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fireflies
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 Message 1121 of 3735
29 September 2010 at 4:13am | IP Logged 
LanguageSponge wrote:
When you come home from three hours of archery practise three times in a week and feel guilty because you've spent nine hours of the week speaking English that you could have spent at home studying languages.


I feel that way going to see a generic Hollywood movie. When the credits roll I feel like I have learned nothing.
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seldnar
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 Message 1122 of 3735
29 September 2010 at 5:55am | IP Logged 
janalisa wrote:
seldnar wrote:
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).


Where on earth did you find such a wonderful restaurant?! If there was one nearby, I
might go there every day... =O


It is the Continental Restaurant in Seattle, Washington. The language groups began
with the German Stammtisch which I believe has been going on for more than 30 years.
The schedule is as follows:
Monday--Dutch
Tuesday--German, Czech
Wednesday--French, Turkish, Greek?
Thursday--Spanish
Friday--Can't remember
Saturday--Can't remember
Sunday--Swedish, Celtic

I'm in China right now and didn't bring any of the cards with me. My experience is
that 5-12 people for the popular languages show up each night. I don't know about the
less popular languages (Gaelic, for example). There used to be a website but its been
down for a while
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Hanekawa
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 Message 1123 of 3735
29 September 2010 at 9:49am | IP Logged 
Also, when you go on historical tangents about Kanji. To people who have no clue what
your talking about.
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janalisa
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 Message 1124 of 3735
29 September 2010 at 12:16pm | IP Logged 
seldnar wrote:
janalisa wrote:
seldnar wrote:
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).


Where on earth did you find such a wonderful restaurant?! If there was one nearby, I
might go there every day... =O


It is the Continental Restaurant in Seattle, Washington. The language groups began
with the German Stammtisch which I believe has been going on for more than 30 years.
The schedule is as follows:
Monday--Dutch
Tuesday--German, Czech
Wednesday--French, Turkish, Greek?
Thursday--Spanish
Friday--Can't remember
Saturday--Can't remember
Sunday--Swedish, Celtic


Anybody want to help me establish something like this in Tokyo? XD (Totally serious!)
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LanguageSponge
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 Message 1125 of 3735
29 September 2010 at 1:39pm | IP Logged 
You know you're a language nerd when you go into a class at uni thinking it's the Slovene grammar class you're supposed to be attending. But it's not, it's an introductory class for Polish grammar. You think "oh well, I can always go to the next Slovene class" and stay for Polish :]
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Liface
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 Message 1126 of 3735
29 September 2010 at 7:10pm | IP Logged 
seldnar wrote:
janalisa wrote:
seldnar wrote:
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).


Where on earth did you find such a wonderful restaurant?! If there was one nearby, I
might go there every day... =O


It is the Continental Restaurant in Seattle, Washington. The language groups began
with the German Stammtisch which I believe has been going on for more than 30 years.
The schedule is as follows:
Monday--Dutch
Tuesday--German, Czech
Wednesday--French, Turkish, Greek?
Thursday--Spanish
Friday--Can't remember
Saturday--Can't remember
Sunday--Swedish, Celtic

I'm in China right now and didn't bring any of the cards with me. My experience is
that 5-12 people for the popular languages show up each night. I don't know about the
less popular languages (Gaelic, for example). There used to be a website but its been
down for a while


Nice. I go to the Continental for the Dutch Stammtisch. It's only once a month though.
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Teango
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 Message 1127 of 3735
29 September 2010 at 8:07pm | IP Logged 
When you wander into websites like this and instantly smile (but for a completely different reason from your friends). :)
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meramarina
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 Message 1128 of 3735
30 September 2010 at 5:18am | IP Logged 
ellasevia wrote

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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."


Excellent work for The Cause, ellasevia! Now we just have to figure out how to hide the Rosetta Stone kiosk displays. That will be difficult; maybe the company anticipated this and made the vivid yellow boxes so bright in order to be nerd-resistant.

Another incident. They just keep coming. I had to find a quick lunch for three dollars the other day and so I went to Chik-fil-A, a fine dining establishment with a name every bit as annoying as Weetabix or Big Corny. With so few dollars I could only get a kid's meal. It came in a fun, colorful little bag decorated with puzzles. One of these impressed me a lot at first. I saw a few strange words:

EMRBEREM OT MLSIE !

I couldn't identify the language, but course I highly approved of teaching foreign languages to children. Then I realized that it was not a foreign language, but an "unscramble the letters to find a message" word game:

REMEMBER TO SMILE !

I was not amused.


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