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Doogle
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 Message 1401 of 3735
27 January 2011 at 2:10pm | IP Logged 
LanguageSponge wrote:
Jinx wrote:
LanguageSponge wrote:
You know you're a language nerd when you're in Vienna for a week and are therefore supposed to go and see the sights - you've been wandering around taking pictures of awesome stuff for a couple of hours and then run into a bookshop, and you just have to go inside. Then you find the language section upstairs, and spend more time in that one section of the bookshop than you spent browsing the city for the rest of the day. And you also know you're a language nerd when you're about to leave your hotel room to buy all the books that you found and liked yesterday. :P

Jack


You know you're a language nerd when you didn't really like Vienna that much, but upon reading this post you suddenly have a strong urge to go back, just to visit that bookstore! Where is it, by the way? :)


There are loads of them around Vienna, it's a chain called "Wilhelm Frick Buchhandlung" - the branch we went to is Kärntner Straße 30, which is closest to Stephansplatz U-Bahn station. I am sure there are better branches around the city, as this was just the first one we happened to stumble upon. I remember when I used to go to Munich far more often than I do now, there were much better bookshops than even that one, but I haven't been there for a few years now so would have to look up the addresses and stuff.

Jack


I've been to that bookshop! And now have an urge to return...
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LanguageSponge
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 Message 1402 of 3735
29 January 2011 at 12:22am | IP Logged 
...when you visit a military museum in Vienna (which was awesome) and realise that you're reading and listening to every single bit of information possible, because it's all in German (or in some cases, in Russian or French. Then you realise you'd never ever do this if it were in your native language.

...when you're in the same museum and you pick up the same leaflet 6 times in 6 different languages - and one of the languages is one that you're not even able to read yet - German, Russian, French, Italian, Czech and Japanese. And you will read the same leaflet at least 5 times. And will eventually read it again in Japanese one day :]
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Thantophobia
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 Message 1403 of 3735
29 January 2011 at 5:37am | IP Logged 
You know you're a language nerd when you start putting upside down exclamation points and
question marks at the beginning of English sentences.
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strikingstar
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 Message 1404 of 3735
29 January 2011 at 6:16am | IP Logged 
You know you're a language nerd when you see lightning in the distance and the first word that comes into your mind is 'ngurumo', followed by 'relampago'.

Edited by strikingstar on 29 January 2011 at 6:16am

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 Message 1405 of 3735
29 January 2011 at 10:25am | IP Logged 
You know you're a language nerd when while looking at exhibits at a museum in Austria and you stop to quiz your girlfriend, who is learning German too, on odd points of grammar.

You also know you're a language nerd when it's freezing cold here in Vienna, you're not really very near the centre of town and you both decide to walk into the centre. Why? Because we're leaving tomorrow and the more money we save by not taking the U-Bahn everywhere, the more we can spend in the bookshop at the end!!

Jack
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 Message 1406 of 3735
29 January 2011 at 11:06am | IP Logged 
LanguageSponge wrote:
You know you're a language nerd when while looking at exhibits at a museum in Austria and you stop to quiz your girlfriend, who is learning German too, on odd points of grammar.

You also know you're a language nerd when it's freezing cold here in Vienna, you're not really very near the centre of town and you both decide to walk into the centre. Why? Because we're leaving tomorrow and the more money we save by not taking the U-Bahn everywhere, the more we can spend in the bookshop at the end!!

Jack

...when you're using a thread about being a language nerd as a journal to document your entire trip to Vienna, because it's the most fitting place. :)
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Syntax
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 Message 1407 of 3735
29 January 2011 at 11:23am | IP Logged 
You know you’re a language nerd when…

…You dream about Latin declensions.

…Your school bag is ridiculously heavy because you insist on bringing your big
Spanish dictionary to school.


…Someone sees you looking up a word in a foreign dictionary and asks you if you are
learning the dictionary by hart. You sarcastically reply, “Yes, I’m at J now,” and
he believes you.


…While talking to a friend, you suddenly realise the Latin etymology of a word and
promptly share it with him. He then calls you walking dictionary and you take it as
a complement.


…You have no obligation to study languages, but you feel guilty when you don’t.

… You ask someone to do something ‘por favor’ without realising it.

…When asked what the word for ‘umbrella’ is in your native language, you take about 10
minutes to remember it, but you can immediately give the Spanish word for it.

…While at the beach during the holidays, you spend your time learning Latin instead of
swimming.

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LanguageSponge
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 Message 1408 of 3735
29 January 2011 at 12:12pm | IP Logged 
ellasevia wrote:
LanguageSponge wrote:
You know you're a language nerd when while looking at exhibits at a museum in Austria and you stop to quiz your girlfriend, who is learning German too, on odd points of grammar.

You also know you're a language nerd when it's freezing cold here in Vienna, you're not really very near the centre of town and you both decide to walk into the centre. Why? Because we're leaving tomorrow and the more money we save by not taking the U-Bahn everywhere, the more we can spend in the bookshop at the end!!

Jack

...when you're using a thread about being a language nerd as a journal to document your entire trip to Vienna, because it's the most fitting place. :)


Not the entire trip, I'll be updating my TAC log with a pretty lengthy post mentioning all the language-nerdy stuff when I get back tomorrow. But yes, you're right, it is pretty nerdy :]


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