' list :-)
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meramarina
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 Message 108 of 3735
17 October 2009 at 6:50pm | IP Logged 
I thought of another one. I'm only kidding a little, it's true:

DER POWER-RIEGEL! When traveling through Europe, you purchase an energy bar, a "Big Corny," not really because you want to eat it, but because the wrapper is printed in eleven languages. You take it home and examine all of them, with a magnification device, of course.   You have a great big laugh, wondering why the manufacturer, with access to so many languages, gave it such a silly name. Later, you learn that it's actually called a "Corny Big." This disturbs you: now, not only does it have a ridiculous English name, but it's not a strictly correct ridiculous English name. And, more unsettling, you actually did some RESEARCH to understand why. "Why, why, oh, why do you not put the adjective where it belongs! I will NOT eat a wacky, ungrammatical snack!" you cry, throw the thing away, and consider seeking mental help.

P.S. If I am wrong about this, don't tell me.   I have suffered enough and I need to dedicate my remaining brainpower to reading the five languages on my ThermaCare wrapper.
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Bao
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 Message 109 of 3735
17 October 2009 at 6:57pm | IP Logged 
Lizzern, Thatzright - itunes, select all files you want to exclude from shuffle, right mouse click -> get info -> options -> 'skip when shuffling'. I also tend to set my language course files to audiobook to not have them crowd my musical artists.

Edited by Bao on 17 October 2009 at 8:49pm

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maaku
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 Message 110 of 3735
17 October 2009 at 9:03pm | IP Logged 
...when you engage in a debate as to whether Chinese will become the next lingua franca.
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Lindsay19
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 Message 111 of 3735
18 October 2009 at 8:09am | IP Logged 
meramarina wrote:
I thought of another one. I'm only kidding a little, it's true:

DER POWER-RIEGEL! When traveling through Europe, you purchase an energy bar, a "Big Corny," not really because you want to eat it, but because the wrapper is printed in eleven languages. You take it home and examine all of them, with a magnification device, of course.   You have a great big laugh, wondering why the manufacturer, with access to so many languages, gave it such a silly name. Later, you learn that it's actually called a "Corny Big." This disturbs you: now, not only does it have a ridiculous English name, but it's not a strictly correct ridiculous English name. And, more unsettling, you actually did some RESEARCH to understand why. "Why, why, oh, why do you not put the adjective where it belongs! I will NOT eat a wacky, ungrammatical snack!" you cry, throw the thing away, and consider seeking mental help.

P.S. If I am wrong about this, don't tell me.   I have suffered enough and I need to dedicate my remaining brainpower to reading the five languages on my ThermaCare wrapper.


I remember my host family in Germany had some of those in their house and I always had to laugh at the name x)
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ilcommunication
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 Message 112 of 3735
19 October 2009 at 1:27am | IP Logged 
...when you wander around a neighborhood and ask for directions you don't need just to get more experience with a certain language

...when you've read through this entire thread and enjoyed it


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